Pittsburgh Panthers versus Louisville Cardinals Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-26-2018




Pittsburgh Panthers versus Louisville Cardinals Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-26-2018

Pittsburgh Panthers (12-7) vs Louisville Cardinals (13-5)

Date : 01/26/2019
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Louisville Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Panthers will travel to KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky, to battle the 24th ranked Louisville Cardinals in an all-important  Atlantic Coast Conference Showdown on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Louisville continues to play well on both sides of the ball at this point in the season as they have won three straight games, with their last victory being on the road versus a defensive-minded team in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as they posted 79 points on the night while shooting 47% from the floor. Of course, the Louisville defense was on point as usual as they allowed a struggling Georgia Tech offense to shoot just 38% from the floor on the night as the Cardinals received a huge lift from leading scorer on the season in Jordan Nwora, who ended the game with 25 points while also pulling down eight boards in the victory.

The Pittsburgh Panthers continue to slide with in the ACC standings as they are losers of three of their last four games, overall, with their last being at home versus the Duke Blue Devils as the home team shot horribly from the floor, yet were able to rely on their awesome two-some in Zion Williamson along with RJ Barrett in which two pick up the slack as they finished with 25 and 24 points, respectively, in the win. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, received just 12 points on the night from Trey McGowens as Pittsburgh went down by 19 points at the half and simply could not recover.

 

Pittsburgh Panthers's Latest Performance :

Since their win over Louisville earlier in the season, the Panthers have dropped three of their last four outings, as they have struggled on both ends of the floor during this time. And while the offense certainly had his fair share of issues looking to pick up points versus the Duke Blue Devils in their last time out, their defense also struggled in containing Zion Williamson along with a J Barrett throughout the night as they scored 49 of Dukes 69 points in the contest as the Blue Devils were able to pick up a huge conference victory.

On the other hand, while the defense for Pittsburgh held due to just 43% shooting, the Panthers shot 41% from the floor as McgGowans led the team with 12 points, as stated, while Jared Wilson Frame along with Terrell Brown also chipped in 12 points each in the lost for picked. Finally, it would be important to note that Duke heavily outrebounded Pitt in this matchup while also capitalizing on 14 turnovers throughout the duration of the game in which to pick up a win.

With the loss, the Panthers now find themselves just 2-4 in the ACC and in desperate need of a win. Unfortunately for them, they will now face a Louisville team that has been dominant at home recently.  On the other hand, Pitt will also be looking to play much better on the road as they are winless in their last three outings, overall.

 

Louisville Cardinals's Latest Performance :

After losing to the Kentucky Wildcats earlier in the season while also falling to the Pitt Panthers in their first outing to begin the conference schedule, the Louisville Cardinals have suddenly worked their way back into the winning track as they are now ranked fourth with in the ACC while also picking up a win in each of their last 3 games as their last victory came on the road vs a slumping offensive team in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. In this contest, Louisville was able to certainly find some headway versus a Georgia Tech defense that ranks as one of the best in the nation in shooting 51% from the floor as Nwora  led the team with 25 points, as stated. On the other hand, Steven Enoch along with Malik Williams also provided a huge lift to Louisville in contributing 15 and 13 points, respectively, in the win.

On the other hand, the defense for Louisville was as sharp as ever in allowing Georgia Tech to shoot only 38% from the floor while connecting on just 1 of 10 attempts from long-range as James Banks III was the lone bright spot for the Yellow Jackets in posting 24 points while grabbing 11 rebounds on the night. Nonetheless, the Louisville Cardinals put on yet another dominant performance in their last outing versus Georgia Tech and will certainly take this momentum into this matchup in which to get a bit of revenge on the Pittsburgh Panthers for a defeat in their last outing, as the Cardinals have went undefeated since this defeat.

 

How Pittsburgh Panthers & Louisville Cardinals Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Pittsburgh is 13 – 5 – 1 ATS while the OU is 8-11

Louisville is 9-7-2 ATS while the OU is 9-9

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Look for this to be a very interesting match-up in the ACC on Saturday afternoon as Louisville will look to continue their outstanding play on both ends of the floor  with a victory over a slumping Pittsburgh Panthers squad. On the other hand, Pittsburgh will look to right their ship, so to speak, in picking up a much-needed and resume building victory over a Louisville team that has run roughshod over the competition at KFC Yum Center.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Louisville Cardinals

My reason for the pick :

 

 

 

Pittsburgh will simply not have enough on the offensive end in which to compete for 40 minutes versus a Louisville team that is not only putting up huge numbers on the offensive end lately, but, has also continued to limit offensive opportunities for opponents lately as well as throughout the season. It is for this reason that the Cardinals will hit their stride on both ends of the floor early and often this contest in which to pick up a blowout victory over a lifeless Panther squad that struggles with too much inconsistency at this point in the season.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

I will back the over in this contest as it has been the play in three of the last five home games for the Louisville Cardinals while also being the result in two of the last three road games for the Pitt Panthers. Of course, Pitt will do all they can in which to prevent Louisville from going on a run in this matchup, however, it will be all for naught as the Cardinals, as stated, will hit their stride early in this contest while having yet another impressive performance as the over will indeed be the strong play in the end.

Betting trends for Pittsburgh Panthers:

  • The Panthers are a 6-3-1 against the spread in last 10 games

Betting trends for Louisville Cardinals:

  • The Cardinals are 3-5-1 against the spread in last nine games

  • The under is 6 – 4 in Cardinals last 10 games

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.