Tuesday college basketball odds: Virginia at No. 2 Miami (Fla.)
The Miami Hurricanes are up to No. 2 in the latest polls and are just one Indiana loss from reaching the top spot for the first time in school history. The Canes better not overlook a good Virginia team on Tuesday night, however. UM opened as an 8.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check current lines.
Miami (21-3, 12-0) escaped 45-43 at Clemson on Sunday. Kenny Kadji had 12 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left. UM’s 45 points are tied for its fewest in a win in the last 65 seasons. The only other time the ‘Canes scored 45 or fewer in that span in a win came in 1992 in a win over St. John’s. With six games remaining, the Hurricanes hold a three-game edge over second-place Duke in the ACC as they chase their first league basketball championship.
Miami came in as the first ACC team to go 11-0 since North Carolina in 2000-01. The Tar Heels, who were No. 1 and had won 18 in a row at the time, saw the streak end at Littlejohn Coliseum in a stunning upset — the Tigers lost the previous game by 34 to NC State and their next one by 32 to Wake Forest.
Virginia lost 93-81 at North Carolina on Saturday. Virginia (18-7, 8-4) hadn’t allowed more than 69 points, a total UNC passed with more than 9 minutes left. Joe Harris scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Cavaliers, who got off to a fast start by making 11 of 13 shots, with six of those coming from 3-point range for a 10-point lead in the first 11 minutes. Virginia finished at 58.5 percent (31 of 53) and hit 12 of 21 from 3-point range (57.1 percent), but the Cavaliers struggled to slow the Tar Heels after halftime. Virginia won the first meeting in January by pulling away in the final minutes and had a shot to sweep the regular-season series for the first time since 2002.
Virginia ranks in the top six nationally in six defensive categories, highlighted by their second-ranked scoring defense at 54 points per game. Offensively Virginia has scored 70 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since a six-game span in 2009-10. The Cavaliers are averaging 65 points per game, shooting 47 percent from the field and a school-best 41 percent from 3-point land.
Miami holds a 9-5 advantage against Virginia in the all-time series that dates back to 1965-66. Virginia is 0-5 against Miami in Coral Gables, including a 0-4 mark at BankUnited Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Hurricanes, 52-51, in the only meeting last season. Virginia is also winless in its last 15 games in the state of Florida. The Cavaliers’ last win in the Sunshine State was a 69-66 decision at Florida State on Feb. 17, 2001.
WagerWeb.com trends: Cavaliers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss. Cavaliers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Hurricanes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. Hurricanes are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. Hurricanes are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 home games. Hurricanes are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast. Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings. Road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.