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Pittsburgh Panthers vs
Virginia CavaliersPredictions & Preview

Pittsburgh Panthers Look to Challenge Virginia Cavaliers in Highly Anticipated Matchup

On Tuesday, the Pittsburg Panthers will face off against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Panthers recently beat NC State 67-64 and have a road record of 5-2. They currently hold a 6-6 record in ACC competition. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, defeated Florida State 80-76 and have a perfect home record of 13-0. They are currently 10-3 in ACC play. This will be their first meeting this season and the Cavaliers are the favorites with an opening line of -6.5. The current line is Virginia -6.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Panthers +208 | Cavaliers -251
  • Spread: Panthers +6 (-110) | Cavaliers -6 (-110)
  • Total: Over/Under 122.5 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Virginia will win straight-up is 72%.

Pittsburgh vs Virginia Stats

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Pittsburgh Panthers

In terms of offensive performance, Pittsburgh scores an average of 75.3 points per game, ranking 150th. Their shooting percentage is 43.1%, which is 269th in the country, and they shoot 33.9% from beyond the arc, ranking 186th. The team converts 69.8% of its free-throw attempts, placing them 255th nationally. Pittsburgh averages 35.5 rebounds per game (52nd), 13.6 assists (122nd), and 9.9 turnovers (26th).

Defensively, the Panthers allow an average of 66.7 points per game, ranking 48th. They give up a shooting percentage of 41.7%, which is 81st, and allow opponents to shoot 30.2% from three-point range, ranking 28th. Pittsburgh's opponents grab an average of 31.0 rebounds per game (154th). The team averages 5.0 blocks (24th), 6.5 steals (160th), and commits 15.2 fouls per game (42nd).

According to KenPom, Pittsburgh is ranked 63rd overall. They rank 76th in offensive efficiency, 68th in defensive efficiency, and 285th in tempo (schedule-adjusted). Additionally, their power ranking is 106, with their offense ranked 149th and defense ranked 55th. The team has a record of 15-8, with a ATS (against the spread) record of 13-9-1.

In more specific statistics, Pittsburgh shoots 43.13% from the field (266th), 69.78% from the free-throw line (256th), and 33.93% from three-point range (181st). They average 38.43 rebounds per game (67th), 13.61 offensive assists (148th), and 9.87 turnovers (32nd). Defensively, they allow opponents to shoot 41.74% from the field (82nd) and 75.07% from the free-throw line (334th). They also allow 30.17% shooting from three-point range (29th) and average 33.57 defensive rebounds per game (33rd). The team averages 12.04 defensive assists (113th) and 11.52 turnovers (245th) per game.

Virginia Cavaliers Analysis

The Virginia Cavaliers have a power ranking of 35 and are ranked 343rd for offense, scoring an average of 65.13 points per game. However, they are ranked 2nd for defense, giving up an average of 56.91 points per game. Overall, their record is 19-5 (14-9-1 ATS). In terms of offense, the Cavaliers make 44.65% of their field goals, 64.91% of their free throws, and 37.32% of their three-pointers. They average 32.91 rebounds per game and have 15.83 offensive assists and 8.39 turnovers per game. On defense, Virginia allows opponents to make 38.97% of their field goals, 72.64% of their free throws, and 31.32% of their three-pointers. They average 33.87 defensive rebounds per game and have 10.61 defensive assists and 13.39 turnovers per game.

Pittsburgh's Impressive Winning Streak Puts Them in Position to Challenge Virginia

Pittsburgh has demonstrated an impressive performance since mid-January, securing victories in five out of their last six games, with their only loss occurring against Miami (72-68). This winning streak commenced with a triumph over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium and notably involved a win against Wake Forest, who ranks 28th nationally according to KenPom. Furthermore, the Panthers have effectively restricted their last two opponents, Notre Dame and NC State, to less than 65 points.

In anticipation of a game featuring few points, I am inclined to support Pitt. Their offensive capability has notably improved recently without compromising their defensive efforts. The team has effectively implemented a collaborative approach to their play, generating opportunities for their adept perimeter shooters, namely Carlton Carrington, Blake Hinson, and Ishmael Leggett. To overcome Virginia's formidable defense, it is crucial to possess sharpshooters capable of extending the court to the three-point line. I firmly believe Pittsburgh possesses these necessary attributes and the willingness to embrace high-pressure shots that Virginia often induces its opponents to take.

Although the Cavaliers have achieved success with a recent eight-game winning streak, it is important to acknowledge their sluggish start to the season. Consequently, I am uncertain if UVA truly holds a seven-point advantage over Pitt, particularly considering the Panthers' recent string of victories.

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