It will be a battle between ACC opponents when the Pittsburgh Panthers (13-8, 4-6 ACC) welcome the Miami Hurricanes (11-9, 3-7 ACC) to the Petersen Events Center. The game starts at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 2, 2020, and will air on ACC Network.
Miami Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Panthers ATS Prediction
The last time the Hurricanes played, they beat the Virginia Tech Hokies, 71-61. The Hurricanes knocked down 13 of their 16 free throws (81.3 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.547 (above their season average of 0.502). With 18 points on 7-for-16 shooting, Dejan Vasiljevic was Miami’s high scorer.
The Panthers lost to the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils in their last contest, 79-67. Duke’s 38.9 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest advantage over Pittsburgh, who had a mark of 30.3. The Blue Devils’ mark was above their season average of 36.4. Au’Diese Toney had a solid game for Pittsburgh, leading both teams in scoring with 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. Kameron McGusty scored a game-high 19 points in the first matchup, in which the Hurricanes beat the Panthers 66-58. Miami had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.588 vs. 0.383). Pittsburgh, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (13.8 vs. 22.4).
The offensive glass should be a huge advantage for Pittsburgh in this battle. The Panthers currently rank 52nd in offensive rebounding percentage (32.8 percent), while Miami ranks 324th in defensive rebounding percentage (67.8 percent). Also, the Hurricanes, who rank 256th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.205), will battle against the Panthers, who rank 34th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.170).
Miami vs. Pittsburgh ATS Pick
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Pittsburgh ranks 154th in assists allowed per game (13.0) while Miami ranks 256th (16.1).
The Panthers rank 171st in rebounds per game (35.0) while the Hurricanes rank 251st in rebounds allowed per game (38.3).
Miami ranks 181st in three pointers attempted per game (21.1) while Pittsburgh ranks 259th (17.8).
The Panthers rank 33rd in steals allowed per game (5.2) while the Hurricanes rank 108th (6.3).
Pittsburgh ranks 89th in blocks per game (3.6) while Miami ranks 164th in blocks allowed per game (4.5).
The Hurricanes’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 12.8, up from 2.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Panthers have scored an average of 67.2 points per game (0.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.0 points per game (6.1 above their season average).