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Cavaliers open as college hoops underdog vs Hurricanes

Miami HurricanesVirginia Cavaliers
March 10, 12:00 PM | Greensboro Coliseum

Miami Hurricanes vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds

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Miami tangles with Virginia on Thursday, hoping to send the Cavaliers to another loss while covering the college basketball spread at Greensboro Coliseum.

It's a game in the ACC Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. And if recent history is any indicator, this will be a Miami win as they are 5-1 ATS past 6 against the Cavs.

View Miami vs Virginia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Miami before tip-off in this one will find them as 3.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cavaliers - Hurricanes odds would favor the Hurricanes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Virginia is rated No. 263 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Miami is at No. 70. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 70-66 win for the Hurricanes.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Virginia's No. 310-ranked offense, averaging 61.9 PPG, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 174 at 67.6 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 41.5% so far, less than the Hurricanes marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.6% per game.

Defensively, Miami features the nation's No. 129-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.1 points per game. Virginia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 341 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 66-57 loser as they battled Georgia Tech on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. Miami got 14 points from Adrian Thomas but lost anyway, 66-57, to Georgia Tech on Sunday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Last time out for Virginia, they were a 74-60 winner as they battled Maryland on the road. They covered in the match as a 12-point underdog. The Terrapins were burned for 25 points by Sammy Zeglinski on Saturday as the Cavaliers put another game in the win column, 74-60, at Comcast Center.

Miami Hurricanes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Georgia Tech are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Virginia Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
After playing Maryland are 3-7
After a win are 5-5


A few Hurricanes at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia's last 7 games
Virginia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Miami

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