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Pittsburgh Panthers vs Louisville Cardinals 1/5/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Louisville Cardinals 1/5/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Pittsburgh Panthers of the Atlantic Coast Conference will go against the Louisville Cardinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference in NCAAB action in Kfc Yum! Center, Louisville, KY, on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 7:00 PM (EST). Pitt basketball got accustomed to tough times.


Head coach Jeff Capel is under pressure to reinvigorate his failing team in year four of his program rebuilding attempt. Pittsburgh is a consistent underdog this season, with three of their previous four defeats coming by a single point.


Only one possession separated the Panthers from stunning winter wins over national powerhouses Minnesota, Virginia, and Notre Dame. Capel’s team has an 8-5 record against the spread because of that feisty competitive spirit, and the Panthers will try to win straight-up against Louisville on Wednesday.


Pitt’s shot at ACC retribution against Virginia Tech on New Year’s Day was canceled due to COVID after dropping 68-67 to the Irish on Dec. 28. During the Omicron breakout, the Pirates, on the other hand, spent less time on the sidelines than most other programs.


The Cardinals did not miss a match this year, which is unfortunate for Capel and his teammates. Unless something unexpected happens, this fight will have minimal ‘rust factor.’


  • The University of Pittsburgh Panthers is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 matches.
  • Pittsburgh is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 matches against Louisville.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 matches in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Pittsburgh Panthers vs Louisville Cardinals Predictions 1/5/2022


With a 3-0 record in conference play, Louisville is undefeated. After a rigorous out-of-conference schedule, the Cardinals defeated Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and NC State by razor-thin margins.


As Chris Mack and his teammates look to replace NBA draftees Carlik Jones and David Johnson, Ooc victories against Maryland, Mississippi State, and the Navy kept their NCAA Tournament chances alive. So yet, no Cardinal on the roster seized center court in the absence of a leader. For the love of God, nine Louisville players generate five or more points each game, but none more than 11.7.


Perhaps that’s why, except against Mississippi State, the Cardinals did not get much clutch separation this winter. It’s also why the Cardinals have a drab 5-7-1 ATS record coming into a home game against a Pitt club that’s performing better than their record suggests.


Louisville scores 70.7 points per game while surrendering 66.0. Although neither score stands out, the Cardinals nevertheless have a +4 RPG advantage against the Panthers. Louisville’s offensive effort is led by Malik Williams (11.7).


  • The total went UNDER in 7 of Louisville’s last 10 matches.
  • The University of Louisville Cardinals is 16-4 SU in their last 20 matches at home.
  • Louisville is 10-0 SU in their last 10 matches at home against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Louisville Cardinals. The NCAAB pick for this game is the Pittsburgh Panthers. Louisville did not show that they can generate enough meaningful separation to cover more than -5 against Pitt until they prove otherwise.


The Cardinals’ 5-7-1 ATS record and slim victories against league opponents aren’t enough to encourage betting confidence against Pitt’s 8-5 ATS record. Three of the Panthers’ previous four defeats were by a single point, so expect another gritty showing from Jeff Capel’s team on Wednesday.


In contrast, three of Louisville’s previous four victories are by a margin of five points or less. The Pittsburgh Panthers will win to a predicted score of 70-61.


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NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM (EST)


Location: Kfc Yum! Center, Louisville, KY


Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022




NCAAB Odds: Pittsburgh Panthers +12.5


NCAAB Totals: 128.5


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