Miami-Florida Hurricanes at Virginia Tech Hokies
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:00 PM (Cassell Coliseum)
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The Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies meet in ACC college basketball action from the Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday night.
The Miami Hurricanes will look to climb some ranks in the ACC standings, sitting at 5-10 in conference play after a 71-54 win over Wake Forest in their last outing. Chris Lykes leads Miami in scoring with 15.2 PPG this season while Dejan Vasiljevic is averaging 13.8 PPG and Kameron McGusty has 13 PPG this season. Harlond Beverly leads the Hurricanes in assists with 2.6 APG and Sam Waardenburg leads the Hurricanes with 6.3 RPG this season. As a team, Miami is averaging 72 points on 44% shooting from the field, 33.5% from 3-point range and 74.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73.8 points on 45.3% shooting from the field and 34.7% from behind the 3-point line this season. Miami is 3-6 straight up and 4-5 against the spread on the road this season.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will try to create some space between themselves and the Hurricanes after improving to 6-8 in conference play with a 67-57 win over Pitt last time out. Landers Nolley II leads the Hokies in scoring and rebounding with 17.2 PPG and 6.1 RPG as the lone double-digit scorer for Virginia Tech this year while Wabissa Bede has a team-high 5.9 APG this season. As a team, Virginia Tech is averaging 69.9 points on 43.2% shooting from the field, 35.7% from 3-point range and 69.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.6 points on 41.4% shooting from the field and 32% from 3-point range this season. Virginia Tech is 11-4 straight up and 7-8 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
The points with Miami are tempting considering how well the Hurricanes have done against the number lately which can’t necessarily be said for Virginia Tech lately. However, a lot of Miami’s success has come at home while losing their last 6 conference road games, five of those losses coming by double-digits. Virginia Tech has slowed down a bit from their strong start to the season, but the Hokies can still shoot the ball well and can rain threes on you more often than not. I just think that Virginia Tech with a los line at home is a lot easier to trust than Miami on the road, so I’ll lay the points with the Hokies in this spot.