7:02 pm
December 4

Miami (FL) @ Pennsylvania

Who will WIN this matchup?

Miami (FL) Hurricanes (5-3)

@ Pennsylvania Quakers (6-2)


Current odds:

Miami (FL) Hurricanes: (-260)

Pennsylvania Quakers: (+220)


•  The line for this game is Miami by 5.5 points.

• Miami’s woes continued over the weekend as the Hurricanes lost their third straight nonconference matchup, falling to Yale 77-73 in the Hoophall Miami Invitational despite at one point owning a 15-point advantage in the second half. Now the Hurricanes get their second straight crack at an Ivy League opponent as they head to the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday for their first true road game of the season and the only road game of their nonconference slate. Fatigue certainly wasn’t a factor in the loss to Yale as it was their prior outing against Rutgers when they had their worst shooting performance of the season (34 percent) on the heels of returning from a trip to California. Instead, the issue was putting the clamps on the Bulldogs’ best shooter, Miye Oni, which has been a problem for the Hurricanes all season.

• Penn’s main man, and the player the Hurricanes will need to contain, is junior guard Devon Goodman (15.3 ppg), who had topped the Quakers in scoring in five straight games before freshman Bryce Washington took over the mantle with 16 in the team’s last outing, a 76-48 victory over Delaware State.

• This will be the Hurricanes’ last contest before taking two weeks off for final exams and they need to finish on a positive note, particularly after an unproductive second half against Yale when they went stone cold to ruin a hot start, scoring just 24 points after intermission. Still, four Hurricanes finished in double figures, led by senior center Ebuka Izundu, who returned after missing the final 10 minutes of the Yale loss due to leg cramps and finished with team highs in points (19) and rebounds (nine). The Hurricanes did shut down Yale’s potent 3-point game, holding them to 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from long distance, continuing a trend as Miami has limited opponents to 27.9 percent of their 3-pointers this year, 25th best in the nation.

 Off to their best start since 2001-02, the Quakers will try to duplicate the success of their fellow Ivy League friends from Yale with Goodman challenging the Hurricanes’ defense. Penn will also attempt to find a chink in Miami’s 3-point defense as the Quakers have made 28 3-point shots over the last two games, hitting double-digits in that category four times in eight games. Junior forward A.J. Brodeur has had double-doubles in each of the last two games and is leading the team with 7.4 rebounds per game while ranking second to Goodman with 11.0 points per game.

• Miami holds a 6-3 series advantage over Penn, with wins in the last four meetings, including a 74-62 victory on Nov. 19, 2016.

• The Hurricanes went 16-3 when scoring 70 points last season, but they are 0-2 when hitting 70 in the last three games.

• Miami has lost three straight non-conference games for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

StreakSmarter Pick
Miami (FL) Hurricanes