According to a MH March 12, 2014 basketball report, Miami (Fla.) and Virginia Tech will take the hardwood following the conclusion of the 2014 ACC Conference Tournament (live stream) opener between Notre Dame and Wake Forest around 3:40 p.m. ET (2:40 p.m. CT/1:40 p.m. MT/12:40 p.m. PT) on ESPN2 and ESPN3 (free game online).
Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., will be the site for the conference’s regular season championship, which will also determine which teams earn an invite into the NCAA Men’s basketball Tournament later this month.
As Michelle Kauffman details, it was just a year ago that the Canes captured the attention of the nation, going into the conference tourney as the team to beat and delivering with the program’s first ACC title.
However, back-to-back NCAA Tournament and/or NIT appearances will prove to be a tall task for UM’s men’s basketball squad. With no room for error, the Canes must defeat Virginia Tech and N.C. State on their way to consecutive ACC titles just to get themselves in the conversation for a 2014 postseason berth.
“We’re not in the running for the NIT because of the criteria of the NIT,” said Miami head coach Jim Larranaga, referring to the recent rule change for NIT qualifications. “It has nothing to do with your record now, it’s your RPI (Ratings Percentage Index). Our RPI is not good enough (below 100).”
So, what are the chances that the Hurricanes clear the first hurdle in today’s free live streaming game against Virginia Tech?
According to NCAA basketball betting experts at ESPN, UM is favored by -7½ versus V-Tech Hokies [+7½] in the ATS department. The OVER/UNDER tallies 115 points, while straight-up betting lines for this matchup go as follows: Miami Hurricanes [-350] vs. Virginia Tech Hokies [+290].
Bets Before 2014 ACC Conference Tournament TV Start Time
- Miami Hurricanes spread: 68 percent.
- Virginia Tech Hokies spread: 32 percent.
- OVER wagers: 186 units.
- UNDER wagers: 158 units.
ATS Trends to Consider Before ESPN3’s Free Live Stream
- V-Tech is 6-13 in its last 19 games overall.
- V-Tech is 5-11 in its last 16 games following a streaight-up loss.
- V-Tech is 3-8 in its last 11 games following an against-the-spread loss.
- Miami is 4-1-1 in its last 6 games overall.
- Miami is 4-1-1 in its last 6 games against Atlantic Coast Conference rivals.
- Miami is 5-2 in its last 7 games versus teams with winning-percentages below .400.
Be sure and watch all the action as it happens live on ESPN2 following Game 1 of the ACC Tournament 2014 between the Fighting Irish and the Demon Deacons. Are you stuck at work, or can’t get to a TV set?
No need to worry, because courtesy of ESPN’s family of networks, Miami vs. Virginia Tech will be streaming live and free of charge at ESPN3. For more information on how to watch on a desktop or any Internet mobile device please visit Watch-ESPN or simply click here to be transferred directly.