College Basketball Picks: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Saturday, 3/1/14, 2:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Pittsburgh -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Pittsburgh -3
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings with the Pittsburgh Panthers

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings with the Pittsburgh Panthers

Pittsburgh snapped its three-game losing streak in picking up a 66-59 victory over the Boston College Eagles as 6.5-point road favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total of 132.5.  The Panthers have won their 20 games this season by an average of 11.1 points per game, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  Offensively, the team is averaging 72.0 points per game, while knocking down 45.9 percent of its shots from the field.  Pittsburgh is 1-4 SUATS as road favorites of three or fewer points, with the UNDER going 3-2 in that situation.

The Panthers are 5-2 SU on the road this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Pittsburgh has three probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior forward Lamar Patterson leading the way at 17.1 points a contest.  In each of the team’s last seven games—each has been decided by six points or less.

Notre Dame will concluded its regular-season home slate against a former Big East rival, as it looks to build off a 65-62 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as seven-point favorites Wednesday.  The Fighting Irish have won the last five meetings in this series, while also posting a solid 11-8 SU record versus the Panthers under head coach Mike Brey.  The team has three probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior center Garrick Sherman leading the way at 13.8 points a contest.  Notre Dame is 2-2 SUATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points since the 2011-12 campaign.

The Fighting Irish are 6-5 SU this season in games decided by five or fewer points, while their 10 losses in ACC play have been by a combined 89 points.  Notre Dame has turned the ball over just 24 times in its last four games, with senior point guard Eric Atkins ranking seventh in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Sports bettors will likely back the Fighting Irish due to the underdog cover the number in the last five meetings in this series.

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