Duke Blue Devils vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - 1/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Panthers (13-5) at Duke Blue Devils (15-2)
College Basketball: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Pittsburgh Panthers will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Pittsburgh Panthers improved to 13-5 (3-2 ACC) on the season after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 70-65 this past Saturday. Pittsburgh won the turnover battle by a 15-6 margin and shot 43.6% from the field in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Cameron Wright who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals. Pittsburgh is ranked 66th in the RPI Standings and has played the 114th ranked SOS of schedule. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Michael Young (13.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and James Robinson (10.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.8 apg). Offensively, Pittsburgh is averaging 67.4 ppg (ranked 179th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 148th). The Panthers shoot 72.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 65th) and commit just 10.0 turnovers per game (ranked 10th). Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing their opponents to score an average of 61.9 ppg (ranked 78th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 191st). The Panthers average 34.56 total rpg (ranked 190th) and have a rebound margin of 3.4 (ranked 91st).
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The 4th ranked Duke Blue-Devils snapped a two game losing streak and improved to 15-2 (3-2 ACC) on the season after defeating the 6th ranked Louisville Cardinals 63-52 this past Saturday. Duke held Louisville to 29.5% shooting from the field and 16.0% (4-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was Jahlil Okafor who had 18 points (8-10 FGM-A) and 7 rebounds. Duke is ranked 8th in the RPI Standings and has played the 23rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Blue Devils have been led by Jahlil Okafor (18.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.6 bpg) and Quinn Cook (14.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Duke is averaging 82.0 ppg (ranked 8th) on 50.2% shooting (ranked 4th). The Blue Devils have a 1.41 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 19th) and average 7.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 70th). Defensively, Duke is allowing their opponents to average 63.6 ppg (ranked 131st) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 147th). The Blue Devils are averaging 7.6 spg (ranked 57th) and pull down 37.82 total rpg (ranked 56th).
The Panthers are 15-34-2 ATS in their last 51 games following a S.U. win and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Blue Devils are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and just 2-11 ATS in their last 13 Monday games.
Duke picked up a huge victory this past Saturday with a strong defensive effort to help get their confidence back after back to back losses to NC State and Miami. Pittsburgh has recovered nicely with two straight wins since getting upset at home against Clemson. Although Duke’s Jahlil Okafor is basically unstoppable when he gets the ball deep in the lane, I think the Pittsburgh defensive does enough to get this one within this large spread. Take Pittsburgh and the points.