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Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes Preview

Miami HurricanesVirginia Tech Hokies
12-12February 15, 2014, 06:00 | Cassell Coliseum8-15

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Virginia Tech vs Miami battle Saturday at Cassell Coliseum as the Hokies look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Virginia Tech will face the 12-12 Hurricanes, who own a 9-10 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Hokies are 3-13-1 on the OU so far this season while the Hurricanes are 5-14.

View Miami Hurricanes vs Virginia Tech Hokies Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -3.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hokies at No. 324 and the Hurricanes at No. 207 heading into this contest.

Miami was a 77-73 winner in its last match on the road against Florida State. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Donnavan Kirk scored 16 points leading the Hurricanes to a 77-73 victory over Florida State at Tucker Center on Monday.

Virginia Tech was a 62-57 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Pittsburgh. They covered the 19.5-point spread as underdogs. Virginia Tech got 15 points from Jarell Eddie but lost anyway, 62-57, to Pittsburgh on Saturday at Petersen Events Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Virginia Tech has the nation's No. 221-rated offensive output, at 66.35 PPG. The visiting Hurricanes defense ranks No. 10 allowing on average 59.88 PPG. The Hokies FG% has averaged 41.13% so far, less than the Hurricanes marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.6% per game.

A few Hurricanes at Hokies trends to consider:
Miami is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Miami is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Miami is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Miami is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Virginia Tech is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Virginia Tech is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Miami home to Notre Dame, Wednesday, February 19th
Virginia Tech at Virginia, Tuesday, February 18th