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NCAAB Game Preview - Hurricanes underdogs vs Mountaineers at West Virginia

Miami HurricanesWest Virginia Mountaineers
Dec 10, 7:00 PM | WVU Colliseum

Miami Hurricanes vs West Virginia Mountaineers Odds


The Miami Hurricanes will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Mountaineers in West Virginia at WVU Colliseum on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Hurricanes will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 2-3-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Mountaineers are 3-2 ATS. Miami is 2-4 on the totals; West Virginia is 2-3.

View Miami vs West Virginia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Mountaineers as 7-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 36-ranked Mountaineers and the No. 77-rated Hurricanes in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 80-72 win for the Mountaineers on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and West Virginia has the nation's No. 54-rated offensive output, at 77.4 PPG. The visiting Hurricanes defense ranks No. 121 allowing on average 64.1 PPG. The Mountaineers FG% has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Hurricanes marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.4% per game.

Defensively, Miami features the nation's No. 162-rated defense on the road, allowing 70 points per game. West Virginia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 77 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 71-54 loser as they battled Memphis at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Miami suffered a 71-54 loss against Memphis on Tuesday, getting 12 points from Kenny Kadji in a losing effort at BankUnited Center.

West Virginia was an 85-80 winner in its last match on the road against Kansas State. They covered the 4.5–point spread as underdogs. The Mountaineers used a 30-point performance from Kevin Jones to help West Virginia smack Kansas State 85-80 on Thursday at Bramlage Coliseum.

Miami Hurricanes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Florida Atlantic are 7-3
After playing Memphis are 3-2
After a loss are 7-3

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

A few Hurricanes at Mountaineers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 9 games on the road
Miami is 2-3-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Miami is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
West Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
West Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
West Virginia is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Miami
West Virginia is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Miami

Next up:
Miami home to Florida Atlantic, Saturday, December 17
West Virginia home to Texas A&M C.C., Saturday, December 17