The Pittsburgh Panthers (13-9) and West Virginia Mountaineers (15-7) are set to meet in a Big East Conference affair Monday night inside the WVU Coliseum.
Pittsburgh Panthers at West Virginia Mountaineers
Pittsburgh has won its last two games and will now take to the road in facing the West Virginia Mountaineers on a “Big Monday” broadcast on ESPN. The Panthers are coming off an impressive 72-60 win over the Georgetown Hoyas as one-point home favorites, while covering four of the last five contests overall. The return of injured point guard Tray Woodall has provided a lift to the program, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the process. “He’s playing through what could be a season-ending injury for a lot of guys,” stated Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon. Pittsburgh is 12-3 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons.
The Panthers have averaged 79.0 points over their last two games, shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from beyond the arc in those contests. Pittsburgh managed to score just 59.8 points per game in its previous eight games. Dixon has led the program to an even 4-4 record inside tonight’s venue, which is more wins than any other coach in school history. The program has won 24 of its last 36 road games and owns the Big East’s best road record (52-36) over the last 11 seasons.
West Virginia returns home after dropping both games of a two-game road trip, including a disappointing 63-61 loss to the Syracuse Orange as 9.5-point underdogs. The Mountaineers have never suffered a three-game losing streak during the Bob Huggins era, which makes tonight’s contest an important one. “We’ll get them back,” commented Huggins about rallying his squad for the rest of the season. “I never have been unable to get them back on track.” He has led the program to a 58-10 record inside WVU Coliseum, including a 31-9 mark in league games. West Virginia is 6-2 ATS at home this season.
The Mountaineers have outscored opponents by an average of 15.7 points per game under Huggins when playing at home. West Virginia will lean heavily on the play of Kevin Jones, who is trying to become just the third player in Big East history to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in all games. He comes in averaging 20.9 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.
Bettors will likely back the Panthers due to their 10-2-1 ATS mark on Mondays, while the Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series.
Recommendation: Pittsburgh Panthers +6.5
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