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Virginia Tech vs. Miami-Florida - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cassell Coliseum
Blacksburg, VA
The Line
Virginia Tech Hokies -10.5 -- O/U: 133.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies meet in ACC college basketball action from the Cassell Coliseum on Friday night.

The Miami Hurricanes will look to build some steam and finish strong after picking up a 76-63 win over Pittsburgh in their last outing. Anthony Lawrence II led the Hurricanes with 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting with 3 threes, 11 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists for the double-double while Ebuka Izundu matched his 14 points with 14 rebounds for a double-double of his own. Dejan Vasiljevic added 13 points and Zach Johnson chipped in 12 points with 4 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Miami in the winning effort. Chris Lykes was held to just 8 points but still leads Miami with an average of 16.2 points and 3.1 assists per game while Izundu leads the Hurricanes in rebounding with 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Miami is averaging 72.1 points per game on 43.5% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the arc and 73.7% from the foul line this season.

The Virginia Tech Hokies will look to rebound after a 73-64 overtime loss to Florida State in their last outing. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the Hokies with 19 points while Ahmed Hill came right behind with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 9 rebounds. Ty Outlaw added 10 points with 3 triples and 6 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Virginia Tech in the loss while Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 9 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists. Alexander-Walker leads Virginia Tech with an average of 16.5 points and 3.8 assists per game while Blackshear Jr. leads the Hokies in rebounding with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Virginia Tech is averaging 74.1 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 39.3% from behind the 3-point line and 75.8% from the foul line this season.

Miami is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Virginia Tech is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Miami is 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

This feels like a lot of points to lay with Virginia Tech considering that the Hokies aren’t the most dominant offensive team in the country. However, Miami has had issues ATS on the road and against Virginia Tech in recent years, while the Hokies have done a good job beating up on the teams that they’re supposed to beat up on. Even with this many points, I need to see more than a win over Pitt to start trusting Miami again, so I’ll lay the points with Virginia Tech if forced to pick.

Pick:
Virginia Tech -10.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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