Pittsburgh vs. St. Bonaventure - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (6-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (5-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies and Pittsburgh Panthers square off Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies have won five straight and will play their second true road game. On the season, St. Bonaventure is averaging 73 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 63.7 points on 37.7 percent shooting. Marcus Posley leads the Bonnies with 15.7 points on 38.2 percent shooting and Dion Wright is averaging 13.1 points and eight rebounds. Youssou Ndoye is averaging 11 rebounds per game and Andell Cumberbatch is dishing out three assists. The St. Bonaventure Bonnies are a well balanced team that relies on its length, as they’re averaging 40 rebounds and more than five blocks per game. Offensively, St. Bonaventure has five players averaging double-digit points and is shooting 36.8 percent from deep. This is a measuring stick game for the Bonnies.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers have split their last six games and will play their first contest in eight days. On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 70.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and is allowing 63.4 points on 43 percent shooting. Michael Young leads the Panthers with 12.8 points and 7.8 rebounds while James Robinson is averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 assists. Jamel Artis is grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game and Chris Jones is shooting 40.6 percent from the field. The Pittsburgh Panthers are once again one of those gritty teams that dominates the boards, averaging 37.3 rebounds per game and holding teams to 30.6 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Pittsburgh is shooting 70.5 percent from the free throw line and 36.4 percent from downtown.
The Bonnies are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast. The Panthers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Once again, Pittsburgh isn't a team that's going to blow a lot of teams out, as the Panthers juse squeeze by most of the time. The St. Bonaventure Bonnies are a solid basketball team that matches up well with the Panthers. This could be an upset waiting to happen but taking the free points is almost a steal.