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How and what to watch for Miami vs. No. 15 Virginia

Virginia has dropped three games in a row and will look to rebound against lowly Miami on Monday ahead of the NCAA Tournament.

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Virginia forward Jay Huff dunks during the NCAA basketball game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on February 10th, 2021 at Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA. Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

No. 15 Virginia is sliding fast after losses to No. 11 Florida State, Duke, and NC State. The Hoosiers could use a tune-up game ahead of the NCAA tournament, and they’ll get a chance at just that against the worst team in the ACC on Monday against Miami ahead of its regular-season finale on Saturday.

Virginia (15-6, 11-4 ACC) still has a chance to catch Florida State in the standings by winning out despite its untimely losing streak. The Hoosiers aren’t even half a game back from the Seminoles but hold a one-game lead over No. 16 Virginia Tech. Virginia has an advantage on the boards with its frontcourt duo of Sam Hauser and Jay Huff, but both bigs will have to carry their weight on the offense as well.

Miami (7-15, 3-14 ACC) has dropped five games in a row since toping Duke but has benefitted from Isaiah Wong’s scoring surge during its slide. The sophomore guard leads the Hurricanes with 178 points per game and has tallied 57 points in his last two outings. Can he keep it up to help Miami bounce back, or will he be stifled by the opposition's stellar defense?

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Miami vs. Virginia on Monday, March 1st at 6:00 p.m. ET on the ACC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Virginia -15.5
Point Total: 124.5
Money line: Miami +1050, Virginia -2500

  • Virginia is 10-10-1 ATS overall and 5-5 at home
  • Miami is 10-12 ATS overall and 3-5 on the road

The Best Bet

Both teams are around .500 against the spread this season, but Virginia has lost two of its last three games to unranked, ACC teams. The Hurricanes are just 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, though. The Hoos have generally played well against teams below .400 and are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against teams playing that poorly. I expect them to get back on track ahead of their season finale against Louisville.

Pick: UVA -15.5

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