The Pittsburgh Panthers are outscoring opponents by nearly 18 points per game, as they prepare to host the Maryland Terrapins Monday night. Find out if we believe that this matchup offers sports bettors any value.
Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this
Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at the Petersen Events Center, with the
opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Perfect in conference play
Maryland is off to its first 2-0 ACC start since the 2002-03
campaign, as it comes off a 77-61 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
as 8.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total
The Terrapins entered that affair with five players averaging
double figures offensively, with guard/forward Dez Wells scoring 10 or more
points in his 11th consecutive contest.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 4-14 SU and 4-13-1
ATS off a win against a conference rival.
Pittsburgh has won three games in a row since suffering its only
loss of the season to Cincinnati—capturing all 13 of its victories by an
average of 17.9 points.
The Panthers are averaging 76.7 points per game, with the roster
shooting 48.0 percent from the field and an amazing school-record pace of 74.6
percent from the charity stripe.
College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 9-9 SU
and 10-8 ATS in January the last two-plus seasons.
Unable to convert free points
The Terrapins rank 302nd nationally in shooting 65.1 percent from
the free throw line, which is important to consider based on the Panthers’
success in that all-important statistical category.
It’s important to point out that Maryland only scores 19.3 percent
of its points from that particular area on the season, while Pittsburgh checks
in at 23.0.
The Panthers have compiled a 38-10 SU record in their last 48
conference home games, but all of those have come against Big East competition,
as they prepare to host their first opponent as a member of the ACC.
Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon has won all 12 of his meetings
against previous ACC schools.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Panthers with their college basketball picks, as the Terrapins
are 0-6 SU and 2-4 ATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points since the 2011-12
NCAA Basketball Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers -9