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Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh - 3/13/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse
Date & Time Wednesday March 13, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Spectrum Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Syracuse -7 -- Over/Under: 131
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange meet Wednesday in the college basketball ACC Tournament at the Spectrum Center.

The Pittsburgh Panthers look for another victory after beating up on Boston College last night. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 70.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 41 percent shooting. Xavier Johnson is averaging 15.6 points and 4.5 assists while Jared Wilson-Frame is averaging 12.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. Trey McGowens is the third double-digit scorer and Au'Diese Toney is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.6 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost 10 of their last 11 non-home games.

The Syracuse Orange enter this tournament losing five of their last seven games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 69.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 65.3 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 17.2 points and 2.5 rebounds while Elijah Hughes is averaging 13.4 points and 1.4 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Howard is grabbing two rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have split their last six non-home games.

The Panthers are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Atlantic Coast, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Orange are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Panthers are 22-9-1 ATS in the last 32 meetings and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Orange last 8 overall. The under is 46-21 in Panthers last 67 overall.

The Pittsburgh Panthers are just 2-7 ATS this season when an underdog of five or more points. The Syracuse Orange don't head into this game playing good basketball, but they do have a successful tournament history and tend to play some of their best basketball this time of year. Syracuse also won both meetings against Pittsburgh this season by a combined 20 points and give the Panthers offense issues due to a lack of shooting. As long as Syracuse can find some offense, this is a game it should win comfortably yet again.

Pick:
Syracuse -7

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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