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How and what to watch for Pittsburgh vs. No. 14 Virginia

Pitt has lost three of their last five games, while UVA is rolling atop the ACC.

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Clemson Tigers forward Hunter Tyson controls the ball against Virginia Cavaliers forward Justin McKoy during the second half at Littlejohn Coliseum. Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

The 9-5 Pittsburgh Panthers are struggling coming into Saturday afternoon’s matchup against the No. 14 Virginia Cavaliers (12-3) at John Paul Jones Arena.

Pitt has lost three of their last five games, but beat Virginia Tech 83-72 earlier in the week. The Panthers average 73 points per game, led by Justin Champagnie, who scores nearly 20 each time out. Their offense is usually based on Champagnie and one to two other players getting the vast majority of the production. That would be fine, but their defense is letting opponents score an average of about 70 points each contest, which isn’t great when taking on a UVA team. KenPom has them ranked as the 83rd-best defense in the country.

The Cavs come into this one having won seven of their last eight games and still sit atop the ACC standings. UVA is built on their defense, giving up just 60 points a game which is ranked 19th best in the nation. Offensively they’re not blowing the doors off anybody, scoring just 71 points per game, but they are extremely efficient. KenPom has them ranked as the 11th most efficient offensive unit. They don’t have one player who has to shoulder the load, but Sam Hauser leads the team in points with 14.9 per game, and rebounds with 7.1. Virginia also has two other players averaging double figures.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Pittsburgh vs. Virginia on Saturday, February 6th at 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Virginia -10
Point Total: 126.5
Money line: Pittsburgh +430, Virginia -625

  • UVA is 8-6-1 ATS, and the over is 8-7.
  • Pitt is 8-6 ATS, and the over is 7-7.

The Best Bet

The Hoos giving 10 is just too many because the score today should be so low. We’ll ride with Champagnie to score on a lot of touches once the ball gets inside.

Pick: Pitt +10

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