Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh Pick
Will Pittsburgh be able to buck their trends of poor play at home when they host Virginia Tech tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Pittsburgh is favored at home, as the Panthers are getting odds of -4 points against the Hokies. The over/under total for the game is listed at 150 points. Pittsburgh has won six of the last eight in this series, but the Hokies are 4-1 against the spread in their last five meetings.
Virginia Tech is coming off a big 80-78 OT win over Virginia at home this weekend to improve to 17-7 on the season and 6-6 in the ACC. The Hokies are 10-10 against the spread this season after covering the spread in two straight games. They are averaging 79.2 points per game on offense while allowing 73.5. Tech is a much different team on the road, allowing 83.4 points per game on defense while scoring just 71.3 on offense. Zach LeDay is leading the team with 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Chris Clarke has been adding 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest, but he is out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury.
Pittsburgh has won back-to-back games coming into today. The Panthers are 14-11 overall and 3-9 in the ACC while putting up a 10-12-2 record against the spread. The Panthers have surprisingly struggled at home, going just 3-8-2 against the spread in its own venue. However, the Panthers have covered in four straight. Pittsburgh is averaging 76.7 points per game on offense while allowing 76.9 on defense. Their defensive average is 79.3 at home. Michael Young is averaging 20.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to lead the team while Jamel Artis is adding 19.9 points and 5 rebounds per contest.
Virginia Tech is a bad road team, but Pittsburgh is oddly a bad home team as well. Still, the Panthers have some momentum going, including a win at home over Syracuse. They should be able to build on that today. Young and Artis will be able to roll past the Hokies tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH -4