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Pittsburgh vs. Troy - 11/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Troy Trojans (1-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0)
Date & Time Monday November 12, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -4 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ACC
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NCAA BB | Troy Trojans (1-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0)
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The Troy Trojans and Pittsburgh Panthers meet Monday in college basketball action at the Petersen Events Center.

The Troy Trojans look for a statement road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Troy Trojans are averaging 76.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 61 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Jordon Varnado is averaging 13.5 points and 10 rebounds while Javan Johnson is averaging 13 points and two assists. Alex Hicks is the third double-digit scorer and B.J. Miller is dishing 2.5 assists. The Troy Trojans are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Troy Trojans are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Troy Trojans have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Pittsburgh Panthers look for a quick 3-0 start to the season after beating Youngstown State and VMI. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 81.5 points on 56.1 percent shooting and allowing 54 points on 30.4 percent shooting. Jared Wilson-Frame is averaging 20 points and three rebounds while Xavier Johnson is averaging 15 points and eight assists. Au'Diese Toney is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Ellison is grabbing five rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 21 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost nine of their last 11 home games.

The Trojans are 18-7 ATS in their last 25 games following a straight up loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Panthers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 37-15 in Panthers last 52 overall and the under is 16-6 in Trojans last 22 road games.

The Troy Trojans are a decent basketball team and should have a good season in the Sun Belt. However, the Pittsburgh Panthers are off to an impressive start, which includes a defense that's top-35 in points allowed, field goal percentage allowed and three point percentage allowed. Oh, and Pittsburgh is finally showing signs of life offensively. I like what I'm seeing from Pittsburgh, even though we're two games into the season. I'll lay the pair of buckets.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Panthers -4

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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