Pittsburgh at Louisville College Basketball Picks & Predictions 1/2/2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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The Pittsburgh Panthers travel to KFC Yum! Center to play the Louisville Cardinals on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
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Pittsburgh heads into this matchup with a mark of 8-6. They currently have a point differential of 0.1 as they are averaging 68.7 points per contest while giving up 68.6 per game. Louisville has an overall record of 10-3. They are averaging 77.4 points per game and surrendering 66.5, good for a point differential of 10.8.
Valuable Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 5-4 against the spread this season
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 1-8 against the over/under this year
Important Louisville Cardinals Betting Trends
The Louisville Cardinals are 3-7 against the spread this season
The Louisville Cardinals are 6-5 against the over/under this year
Key Pittsburgh Panthers Injuries
12/30/17 F Ryan Luther Foot is "?"
Key Louisville Cardinals Injuries
11/22/17 G Brian Bowen II Suspension is out for season
Jared Wilson-Frame averages 12.9 points per game while playing 28.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is at 74%. Ryan Luther averages 12.7 points per game in 32.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.8 assists per contest and 10.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 66%.
Deng Adel averages 15.4 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.5 rebounds per game and has 2.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Quentin Snider averages 11.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.2 rebounds per contest and 3.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
Pittsburgh averages 68.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 293rd in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 0.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 207th. Behind the arc they shoot 34%, which is good for 235th in the country. They average 34.9 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game, which ranks them 227th and 157th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 82nd with 14.8 per game. The Panthers allow 68.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 107th in Division 1. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 77th and 128th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.1 rebounds a game which ranks 222nd and they give up 13.3 assists per contest, which puts them in 168th place in college basketball. They force 11.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 46th in the nation.
Useful Team Statistics
Louisville is 123rd in the country with 77.4 points per game this year. They are 179th in D-1 in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 10.8. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 230th in college basketball. They are 40th in the nation in rebounding with 40.0 boards per game, and 213th in assists per contest with 13.4. The Cardinals are 295th in turnovers per game with 11.8. The Cardinals surrender 66.5 points per contest, which ranks them 63rd in the country. Their defense allows a 38% shooting percentage and a 31% average from 3-point range, ranking them 21st and 38th in those defensive statistics. They rank 10th with 9.8 assists allowed per contest and 282nd with 37.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Cardinals are 205th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 14.2 per game this season.
The Panthers are 258th in the nation in offensive rating with 100.5, and their defensive rating of 100.4 is ranked 173rd. In terms of pace they are 322nd in the country with 67.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 162nd. As a team they are 154th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 46% of their shots, ranking 31st in Division 1. Pittsburgh is 27th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 19.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 47%, which is 74th in the nation.
Louisville is 303rd in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 43%, which is 11th in Division 1. The Cardinals are 48th in the nation in defensive rating with 93.5, and their offensive rating of 108.8 is ranked 111th. They are 169th in D-1 in pace with 71.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 203rd. As a unit they are 184th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 214th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Pittsburgh/Louisville college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Louisville
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