Pittsburgh Panthers vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 1/18/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center is the site where the Louisville Cardinals (2-16) will try to defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers (12-6) on Wednesday.
The Pittsburgh Panthers took the court against Georgia Tech and walked away with a win by a score of 71-60 in their last game. In relation to fouls, the Panthers finished with 12 and Georgia Tech finished the game with 16 fouls. They also converted 12 of their 29 tries from long range. Georgia Tech walked away from this one shooting 0.0% from the free throw line by converting 0 of their 3 tries. On top of that, Georgia Tech grabbed 33 boards (10 offensive, 23 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Georgia Tech doled out 15 assists and had but wrapped up the game with no steals. When discussing defense, Pittsburgh let their opponent shoot 36.4% from the field on 24 of 66 shooting. They also distributed 5 assists for this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they earned 32 with 6 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Panthers converted 17 of their 20 attempts for a rate of 85.0%. Pittsburgh walked away from the game with a 42.9% field goal percentage (24 out of 56) and buried 6 of their 20 shots from downtown.
Nike Sibande is one player who was a factor in the game. He scored 21 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 35 minutes played and also grabbed 6 rebounds. He finished 58.3% from the floor but finished the game without an assist.
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Pittsburgh comes into this matchup with a record of 12-6 on the season. They are losing possession via turnover 12.2 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 15.9 fouls per contest. As a unit, Pittsburgh is snagging 38.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 249 assists this year, which is 161st in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Panthers are shooting 33.8% on shots from downtown (153 of 453) and 74.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 74.6 points per contest (128th in the nation) while hitting 44.6% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Panthers are forcing 11.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.4 fouls. They are giving up 30.8% from 3-point land and they are 156th in the country in opponents points per game (68.2). The Panthers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.8% (444 of 1,088) and they concede 34.9 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 210th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 235 relinquished so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Louisville Cardinals went home defeated by a final of 80-59 when they faced North Carolina. The Cardinals collected 21 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 29 for this game. They coughed it up 14 times, while earning 3 steals in this matchup. North Carolina was called for 25 fouls in this game which took the Cardinals to the free throw line for 28 tries. They were able to convert 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 64.3%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Louisville buried 1 of 14 tries (7.1%). In all, the Cardinals went 20 for 54 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.0%. The Cardinals permitted North Carolina to make 27 of their 57 tries from the floor which had them shooting 47.4% for the contest. They finished 29.2% from 3-point land by going 7 of 24 and ended up shooting 19 of 23 at the free throw line (82.6%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Louisville permitted North Carolina to get 36 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
El Ellis ended up being a major contributor for the Cardinals in this matchup. He racked up 22 points in his 35 mins of playing time and accumulated 4 assists for the matchup. He made 6 of 16 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 37.5%, and totaled 3 rebounds.
Louisville has a win-loss record of 2-16 this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Cardinals are shooting 40.7% from the floor, which is 338th in Division 1. Louisville has accumulated 1,131 pts on the year (62.8 per contest) and they snag 32.1 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 8.9 times per game (363rd in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 16.4 times per game. The Cardinals are committing 16.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 71.0% from the free throw line.
The Cardinals on the defensive side of the court are 323rd in D-1 in PPG allowed with 75.2. They are forcing 12.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.5% from the field (350th in D-1). The Louisville defense gives up 34.4% on shots from beyond the arc (136 of 395) and their opponents are connecting on 70.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 13.7 assists and 34.6 rebounds every game, which ranks them 254th and 217th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Louisville
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