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Louisville vs. Pittsburgh - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh at Louisville
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
KFC Yum! Center
Louisville, Kentucky
The Line
The Line: Louisville -11 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
ACC
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The Pittsburgh Panthers and Louisville Cardinals meet Saturday in college basketball action at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Pittsburgh Panthers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 75.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Xavier Johnson is averaging 16.6 points and 4.4 assists while Trey McGowens is averaging 13.9 points and 3.6 rebounds. Jared Wilson-Frame is the third double-digit scorer and Au'Diese Toney is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 28.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.3 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost all four road games this season.

The Louisville Cardinals look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Louisville Cardinals are averaging 79.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Jordan Nwora is averaging 18.5 points and 8.1 rebounds while Christen Cunningham is averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 assists. Dwayne Sutton is dishing 2.1 assists and Steven Enoch is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Louisville Cardinals are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.7 rebounds per game. The Louisville Cardinals have won 11 of their last 12 home games.

The Panthers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Cardinals are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Panthers are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Cardinals last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast. The under is 40-14 in Panthers last 54 overall.

We keep getting free points with the Pittsburgh Panthers, and all they keep doing is covering games. Pittsburgh is 13-5-1 ATS this season and is 5-3 ATS as an underdog. Sure, the Pittsburgh Panthers aren't as talented as the Louisville Cardinals, but they're one of the best defensive teams in the country and have had a ton of games come down to the wire. It may be ugly to watch, but it's effective and keeps us within the only thing we care about. I don't see the reason to turn down this many points with Pittsburgh. This is sure to be another defensive battle. I want the free buckets.

Pick:
Pittsburgh +11

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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