Many of the teams who are considered legitimate contenders for the NCAAB crown spend the early part of the season playing what amount to nothing more than warm-up games. There is always the potential for the upset, though, and the #13 ranked pick Miami Hurricanes will be looking to avoid that when they welcome the Princeton Tigers into BankUnited Center on Tuesday, December 29. Tip-off for this one is set for 7 PM EST on ESPN3. You can check out our online betting odds for this and other NCAAB games in Mybookie.ag.
A Closer Look at the Tigers Vs Hurricanes Pick and Game Preview
The Hurricanes will be coming into this one as the favorite, but it should be noted that they already have an upset loss on their schedule this season. The Tigers will be looking to come up with the surprise in this one, but the better bet may be to take them against the spread as opposed to straight up. You will get a better idea of which way to go once the odds for this one go live. MyBookie.ag will have them as soon as that happens, so be sure to check back.
Why bet on the Princeton Tigers
The Tigers come into this one at a very respectable 7-3, although it should be noted that their last defeat was a rather one sided affair against a ranked Maryland side. They look to be in tough again here, especially since they have only covered once in their 4 games that have been on the board this season. They didn’t really come close to covering as a 12.5-point underdog against Maryland. The OVER/UNDER has gone 2-2-0 in the 4 games that Princeton has had on the board this year, with the OVER hitting in the game against Maryland. The Tigers are averaging 76.6 PPG, and are giving up 68.9 PPG.
Why bet on the Miami Hurricanes
After a bit of a rough patch that saw the Hurricanes (10-1) lose to Northeastern, and then need OT to beat Nebraska, Miami has become more than a little cutthroat. They come into this one having won 4 straight games, winning by an average of 25 points. They covered in all 4 of those games, and are now 8-2-0 ATS this season. Since they have been winning in some considerable style, it’s no real surprise to learn that the OVER has been good to the Hurricanes this season. The OVER has gone 8-2-0 in Hurricanes games on the board do far this year. Miami is averaging 86.1 PPG, and are giving up 66.6 PPG.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I would not be surprised to see this one follow a similar pattern to what Miami has done in their last 4 starts. This is a team that suddenly looks as though they have a point to prove, which is bad news for their opponents.
My prediction: Princeton Tigers 55 Miami Hurricanes 79