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Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-2) at Pittsburgh Panthers (13-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Pittsburgh Panthers play Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won five straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 81.6 points on 52.1 percent shooting and is allowing 63.6 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Jerian Grant is averaging 17.4 points and 6.5 assists while Pat Connaughton is averaging 13.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. Zach Auguste is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Demetrius Jackson is dishing 3.1 assists. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 72.2 percent from the line and 40.2 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in three of its last four games. ND is 4-0 SU on the road.

Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost four of their last six games and play their fourth ranked team. On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 67.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Michael Young is averaging 13.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while Jamel Artis is averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. James Robinson is dishing 4.7 assists and Cameron Wright is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers have six players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 70.9 percent from the line and 32.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in four of its last six games.

The Fighting Irish are 10-21-1 ATS in their last 32 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Panthers are 20-42 ATS in their last 62 home games and 5-15-2 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall. 

Notre Dame is in a letdown spot here. After coming off an emotional win over Duke, going on the road to Pitt won't be easy. Look for the Panthers to keep this one close. 

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