Virginia vs. Pittsburgh Prediction

Can Pittsburgh cover as a home underdog vs. Virginia on Wednesday? 1/4/17

Can Pittsburgh cover as a home underdog tonight when it hosts ACC rival Virginia at 9:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Panthers are 6-point underdogs versus the Cavaliers while the over/under currently sits at 127.5 points. While the point spread hasn't moved off that 6-point number, the total hit the board at 126.5 and has climbed a full point.

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VIRGINIA KEY TRENDS: The Cavaliers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, are 16-5-1 against the number in their last 22 games as a favorite and are 18-7-1 at the betting window in their last 26 games overall. They're also 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5 and are 17-7-1 against the number in their last 25 games versus an opponent with a winning record.

PITTSBURGH KEY TRENDS: The Panthers are 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five conference games and are 1-4 against the number in their last five games following a loss. They're also 23-47-3 against the spread in their last 73 games overall, are 17-38-2 at the betting window in their last 57 home games and are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games versus a team with a  winning record.

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OUR PREDICTION: Pittsburgh had won five straight games before dropping a 78-77 heartbreaker to Notre Dame over the weekend. The Panthers only shot 37.5-percent from the floor and don't figure to get hot tonight against the Cavaliers' devastating defense, but I still believe Pitt can hang within six points tonight at on its home court. Seniors Michael Young and Jamel Artis scored 25 points apiece in the loss against the Fighting Irish and if both players bring their A-game tonight then the Panthers will keep it close in the end.

 

WEDNESDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH PANTHERS +6

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