The top team in the nation in the form of the Virginia Cavaliers will head to Pittsburgh to face the downward spiraling Pittsburgh Panthers, who would treat it a success if they could at least cover the spread in this game. Read on for a preview of this David vs. Goliath ACC matchup below. Register to bet and wager with your pick.
Betting Preview for the Virginia Cavaliers vs Pittsburgh Panthers College Basketball Game on February 24, 2018
Where: Petersen Events Center
When: Saturday, February 24, 4:00PM EST
Line: Virginia Cavaliers () vs Pittsburgh Panthers () –view all NCAA Basketball lines
Betting on the Virginia Cavaliers (24-2)
Virginia’s defense is not a joke. No one is laughing at it in the first place, though. The Cavaliers have the best defense in the nation, one that makes opponents bleed for just 52.7 points per game. The Cavaliers’ defense puts opposing teams in a chokehold and leaves their offenses gasping for breath. For the Panthers, they might as well call help now, as even without facing Virginia just yet, they are already one of the worst scoring teams in the nation with just 63.2 points per game. Virginia also limits foes to just 37.7 field goal shooting percentage. A lot has tried to solve Virginia’s defense and almost all of them failed in embarrassing fashion. God help Pittsburgh.
Virginia is 9-1 SU and ATS in its last 10 games away from Charlottesville.
Betting on the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-20)
Although the odds are definitely against them, the Panthers are not facing an unbeatable opponent. It was not long ago when the Cavaliers were stunned by an unranked Virginia Tech in Charlottesville. The Hokies shot 11 threes in that game, and the three-point shot could be a friend also to Pittsburgh. The Panthers are making 8.0 three-pointer per game on 33.2 percent clip. They have five players shooting at least 35 percent from beyond the arc, including leading scorer Ryan Luther, who is the team’s second leading scorer. Luther score 12.7 points per game and shoots 38.7 percent from deep. Jared Wilson-Frame leads the team with 12.8 points.
Pittsburgh is just 1-4-2 ATS in its last six meetings with Virginia dating back to 2014.
Virginia crushes Pittsburgh, 71-48.
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