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NCAA hoops odds preview - Virginia Tech vs. Miami

Virginia Tech HokiesMiami Hurricanes
Feb 9, 9:00 PM | BankUnited Center

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes Odds

13-10TEAM RECORD14-7

Virginia Tech travels to Miami on Thursday, hoping to boost its 13-10 record with a victory over the Hurricanes.

Miami battles the Hokies, currently sitting with a 13-10 mark (7-12 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 11-8 for the Hurricanes and 7-12 for the Hokies.

View Virginia Tech vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Miami sat as 6.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Hurricanes, most recently No. 71 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Hokies, who rate No. 40 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 73-72 victory for the Hokies.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 80 nationally ranked offense (72.4 points per game) against a Hokies defense that sits as the No. 56 at 61.9 PPG. The Hurricanes have been averaging 44.1% from the field, more than the Hokies have managed so far this season (43% on average).

Defensively, Virginia Tech features the nation's No. 19-rated defense on the road, allowing 61 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 62 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Virginia Tech was a 67-65 winner at home against Clemson. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. Jarell Eddie scored 15 points leading the Hokies to a 67-65 victory over Clemson at Cassell Coliseum on Saturday.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 78-74 winner as they battled Duke on the road. They covered in the match as a 12-point underdog. Reggie Johnson scored 27 points and helped out with 12 rebounds for Miami on Sunday, leading the Hurricanes to a 78-74 victory over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Boston College are 5-5
After playing Clemson are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Miami Hurricanes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing Florida State are 3-7
After playing Duke are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Hokies at Hurricanes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 5 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games at home
Miami is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Miami's last 13 games

Next up:
Virginia Tech home to Boston College, Sunday, February 12
Miami at Florida State, Saturday, February 11