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Pittsburgh vs. Yale - 11/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Yale Bulldogs (2-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (3-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC Network Extra (ESPN)

The Yale Bulldogs will travel to the Petersen Events Center to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Yale Bulldogs dropped to 2-1 on the season after being defeated by the 8th ranked Virginia Cavaliers, 62-38, this past Sunday. Yale was able to hang around with Virginia  as they Bulldogs were down by just a 32-29 margin early in the 2nd half, however, scored just 5 points over the final 15 minutes of the game which allowed Virginia to secure the blowout win. Yale struggled offensively in this one as they shot just 33.3% from the field and was outrebounded by the Cavaliers by a 41-28 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Blake Reynolds who had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Yale is averaging 75.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Yale has been led by Sam Downey (14.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg), Alex Copeland (14.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.7 apg), Blake Reynolds (14.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.7 spg), and Miye Oni (13.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, Yale is allowing their opponents to average 77.7 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field.

Pittsburgh  vs. Yale - 11/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Panthers improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles, 78-75, this past Friday. Pittsburgh found themselves down by a 44-33 margin at halftime however, used a 26-11 run midway through the 2nd half to fight back in the game and got some key FT’s from Jamel Artis to seal the victory. Pittsburgh shot 49.1% from the field and held the Golden Eagles to 28.0% (7-25) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Panthers was Michael Young who had 30 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks. On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 84.3 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Panthers average 7.8 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pittsburgh has been led by Michael Young (24.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.8 apg), Jamel Artis (19.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.5 apg), Cameron Johnson (9.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Sheldon Jeter (8.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg). Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing their opponents to average 80.3 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field.

The Bulldogs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games and 32-12 ATS in their last 44 games following a ATS loss. The Panthers are 17-37 ATS in their last 54 home games and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

Yale suffered a huge blow prior to the season when they lost their lone returning starter and best player in Makai Mason (16.0 ppg, 3.8 apg) however, did pick up a huge victory against the Washington Huskies on the road prior to their blowout loss to Virginia. Pittsburgh doesn’t have much in the backcourt but has one of the better one-two punches in the frontcourt in Michael Young and Jamel Artis. Pittsburgh had some question marks coming into the season on the defensive side and as they are allowing their opponents to average over 80.0 ppg, I think the solid shooting of the Yale Bulldogs will keep them in this one enough to cover with the points. Take Yale and the points. 

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