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NCAA hoops odds preview - Wake Forest vs. Miami

Wake Forest Demon DeaconsMiami Hurricanes
16-14March 08, 2014, 02:00 | BankUnited Center15-15

Wake Forest pays a visit to Miami on Saturday, hoping to send the Hurricanes to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at BankUnited Center.

Miami will face the 16-14 Demon Deacons, who own a 10-16 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Hurricanes are 8-17 on the OU so far this season while the Demon Deacons are 11-14.

View Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Miami Hurricanes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Hurricanes installed as -8-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game puts the Hurricanes, most recently No. 134 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Demon Deacons, who rate No. 336 in the latest survey.

Wake Forest was an 82-72 winner in their most recent outing at home against Duke. They covered the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. Wake Forest got 20 points from Tyler Cavanaugh en route to an 82-72 victory over Duke on Wednesday at Joel Coliseum.

Miami was a 58-54 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Clemson. They earned a push of the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Hurricanes got 21 points from Rion Brown, but it was Clemson that prevailed in a 58-54 final on Tuesday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Miami's No. 252-ranked scoring average of 61.5 PPG, against a Demon Deacons defense rated No. 151 and allowing 70.63 PPG. The Hurricanes FG% has averaged 41.73% to date this season, less than the Demon Deacons shooters have managed so far (45.02% per game).

A few Demon Deacons at Hurricanes trends to consider:
Wake Forest is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
Wake Forest is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Wake Forest's last 9 games
Wake Forest is 1-12 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Miami is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Wake Forest
Miami is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Wake Forest
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Miami's last 10 games when playing Wake Forest
Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Wake Forest