Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange (15-12) at Pittsburgh Panthers (15-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5

TV: ACC

The Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Petersen Events Center.

The Syracuse Orange need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 74 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Elijah Hughes is averaging 18.6 points and five rebounds while Buddy Boeheim is averaging 15.5 points and 2.1 assists. Joseph Girard III is the third double-digit scorer and Marek Dolezaj is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have lost three straight road games.

The Pittsburgh Panthers look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 65.5 points on 40.6 percent shooting and allowing 64.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Justin Champagnie is averaging 12.3 points and 0.6 assists while Trey McGowens is averaging 12 points and 3.5 rebounds. Xavier Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Murphy is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have won four of their last six home games.

The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The home team has won seven of the last nine meetings between Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The Syracuse Orange are also in a serious funk, losing five of their last seven games, and they're losing their last five by an average of 4.6 points while shooting just 41.2 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from deep. The Pittsburgh Panthers aren't playing much better during their four-game losing streak, but they have had consistent success at home where they win by an average of 4.2 points and remain an above-average defensive team. This is going to be a low scoring, defensive and ugly basketball game. I'll take a shot with the home team and the free bucket. 

Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Panthers +1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.