Hurricanes Stay Unbeaten, Down Seton Hall in Wooden Legacy

Willie Bee

Saturday, November 24, 2018 1:02 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 1:02 PM UTC

Feast Week comes to a close Sunday night with the championship bout in the Wooden Legacy, and we have a free basketball pick for the clash between Miami and Seton Hall.

 

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Miami-FL (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) vs. Seton Hall (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS)Sunday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)Free NCAAB Pick: Miami ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Former conference rivals meet for the first time in more than 14 years, and the dry spell between Miami and Seton Hall comes to an end in the championship tilt of the Wooden Legacy to put an exclamation point on Feast Week.

The late-night battle between the Hurricanes and Pirates isn’t for those folks who have overdosed on tryptophan this weekend, another reason to thank whoever invented DVR. It should, however, attract college hoops bettors interested in seeing a couple of NCAA Tournament caliber teams that have combined to win eight of their first 10 games straight up, covering six of them. Miami gets the chalk for this clash that should close in the mid-140s for the scoreboard target.

’Canes Off Last-Second Win Over Fresno State

Jim Larrañaga’s lads smoked La Salle to open the Wooden Legacy on Thanksgiving morning, the 85-49 final easily covering a -14 line. It wasn’t nearly as easy in Friday’s semifinal against Fresno State, the Bulldogs and Hurricanes staying close the entire way before Zach Johnson’s put-back dunk with under a second remaining lifted Miami to the 78-76 decision that wasn’t enough to beat -8½ at 5Dimes. Johnson scored his two dozen points off the bench, a season-high for the senior who is one of five Hurricanes averaging 11PPG or better.

Kevin Willard’s crew bounced back from a loss to Saint Louis a week ago by winning and covering their first two games in this tourney. A career-best 40 from Myles Powell did the trick in the 82-75 opener against Grand Canyon, the junior then netting 19 more in a 64-54 matchup with Hawaii. Powell ranks seventh in the nation averaging a little less than 26 PPG while converting on better than 51% from the field and more than 42% from 3-point range.

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Man, we could watch this over and over...

SO. CLUTCH. pic.twitter.com/jf3WmzMbLN

— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) 23 de novembro de 2018
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Upset Could Boost Pirates Come Bubble-Watch Time

February 2004 was the last time the Hurricanes and Pirates met, Seton Hall taking that one for its 3rd-straight win over Miami and 15th in 23 all-time encounters. The Pirates were 3-point favorites in each of the last three matchups, and easily covered the spreads with at least 10 point margin of victories. More than half of Seton Hall’s wins in the rivalry came in an 8-game run from 1992-95, three of the most recent four tilts falling short of the NCAA basketball odds.

Figuring out a way to at least slow Seton Hall’s Powell is the top priority for Larrañaga and the Hurricanes. Count me among those who think Miami can get the job done to cover my free college basketball pick as a small favorite.

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