Virginia vs. Miami Free Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed Miami as an 8-point favorite over Virginia for tonight’s game, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 118.5 points. The Cavaliers are 18-7 overall and 8-4 in the ACC, while the Hurricanes are 21-3 overall and a perfect 12-0 in conference play.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Hurricanes opened as 8.5-point favorites but the spread has been bet down to 8 at most sports books. As for the total, it opened at 115.5 but has shot up to 118.5 at some books and 118 at other places.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 62% of college basketball public bettors currently favor Miami. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Virginia. According to the latest college basketball trends, Cavaliers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss, road team is 5-2 ATS last 7 in series and 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. Virginia (18-7 SU, 14-7-1 ATS) is coming off a 93-81 loss at North Carolina getting 5, to halt a three-game winning streak. Miami (21-3 SU, 15-5-1 ATS) has won 13 straight but did not cover on Sunday, edging Clemson, 45-43 on the road as a 6-point favorite. The Hurricanes are off to the best start in ACC history. They hold a four-game lead over the third-place Cavaliers (8-4 ACC) heading into Tuesday's contest.Miami shot just 34.6 percent from the floor and 3 of 19 from beyond the arc at Clemson. The Cavaliers rank near the top of the nation in scoring defense (54.0) but struggled against the Tar Heels on Saturday, allowing 93 points. A win by Virginia -despite some quality wins and some bad losses-would great enhance their chances of making the NCAA Tournament.
Junior Joe Harris is having a breakout season for the Cavaliers, who have won seven of nine overall. The forward has averaged 25.0 points on 72.7 percent shooting -- including 12 for 17 from 3-point range -- in his last three games. With a career-high 27 points against the Tar Heels, Harris became the program's first player since Roger Mason, Jr. in 2001-02 to score 20 or more in four consecutive games. Junior Akil Mitchell also averages in double figures (12.6 ppg) and ranks third in the ACC with 8.8 rebounds per game. 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 78.0 points and shooting 42 for 83 (50.6) from 3-point range during their current run.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: VIRGINIA CAVALIERS +8