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Virginia Tech takes on their conference rival Miami Hurricanes. This one should go down to the wire, with only 17 points separating these teams in their last five matchups. In his OddsChecker debut, Krabs breaks down the game and gives his pick.
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Miami vs. Virginia Tech Prediction: Are the Hokies Undervalued?

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Although many consider this to be a down year for the ACC, one thing is certain; Virginia Tech and Miami always put on one heck of a show. Now that Hunter Cattoor's elbow is healthy (enough), the Hokies have found their confidence again. Grant Basile, coming off ACC player of the week honors, is attacking the rim as we saw earlier in the season. Everything is starting to click for Virginia Tech after starting 2-7 in conference play. Could it be too late for the Hokies? Considering they started last season with the same conference record and ended up winning the ACC, I wouldn't count them out just yet.

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Miami vs. Virginia Tech Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
  • Start Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Where to Watch: ESPNU

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Miami vs. Virginia Tech Prediction

Miami, on the other hand, has lost three out of the last five games. Isaiah Wong and Nijel Pack have been incredible for the Hurricanes, but inconsistencies have led to missed opportunities of late in ACC play. Unfortunately for Miami, they couldn't guard a parked car. Facing an offense as hot as the Hokies are, this could be a long night for the home team if they can't shut down the three-point line or the Justyn Mutts/Grant Basile duo in the paint.

Mike Young has turned a corner with the help of veteran Justyn Mutts, a consistently crafty big man who can score almost anywhere. Michael Collins Jr., the dynamic four-star freshman, has been a major boost for the Hokies down the stretch as well. With Virginia Tech’s newfound confidence, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them run the table in ACC play: it starts tonight.

As a Virginia Tech alum, what perfect timing this is to be able to write up my first article about them. I watch this team every night for better or worse, and I feel a run coming from my Hokies. Sean Pedulla is running the point with confidence and has a great matchup against two guards who are more worried about filling the stat sheet than playing defense. If the Hokies run the offense through Pedulla, whether it’s getting Basile the rock on the block, our driving, and dishing to Cattoor behind the arch, points will be scored. Miami will have no way to slow down the Hokies tonight.

Oddsmakers haven’t been respecting Miami this entire season, and nothing today looks any different. Miami is sitting as a 3.5-point favorite, meaning they are barely a favorite on a neutral site (as many assume home-court advantage to be worth around three points). You’re telling me a ranked Miami team is valued the same as an ACC basement dweller like the Hokies? It seems to me like the books are fully aware of Virginia Tech’s incoming second-half resurgence. Buy low on the Hokies while you still can.

Miami vs. Virginia Tech Pick

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Krabs is a contrarian bettor who isn’t afraid to fade the public or go against the grain. His betting style not only produces winners but has changed the way many think about the sports betting process. You’ll find Krabs betting on anything from the NFL (at a 60% clip in 2022) to the KBO (8-1-1 in 2022). You won’t find many handicappers with more college basketball knowledge or insight than Krabs. A native of the “DMV,” you can find his work @Krabs_Bets on Twitter, or on Behind the Lines, his daily sports betting show on twitch.

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