PITT at Louisville 1/11/17 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions
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PITT Panthers vs. Louisville Cardinals
NCAAB: 7:00 PM EST
Jan. 11, 2017
Latest Odds : LOU -12 Total 141
The Pittsburgh Panthers (12 - 4, 1 - 2 CONF) are on the road this week to take on the #14 Louisville Cardinals (13 - 3, 1 - 2 CONF) this week. Louisville is at home after a rough road trip that saw the Cardinals drop a game to Notre Dame. Pittsburgh is coming into this contest hoping to score a nice upset win against a suddenly vulnerable Louisville team. This game will be played at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY.
Pittsburgh comes into this game having dropped two of their past three contests. Pittsburgh is averaging 81 PPG on offense this season while shooting 47% from the floor as a team. Pittsburgh is going to be looking to improve upon their average defensive numbers but we think that's possible here. Pittsburgh is holding opposing teams to just 76 PPG so far this season which won't cut it on most nights.
Louisville comes into this game posting rock solid defensive numbers despite their recent 'slide'. Louisville is holding opponents to just 61 PPG on the defensive end of the court this season. Louisville will look to improve on their average offensive numbers: 75 PPG on 43% from the floor as a team. Louisville is a solid rebounding team and they play great defense in the passing lanes, snagging an impressive 7 steals per contest.
Recent Betting Trends:
Panthers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Cardinals are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 overall.
Under is 5-1 in Cardinals last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free Betting Pick: PITT Panthers +12
We like Louisville to hold off Pittsburgh in a hard fought game but Panthers do just enough to give bettors a nice win ATS. Cardinals seem to play to the level of their competition as the young Louisville team has yet to figure it all out. Final Score Prediction, Louisville Cardinals win but fall short ATS 77-70.