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Rutgers Scarlet Knights home to Pittsburgh Panthers in NCAA Basketball betting action

Pittsburgh PanthersRutgers Scarlet Knights
Jan 5, 11:00 AM | Louis Brown Athletic Center

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Louis Brown Athletic Center Saturday as host Rutgers looks to handle the Pittsburgh Panthers in NCAA hoops action.

The Scarlet Knights are 9-3 so far on the season, and 5-4 ATS vs. the number. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 12-2 and 4-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Rutgers go 4-2 and the Panthers go 3-3 on the totals.

View Pittsburgh vs Rutgers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Scarlet Knights in this one found them listed as 7-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Panthers was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 161 (Scarlet Knights) and the No. 136 (Panthers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 89-71 result in favor of the Panthers has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Rutgers's No. 82 nationally ranked offense (72.5 points per game) against a Panthers defense that sits as the No. 6 at 52.5 PPG. The Scarlet Knights have been averaging 47.4% from the field, less than the Panthers have managed so far this season (51.3% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Pittsburgh owns the country's No. 115-rated mark, allowing 67 points per game on the highway. Rutgers, on the other hand, rates No. 124 in scoring at home.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 70-61 result against Cincinnati on December 31. They failed to cover in that game as a 6-point favorite. Pittsburgh suffered a 70-61 loss against Cincinnati on Monday, getting 16 points from Talib Zanna in a losing effort at Petersen Events Center.

Rutgers was a 78-53 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Syracuse. They failed to cover the 16-point spread as underdogs. Rutgers was crushed on Wednesday, getting blown out by Syracuse and falling by a 78-53 score at Carrier Dome.

Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Georgetown are 10-0
After playing Cincinnati are 8-1
After a loss are 6-4

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing St. John's are 5-5
After playing Syracuse are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few Panthers at Scarlet Knights trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Rutgers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Rutgers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Rutgers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Rutgers is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games when playing Pittsburgh
Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Georgetown, Tuesday, January 8
Rutgers at St. John's, Wednesday, January 9