Thu, Feb 24, 4:48pm by Kevin Pitstock
In a battle in the Big East conference we have the Pittsburgh vs, West Virignia at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The game will be played on Thursday, February 24, 2011. These teams met once this year and Pitt was victorious 71-66. West Virginia is 17-9 and 4-5 on the road and Pitt is 24-3 and 15-1 at home.
West Virginia has only managed to win five of their last ten games abut won their last decision over Notre Dame. Pittsburgh lost to St John’s in the last game but are winners of 8 of the last 10 games. Let’s preview each team and check the odds courtesy of Sportingbet before we make our expert pick.
Ashton Gibbs is the leading scorer for this top ranked team at 16.7 points per game. Brad Wanamaker leads most categories with 4.9 assists, 47% field goal shooting and 1.6 steals per game. Gary McGhee rebounds at 7.9 per game and blocks 1.4 shots in every game.
The team score 75 points per game on average and allow opponents to score 61 per game. They are a pathetic free throw shooting team at 66% but are the 6th best team in the nation with 40.9 rebounds per game while holding opponents to 26.5. They shoot from the field at 47% and the 3-point line at 38%.
West Virginia Overview
John Flowers leads the team with 2.4 blocks and shoots 48% from the field. Darryl Bryant comes in with a steal a game while Kevin Jones grabs over 7 rebounds per game. Casey Mitchell is the scoring leader at 14.8 points per game and Joe Mazzula averages 3.9 assists a game.
The team has a 70.6 scoring average and a 64 point defensive average per game. They are also a poor free throw shooting team at 69% and 3-point shooting is 33%. The team is a 45% from the field shooting team.
Pick and Prediction
Sportingbet has Pittsburgh with the odds at -7.5. both teams are in with a good record but West Virginia plays poorly on the road. Neither team can make a free throw so this may be the kid of game to play. Pittsburgh on the glass is just too awesome to allow West Virginia back in this game. With our free pick, bet Pittsburgh -7.5 at Sportingbet.
Our Pick: Bet Pittsburgh -7.5 at Sportingbet
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