Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+11)
The Pittsburgh Panthers (9-5) are headed to John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Virginia Cavaliers (12-3). The line on this matchup has Virginia as 11-point favorites. The O/U opens at 127.
Pittsburgh will play this contest with a mark of 9-5 for the campaign. The Panthers are hitting 32.6% on shots from distance (95 of 291) and 67.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 73.1 points per outing (144th in D-1) while hitting 42.8% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 12.4 times per game and as a group they are committing 17.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Pittsburgh is pulling in 40.5 rebounds per game and has racked up 224 assists on the season, which is 120th in D-1 in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Panthers are forcing their opponents into 12.7 turnovers per game while drawing 18.6 personal fouls. The Panthers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.8% (349 of 835) and they surrender 35.3 boards per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 258th in the nation in allowing assists with 225 conceded this season. They surrender 30.2% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 153rd in college hoops in opponents points per game (69.1).
The Pittsburgh Panthers stepped onto the hardwood against the Virginia Tech Hokies and walked away with a win by a score of 83-72 in their last game. Pittsburgh finished having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (26 of 52) and converted 9 out of their 23 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Panthers buried 22 of 25 attempts for a rate of 88.0%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected a total of 32 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 13 assists for the game as well as earning 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. Regarding defending, Pittsburgh allowed 50.0% from the field on 26 out of 52 shooting. Virginia Tech doled out 19 assists and had 2 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Hokies grabbed 30 rebounds (9 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Virginia Tech shot 81.3% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of 16 tries. They also buried 9 out of their 30 tries from long range.
Au'Diese Toney is one guy who was a major factor in the game. He recorded 14 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. He played 36 mins and totaled 6 boards. Toney finished the game at 57.1% from the floor and also totaled 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Panthers was Justin Champagnie. He pulled down 13 boards and also tallied 2 dimes. He ended up going 37.5% from the field for this game via 3-of-8 (10 points). When the final whistle was blown, Champagnie played 33 min.
Virginia has a mark of 12-3 this season. The Cavaliers commit 12.7 personal fouls per game and they connect on 81.7% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 14.1 times per contest (123rd in the nation) and they are turning it over 8.8 times per contest. Virginia has accounted for 1,069 points for the campaign (71.3 per game) and they pull in 31.8 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Cavaliers are shooting 49.3% from the floor, which is ranked 32nd in the country. The Cavaliers on the defensive side of the court are 7th in college basketball in points given up per game with 59.7. They are forcing 10.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.4% from the field (88th in college hoops). The Virginia defense allows 34.2% on shots from behind the 3-point line (107 of 313) and opponents are converting on 75.4% of their foul shots. They relinquish 11.5 dimes and 28.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 75th and 4th in the nation.
The last time they took the court, the Virginia Cavaliers got the victory with a final of 64-57 against the NC State Wolfpack. The Cavaliers collected 21 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards for a total of 24 in this contest. They also rejected 3 shots while recording 5 steals for this game. The Wolfpack earned 16 fouls in the game which got the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 22 tries. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throw tries for a rate of 90.9%. Regarding shots from beyond the arc, Virginia knocked down 6 out of 17 attempts (35.3%). Overall, the Cavaliers went 19 for 41 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.3%. The Cavaliers allowed the Wolfpack to make 23 out of 53 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.4% for this game. They finished the game shooting 28.6% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 4 of 14 and finished the game at 7 of 12 from the free throw line (58.3%). When discussing attacking the glass, Virginia permitted North Carolina State to collect 28 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Sam Hauser ended up having an impact for the Cavaliers for this contest. He knocked down 5 out of 11 in this matchup for a rate of 45.5%, which got him 18 points. Hauser snagged 5 boards in his 38 minutes played and had 2 assists for the contest. One more player that was important for Virginia was Trey Murphy. He totaled 18 points in 34 minutes on the hardwood via 5 of 8 from the floor for the matchup. Murphy wrapped this one up going 62.5% from the floor and also contributing 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Virginia (-11)
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