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Pitt tips off with West Virginia

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Mountaineers of West Virginia hit the hard court against Pittsburgh in an important Big East hoops clash.

The Panthers bring a 24-3 record (11-10 ATS) to this tilt against the 17-9 Mountaineers, who are 9-13 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Pittsburgh go 11-10 so far and the Mountaineers go 11-11.

View West Virginia vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Panthers installed as 7.5-point favorites in this particular matchup which makes betting the point spread a very dicey undertaking, if the scores prediction engine has the correct read on this game. [ See the best WVU underdog line at Bovada today ]

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Panthers - Mountaineers odds would favor the Panthers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 4 in the current Odds Shark poll, while West Virginia is at No. 12. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 82-74 win for the Panthers.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounding stats, the visiting Mountaineers rank No. 61 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.4 per game. That compares with Pittsburgh’s No. 6 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Pittsburgh is college basketball's No. 188-ranked team at 6 per game, while the Mountaineers rate No. 169 with 6.2 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, West Virginia owns the country's No. 39-rated mark, allowing 64.7 points per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 66 in scoring at home.

In their last action, West Virginia was a 72-58 winner at home against Notre Dame. They covered the 4–point spread as favorites. The Mountaineers grabbed a 72-58 win over the Fighting Irish on Saturday, behind a 24-point effort from Darryl Bryant at WVU Colliseum.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 60-59 loser on the road against St. John's. They failed to cover the 4.5–point spread as favorites. Ashton Gibbs went off for 26 points and added 3 rebounds but it wasn't enough as St. John's handed Pittsburgh a 60-59 defeat at Madison Square Garden.

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 10-0
Before playing Rutgers are 5-5
After playing Notre Dame are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Louisville are 6-2
After playing St. John's are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2

A few Mountaineers at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of West Virginia's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of West Virginia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
West Virginia is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
West Virginia is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Pittsburgh is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against West Virginia
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games

Next up:
West Virginia at Rutgers, Sunday, February 27
Pittsburgh at Louisville, Sunday, February 27