Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Louisville Cardinals
The Louisville Cardinals are 2-point favorites at home verse the Pittsburgh Panthers this afternoon in Big East action.Â The over/under for the game is set at 134.Â Both teams are primed to make a run at March Madness, but just a few days before March they play in a key conference game.
Louisville is 21-7 overall on the season and 15-10 against the spread.Â They need a win to help maintain a spot in the top 4 of the conference standing which would give the Cardinals a bye in the first two rounds of the Big East tournament.Â The Cardinals are coming off consecutive wins over UConn and Rutgers.Â Tuesday’s 55-37 win at Rutgers was the lowest total point in a Big East game this season.Â Louisville was 4-point road favorites against Rutgers. Only two Cardinals reached double figures in the boxscore, Preston Knowles and Kyle Kuric, but they didn’t really need much more than that to defeat a Rutgers team that shot under 30 percent from the field and connected on just 13 field goals.Â Louisville is 17-2 at home this season.
Pittsburgh is 25-3 overall on the season and 12-11 against the spread.Â They can guarantee itself at least a tie for the regular season title in the Big East with a win.Â With two victories in their last three games, the Panthers can lock up the No. 1 seed for the Big East tourney and that would go a long way to giving Pittsburgh a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.Â The Panthers last played on Thursday when they beat West Virginia 71-58.Â Pittsburgh was favored by 9 in the game and overcame a 31-30 halftime deficit with a 17-5 run to open the final 20 minutes of play.Â Pittsburgh managed to convert 15 of its 23 shots in the second half while holding West Virginia to just six field goals in 23 second-half attempts. The final score fell der the 130-point total, the fourth consecutive der’ in Pittsburgh games this year.
Pittsburgh was a two-point underdog at home the last time the two teams played in January of 2010, and came away with an 82-77 victory in overtime, easily er the 136-point total.Â I see todays game being a high scoring affair as both teams like to push the ball and have effective offenses.Â My only wager for todays game is over the 134-point total.