Pittsburgh at Louisville: 1/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Pittsburgh at Louisville: 1/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Cardinals (9-4) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (5-8)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

Betting Odds: Louisville Cardinals -13 -- Over/Under: 128.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pitt Panthers and Louisville Cardinals face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at the KFC Yum! Center. When these two teams faced off in December of 2020 it was Louisville that won 64-54. This is a big early-season conference showdown. 

The Pitt Panthers come into this game with a 5-8 record overall and they have gone 8-5 against the spread. In the last game against Notre Dame, Pitt actually played pretty well but they were defeated by one point. Pitt is averaging 61.2 points while their defense is giving up 64 points per game. John Hugley has been the top player for the Panthers averaging 14.8 points while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. Femi Odukale has been good for this team too, averaging 12.4 points while shooting 38.4 percent from the field. In this game Pitt needs to try to find more offensive success. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Louisville Cardinals who sit with a 9-4 record and they have gone 5-7-1 against the spread. In the last game against Georgia Tech it was a close battle, but Louisville was able to win by three points. Louisville is averaging 70.7 points while their defense is giving up 66 points per game. Guard Noah Locke has been the top player for Louisville averaging 11 points while shooting 35.2 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from behind the three-point line. Malik Williams has also been good, averaging 10.8 points while shooting 54 percent from the field.

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Pitt is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games. Louisville is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games played on Wednesday. The under is 5-1 in the Cardinals last 6 home games against a team with a losing road record. The under is 4-1-1 in Pitt’s last six road games. 

Pitt isn’t a strong offensive team and they are going to struggle to score in this game. They do a good job of keeping the pace slow, and they are going to successfully slow the pace of this game. Back the under to cash. 

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Shane’s Pick Under 128.5

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