Miami vs. Virginia Tech Prediction, Game Preview

    Miami vs. Virginia Tech prediction and game preview. The Hurricanes look to win their fifth straight game, while the Hokies are looking to extend their streak to three.

    February 27, 2017

    Miami vs. Virginia Tech prediction and game preview. The Hurricanes look to win their fifth straight game, while the Hokies are looking to extend their streak to three.

    Miami vs. Virginia Tech Game Preview

    When: Monday, Feb. 27 – 9 p.m. ET
    Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
    TV Broadcast: ESPN2

    Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes (20-8, 10-6 ACC) are coming off of a huge home win over Duke on Saturday, and freshman Bruce Brown led the way on senior day. Brown scored 25 points, and the Hurricanes’ defense held the Blue Devils 32 points below their season average in a 55-50 win. Larrañaga has just one loss to a Top 10 Duke team since arriving in Coral Gables in 2011-12.

    Meanwhile, Buzz Williams and the Hokies (20-8, 9-7) are coming off of a 91-75 victory at Boston College, as Justin Bibbs scored 13 points and VT used a 21-6 run to help pull away from the Eagles. The Hokies have really played well as of late despite the brutal season-ending injury to glue player Chris Clarke. Virginia Tech won for the third time in four games without Clarke.

    These teams met 19 days ago in Coral Gables, and Miami claimed a 74-68 victory behind 18 points and six assists from Davon Reed. The Hurricanes never trailed after halftime and went on an 18-2 run midway through the second half to take a 65-49 lead and never look back. Reed went 4 of 8 from 3-point range, while Ja’Quan Newton added 16 points and Anthony Lawrence had 12.

    Miami Wins If …

    … The Hurricanes get another outstanding effort from Brown, who shot 11 of 18 from the field and added four assists against Duke. If it wasn’t for his strong play, the ‘Canes would not have had a chance against the Blue Devils. The other seven Hurricanes that played combined to go just 11 of 40 from the field. Yet that was enough for the ‘Canes, who outscored Duke 40-20 in the paint. Reed had nine points and 10 rebounds in his final Miami home game.

    For Miami to win in a tough environment, a balanced effort will be needed. Even if Brown goes off, players such as Reed and Newton need to offer their usual offensive production to escape Blacksburg with a win.

    Virginia Tech Wins If …

    … The Hokies are able to get baskets near the bucket. Virginia Tech struggled to penetrate the lane against the Hurricanes in the first meeting between these two teams, often looking sluggish against Miami’s zone. The Hokies were also able to connect on just four 3-pointers in the first meeting.

    Against BC, Zach LeDay led the Hokies with 18 points, while Ty Outlaw had 16 and Seth Allen 15. The Hokies shot 75 percent in the second half, connecting on 7 of 8 on 3-point attempts. Similar production will be needed against a Hurricanes squad that can certainly put up its share of points.

    Matchup To Watch

    Miami’s Kamari Murphy and Ebuka Izundu vs. VT frontcourt

    The Hokies are a small bunch, and they became even smaller when Clarke was lost for the year. Hurricanes forward Murphy and reserve center Izundu combined to score 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the first meeting, and they will once again be problematic for Virginia Tech on Monday night. The Hokies need to be able to hold their own against the Miami big men.

    Miami vs. Virginia Tech Betting Odds

    Spread: Miami -1.5
    Over/Under: 139

    Miami vs. Virginia Tech Prediction

    The Hurricanes are rolling right now. Despite the home environment, Virginia Tech feels the loss of Clarke in a close setback.

    Miami vs. Virginia Tech final score prediction: Miami 67, Virginia Tech 65

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