Pittsburgh travels to Washington State on Monday in Game 1 CBI Tournament finals odds action.
Pitt advanced with an OT win over Butler while WSU defeated state rival Oregon.
WSU has not played the Panthers since the Legends Classic in Newark, N.J., during the 2008-09 season and they are favored by 1.5 points at TopBet today.
The Panthers will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 15-16 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cougars are 16-15-1 ATS. Pittsburgh is 16-15 against the total, while Washington State is 14-18 versus the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 225 (Cougars) and the No. 80 (Panthers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 73-71 result in favor of the Cougars has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington State has the nation's No. 152-rated offensive output, at 68.7 PPG. The visiting Panthers defense ranks No. 127 allowing on average 65.8 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 46.7% so far, more than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.3% per game.
Defensively, Pittsburgh features the nation's No. 73-rated defense on the road, allowing 66 points per game. Washington State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 183 nationally in scoring at home.
Pittsburgh was a 68-62 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Butler. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Panthers grabbed a 68-62 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday, behind a 15-point effort from Talib Zanna at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Last time out for Washington State, they were a 72-55 winner as they battled Oregon State on the road. They covered in the match as a 7-point underdog. The Cougars got a 23-point performance from Abe Lodwick, who added 12 rebounds, as Washington State ran past Oregon State 72-55 on Wednesday at Gill Coliseum.
Pittsburgh home to Washington State, Wednesday, March 28
Washington State at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, March 28