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Pittsburgh vs. Louisville - 1/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Louisville at Pittsburgh
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Petersen Events Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh +1.5 -- Over/Under: 136
TV Channel
ACC
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The Louisville Cardinals and Pittsburgh Panthers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Petersen Events Center.

The Louisville Cardinals look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Louisville Cardinals are averaging 79.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Jordan Nwora is averaging 17.9 points and 8.3 rebounds while Christen Cunningham is averaging 9.7 points and 3.3 assists. Dwayne Sutton is dishing 1.6 assists and Steven Enoch is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Louisville Cardinals are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Louisville Cardinals have split their two road games this season.

The Pittsburgh Panthers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 76.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 63.9 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Xavier Johnson is averaging 16.1 points and 4.8 assists while Trey McGowens is averaging 12.4 points and 3.3 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 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have won eight of their last 10 home games.

The Cardinals are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 road games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Cardinals last 8 overall. The under is 41-13 in Panthers last 54 overall.

The Pittsburgh Panthers have had zero success against the Louisville Cardinals over the years, but they've been a competitive bunch this season and are a really good defensive team. Pittsburgh is even better defensively at home where it's allowing 63 points on 37.6 percent shooting. The Pittsburgh Panthers are also a really good covering team, as they're 10-3-1 ATS this season and 7-3 ATS at home. Louisville hasn't been the same team outside of Louisville and this is a rough schedule spot with road games against Pitt and UNC. This is likely going to be an ugly defensive battle, and I give the slight edge to the Pittsburgh Panthers at home.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Panthers +1.5

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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