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Miami Has No Bite As Underdog At Watsco Center

The Miami Hurricanes find themselves in the unenviable position of being home underdogs when they host the No. 1-ranked Virginia Cavaliers on Tuesday. Aside from facing off against the best team in the country, Miami has also struggled as a home dog with the program going just 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games in that spot.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia’s last 8 games against Miami.
  • Virginia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road against Miami.
  • Virginia is 7-0 SU and ATS in its last seven games as a road favorite.

Much like its opponent Tuesday, Miami is a more defense-oriented team. The Hurricanes are holding opponents to 66.6 points per game and a mere 41.3 percent from the field. It was fair for fans of Miami to be concerned that the team might struggle once Bruce Brown – the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer – went down with a broken foot, but senior Ja’Quan Newton has stepped up. In the four games since Brown went down, Newton has increased his points per game, rebounds per game and shooting percentage.

Virginia is coming off a heartbreaking home loss to in-state rival Virginia Tech. The loss was what we have come to expect from Virginia in recent memory, as the team played well defensively but the offense faltered by shooting just 34.4 percent from the floor and 28.9 percent from deep. The guard trio of Devon Hall, Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome put up points but shot a collective 9-for-34 from beyond the arc. If this inefficiency doesn’t get rectified, there may be more losses in the Cavaliers’ future.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Virginia Cavaliers were listed as 5.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including the oddsmakers at BetOnline.

Virginia Cavaliers vs Miami Hurricanes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Miami Hurricanes sport a record of 18-6 and 10-12 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Virginia Cavaliers have 23-2 and 16-5-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-10 for the Hurricanes and 5-17 for the Cavaliers.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at OddsShark, it's the No. 75-ranked Hurricanes and the No. 4-rated Cavaliers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Miami's No. 108-ranked offense, averaging 75.54 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 1 at 52.76 PPG. The Hurricanes' field-goal percentage has averaged 46.94% so far, more than the Cavaliers marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.05% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Devon Hall scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Cavaliers to a win (they lost 61-60 to Virginia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday).

Miami suffered a 72-70 loss against Boston College on Saturday, getting 17 points from Dejan Vasiljevic in a losing effort at Conte Forum.

Betting Trends
  • Virginia is 7-1-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Virginia is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Virginia's last 9 games
  • Virginia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Miami is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Miami is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Miami's last 10 games
  • Miami is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Virginia home to Georgia Tech, Wednesday, February 21
Miami at Syracuse, Saturday, February 17

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