Miami +11 vs. Virginia for your NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:56 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 1:56 PM UTC

The Virginia Cavaliers may get caught looking ahead to their upcoming schedule Wednesday night, which could prove costly against the Miami Hurricanes. So our handicapper shows us the most profitable college basketball odds for our sports picks!

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at John Paul Jones Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

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Solid basketball

Miami is 3-1 SUATS over its last four games, as it looks to build off a 69-42 victory over the Boston College Eagles as six-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 122.5.

The Hurricanes have started the oldest and most experienced lineup over that span, with five seniors being sent out on the floor for the opening tip.

College basketball handicappers will find that the program is 8-4 ATS as underdogs during the 2013-14 campaign.


Virginia has won 11 straight games and has already clinched a top-four seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, as it remains home after picking up a 70-49 blowout victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 11.5-point favorites last Saturday.

The Cavaliers are aiming for a school-record 17th consecutive ACC home victory—capturing the first 16 by an average of 15.4 points.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 10-0 SU and 9-1 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points.

Falling flat against the best

The Hurricanes are certainly dangerous road underdogs on the SBR Odds page, but it’s important to point out that they’ve dropped all four games against ranked opponents this season.

Miami will need a huge game from senior guard Rion Brown to pull off the upset—averaging a team-high 15 points per game.

All about defense

The Cavaliers lead the country in scoring defense, while they’ve held 31 straight conference opponents to under 50 percent shooting.

Virginia has limited its opponents to a combined 91 fast-break points for an average of just 3.3 per game.

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I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hurricanes as one of their college basketball picks, as they’ve gone 5-0 ATS in their last five road games versus teams with a winning home record.

College Basketball Pick: Miami Hurricanes +11

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