Bulls open as college hoops underdog vs Panthers
South Florida Bulls vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the South Florida Bulls at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.
The Panthers currently sports a 21-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 11-11 ATS. The Bulls are 10-16 and 9-16 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Panthers produce a 10-10 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bulls have gone 9-11 against the number.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Pittsburgh sat as 17.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 33 (Panthers) and the No. 168 (Bulls) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 76-58 result in favor of the Panthers has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the nation's No. 120-rated offensive output, at 69.6 PPG. The visiting Bulls defense ranks No. 85 allowing on average 62.8 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Bulls marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.8% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, South Florida owns the country's No. 44-rated mark, allowing 62.9 points per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 135 in scoring at home.
Last time out for South Florida, they were a 69-54 loser as they battled St. John's on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point underdog. The Bulls endured a 69-54 loss at the hands of the Red Storm on Wednesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Victor Rudd at Carnesecca Arena.
Pittsburgh was a 63-47 winner in their most recent outing on the road against St. John's. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Pittsburgh got 25 points from Tray Woodall en route to a 63-47 victory over St. John's on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
South Florida Bulls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing DePaul are 3-7
After playing St. John's are 3-4
After a loss are 1-9
Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Villanova are 8-2
After playing St. John's are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
A few Bulls at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of South Florida's last 9 games on the road
South Florida is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
South Florida is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing South Florida
Pittsburgh is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
South Florida home to DePaul, Sunday, March 3
Pittsburgh home to Villanova, Sunday, March 3