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Virginia vs. Miami (FL) - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami (FL) at Virginia
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Paul Jones Arena
Charlottesville, VA
The Line
Virginia Cavaliers -20 -- Over/Under: 128.5
TV Channel
RAYCOM Sports; ESPN ACC Network
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The Miami Hurricanes will travel to John Paul Jones Arena to take on the 3rd ranked Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Miami Hurricanes lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-11 (1-7 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the 12th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies, 82-70, this past Wednesday. Miami had no answers on the defensive end against the high-powered Hokies offense and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 68-47 margin with 8:49 left in regulation. Miami allowed Virginia Tech to shoot 58.8% from the field and 47.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hurricanes was Anthony Lawrence II who had 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Miami is averaging 74.5 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Hurricanes are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami has been led by Chris Lykes (16.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Zach Johnson (13.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 spg), Anthony Lawrence II (12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg), and Ebuka Izundu (11.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.5 bpg).

Defensively, Miami is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Hurricanes have a rebound margin of -2.4 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The 3rd ranked Virginia Cavaliers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 19-1 (7-1 ACC) on the season after defeating he 23rd ranked NC State Wolfpack, 66-65 in OT, this past Tuesday night. Virginia allowed NC State to fight back from a 14-point 2nd half deficit to force OT, however, was able to avoid the upset loss after a pair of De’Andre Hunter FT’s gave Virginia the lead for good with :10 seconds left in OT. Virginia held NC State to just 34.4% shooting from the field and 26.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was De’Andre Hunter who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

On the season, Virginia is averaging 73.7 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 39.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia has been led by Kyle Guy (14.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), De’Andre Hunter (14.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), Ty Jerome (13.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.6 spg), and Braxton Key (7.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 53.2 ppg on 37.2% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

The Hurricanes are 9-25 ATS in their last 34 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 36-14-1 in their last 51 games overall.

Miami has lost 7 of their last 8 games and come into this game ranked 150th in scoring offense, 194th in scoring defense, and 270th in defensive FG%. Virginia is once again showing that their one of the top teams in the country and have been led by their defense that ranked 1st in scoring defense, 4th in defensive FG%, and 26th in rebound margin.

Virginia was lucky to escape with a victory at NC State after some uncharacteristic miscues, however, it also shows how solid of a team Virginia is as they can still win a tough road environment even when they don’t bring their best. Miami has yet to win on the road this season (0-4) and as I expect Virginia to come out with a solid performance in this one, I’m taking the Cavaliers to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

Virginia Cavaliers -20

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