Notre Dame vs. Pitt Prediction

College Hoops Picks: What's the best bet in Notre Dame vs. Pitt? 12/31/16

What's the best bet today when Notre Dame takes on Pittsburgh at 2:00PM ET in a pick'em game for bettors?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book, this game is now a pick'em after Notre Dame opened as a 1-point favorite over Pittsburgh. As for the total, the number hit the board at 152.5 and was bet up to 153.5 at the majority of sports books both online and in Las Vegas.

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The Fighting Irish enter play with an 11-2 record and a 4-3 mark against the spread in their seven lined games this season. Bonzie Colson leads Notre Dame in several categories, including points (16.2), rebounds (10.2), field goal percentage (49.7), steals (1.3) and blocks (1.4). Matt Farrell has a team-leading 5.8 assists per game as well.

The Panthers also have an 11-2 record but are 4-7-1 against the spread in their 12 lined games in 2016. Michael Young leads the way with 22.8 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per contest, and a field goal percentage of 51.9. Jamel Artis is leading Pittsburgh with 3.5 assists per game while Sheldon Jeter has a team-high in assists (0.9) and blocks (1.0).

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OUR PREDICTION: The Fighting Irish are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games following three or more consecutive home games and are 1-4 against the number in their last five road games when taking on an opponent with a winning home record. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games following an ATS loss and if Michael Young and Jamel Artis are both on their games this afternoon, I like Pittsburgh to eek out a victory in front of its home crowd.




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