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College Basketball Matchup - Pittsburgh Panthers Villanova Wildcats Odds Preview

Villanova WildcatsPittsburgh Panthers
Feb 5, 2:00 PM | Petersen Events Center

Villanova Wildcats vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds

10-12TEAM RECORD14-9

The Pittsburgh Panthers will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Wildcats at Petersen Events Center in NCAAB action.

The Panthers sit at 14-9 (8-10 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Wildcats are currently 10-12 (6-12-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 9-9 OU, and Villanova is 15-4 OU.

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Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Panthers as 8-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 44-ranked Panthers and the No. 39-rated Wildcats in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 76-73 win for the Panthers on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's No. 99-ranked scoring average of 71.4 PPG, against a Wildcats defense rated No. 281 and allowing 71.8 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 46.2% to date this season, more than the Wildcats shooters have managed so far (42.1% per game).

Defensively, Villanova features the nation's No. 300-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.1 points per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 135 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Villanova, they were an 82-78 loser as they battled Marquette at home. They earned a push in the match as a 4-point underdog. Villanova suffered an 82-78 loss against Marquette on Saturday, getting 17 points from JayVaughn Pinkston in a losing effort at Villanova Pavilion.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 72-66 winner as they battled West Virginia on the road. They covered in the match as a 5-point underdog. Tray Woodall scored 24 points leading the Panthers to a 72-66 victory over West Virginia at WVU Colliseum on Monday.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Providence are 8-2
After playing Marquette are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing South Florida are 5-2
After playing West Virginia are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Wildcats at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Villanova's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Villanova is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Villanova is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games when playing Villanova
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Villanova
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against Villanova

Next up:
Villanova home to Providence, Tuesday, February 7
Pittsburgh at South Florida, Wednesday, February 8