Miami Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 3/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Hurricanes vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Location: Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+4.5)
Greensboro Coliseum is the venue where and the Pittsburgh Panthers (10-11) will play the Miami Hurricanes (8-16) on Tuesday. Pittsburgh opens this matchup as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 137.
Miami steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 8-16 for the year. They turn it over 12.7 times per game and as a squad are committing 12.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Miami is pulling in 35.5 boards per game and has accounted for 269 dimes so far this season, which is 232nd in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Hurricanes are shooting 29.3% on shots from beyond the arc (135 of 460) and 69.3% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 65.9 points per outing (291st in the nation) while shooting 41.9% from the field. When they are on defense, the Hurricanes have forced 12.2 turnovers per game while drawing 15.4 personal fouls. They give up 37.0% on shots from distance and they are 206th in the nation in opponents PPG (71.2). The Hurricanes defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.6% (642 of 1,441) and they concede 35.1 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 308th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 362 relinquished on the year.
The Miami Hurricanes faced the Boston College Eagles and went home with a win by a final score of 80-76 in their last game. Miami ended the contest having earned a 42.9% field goal percentage (27 of 63) and converted 7 of their 24 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Hurricanes converted 19 of their 26 attempts for a rate of 73.1%. In terms of rebounding, they earned a total of 32 with 6 of them being offensive. They also dished out 15 assists in this contest while forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and having 6 steals. In the matter of defense, Miami allowed 41.9% from the floor on 26 out of 62 shooting. Boston College totaled 13 dimes and had 2 steals in this contest. Moreover, Boston College pulled down 37 rebounds (9 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 7 rejections. Boston College walked away from this one shooting 83.3% at the free throw line by making 15 of their 18 attempts. They made 9 out of their 26 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Kameron McGusty is a player who came through for the contest. He ended up with 27 points on 9 of 12 shooting. He played 39 mins played and also totaled 6 rebounds. McGusty finished the contest at 75.0% from the field and recorded 5 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this game for the Hurricanes was Nysier Brooks. He totaled 4 rebounds in his 36 min on the court. He ended up shooting 72.7% from the field in the matchup via 8-of-11 (21 points). At the conclusion of this game, Brooks wasn't able to get an assist.
Pittsburgh has a win-loss record of 10-11 this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Panthers are shooting 43.0% from the floor, which ranks them 244th in the country. Pittsburgh has scored 1,493 points on the campaign (71.1 per game) and they pull in 38.4 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 14.9 times per game (79th in the country) and they turn the ball over 12.5 times per contest. The Panthers are committing 17.2 fouls per contest and they go 67.3% from the charity stripe. The Panthers on the defensive side of the court are 161st in the country in points per game surrendered with 69.7. They are forcing their opponents into 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 43.5% from the field (183rd in college hoops). The Pittsburgh defense gives up 32.5% from downtown (158 of 486) and opponents are connecting on 70.3% of their foul shots. They have given up 15.8 dimes and 33.0 rebounds per game, which is ranked 320th and 95th in those categories.
In their last game, the Pittsburgh Panthers went home defeated by a final of 77-62 when they faced the Clemson Tigers. The Panthers earned 15 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 21 in this matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while earning 9 steals in this game. The Tigers committed 13 personal fouls in this contest which took the Panthers to the free throw line for 17 attempts. They were able to convert 13 of those for a rate of 76.5%. When discussing shots from beyond the perimeter, Pittsburgh made 9 out of 18 attempts (50.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Panthers shot 20 out of 45 from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.4%. The Panthers allowed the Tigers to make 29 of 52 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 55.8% in this game. They finished 48.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 12 out of 25 and ended up going 7 out of 9 at the free throw line (77.8%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Pittsburgh allowed Clemson to pull down 25 overall (5 offensive).
Justin Champagnie pitched in for the Panthers in this matchup. He made 6 out of 13 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and accounted for 4 rebounds. Champagnie recorded 13 points in his 30 mins on the court and accounted for 1 assist for the matchup. Another guy that was pivotal for Pittsburgh was Nike Sibande. He ended up finishing with 2 dimes in his 27 minutes played, and he knocked down 3 out of 4 from the floor. Sibande ended up shooting 75.0% from the floor as well as totaling 7 points and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Miami (+4.5)
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