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#741 FAU 142 vs.
#742 Miami - FL -11.5
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Written by Joshua Broom



#741 Florida Atlantic University
#742 University of Miami


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Conference USA meets Atlantic Coast Conference when FAU visit the Miami Hurricanes in Friday night college basketball action. The FAU Owls opened their season with a 92-81 victory vs. Division II Flagler University. Miami enters tonight’s contest looking to recapture national prominence after a down 14-18 season.

Miami seeks rebound season after 2018-19 misques

Jim Larranaga and Miami believe increased depth will be key for their season ahead. Last year, injuries and suspensions decimated the Hurricanes’ three-year NCAA Tournament streak. While Dewan Hernandez has moved on from Miami basketball, the Hurricanes return floor general Chris Lykes. Lykes averaged 16.2 ppg and 3.2 apg in 2018-19. Senior DJ Vasiljevic, transfer Kameron McGutsy and an incoming crop of freshmen will combine with Sam Waardenburg to form Miami’s core.

Last season the Hurricanes averaged 71.8 ppg and allowed 71.1 ppg. Coach Larranaga placed an off-season emphasis on defensive improvement. Miami can prove tonight if those drill and time spent coalescing paid off.

FAU trying to add another season of improved wins

A steady win increment saw FAU finish above .500 last year for the first time since 2011. With potential C-USA star Jailyn Ingram (18.9 ppg) returning from an ACL tear, this season’s Owl’s offering could make noise. Though, Ingram scored just four points in 14 minutes during FAU’s Tues. win vs. Flagler. Coach Dusty May plans to bring Ingram along slowly so he’ll peak during conference play.

With last year’s star a supporting member, all 13 Owls scored to ring in their season opener. Senior guard Cornelius Taylor’s 20 points in 20 minutes led FAU. In defeat, Gedi Juozapaitis added 24 rallies.

In 2018-19 FAU scored 70.4 ppg and allowed 68.0 ppg -#80 NCAA.

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Tonight’s contest will test Miami’s depth, as their starting five are a class above mid-major FAU. But if FAU gets a few surprise performances it may close distance between the teams. The rub here is how well, and how much, returning Owl Ingram competes. As of Thursday morning, a spread hasn’t been set, but I’d lean in Miami’s direction and say they win by 15-plus vs. a team which recently eked by Division II competition.

Prediction: Miami

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A total hasn’t been set either. Although, these teams both play with pace and have players who can add points in a hurry. If the Over’s reasonable, it’s worth taking. Tonight should become a showcase for Hurricanes guard Lykes.

Prediction: Over

Written By Joshua Broom

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Joshua Broom has lent his thirty-plus years of insight to several sports outlets and has appeared on national radio to talk hoops. Now a dedicated handicapper, Joshua avidly critiques NBA, MLB and college and professional basketball and football trends for the betting public. Check out his picks today at Stat Salt to get a leg up on your bookie.