Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Morehead State Eagles - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Morehead State Eagles (2-2) at Pittsburgh Panthers (4-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Morehead State Eagles look for a big road win as they take on the Pitt Panthers on Friday night.
The Morehead State Eagles look to snap a 2-game losing streak after falling in their last game to the Evansville Aces by a final score of 69-56. The Eagles shot 42.9% from the field, and trailed by just 4 at halftime before the Aces blew the game wide open in the 2nd half. Xavier Moon led the Eagles with 14 points on 5 of 11 from the floor with a pair of 3s for his trouble. Moon, along with Ty’Quan Bitting and Treshaad Williams were the only 3 Eagles to put up double figures in the scoring column as Bitting put up 11 points on 5 of 6 from the field and Willams made 4 of 6 with a pair of free throws to push him to 10 points. Rebounding was a major concern for the Eagles in the loss, as they recorded just 20 rebounds and 5 different players tied for the team-high with just 3 rebounds a piece. The aforementioned Moon is the only Eagle to average double digits in points per game, as he is scoring 13.5 per contest on 47.6% shooting. DeJuan Marrero is contributing a team-high 6 boards per game while Malik Maitland leads the team with 4.5 helpers per game. As a team, Morehead State is scoring 82 points per game on 49.2% from the field, 34.7% from beyond the arc and just 63.5% from the free throw line.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers look to build on a solid 4-1 start to the season. Last time out, the Panthers narrowly defeated Yale by a final score of 75-70. Michael Young led Pitt with 24 points and 10 rebounds for his 2nd double-double of the season and 4th game this season with at least 20 points. Jamel Artis was 2nd on the list with 20 points on 7 of 15 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free throw line to go along with 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists in the game. Cameron Johnson was the last Panther to hit the double-digit mark as he poured in 4 treys to go along with 3 of 4 from the line for 15 points. Michael Young’s double-double definitely helped improve his team leading 24 points per game, while he also leads Pitt with 8.6 rebounds per game. Jamel Artis is the team’s leading assist man with 3.6 assists per game. As a team, Pitt is scoring 82.4 points on 46.4% from the field, 32.7% from beyond the arc and 72.3% from the foul line.
Morehead State is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Pitt is 20-43-1 ATS in their last 64 games overall and 17-38 ATS in their last 55 home games while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games.
This line makes my head hurt as Pittsburgh can shut off defensively any time they want, but Morehead State can’t rebound if their lives depended on it. All things considered, Pitt has the deeper squad and should be able to impose their size on the glass and dominate the Eagles here.
Lay the points with Pitt.