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College Basketball Matchup - Pittsburgh Panthers Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds Preview

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Jan 11, 7:00 PM | Petersen Events Center

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds


The Panthers will try to cover the spread at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in college basketball action.

The Panthers sit at 11-5 (3-8 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Scarlet Knights are currently 9-7 (3-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 5-6 OU, and Rutgers is 4-6 OU.

View Rutgers vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Pittsburgh opened as 8-point favorites in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 59 and the Scarlet Knights at No. 136 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 77-73 result in favor of the Panthers.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the nation's No. 71-rated offensive output, at 74.5 PPG. The visiting Scarlet Knights defense ranks No. 114 allowing on average 64.4 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 47.8% so far, more than the Scarlet Knights marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.6% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Rutgers owns the country's No. 84-rated mark, allowing 66.2 points per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 113 in scoring at home.

Rutgers won its last outing, a 67-60 result against Connecticut on January 7. They covered in that game as a 6-point underdog. The Scarlet Knights got 19 points from Eli Carter as Rutgers ran past Connecticut 67-60 on Saturday at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, an 84-81 result against DePaul on January 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point favorite. The Panthers got 16 points from Talib Zanna, but it was DePaul that prevailed in an 84-81 final on Thursday at Allstate Arena.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing West Virginia are 4-6
After playing Connecticut are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Marquette are 9-1
After playing DePaul are 5-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few Scarlet Knights at Panthers trends to consider:
Rutgers is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Rutgers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Rutgers is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing Rutgers
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Rutgers
Pittsburgh is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Pittsburgh is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Rutgers at West Virginia, Saturday, January 14
Pittsburgh at Marquette, Saturday, January 14