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Panthers Ready to End Losing Skid

Two ranked Big East squads headed in different directions collide tonight when No. 22 Pittsburgh drops in on No. 9 West Virginia.

It was only two short weeks ago that the Panthers were ranked in the Top 10. They’ve fallen quickly though after losing three of their last four games. Last time out they were upset by South Florida, 70-61 as a 3-point favorite, and the Pitt basketball odds have changed along with their ranking.

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Gilbert Brown scored 25 points to lead the Panthers, who were without defensive stopper Jermaine Dixon due to an injured foot. Dixon remains questionable for tonight’s game.

The Mountaineers have been climbing the rankings after winning their last four games. Over the weekend they topped Louisville 77-74 as a 6.5-point favorite. Da’Sean Butler delivered a season-high 27 points and hit a number of clutch shots late to secure the win.

Last season the Panthers took two of three from the Mountaineers, but West Virginia got the last laugh with a win in the Big East Tournament. Pittsburgh is still 6-2 SU in their last eight versus the Mountaineers and they’re also 5-3 ATS. Tonight the Mountaineers are a 9-point favorite at Bovada.
 
Also on tap tonight the Kansas Jayhawks take to the court for the first time since regaining the No.1 ranking. The No. 1 ranking has been bad luck for the last two teams who held it, as Kentucky and Texas both lost their first game after being named No. 1. The Jayhawks are big favorites tonight, down as a 13.5-point road favorite versus Colorado at Bovada.

The Jayhawks enter tonight’s game on a six-game winning streak. They nearly had their streak snapped over the weekend before edging Kansas State 81-79 in overtime as a 4-point chalk. Cole Aldrich led the Jayhawks with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Colorado has won only once in their last five games and gave away a victory last time out versus Iowa State. The Buffaloes lost to the Cyclones 64-63 as a 6.5-point underdog after Marcus Relphorde missed an easy layup at the buzzer.

Kansas has won 13 in a row against the Buffaloes while going 8-5 ATS. The last time Colorado defeated the Jayhawks was back in 2003.

College basketball odds – Thursday night preview

There’s another Top 25 on the schedule Thursday night, as No. 21 Georgia Tech faces No. 10 Duke in an ACC matchup.

The Yellow Jackets are coming off their easiest win of the season versus Division II school Kentucky State. The Jackets bombed Kentucky State 98-50 after shooting an amazing 71%. Glen Rice Jr. led the Jackets with 15 points and D’Andre Bell had 14 points in the rout.

Duke took on Georgetown over the weekend and got beat 89-77 as a 2.5-point road favorite. The Blue Devils shot a lousy 37% in the game and were led by Nolan Smith with 19 points. Kyle Singler added 18 points, six rebounds and four assists, but he only shot 4-of-14 in the loss.

The Blue Devils and Yellow Jackets met up on January 9 at Georgia Tech and the Jackets came away with a 71-67 upset win as 7.5-point underdogs. That snapped the Yellow Jackets four-game losing streak versus the Blue Devils. At home Duke has won six-straight against Georgia Tech while going 5-1 ATS.