Pittsburgh Virginia Betting Preview

Virginia Cavaliers Pittsburgh Panthers
16-5 February 02, 2014, 12:30 | Petersen Events Center 18-3



College basketball wagering interest will be high on Sunday when the Cavaliers of Virginia hit the hard court against the Panthers of Pittsburgh.

The Panthers are 18-3 so far on the season, and 8-8-2 ATS vs. the number. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are 16-5 and 11-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 13-4-1 and the Cavaliers go 7-9-1 on the totals.

View Virginia Cavaliers vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 4-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 8-ranked Panthers and the No. 23-rated Cavaliers in this matchup.

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Virginia was a 68-53 winner in its last match on the road against Notre Dame. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. Virginia earned a 68-53 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday, getting 16 points from Malcolm Brogdon at Joyce Center.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were an 80-65 loser as they battled Duke at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. The Panthers got 14 points from Lamar Patterson, but it was Duke that prevailed in an 80-65 final on Monday at Petersen Events Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 64 nationally ranked offense (75.81 points per game) against a Cavaliers defense that sits as the No. 2 at 56.05 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 48.47% from the field, more than the Cavaliers have managed so far this season (44.85% on average).

Next up:
Virginia home to Boston College, Wednesday, February 5th
Pittsburgh at Miami, Wednesday, February 5th
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