Pittsburgh at West Virginia College Basketball Picks & Predictions 12/8/2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018
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The Pittsburgh Panthers travel to WVU Coliseum to play the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, December 8, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has West Virginia as 11 point favorites.
Pittsburgh heads into this matchup with a mark of 7-2. They currently have a point differential of 12.9 as they are averaging 78.0 points per contest while giving up 65.1 per game. West Virginia has an overall record of 5-3. They are averaging 82.6 points per game and surrendering 74.6, good for a point differential of 8.0.
Valuable Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 7-2-0 against the spread
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 4-5-0 against the over/under
Important West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Trends
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 3-5-0 against the spread
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 5-3-0 against the over/under
Key Pittsburgh Panthers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key West Virginia Mountaineers Injuries
11/15/18 F Derek Culver Suspension is out indefinitely
Jared Wilson-Frame averages 13.4 points per game in 26.8 minutes per contest. He averages 2.0 assists per contest and 3.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 78%. Xavier Johnson comes into this contest averaging 16.3 points per game while playing 29.1 minutes per night. He pulls down 3.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is at 80%.
Sagaba Konate averages 13.3 points per game and he sees the court an average of 23.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.9 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 79%. Esa Ahmad averages 15.4 points per game while playing 28.5 minutes per contest. He grabs 5.9 rebounds per game and has 2.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is at 62%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Panthers allow 65.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 56th in Division 1. They also allow a 38% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc, ranking them 25th and 89th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.8 rebounds a game which ranks 207th, and they give up 13.0 assists per contest which puts them in 174th place in the NCAA. They force 16.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 311th in the nation. Pittsburgh averages 78.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 114th in the country. Their average scoring margin is 12.9 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 81st. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 124th in D-1. They average 38.1 rebounds per game and 14.3 assists per contest, which ranks them 119th and 144th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 197th with 13.2 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Mountaineers surrender 74.6 points per contest, which ranks them 250th in the NCAA. Their defense allows a 41% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 104th and 274th in those defensive statistics. They rank 175th with 13.0 assists allowed per contest, and 250th with 36.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Mountaineers are 132nd in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 13.5 per game. West Virginia is 48th in the country with 82.6 points per game this year. They are 224th in the D-1 in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 8.0. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 154th in the nation. They are 14th in the country in rebounding with 42.9 boards per game and 66th in assists per contest with 15.8. The Mountaineers are 71st in turnovers per game with 15.3.
The Panthers are 121st in the nation in offensive rating with 108. In terms of pace they are 131st in the country with 72.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 119th. As a team they are 85th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 299th in Division 1. Pittsburgh is 181st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.3 times per 100 possessions.
West Virginia is 143rd in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.9 times per 100 possessions. The Mountaineers have an offensive rating of 111.1, which is ranked 75th. They are 94th in D-1 in pace with 73.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 184th. As a unit they are 161st in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shot attempts, ranking 74th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Pittsburgh/West Virginia college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take West Virginia -11
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