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  • Miami is rolling, and now the Canes travel to Georgia to take on Georgia Tech.
  • Can they continue their success as they have risen to No. 12 in the AP Poll?
  • Keg has the full picture and his best bet for the game.

Miami vs. Georgia Tech Odds

Wednesday, Jan. 4
7 p.m. ET
Bally Sports
Miami Odds
-110o / -110u
Georgia Tech Odds
-110o / -110u
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What a start to the season it's been for the Hurricanes. Miami is 13-1 and moved up to 12th in the AP Poll this week. The Hurricanes are also 4-0 in conference play following their 76-65 win over Notre Dame last week.

Friday's win over the Irish marked Miami's seventh straight conference road win, tying its program record. It'll now look to break that record Wednesday night against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

So far, Georgia Tech's season has been the exact opposite of Miami's success. The Yellow Jackets are 7-6 and still searching for their first ACC win with an 0-3 record in the conference.

Georgia Tech's best win came over a struggling Georgia team, but outside of that, the Yellow Jackets have yet to beat any team ranked better than 233rd, per KenPom.

Can Georgia Tech's defense do enough to keep this close at the very least? Or will the Hurricanes break the program record for consecutive road wins?

Miami Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have come out hot for the second year in a row. Not only are they even better this year, but the rest of the ACC is also considerably worse.

Between the two years combined, Miami has now gone 12-0 in December. Last year's team made it to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Now, it might be time to wonder how far this year's squad can make it.

Offense has primarily driven the Hurricanes' success. Miami averages 77.9 points per game and ranks 12th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency. The Canes have been their best around the basket and rely almost entirely on 2-point shots, ranking 261st in point distribution from 3s.

A whopping 48% of the Hurricanes' field goal attempts come either at the basket or in the paint. Miami ranks in the 85th percentile or better in field goal percentage on both.

When it does miss, Miami has been one of the best at getting the offensive rebound and making the most of it. The Canes sit 57th in offensive rebounding, grabbing a miss 33.3% of the time while averaging 11.7 second-chance points per contest.

While the offense may be their forte, don't sleep on the Canes defense. Miami has been better than the Yellow Jackets, holding opposing teams to just 67.8 points per game. It's also forced opposing teams into 14.1 turnovers per game and averaged 16.2 points off those takeaways.

As of late, the Hurricanes have been out of this world when it comes to transition defense. Over the last three games, Miami has outscored opponents on fast break points, 42-0, which could be a game-changer against a Georgia Tech team that gives up 9.8 points off the fast break per contest.

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Wednesday night's game will be the last in Georgia Tech's four-game homestand, its longest of the season. It will also be its second game in a row against a team ranked in the top 25 after it suffered an 18-point loss to No.  11th Virginia.

The Yellow Jackets are just 1-2 so far during the home stretch.

Georgia Tech's offense has struggled this season, posting an effective field goal percentage outside the top 200 and averaging 69.4 points per game. Like the Hurricanes, the Jackets have relied heavily on scoring around the basket. However, they've been far from as successful, hitting just 63.6% at the rim and 41.3% in the paint.

Georgia Tech's offense is heavily dependent on the production of Miles Kelly, Deebo Coleman and Jalon Moore, as the trio currently makes up 46.2% of the team's scoring.

But, as a whole, the team has been balanced. Outside of Kelly, who leads the Yellow Jackets with 14.1 points per game, seven other players average more than 15 minutes and between 5-10 points per game.

One important note for the Yellow Jackets' offense is that while they may rank 36th in the nation regarding turnover percentage, they had serious issues against the Cavaliers. They turned the ball over 23 times against Virginia.

The Hoos are just slightly ahead of the Hurricanes in defensive turnover percentage, and I wouldn't be surprised if turnovers became a serious issue again for Georgia Tech.

Miami vs. Georgia Tech Betting Pick

Miami has far and away been a better team than Georgia Tech. With their impressive win over Notre Dame in South Bend last week, I have little concern about the Hurricanes' ability to win on the road.

Turnovers were the difference between Georgia Tech covering the spread against Virginia, and that'll be the case again. Miami is just a little behind Virginia when it comes to forcing turnovers, but it's a better offensive team than the Cavaliers.

The Hurricanes also rank in the top 150 in pace, so it wouldn't surprise me to see Miami run away with this game, much like Virginia did.

The Hurricanes are 3-0 against the spread on the road, while Georgia Tech has gone 4-3 at home and 1-5 as an underdog. Back the Canes up to -6 to continue their streak and break the program record for consecutive wins on the road.

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