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Davidson vs. Pittsburgh - 12/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Panthers (8-1) at Davidson Wildcats (7-1)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Davidson Wildcats +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Pittsburgh Panthers and Davidson will square off at Madison Square Garden in the Gotham Classic this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Pittsburgh Panthers won their 4th straight game and improved to 8-1 (0-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 72-62, this past Sunday. Pittsburgh shot 45.7% from the field and just 7.7% (1-13) from beyond the arc however, was outstanding at the FT line hitting 29 of 36 FT’s. The Panthers held the Eagles to 42.1% shooting from the field and 25.0% shooting from three-point range. Pittsburgh outrebounded Morehead State by a 37-28 margin and had 5 blocks in the victory. Leading the way for Pittsburgh was Jamel Artis who had 22 points and 6 rebounds. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Michael Young (17.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.9 apg), Jamel Artis (15.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg), and James Robinson (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.9 apg). Offensively, Pittsburgh is averaging 85.3 ppg on 49.5% shooting from the field and 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers average 7.2 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.84. Defensively, Pittsburgh is holding their opponents to an average of 61.6 ppg on 37.6% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 10.2 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

Davidson vs. Pittsburgh - 12/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Davidson Wildcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-1 (0-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Western Carolina Catamounts, 87-54, just over a week ago on December 12th. Davidson used a strong defensive effort to take a 39-24 lead at halftime and never let Western Carolina get with in single digits in the victory. Davidson shot 47.5% from the field and 29.0% (9-31) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats were great on the defensive end as they held the Catamounts to just 26.6% shooting from the field and 27.6% (8-29) shooting from beyond the arc. Davidson outrebounded Western Carolina by a 47-40 margin and forced the Catamounts into committing 13 turnovers. Leading the way for Davidson was Jack Gibbs who had 17 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Jack Gibbs (25.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.7 spg), Brian Sullivan (17.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Peyton Aldridge (14.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Davidson is averaging 86.1 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field and 35.0% from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 10.4 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.72. Defensively, Davidson is allowing their opponents to average 77.4 ppg on 42.0% shooting. The Wildcats currently have a rebound margin of -6.1 and a turnover margin of 4.6.

The Panthers are 17-35-2 ATS in their last 54 games overall and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games. The Wildcats are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs AAC opponents.

The Pittsburgh Panthers have had a solid start to the season but hasn’t played much competition outside of the Purdue Boilmakers, who handed them their only loss of the season. Similar to Pittsburgh Davidson has had a pretty easy schedule to this point of the season with their only tough competition coming against North Carolina who handed them a 98-65 defeat. Davidson is once again a very good offensive team that can really light it up from behind the arc as they rank 14th in the country with 10.4 three-pointers per game, however, Pittsburgh is one of the best defensive teams in the country as they are holding teams to just over 60 ppg. Overall, I think Pittsburgh defensive will be the difference in this one and that they’ll be able to get enough transition points to cover this spread. Take Pittsburgh to cover. 

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