Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Manhattan Jaspers - 12/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Manhattan Jaspers (2-6) at Pittsburgh Panthers (6-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers play host to the Manhattan Jaspers at the Petersen Events Center.
The Manhattan Jaspers are penciled in as one of the top four teams in the MAAC but their record doesn't reflect those expectations. The Jaspers check in with a 2-6 mark with above average contributions from the defense and below average scoring. Manhattan is scoring just 62 points which makes winning squarely on the shoulders of the D which is unrealistic. The offense continued to struggle in a 63-55 loss to Rutgers with 38.8% from the floor with the Scarlet Knights hitting at 46% with a 1-14 effort from long range doing the Jaspers in. Emmy Andujar was Manhattan's offensive star with 21 points and nine rebounds with Ashton Pankey and Jermaine Lawrence tossing in ten and eight points.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers have been one of the top teams in the Big East for a long time but with their move to the ACC they are in an incredibly top heavy conference and finishing in the middle of the standings might be the best that can be hoped for considering the talent that was lost. The Panthers have won consecutive contests after knocking off a stubborn St Bonaventure squad 58-54. It was great defense or poor offense depending on your view point with Pitt leading the shooting battle 40%-36% which equaled a few more field goals in an otherwise close boxscore. Jamal Artis and Michael Young led a balanced Panthers attack with 14 points each with Young hauling in 17 rebounds while Chris Jones and James Robinson with eleven and nine points respectively.
The Jaspers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and are 35-16-2 ATS in their last 53 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Manhattan are 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Manhattan is struggling for whatever reason and in my view Pittsburgh isn't close to being the team they were. I'm backing Pitt but not really a game I am not running to bet this...