Louisville Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
The Louisville Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Panthers battle it out in Sunday Big East college hoops action. The Cardinals are -8.5 point favorites over the Panthers with an over/under point total set at 129.5.
The Louisville Cardinals have been solid all season long but Rick Pitino’s team has lost two of their last three games and are looking at a tough schedule over the next week. UL is 9-6 in the Big East, 15-3 at home this season, and they are in seventh place in the conference standings. Kyle Kuric is averaging 12.9 points and 4.8 rebounds, Chris Smith is averaging 10.5 points, and Gorgui Dieng is averaging 10 points and 9.3 rebounds. As a team Louisville is averaging 71.2 points and they are shooting 43.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.5 points and their opponents are shooting 37.4 percent. With South Florida visiting this week and then a trip to Syracuse next Saturday Louisville will need to battle just to hold their spot in the conference for tournament seeding.
The Pittsburgh Panthers have been one of the most disappointing teams in the nation and as disappointed as people are in Jamie Dixon’s team is even more disappointed in themselves. Pitt is 4-11 in the Big East, 3-6 on the road this season, and tied for 12th place in the conference standings. Ashton Gibbs is averaging 15.8 points, Tray Woodall is averaging 12.2 points and 6.4 assists, and Nasir Robinson is averaging 11.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. As a team the Panthers are averaging 69.1 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44.3 percent. Pittsburgh was ranked in the top 25 earlier this year and right now they have lost four games in a row.
Louisville is 5-0 against the spread in their last five home games, 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games overall, and 7-3 against the spread following a loss. Pittsburgh is 2-7 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, 0-4 against the spread in their last four Big East games, and 1-4 against the spread following a loss.
With the total just south of 130 I have this one just staying under.