Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Cavaliers, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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15-15 March 4, 12:00 PM | John Paul Jones Arena 20-9
Pittsburgh at Virginia, Betting Lines
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 4, 2017
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
TV: Noon ET, ACC Network
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
525 –Pittsburgh Panthers +11½ -110  +600 Ov 122.5 -110
526 –Virginia Cavaliers -11½ -110  -800 Un 122.5 -110

The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Virginia Cavaliers will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at John Paul Jones Arena.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (15-15, 4-13 ACC): The Panthers bring a three-game losing streak into the contest following a 61-52 defeat at Georgia Tech on Tuesday and will be minus backup freshman point guard Justice Kithcart who was dismissed from the program Friday for what was described as “conduct detrimental to the team.” Kithcart averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 assists per game while shooting just 30.4 percent from the field, 19 percent from 3-point range and 31.8 percent at the free-throw line. The Panthers have three players averaging in double figures: 6-9 senior forward Michael Young (20.1), 6-7 senior forward Jamel Artis (18.9) and sophomore guard Cameron Johnson (11.9), who is also shooting a team-best 42.2 percent from 3-point range.

ABOUT VIRGINIA (20-9, 10-7): The Cavaliers come in off arguably their most impressive victory of the season on Monday, a 53-43 win over No. 5 North Carolina, holding the Tar Heels to their lowest point total since 1979. Senior guard Landon Perrantes is the only player on the team averaging in double figures (12.4) and also leads the squad in assists (3.9). Freshman guard Kyle Guy (7.8 points) scored 17 points in the upset of the Tar Heels, including 5-of-7 3-pointers, and is averaging 18 points to go along with 10 3-pointers over the last two games.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cavaliers listed as 11½-point favorites versus the Panthers, while the game’s total is sitting at 122.5.

Virginia still has hopes of garnering a No. 4 seed and a double bye for next week’s ACC Tournament in Brooklyn. But for that to happen, the 23rd-ranked Cavaliers need a Senior Day victory over visiting Pittsburgh on Saturday as well as more than a few dominoes to fall their way.

Depending on the results of six games Saturday, Virginia’s ACC seed could range anywhere from No. 4 to No. 9. If Virginia can avenge an 88-76 overtime loss to the Panthers on Jan. 4, the Cavaliers will still need Notre Dame to win at Louisville, Florida State to win at home against Miami and North Carolina to defeat Duke in Chapel Hill to get the coveted fourth seed. The worst-case scenario is Virginia winds up as a No. 9 or No. 8 seed and plays on Wednesday for the right to face top-seeded North Carolina on Thursday. Meanwhile, slumping Pitt, which was 12-3 after its win over Virginia, has gone just 3-12 since and needs a win Saturday to have a realistic shot at finishing with a .500 record and garnering a potential National Invitation Tournament berth.

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1. Virginia leads the nation in scoring defense (55.3) and is second in turnovers per game (9.7).

2. Young, who scored 19 points in the first meeting, needs 10 points to become the seventh player in Pitt history to score 1,800 points.

3. Pitt’s 88 points in the first meeting were the most allowed by Virginia in a game this season.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Pittsburgh Panthers will cover the spread at +11½ and the game will stay under 122.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Virginia 65, Pittsburgh 54 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

74.6 PTS FOR 66.6
75.4 PTS AGNST 55.3
-0.8 DIFF. 11.3
25.7 DEF REBOUNDS 24.3
44.8 FG% 46.7
72.9 FT% 70.4
8.1 3 POINTERS 6.7
3.9 STEALS 5.8
Pittsburgh is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games on the road
Virginia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Virginia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia’s last 5 games
Virginia is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia’s last 6 games at home
Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia’s last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Virginia’s Overall Defense 74.6 152 55.3 2
Pittsburgh’s Away Scoring vs Virginia’s Home Defense 70.4 178 50.6 2
Pittsburgh’s Road Rebounds vs Virginia’s Home Rebounds Allowed 32.6 274 27.9 4
Virginia’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 66.6 312 75.4 257
Virginia’s Home Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Road Defense 66.4 333 72.6 123
Virginia’s Home Rebounds vs Pittsburgh’s Road Rebounds Allowed 35.5 242 35.4 152
No trends to report
Virginia has the second stingiest defence in the league at 55.3 points per game.

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