Virginia Cavaliers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/15/14
Pittsburgh Panthers (25-8) at Virginia Cavaliers (26-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 121.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers play the Virginia Cavaliers in the semifinals of the ACC tournament on Saturday.
Pittsburgh beat North Carolina 80-75 in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament yesterday afternoon. On the season, Lamar Patterson, who in my opinion is one of the best players in the ACC, if not the country this season, leads the Panthers. Patterson averages a team-high 17.6 points and 4.5 assists per game this season. Talib Zanna is averaging a second-best 12.5 points per game while averaging a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game. The Panthers average a solid 72.6 points per game while shooting 46.1% from the field as a team this season. Pittsburgh is one of the better rebounding teams in the ACC, averaging 36 boards per game. Pittsburgh has won four of their last five games after losing three straight games in February. The Panthers finished an impressive 7-2 on the road in conference play and now 5-1 on neutral courts this season.
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The Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Florida State Seminoles 64-51 in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament yesterday. On the season, Malcolm Brogdon is averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. Joe Harris is averaging a second-best 11.4 points per game, while Akil Mitchell is averaging a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers are shooting 45.1% from the field while averaging 66.3 points per game as a team this season. Virginia is a good rebounding team, averaging 35.9 boards per game. The Cavaliers were on a roll as they had won thirteen straight games, all in conference play, before losing to Maryland to end the regular season. Virginia secured their first outright ACC regular-season championship in 33 years with the win over Syracuse last week. Virginia went a solid 7-2 on the road in conference play and now 4-1 on neutral courts this season.
Pittsburgh is a force right now and the combination of Patterson and Zanna is clicking on all cylinders right now. Virginia played well in their first game of the tournament, but I think they will have to play better to beat the Panthers. I’ll take the points with Pittsburgh in this one.