Wake Forest vs. Pittsburgh - 3/10/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Panthers (15-16) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (13-17)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 4:30 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -1 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV: ACC Network
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Pitt Panthers meet in an ACC tournament first round matchup from the Greensboro Coliseum on Tuesday afternoon.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons come into the conference tournament as the #12-seed in the ACC, finishing the year with a 6-14 mark in conference play as part of a 13-17 overall record this season, earning the highest seed in a three-way tiebreaker with Pitt and UNC. Brandon Childress leads Wake Forest in scoring and assists with 15.5 PPG and 4.6 APG while Olivier Sarr is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 13.5 PPG and 8.9 RPG this season. Chaundee Brown has 12.4 PPG and 6.4 RPG in 22 games for the Demon Deacons this season. As a team, Wake Forest is averaging 73.5 points on 43.2% shooting from the field, 35% from 3-point range and 74.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.7 points on 43.5% shooting from the field and 33.2% from 3-point range this season.
The Pitt Panthers come into the conference tournament as the #13-seed, finishing with their own 6-14 mark in ACC play this season as part of a 15-16 overall record this season. Justin Champagnie leads the Panthers in scoring and rebounding with 12.2 PPG and 7.2 RPG while Xavier Johnson has 11.6 PPG and a team-high 4.9 APG and Trey McGowens has 11.4 PPG for Pitt this season. As a team, Pitt is averaging 64.9 points on 40.2% shooting from the field, 29.6% from 3-point range and 71.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.3 points on 42.8% shooting from the field and 34.1% from behind the 3-point line this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings between these two teams.
These #12/#13 matchups could go either way, like most conference tournament first round games. However, while the teams have changed over the years, Wake hasn’t lost to Pitt since 2016, and that includes a 4-point win for the Demon Deacons as 6.5-point underdogs at the start of the new year. I just think Wake is the better offensive team side-by-side as well and if the shots are falling, I don’t think Pitt will have an answer to keep up on the scoreboard. I’ll lay the point with Wake in this game.