Villanova Wildcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 9-point home favorites over the Villanova Wildcats in todays Big East regular season finale.  The over/under for the game is set at 135.  Pittsburgh will claim the regular season conference championship with a win today at home.

Pittsburgh is 26-4 overall and 13-12 against the spread.  Pittsburgh has recently lost two road games.  The first was to St. Johns and the second was to Louisville in overtime. The 62-59 loss at Louisville a week ago came with the Panthers as 1-point underdogs.  A loss today would make the Panthers the #2 seed in the Big East bracket next week.  At home this year Pittsburgh is 16-2.  Nine of Pittsburghs last eleven games have gone der the total.

Villanova is 21-8 overall and 12-15 against the spread. Villanova’s demise the last six weeks or so leaves the Wildcats headed towards a second-division finish in the Big East standings.  They have endured some personnel issues like the suspension of JayVaughn Pinkston, a toe injury that kept Corey Stokes out of the lineup for three full games recently and now has leading-scorer Corey Fisher battling nagging injuries. The Wildcats have gone 5-8 in the Big East in their last thirteen, 3-10 versus the odds with spread losers in each of their last seven games.  Villanova lost on Monday night to Notre Dame 93-72 as 5-point underdogs on the road.  It was just the third time this year that Villanova was underdogs.  They had covered in their previous two, at Syracuse and at UConn.  Three of Villanovas last four games went er the total.

Earlier in the season Pittsburgh beat Villanova 57-54 as 2-point road underdogs. It was also the first time in over four years Villanova had fallen to anyone on their on-campus court.  Pittsburgh should dominate todays game and win by double-figures.  The Panthers have everything to play for while Villanova should rest many of their players since they will have to win four-straight games in the Big East tournament since they wont be receiving any byes.  Take the Panthers minus the nine points.


Pittsburgh Panthers -9 Villanova Wildcats

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March 5, 2011 by : Posted in College Basketball, Sportsbook No Comments

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