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Miami (FL) vs Pittsburgh Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds

Hurricanes vs Panthers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Miami (FL) Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Panthers
  • Where: Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 28th
  • Betting Odds: Miami (FL) +1, MIA -106 | PITT -116 O/U 148.5

Hurricanes Preview:

Miami (FL) heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 16-4. On the road, the Hurricanes will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 4-3. So far, the Hurricanes have been the underdog 4 times, going 1-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.

Miami (FL)’s leading scorer this season is Isaiah Wong, who is averaging 16.3 points per contest. So far, Wong has accounted for 20.86% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.6 rebounds per game and 3.65 assists. Jordan Miller is the second leading scorer for the Hurricanes, averaging 14.85 points per game. Between him and Miller, they are accounting for 39.9% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Miami (FL) is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 20 games, they have only hit 35.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 36.2% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Panthers Preview:

Pittsburgh will take the floor against the Hurricanes with an overall record of 14-7. So far this season, Pittsburgh has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-4. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Panthers as the -1 point favorites. The Panthers have been favored 11 times, going 9-2 straight up.

Pittsburgh will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Blake Hinson who is averaging 16.05 points per game for the Panthers. Hinson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jamarius Burton who has hit 53.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.95 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Pittsburgh this season, as they are currently ranked 442nd in college basketball at 61.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.4%, placing them 392nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Miami (FL) Hurricanes +1

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Pittsburgh as the favorites with a line coming in at -1. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Miami (FL) Hurricanes to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Pittsburgh at 5.38 made 3’s per game compared to Miami (FL) at 7.36. Look for Miami (FL) to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Panthers.