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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/6/13

Loyola Marymount Lions (6-2) at Pittsburgh Panthers (8-0)

College Basketball: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Pitt Panthers eye their ninth straight victory when they host the Loyola Marymount Lions Friday night

The Panthers are unblemished and coming off a 78-69 victory over Penn State in the Big Ten/ACC challenge at home Tuesday. Senior F Talib Zanna recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds on 7 of 11 shooting and senior G Lamar Patterson added 16 points, 9 boards and 5 assists on 50 percent from the field. Penn State traded baskets with Pitt for much of the way and took a 30-28 lead into the half, but the Panthers pulled away on a late surge and took the lead for good at the five minute mark.  Pitt hit 25 of 54 from the floor and just 2 of 11 from beyond the arc, while connecting on 28 of 35 from the foul line. On the season, the Panthers are averaging 81.3 ppg on 48 percent shooting. Patterson leads the team with 17 ppg on 50 percent from the floor and 44 percent from downtown and Zanna is second in scoring with 13.1 ppg on 60 percent shooting and leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 boards per outing.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Loyola Marymount Lions Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/6/13

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Loyola Marymount comes in at a record of 6-2 and off a 73-69 win over UC Riverside Monday. Senior G Anthony Ireland led the Lions with 16 points on 6 of 14 from the floor and connected on 2 of 4 from beyond the arc. The Highlanders jumped out early, but the Lions would seize control late in the first half and take a 39-31 lead into the break. UC Riverside tied it at 45 with 15 minutes left, but  Loyola Marymount went on a 9-0 run and never trailed again. The Lions shot 38 percent from the floor, 28 percent from distance and connected on 21 of 29 from the line. Through eight games, Loyola is averaging 79.8 ppg on 45 percent shooting and Ireland leads the team with 18.9 ppg on 40 percent fro the floor and 30 percent from distance.

The line in this one is currently set at -19 for Pitt and that’s a big number, but the Panthers do look to be headed for the top 25 and should get little resistance here. Look for Pitt to cover

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