Pittsburgh Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 8-point home favorites over the West Virginia Mountaineers in this Big East matchup.Â The over/under total for the game is 132.Â This should be an intense game as it’s a boarder rivalry.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are tied for eighth place in the Big East with an 8-6 record.Â Overall the Mountaineers record in 17-9. West Virginia defeated Notre Dame, 72-58, this past Saturday as four-point home favorites ending the Irishs seven-game winning streak. The combined 130 points just dipped der the 131-point total. Darryl Bryant scored 24 points to lead the Mountaineers. Bryant had averaged just six points during his last five games. Joe Mazzulla, Bryants backcourt mate, scored 17 points with seven assists and five rebounds. The der has won in seven of West Virginias past nine road games.
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 24-3 on the year and have a record in the Big East of 12-2.Â They sit a top the Big East, a conference in which many believe is the best in the country. Pittsburgh entered the beginning of this week two games ahead of Notre Dame in the Big East. The Panthers rated 28th in the nation holding foes to 61.3 points per game, including 57.7 points during the last eight games. The Panthers rank 36th in the country in scoring, averaging 75.6 points a contest. In Big East competition the Panthers are in the top four in scoring, scoring defense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, 3-point percentage, rebounding, assists and assist-turnover margin.Â St. Johns beat Pittsburgh on Saturday 60-59 in their last game. Pittsburgh failed to cover as 4-point road favorites at Madison Square Garden. The combined 119 points went der the 134-point total. There was good news, though, for the Panthers as star guard Ashton Gibbs played for the first time in four games. He scored a career-high 26 points against St. Johns. Gibbs leads the Panthers in scoring at 16.7 points a game. He is shooting 47.3 percent from beyond the arc. The rest of Pittsburghs players are shooting a combined 32.4 percent from three-point range. The Panthers lead the Big East in three-point percentage at 38.3 percent. The er has won in eight of Pittsburghs last 11 home games.
Pittsburgh defeated West Virginia, 71-66, four games ago on Feb. 7 as a ck. The combined 137 points went er the 128-point total. West Virginia center Deniz Kilicili made nine of 13 shots from the field scoring a career-high 19 points in the loss. The Panthers, minus Gibbs in that game, limited the Mountaineers leading scorer, Casey Mitchell, to seven points. Pittsburgh had a 37-22 rebounding edge.
For this game I am taking the over.Â Both teams have played very well offensively in the past few weeks.Â Pittsburgh and West Virginia are both well-coached teams and despite the good defenses each team will get good looks at the basket.