Duke Blue Devils vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 3/1/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Duke Blue Devils vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Petersen Events Center is the location where the Pittsburgh Panthers (11-18) will try to defeat the Duke Blue Devils (25-4) on Tuesday.
The Duke Blue Devils took the court against Syracuse and walked away with a win by a score of 97-72 in their last game. Duke finished the game with a 53.8% field goal percentage (35 of 65) and buried 15 of their 32 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Blue Devils converted 12 of 17 attempts for a percentage of 70.6%. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they earned 32 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 26 dimes in the game while forcing 7 turnovers and earning 1 steal. In the matter of defending, Duke allowed 49.2% from the floor on 29 of 59 shooting. Syracuse doled out 13 assists and had 4 steals in this game. In addition, Syracuse snagged 18 rebounds (6 offensive, 12 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Syracuse finished the game at 75.0% from the free throw line by burying 9 of 12 shots. They made 5 of their 19 shots from 3-point range. With respect to personal fouls, the Blue Devils left the arena with 15 and Syracuse recorded 14 personal fouls.
Mark Williams is one guy who was a factor for the matchup. He finished the game at 78.6% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. He was on the hardwood for 27 minutes played and grabbed 12 rebounds. He ended up scoring 28 points on 11 of 14 shooting.
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Duke comes into this one with a win-loss record of 25-4 this season. They average 80.1 pts per game (12th in Division 1) while connecting on 48.6% from the floor. The Blue Devils are connecting on 37.3% on shots from beyond the arc (240 of 643) and 72.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Duke is snagging 39.1 boards per game and is sitting with 504 assists this season, which is 8th in college hoops in terms of passing. They cough up possession 10.5 times per game and as a squad they are committing 13.8 fouls per game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Blue Devils are forcing 11.4 turnovers every game while drawing 15.8 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 29.9% on 3-point attempts and they are 67th in college hoops in opponents PPG (65.4). The Blue Devils defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.0% (745 of 1,819) and they relinquish 33.9 boards per contest as a team. They rank 242nd in college basketball in giving up assists with 382 relinquished on the year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Pittsburgh Panthers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 85-64 when they played Miami. In reference to team rebounding, Pittsburgh permitted Miami to pull down 26 in all (5 on the offensive side). They finished 45.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 9 of 20 and ended up going 12 out of 16 at the charity stripe (75.0%). The Panthers allowed Miami to make 32 of their 58 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.2% for the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Panthers walked away from this one shooting 25 out of 52 from the field which had them shooting 48.1%. In relation to 3-point attempts, Pittsburgh converted 5 of their 17 tries (29.4%). They were able to bury 9 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 52.9%. Miami earned 17 fouls in this matchup which got the Panthers to the charity stripe for 17 attempts. They also gave up possession of the ball 20 times, while getting 9 steals for the matchup. The Panthers were able to snag 22 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 30 for this game.
John Hugley ended up being a major contributor for the Panthers in this matchup. He had 20 points in his 31 mins of playing time and accounted for 1 assist in the game. He converted 7 out of 9 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 77.8%, and had 7 rebounds.
Pittsburgh has a mark of 11-18 on the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Panthers are hitting on 41.7% from the field, which is 299th in the nation. Pittsburgh has totaled 1,813 points for the season (62.5 per game) and they pull down 34.6 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 11.0 times per game (316th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 13.9 times per contest. The Panthers commit 15.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 70.0% from the free throw line.
The Panthers defensively are ranked 123rd in D-1 in points given up per game with 67.2. They are forcing 10.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.0% from the field (171st in college basketball). The Pittsburgh defense gives up 35.5% on shots from 3-point land (244 of 688) and opponents are converting on 70.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 14.2 dimes and 31.3 rebounds every game, which is ranked 294th and 38th in those defensive categories.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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