The Virginia Cavaliers have got their swag back. UVA is looking to end the regular season with a win over the Pittsburgh Panthers. The college hoops line favors UVA by 11.5-points. Tip-off is this Saturday, March 4th at 12:00 PM ET from the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Panthers won the first meeting of the two this season with an 88-76 OT win. Senior forward Jamel Artis shot 6-7 from beyond the arc to leads the team with a game-high 24 points for Pitt. The Panthers knocked down 13 3-pointers in the teams’ first meeting and the Cavaliers will need to limit Pittsburgh’s outside shooting.
Bet Pittsburgh Panthers Vs Virginia Cavaliers
What: Pittsburgh Panthers (15-15) at No. 23 Virginia Cavaliers (20-9)
When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Charlottesville, Virginia
Stadium: John Paul Jones Arena
Spread: UVA -11.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Pittsburgh vs Virginia
Why Bet The Pittsburgh Panthers To Beat The Cavaliers
The Panthers have lost three in a row entering this game. Pitt lost 61-52 to Georgia Tech in its last outing to move to 15-15 SU and 11-17-1 ATS. The Panthers average 74.6 points per game (150 th ) and allow 75.4 points per game (253 rd ).
Pittsburgh shoots 44.8% from the field (155th) and 37.0% from three-point land (84th). Senior forward Michael Young (20.1 PPG & 6.9 RPG) led the team with 16 points in the loss to the Yellow Jackets. He shot 6-14 from the field. The bench production was nonexistent with a single point.
"We didn’t get the stops we needed," Panthers’ Cameron Johnson said. "They got a couple easy baskets in the end. … We’ve been struggling with that. We just didn’t execute well enough in the end."
Pittsburgh averages 35.5 rebounds (196th), 14.8 assists (95th) and 3.93 steals per game. They have a -0.83 point differential this season. Senior forward Sheldon Jeter leads the team with 7.3 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game.
Why Bet The Virginia Cavaliers To Beat The Panthers
The Virginia Cavaliers have won two games in a row, including a 53-43 victory against North Carolina. UVA is 20-9 SU and 17-10 ATS this season. The Cavaliers average 66.8 points per game (314th) and give up 55.3 points per game (1st).
UVA is shooting 46.7% from the field (62nd) and 38.5% from three-point land (40th). Freshman guard Kyle Guy (7.8 PPG & 1.6 RPG) scored 17 points against North Carolina. He has averaged 18 points in the team’s last two wins.
"We made a commitment about three weeks ago or two weeks ago that we’re just going to be a better defensive team by the end of the year," said coach Tony Bennett. "We just have to be."
Virginia averages 33.0 rebounds per game (302nd), 14.3 assists (Tied-127th) and 5.9 steals. They have a +11.28-point differential. Junior forward Isaiah Wilkins averages 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Pitt is 6-3 ATS on the road, 8-6 ATS as an underdog or PK, 1-0 when the spread was +9.5 to +13.5
- UVA is 5-4 ATS at home, 8-7 as a favorite, 2-0 when the spread was -13.5 to -9.5
- UVA is 4-1 SU in their last five games against Pittsburgh
- Four of the last five games in the series ended UNDER the game total
Expert Pittsburgh Vs Virginia ATS
Virginia to win and cover the spread.