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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 12/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Pittsburgh Panthers
Date & Time Tuesday December 3, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Peterson Events Center
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Pittsburgh Panthers -3.5 . Total 125.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are on the road for a clash with the Pittsburgh Panthers.  The Knights are (6-1), coming off an 82-57 win over UMass.  The Panthers are (6-2), after winning 72-59 over Northwestern.

In the Scarlet Knights win over UMass, Rutgers was led offensively by Geo Baker.  Baker connected on 6 of his 11 attempts from the floor, while making all 3 of his foul shots, recording 17 points and 4 assists in 34 minutes of action.  Rutgers shot 53% from the floor and 23% from 3-point range.  The Scarlet Knights out rebounded UMass 40 to 34.  Rutgers led by just 7 points at the half, but used a big 2nd half to pull away.  Rutgers forced 19 turnovers in the win.

In the Panthers win over Northwestern, Pittsburgh was carried by Justin Champagnie offensively.  Champagnie connected on 9 of his 20 attempts, registering 21 points.  The Panthers shot 44% from the floor and 28% from distance.  The Panthers held Northwestern to 31% from distance.  Northwestern out scored Pittsburgh from the foul line, 14 to 7.  Pittsburgh saw their largest lead at 16 points.

Recent Betting Trends:

Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.

Scarlet Knights are 16-36 ATS in their last 52 Tuesday games.

The under is 5-2 in Panthers last 7 vs the Big Ten.

Panthers are 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 games overall.

Panthers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games.

The under is 5-2 in Panthers last 7 vs the Big Ten.

The over is 5-2 in the last 7 matchups between the two schools.  Rutgers has gotten off to a great start, but is has been a rather easy schedule too.  The Rutgers do have a win over SFA, which was the team that upended Duke at home.  Pittsburgh looked good this past week beating Kansas State and Northwestern.  Pittsburgh does have 2 home losses, but this is also Rutgers first road game.  I'll side with Pittsburgh, as the Panthers have been playing well against Power 5 conference teams.  Final score prediction, Pittsburgh will win and cover, 63-57. 

Pick:
PITT -3.5
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