Virginia vs. Pittsburgh - 2/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Panthers (17-9) at Virginia Cavaliers (23-1)
College Basketball: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers and Virginia Cavaliers meet Monday at the John Paul Jones Arena.
The Pittsburgh Panthers have won four of their last five games and look for their third ranked win. On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 68.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Michael Young is averaging 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds while Jamel Artis is averaging 12.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. James Robinson is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Newkirk is dishing 3.3 assists. The Pittsburgh Panthers have five players averaging at least 6.7 points, and they’re shooting 69.3 percent from the line and 34.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in seven of its last eight games.
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The Virginia Cavaliers have won four straight games and are chasing an ACC crown. On the season, Virginia is averaging 66.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and is allowing 50.9 points on 35.8 percent shooting. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 13.6 points and 2.7 assists while Anthony Gill is averaging 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds. Mike Tobey is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Darion Atkins is shooting 49.7 percent from the field. The Virginia Cavaliers have five players averaging at least 5.9 points, and they’re shooting 73.5 percent from the line and 36.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Virginia is allowing 30.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 64 or less points in four straight games.
The Panthers are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Cavs are just looking to win at this point without Justin Anderson on the court. Style points aren't needed and are hard to come by without one of their top players. With Pittsburgh starting to find its groove a bit and it's physical style of play, I like the points here.