Duke Blue Devils vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 1/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Duke Blue Devils vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Duke (-2.5)
Petersen Events Center is the site where and the Pittsburgh Panthers (7-2) will play the Duke Blue Devils (5-3) on Tuesday. Duke opens this game as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 141.5.
Duke comes into this contest with a record of 5-3 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 74.8 pts per contest (121st in the nation) while hitting 45.5% from the field. The Blue Devils are connecting on 34.0% on 3-pointers (65 of 191) and 68.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Duke is snagging 37.3 boards per game and has 114 assists on the campaign, which is 279th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 14.0 times per contest and as a group are committing 17.9 personal fouls per game. When they are on the defensive end, the Blue Devils are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game while drawing 15.9 personal fouls. The Blue Devils defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.4% (207 of 446) and they surrender 32.1 boards per game as a team. They rank 36th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 93 relinquished for the campaign. They are giving up 37.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 212th in the country in PPG allowed (71.5).
The Duke Blue Devils took the court against the Virginia Tech Hokies and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 74-67 in their last contest. Duke finished the game with a 40.0% FG percentage (24 out of 60) and knocked down 8 out of their 29 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Blue Devils made 11 of their 15 attempts for a rate of 73.3%. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they collected 29 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 11 assists in the game in addition to earning 6 steals and 5 blocked shots. With respect to defense, Duke allowed 40.0% from the floor on 24 of 60 shooting. Virginia Tech recorded 16 assists and had 3 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Hokies grabbed 32 rebounds (5 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Virginia Tech finished the game shooting 63.2% at the charity stripe by making 12 of their 19 shots. They knocked down 6 of 14 tries from beyond the arc.
Jeremy Roach is someone who came through in this contest. He was able to score 22 points on 6 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 34 minutes and totaled 2 rebounds. Roach finished 42.9% from the field and distributed 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Blue Devils was Matthew Hurt. He snagged 11 rebounds and accumulated 2 assists. He ended up going 50.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 8-of-16 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Hurt saw the court for 38 min.
Pittsburgh has a mark of 7-2 for the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Panthers are shooting 43.0% from the field, which ranks 237th in college basketball. Pittsburgh has 663 pts on the year (73.7 per contest) and they pull down 43.2 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 15.4 times per game (71st in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 13.7 times per contest. The Panthers have committed 18.8 fouls per game and they connect on 64.2% from the charity stripe. The Panthers on the defensive end are ranked 68th in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 65.3. They have forced 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 39.1% from the floor (28th in the nation). The Pittsburgh defense gives up 25.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (56 of 216) and their opponents are converting on 68.2% of their foul shots. They have allowed 14.0 dimes and 34.9 boards every game, which has them ranked 245th and 164th in those defensive categories.
When they last stepped on the court, the Pittsburgh Panthers walked away with a victory by a final of 96-76 when they played the Syracuse Orange. The Panthers earned 28 defensive boards and 15 offensive boards totaling 43 for the matchup. They also blocked 4 tries while earning 4 steals for this contest. The Orange were called for 21 personal fouls for this contest which got the Panthers to the free throw line for 32 shots. They were able to bury 26 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.3%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Pittsburgh made 8 out of their 23 attempts (34.8%). When all was said and done, the Panthers shot 31 out of 67 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.3%. The Panthers permitted the Orange to make 27 of their 67 tries from the floor which had them at 40.3% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 13.6% from beyond the perimeter by going 3 of 22 and finished the game at 19 out of 22 from the free throw line (86.4%). When talking about rebounds, Pittsburgh permitted Syracuse to grab 33 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Justin Champagnie was important for the Panthers in the game. He converted 9 of 18 for this game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which got him 24 points. Champagnie collected 16 rebounds in his 34 minutes played and tallied 2 dimes in this contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for Pittsburgh was Xavier Johnson. He notched 23 points in 35 minutes on the hardwood by going 4 out of 12 shooting in the matchup. Johnson ended up shooting 33.3% from the floor while earning 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+2.5) and over 141.5 points
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