Pittsburgh vs. Louisville - 2/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisville Cardinals (21-6) at Pittsburgh Panthers (19-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The 11th ranked Louisville Cardinals will travel to the Petersen Events Center to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 11th ranked Louisville Cardinals won their 2nd straight game and improved to 21-6 (10-4 ACC) on the season after defeating the 20th ranked Duke Blue Devils, 71-64, this past Saturday. Louisville was down by a 37-29 margin at halftime but used a strong defensive effort in the 2nd half to outscore the Blue Devils by a 42-27 margin to pick up the come from behind victory. Louisville shot 50.0% from the field and won the turnover battle by an 18-11 margin. The Cardinals allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 44.7% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Louisville was Damion Lee who had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals. On the season, the Cardinals have been led by Damion Lee (16.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 spg), Trey Lewis (12.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), and Chinanu Onuaku (9.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.0 bpg). Offensively, Louisville is averaging 77.4 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field and 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cardinals average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.16. Defensively, Louisville is holding their opponents to an average of 60.8 ppg on 38.3% shooting. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 8.4 and a turnover margin of 2.8.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-7 (8-6 ACC) on the season after defeating the Syracuse Orange, 66-52, this past Saturday. Pittsburgh used solid defense and rebounding to outscore the Orange by a 36-24 margin in the 2nd half to pick up the big victory. Pittsburgh shot 46.2% from the field and 34.8% (8-23) from beyond the arc. The Panthers held the Orange to 37.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded Syracuse by a 40-20 margin. Leading the way for Pittsburgh was Jamel Artis who had a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Michael Young (16.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.7 apg), Jamel Artis (15.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.1 apg), and James Robinson (10.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Pittsburgh is averaging 78.2 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field and 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers average 6.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.54. Defensively, Pittsburgh is holding their opponents to 67.6 ppg on 43.0% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 8.5 and average 4.2 blocks per game.
The Cardinals are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Panthers are 17-36 ATS in their last 53 home games and 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win.
Louisville seems to have picked up their energy level over their last two games and have been outstanding on the defensive end as they held their last two opponents (Syracuse & Duke) to just an average of 61.0 ppg. Pittsburgh picked up a huge road win to help the NCAA Tournament hopes and has been solid on both sides of the ball this season as they rank 65th in the country in scoring offensive and 76th in scoring defense. Both of these teams play a similar style of basketball and although Louisville has struggle a bit on the road this season, I think there are playing too well right now to be just 1-point favorites against a Pittsburgh team that just escaped with a victory during their last home game against Wake Forest. Take Louisville to cover in this one.