Miami Hurricanes (5-3) vs Pennsylvania Quakers (6-2)Date : 12/04/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : The Palaestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Miami Hurricanes vs Pennsylvania Quakers
The Miami Hurricanes of the Atlantic Coast Conference will travel to the Palaestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to battle the Penn Quakers of the Ivy League on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Quakers picked up their second straight win over the Delaware State Hornets in their last outing by a 76-48 score as they went into the half with a 41-27 point lead while cruising to victory in the second half.
The Hurricanes lost their third straight game do to a second-half rally by the Yale Bulldogs which erased a 10-point halftime lead for the Hurricanes while giving the Bulldogs a 77 – 73 road win. Ebuka Izundu led the Canes in scoring with 19 points as he went 8-11 from the floor for the night.
Miami Hurricanes's Latest Performance :
In the last three outings, the Miami Hurricanes are averaging 8 points less than their average for the year at 70 points per game. And while they began their last game on a tear in taking a 14-point lead at the half versus the Yale Bulldogs, the Hurricanes came out flat in the second half which proved to be their undoing as the Bulldogs rallied in which to take a four-point win on the road forces a Hurricanes team that has lost its sting, all of a sudden.
For the game, Miami shot 41% for the night while making only six of 26 3 point attempts for for the night. On the other hand, they allowed Yale to shoot 51% from the floor as Miye Oni finished with 29 points for the Bulldogs as he shot 10-15 from the field. On the other hand, the Hurricanes were led by Izundu with 19 points while Dejan Vasiljevic also chipped in 17 points in the losing effort. Miami will certainly be looking to get the sour taste out of their mouths versus the Pennsylvania Quakers in this matchup; However, this will prove to be a difficult task as the Quakers come into this matchup with loads of confidence and momentum and will certainly be looking to pick up a home win, as they are undefeated in their last three, overall.
Pennsylvania Quakers's Latest Performance :
After some rough outings versus the Kansas State Wildcats along with the Oregon State Beavers, the Pennsylvania Quakers have suddenly returned to form in winning two straight games to where they are averaging over 90 points per game. On the other hand, their defense is allowing teams to score an average of 55 points per game during this time. In the last outing versus the Hornets of Delaware State, the Quaker shot 40% both from the field as well as from 3-point range yet allowed the Hornets to shoot only 23% from the floor while going 7-20 from 3-point range for the night.
The Quakers also heavily outrebounded the Hornets buy a 51-37 margin. In all, look for them to Maintain their stellar play on both sides of the ball versus a Miami Hurricanes team that, despite their defense remaining solid on a night on a nighly basis, the offense continues to struggle, particularly during their current three-game losing skid.
How Miami Hurricanes & Pennsylvania Quakers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Miami is 3 – 5 ATS while the OU is 3 – 5
Pennsylvania is 5 – 2 ATS while the OU is 3 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be an interesting game for both teams as Pennsylvania will certainly look to pick up what will be a quality win versus a Miami Hurricanes squad. On the other hand, this will certainly be a task for the Hurricanes as well as they have lost three straight, as stated, while looking to get back in the win column with a win. With that being the case, look for both teams to come out focused while the Bulldogs will be looking to push the pace throughout. On the other hand, the Hurricanes will be looking to take advantage of their athleticism on both ends of the floor hoping that it will allow them to put some points on the board along with maintain their present defensive intensity.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Pennsylvania Quakers
My reason for the pick :
while I believe that the Miami Hurricanes will certainly bring the focus for this all-important contest, I will pick the Pennsylvania Quakers to pull out a slim victory at home in this contest as they have played very well at the Palaestra in recent games. Combine this with the fact that the Quakers have also play well on the offensive end lately, this will very well pose problems for a Miami defense that has tended to struggle recently right along with its offense. In all, this will be a close matchup, yet one that will favor the home team, in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in four of the last six games for the Miami Hurricanes while also being the result in five of the last eight games for Yale. Combine this with the fact that the Hurricanes will certainly be looking for a much better defensive performance than they have illustrated in the past few games along with Penn looking to continue their defensive intensity from their recent outings, one has to come conclude that the strong play in this matchup is certainly the under.
Betting trends for Miami Hurricanes:
- The Hurricanes are 1-4 ATS in last 5 games
- The under is 4-2 in Hurricanes last six games
Betting trends for Pennsylvania Quakers:
- The Quakers are 5-2 ATS in last 7 games
- The under is 5-3 in Quaker’s last 8 games