Pittsburgh at Wake Forest - 3/10/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Panthers (15-16) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (13-17)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 4:30 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -1 -- Over/Under: 139.5
The Pittsburgh Panthers (15-16, 6-14 CONF) and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (13-17, 6-14 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, March 10th for the New York Life ACC Conference Tournament 1st Round game. The game will be played at a neutral site location at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. The game will be played at 4:30 PM eastern time.
Pittsburgh ended its regular season with a 73-57 road loss to Georgia Tech on March 4th. Pitt has now lost seven games heading into this conference tournament, which is never a good sign, especially in a Power 5 conference. Wake Forest lost to NC State in their last game of the regular season. Wake Forest upset Duke at home not too long ago, but have lost three of their last five overall.
Pittsburgh scores 64.9 points per game on 40.2 percent field goal shooting this season. Pittsburgh’s leading scorer and rebounder is G Justin Champagnie, who scores 12.2 points per game and earns 7.2 rebounds per game. Pitt allows 65.3 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -.4 scoring differential so far this season. Pittsburgh also earns 34.3 rebounds, 12.3 assists, 3.4 blocks, and 7.7 steals per game as a team.
Wake Forest scores 73.5 points per game on 43.2 percent field goal shooting this season. Wake Forest’s leading scorer is G Brandon Childress, who scores 15.5 points per game. The leading rebounder for Wake Forest is C Olivier Sarr, who earns 8.9 rebounds per game. Wake allows 74.7 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -1.2 scoring differential so far this season. Wake Forest also earns 37.7 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 5.0 steals per game as a team.
Pittsburgh is 13-18 against the spread this season and 2-8 against the spread in their last ten games. Pittsburgh is also 2-0 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season. Wake Forest is 16-14 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. Wake Forest is also 4-0 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season.
I like Wake Forest to win this game, as even though Wake has not had the best season, they have still shown signs of effort, such as their upset win over Duke. Pittsburgh seems to have given up on this season, as they have lost seven straight. I will take Wake and lay the point.