Louisville Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Louisville Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Louisville (-1)
The Louisville Cardinals (4-1) travel to Petersen Events Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (5-1). Louisville opens this game as 1-point favorites. The over/under opens at 137.5.
Louisville will play this contest with a win-loss record of 4-1 for the campaign. They cough up possession 12.6 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.8 fouls every game. As a team, Louisville is pulling in 36.4 boards per contest and is sitting with 68 dimes on the season, which is 219th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Cardinals are hitting 34.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (27 of 79) and 75.0% from the free throw line. They average 71.8 points per game (192nd in the country) while hitting 49.0% from the field. When they are on defense, the Cardinals are forcing 12.0 turnovers per game and they draw 19.0 fouls. The Cardinals defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.1% (112 of 279) and they surrender 30.2 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 84th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 58 surrendered this year. They give up 34.8% on shots from downtown and they are 64th in Division 1 in points per game from their opponents (63.4).
The Louisville Cardinals faced off with the Wisconsin Badgers and took a loss by a score of 85-48 in their last contest. Louisville walked away from the game with a 36.2% FG percentage (17 of 47) and converted 5 out of their 14 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Cardinals buried 9 of their 12 tries for a percentage of 75.0%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 25 with 5 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 8 assists in this matchup as well as getting 4 steals and 2 rejections. In relation to defense, Louisville let their opponent shoot 36.2% from the floor on 17 out of 47. Wisconsin dished out 22 assists and 9 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Badgers grabbed 28 rebounds (6 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Wisconsin finished the game at 63.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 7 of their 11 shots. They knocked down 16 of their 25 shots from long range.
Quinn Slazinski is a player who was a factor in the game. He ended up walking away with 11 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30 minutes and also totaled 5 rebounds. Slazinski ended up shooting 57.1% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Cardinals was David Johnson. He collected 4 boards and accumulated 4 dimes. He finished 38.5% from the field in the game by shooting 5-of-13 (12 points). Overall, Johnson played 36 min.
Pittsburgh has a mark of 5-1 this season. The Panthers commit 19.8 fouls every game and they hit 63.4% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 16.7 times per contest (51st in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 14.8 times per game. Pittsburgh has tallied 450 points for the year (75.0 per contest) and they average 44.5 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Panthers are shooting 44.1% from the field, which ranks them 208th in the country. The Panthers on the defensive side of the court are 82nd in Division 1 in points given up per game with 64.7. They are forcing 14.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 38.2% from the field (36th in the nation). The Pittsburgh defense allows 26.6% on shots from distance (37 of 139) and their opposition knocks down 66.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 13.3 assists and 33.5 boards every game, which is ranked 199th and 109th in those categories on the defensive end.
In their last game, the Pittsburgh Panthers got the win with a final of 70-55 when they faced the Miami Hurricanes. The Panthers pulled down 29 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 34 in this contest. They blocked 2 tries while getting 8 steals for this contest. The Hurricanes were called for 14 fouls for the game which got the Panthers to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to bury 11 of them for a percentage of 68.8%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, Pittsburgh converted 7 of their 17 tries (41.2%). When the game finished, the Panthers walked away from this one shooting 26 for 54 from the field which had them at 48.1%. The Panthers permitted the Hurricanes to make 17 of 52 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 32.7% in this game. They finished 20.8% from downtown by shooting 5 out of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 31 from the free throw line (51.6%). Regarding how they rebounded, Pittsburgh allowed Miami to collect 28 in all (6 on the offensive side).
Au'Diese Toney saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Panthers for this contest. He converted 5 of 10 for the matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which got him 15 points. Toney snagged 5 boards in his 39 mins and added 3 dimes in this matchup. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Pittsburgh was Ithiel Horton. He ended up finishing with 18 points in his 26 minutes played by way of 6 of 11 from the floor for this game. Horton finished going 54.5% from the floor while earning 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+1) and under 137.5 points
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