Virginia at Miami 2/13/18 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Miami Hurricanes
NCAAB: 9:00 PM EST
Feb. 13, 2018
Latest Odds : UVA -5.5 Total 118
The #25 Miami Hurricanes (18 - 6, 7 - 5 CONF) are heading home this week to host the visiting #2 Virginia Cavaliers (23 - 2, 12 - 1 CONF). Virginia comes into this game reeling from an overtime loss to Virginia Tech. The Miami Hurricanes have won three of their past four games but they'll be the underdogs in this matchup. Miami will be hosting this game at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, FL.
The Virginia Cavaliers will be taking the court with a tired team so the potential for a letdown game is definitely there. Virginia is only scoring 68 PPG on offense this season while shooting 46% from the floor, but this is due largely to their slow brand of offensive attack. Virginia is holding opposing teams to just 53 PPG on defense so far this season, and we like them to put the clamps down on Miami in a slower paced game.
The Miami Hurricanes are another solid defensive team and that is why we expect this game to stay low scoring. Miami is scoring 76 PPG on offense this season while shooting 47% from the floor as a team. Miami is giving up just 67 PPG to opposing teams on defense so far this year. Miami's home crowd will help get them in the game but the Hurricanes will need a huge outing from Bruce Brown Jr (11 PPG, 7 RPG, 4 APG).
Recent Betting Trends:
Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
Hurricanes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Under is 34-15-2 in Cavaliers last 51 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 5-1 in Hurricanes last 6 home games.
Free Betting Pick: Virginia Cavaliers -5.5
The Cavaliers are coming off close OT home loss to rival Virginia Tech and that will have Virginia ready to bounce-back tonight. Miami has nice team but hard to beat the #1 team without all the Hurricanes best players. Final Score Prediction, Virginia Cavaliers win and cover ATS 67-58.