Miami Florida Hurricanes (11-4; 3-10 ATS; 3-9 O/U) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (12-5; 6-8-2 ATS; 9-7 O/U)
NCAAB: Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 12:00pm EST
Line: Pittsburgh -2.5
The Pittsburgh Panthers will look to get back on track when they host the Miami Florida Hurricanes Saturday afternoon from the Petersen Events Center. Miami Florida fell 67-62 to Notre Dame in their latest action, and Pittsburgh lost 85-80 to Louisville on Wednesday night. Miami beat Pittsburgh 65-63 in the lone meeting last season.
Hurricanes Almost Take Down 20th Ranked Notre Dame
The Miami Florida Hurricanes could not hold a late lead in a 67-62 home loss to 20th ranked Notre Dame on Thursday night. Miami only shot 38.1% from the field in the defensive contest, and held Notre Dame to 37% shooting, but the Fighting Irish went 12 for 14 from the free-throw line which was the difference. Devon Reed led the offensive charge, scoring 21 points on 9 for 17 shooting, and also picked up six rebounds. The senior guard rebounded nicely from his 2 for 11 performance in his previous contest, and is now averaging 14.5 points per game, placing him second in team scoring. Hurricanes’ leading scorer Ja’Quan Newton added 14 points in the loss, but only made 5 of 16 attempts from the field. The junior guard has cooled down as of late, currently on a 15 for 43 stretch from the field, but is still averaging a solid 15.1 points per game. The Hurricanes have now dropped two straight games, and sit at 1-2 in ACC play. They are currently ranked 38th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Miami Florida is scoring an average of 72.8 points per game, ranking them 209th overall, and are shooting 46% from the field. The Hurricanes are one of the best defensive teams in the Country, allowing an average of 60.2 points per game, good for 10th overall.
Panthers Comeback Attempt Comes up Short
The Pittsburgh Panthers comeback attempt came up short in a 85-80 loss to 14th ranked Louisville on Wednesday night. Pittsburgh found themselves down 21 points at halftime, but proceeded to outscore the Cardinals 54-38 in the second half. The Panthers shot a decent 45% on the night, but were out-rebounded 45-30 in the loss. Jamel Artis was phenomenal, scoring 43 points, marking the highest point total in the ACC since 2008. Artis is red hot right now, scoring 23 or more points in five consecutive games, and is now averaging 22.8 points per game. Michael Young also had a big night, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds, collecting his fourth double-double of the season. The senior forward is also having a terrific year, sitting second in team scoring with 22 points per game. The Panthers are very impressive offensively but need to play better defense to have success in the ACC. They now own a 1-3 record in ACC play and are ranked 51st overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Pittsburgh features an exciting offense, now scoring an average of 81.2 points per game, ranking them 42nd overall, and own a 46.8 field goal percentage. The Panthers are now conceding an average of 76.4 points per game, placing them 273rd overall.
The Miami Florida Hurricanes are:
- No Key Trends
The Pittsburgh Panthers are:
- 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400.
- 18-38-2 ATS in their last 58 home games.
- 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 home games against a team with a losing road record.
I am siding with Miami-Florida in this contest. Pittsburgh has a great offense but they do not play good defense which has hurt them so far in conference play, losing three out of their last four games. Miami-Florida plays stifling defense which is holding opponents to 38% shooting, so I am confident they can slow down Pittsburgh’s scoring. Miami Florida should have success offensively against the Panthers shaky defense.