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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/2/14

Virginia Cavaliers (16-5) at Pittsburgh Panthers (18-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm (Petersen Events Center)

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

Virginia travels to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers on Sunday.

Virginia improved to 16-5, 7-1 ACC after beating Notre Dame 68-53 on the road Tuesday night. The Cavaliers shot an impressive 53.8% from the field and 45.5% from three-point range. Malcolm Brogdon had a team-high 16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals for Virginia. The Cavaliers forced Notre Dame into a season-high 20 turnovers. Mike Tobey added 14 points for the Cavaliers, who opened the second-half on a 18-5 run to put the game away. On the year, Joe Harris leads the Cavaliers with 11.6 points per game. Brogdon is averaging 11.4 points per game, while Akil Mitchell averages a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers are averaging 66.9 points per game while shooting 44.4% from the field as a team this season. Virginia is a good rebounding team and an excellent team on defense, holding all of their ACC opponents under 70 points this season. The Cavaliers have won four straight and seven out of their last eight overall. Virginia will stay out on the road for Sunday’s game; the Cavaliers are 3-3 on the road this season.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/2/14

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The Pittsburgh Panthers dropped to 18-3, 6-2 ACC after losing at home to Duke 80-65 on Monday night. The Panthers shot only 41.2% from the field, but shot 41.7% from behind the arc. The Panthers reached the free-throw line 24 times and made 75% of their attempts. Lamar Patterson led the way again for Pittsburgh, but only scored 14 points. Talib Zanna added 11 points and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. On the year, Patterson averages a team-high 17.9 points and 4.7 assists per game. The Panthers are averaging 76.4 points per game while shooting 48.8% from the field as a team this season. Pittsburgh allows 28.2 rebounds per game, fewest in the nation. The Panthers rebound 40% of their missed shots, the second-best offensive-rebounding percentage in the ACC. Pittsburgh averages 17.2 assists per game, most in the ACC and tied for seventh most in the nation. After winning six straight games, the Panthers have lost two of their last four games in conference play. Pittsburgh will stay home for this matchup; the Panthers only loss at home came against Duke on Monday.

This will be a great game to watch on Sunday before the Super Bowl comes on later in the day. These two teams are in the elite class of the ACC right now and I think this game will come down to a key play or two down the stretch. It’s tough to think Pittsburgh could lose two straight, but the Cavaliers are red hot right now. I’m going to take the Panthers to bounce back at home, but I don’t think they will run away with it.

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Virginia +4

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