Washington State can win the CBI Tournament Wednesday with another win over Pitt, but it won't come easy as Monday's first game proved.
The Cougars made 51 percent of their shots, including 9 of 15 from 3-point range, to beat the Panthers 67-66 in Game 1. And they did it without leading scorer Brock Motum.
The CBI finals odds situation switches to Pittsburgh for Wednesday with a Game 3 if necessary. Watch for the opening Pitt vs WSU odds shortly today at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Panthers, most recently No. 80 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cougars, who rate No. 225 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 73-71 victory for the Panthers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 137 nationally ranked offense (69.4 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 122 at 65.5 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 45.3% from the field, less than the Cougars have managed so far this season (46.7% on average).
Defensively, Washington State features the nation's No. 178-rated defense on the road, allowing 70 points per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 135 nationally in scoring at home.
Washington State at Pittsburgh, Friday, March 30
Pittsburgh home to Washington State, Friday, March 30