Pittsburgh vs. Oakland - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Grizzlies (4-7) at Pittsburgh Panthers (7-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN3.com, YES, NESN
The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies face off on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center in college basketball action.
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 7-3 this season and have won their last three games. Pittsburgh is averaging 68.7 points and they are shooting 45.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Michael Young leads the Panthers averaging 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds. James Robinson is averaging 11.4 points and 5.4 assists, Chris Jones is averaging 9.4 points, and Jamel Artis is averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Pittsburgh is 4-0 at home this season.
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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies are 4-7 this season and are coming off of back-to-back losses to Arizona and Michigan State. Oakland is averaging 74.3 points and they are shooting 45.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 79.9 points and heir opponents shoot 48 percent. Corey Petros is averaging 15.9 points and 8.4 rebounds to lead the Golden Grizzlies. Kahlil Fielder is averaging 15.7 points and 7.5 assists, Tommie McCune is averaging 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Dante Williams is averaging 10.2 points. Oakland doesn’t have a win over a team with a RPI better than 200.
Pittsburgh is 8-20 against the spread in their last 28 home games, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Oakland is 7-15-2 against the spread in their last 24 games, 5-16 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4-1 against the spread following a loss.
Oakland’s defense is really bad but Pittsburgh isn’t a good cover team so getting the boat load of points I believe Oakland can keep it close enough to cover.