It’s an ACC matchup as a pair of teams take the floor in search of a victory down in South Beach. The Virginia Tech Hokies are on the road as they make the trip to take on the #20 Miami Hurricanes Tuesday night. Virginia Tech dropped Syracuse 85-70 at home in their previous contest Saturday afternoon, covering the line as a 6.5-point favorite. Miami was beaten 71-68 on the road by Pitt Saturday afternoon, losing outright as a 1.5-point favorite in their previous game. In the all-time series between the programs, the Hurricanes own a 25-20 advantage but it was the Hokies taking a 71-70 road win in the most recent meeting on February 26, 2022.
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Virginia Tech avenged a road loss to Syracuse by squeezing the Orange at home Saturday for their second straight win after a seven-game skid. The Hokies improved to 13-8 overall and stand 12in the conference with a 3-7 mark in conference play. Against Syracuse, Virginia Tech used a 9-0 run to take an 18-10 lead seven minutes into the game and was off and running. The Hokies led 52-33 at the half and never let the lead drop below 14 the rest of the way en route to the win. Virginia Tech shot 53.3% from the field, including 13 of 32 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 37-26. Grant Basile led the Hokies with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the win.
The Hokies are above average on the offensive end of the floor this season as they are 146th in the nation in scoring offense as they put up 73.4 points per game on the season. Virginia Tech pulls down an average of 35.3 boards per contest a night while ranking 54th by dishing out 15.2 assists a game on the year. The Hokies are a stellar defensive team as they stand 88th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 66.3 points per game. Sean Pedulla leads the team with 15.5 points plus 4.1 assists a night this season. Grant Basile contributes 14.8 points plus 5.8 rebounds a night, Darius Maddox chips in 8.5 points per contest while Hunter Cattoor adds 10.4 points plus four boards a contest. Justyn Mutts (12.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists), Lynn Kidd, Mlyljael Poteat, Michael Collins Jr. and John Camden are some of the key role players for coach Mike Young this season. Virginia Tech shoots 46.8% from the field as a team on the year, putting them 60th in the country. The Hokies splash an average of eight triples a night while shooting 35.1% from beyond the arc. Virginia Tech is above average at the free throw line as they knock down 72.7% of their attempts at the stripe this season.
Miami had their chances against Pitt but let things slip away late and ended up with a road loss in the process. The Hurricanes improved to 16-5 overall and stand tied for fifth in the conference with a 7-4 record entering this game. Against Pitt, Miami led by as many as 11 in the first half and held a five-point edge at intermission. The Hurricanes led by 11 with 12:13 remaining and still led 68-60 with 2:28 remaining only to give up an 11-0 run to lose the game. Miami shot 49.1% from the field, including eight of 17 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 39-30 in the contest. Jordan Miller led the Hurricanes with 18 points and four assists in the loss.
The Hurricanes come into the game 52nd in the nation in scoring offense with 77.7 points per game on the year. Miami pulls down an average of 35 rebounds per contest while dishing out 14.9 assists per game, which is 74th in the nation. The Hurricanes are average defensively, ranking 182nd in the country by allowing 69.5 points per contest. Isaiah Wong leads the team with 16.2 points plus 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest this season. Jordan Miller (15 points), Norchad Omier (13.5 points, 10.4 rebounds) and Nijel Pack (12 points) each are solid scoring options this season. Wooga Poplar, Bensley Joseph, Harlond Beverly, Anthony Walker and A.J. Casey are key pieces for coach Jim Larranaga’s rotation. The Hurricanes shoot 47.8% from the field as a team this season. Miami connects on 7.6 three-pointers a night while shooting 35.6% from beyond the arc. The Hurricanes are excellent at the charity stripe this season, shooting 76.1% as a team at the line.
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Virginia Tech had lost seven straight games before taking down Duke and then Syracuse but those games came at home. The Hokies are a stellar 10-2 at home and 3-0 on neutral floors this season but playing on the road is a completely different situation. Virginia Tech is a dismal 0-6 on the road, including defeats at Boston College and Charleston. Miami had Pitt right where they wanted them and, to quote Dennis Green, let them off the hook. Now, the Hurricanes are back at home, where they are a perfect 11-0 on the season. Miami should be able to take advantage of the home crowd to deliver a victory here and keep the Hokies winless on the road.
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Virginia Tech has gone over the total in 11 of their 21 games this season. The Hokies are 40th in the nation in offensive efficiency, 44th in effective field goal percentage (53.6%) and 18th in turnover percentage (15.4%) this season according to KenPom. Virginia Tech piles up points despite playing at a slow tempo, ranking 238th in adjusted tempo with an average of 66 possessions per contest. Miami has seen the under hit in 12 of their 21 games, with one push, in relation to the total this season. The Hurricanes are 12th in offensive efficiency, 29th in effective field goal percentage (54.3%) and 72nd in offensive rebounding percentage (32.4%) this year. Miami doesn’t beat themselves as they are 67th in turnover percentage (16.9%) on the offensive end of the floor. The Hurricanes are 143rd in the nation in tempo with 67.8 possessions a night. These teams do just enough to put the game over the total.
Prediction: Over 143
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