Miami vs. Virginia - 2/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Duke has struggled this season with falling flat halfway through the game-losing its first half lead, as well as its energy, in the second half of losses to North Carolina and St. John's this month. We take a look at all the reasons why here.

The top rebounder on the Hokies was unsurprisingly Kerry Blackshear Jr. That's a sign of respect to the Hokies that losing to this VT team at home wasn't enough to keep UVA from the #1 spot after a insane week of college basketball. "Everybody is capable of beating everybody in this league, and that is reality".

Nearly unanimously, the Blue Devils agreed that Wednesday night was the best they've talked all season long. Miami, conversely, is more of a high-flying team that seems to do better as the scoring mounts.

The Canes' comeback proved short-lived as the offensive drought soon returned and the Cavaliers tore off a 13-0 run over the next seven minutes-eventually taking a 27-16 lead into the locker room. It will be a big game for positioning in the standings and seeding for the ACC Tournament. Hunter's 15 second-half points were more than any other Virginia player scored all night. In front of the home crowd, this would be the biggest win of 2016-17.

The new No.1 Virginia basketball team kept all their past memories at the Watsco Center to the side, as they played a hard fought game to beat Miami 59-50. The fact that this VT team added their names to that very short list against a now #1 UVA team is incredible.

Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. shoots over a Virginia Tech player
Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. shoots over a Virginia Tech player

Virginia mixed man-to-man and zone, and the Hurricanes had trouble making a shot against either defense, often settling for attempts from long range.

"He's such an energy player, and we want him to just come in and play with that reckless abandon where he's going after every shot, blocking everything at the rim", Allen said of DeLaurier.

Miami opened the second half with a 10-2 run, pulling to within three after a Lonnie Walker lay-up, but as was the case all game-Virginia was always ready with the counterpunch. This week of rest will give them plenty of time to recoup and help alleviate any nagging injuries for the rest of the season.

Two more victories get the Canes to the 20-win mark in a spirited ACC, while anything more than that only improves post-season chances. When UVA tied the game up, Virginia Tech turned up the heat on defense and made it a one or two possession difference for the rest of the game in either direction.

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