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NCAAB Picks Today: Take Pitt vs WVU in Backyard Brawl

West Virginia is a 3½-point home underdog against Pittsburgh in the Dec. 6 college basketball lines. The over-under is set at 138 points. These two rivals don’t like each other with the Backyard Brawl series recently renewed by West Virginia and Pitt.


NCAAB Picks Today: Take Pitt vs WVU in Backyard Brawl
NCAAB Picks Today: Take Pitt vs WVU in Backyard Brawl

West Virginia is coming off a 79-73 loss to St. John’s. The Mountaineers have lost three of their last four games. Quinn Slazinski led West Virginia with 19 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort.

Pitt lost to No. 24 Clemson 79-70 in its last outing. Forward Blake Hinson shined, dropping 27 points and six rebounds against the Tigers. The Panthers have also lost three of their last four matchups.

Let’s examine the team’s resumes heading into this ACC-Big 12 clash.

Pitt vs West Virginia: Who Has Played Better?

Pitt has had a challenging schedule with losses to Florida, Missouri and Clemson. The Panthers’ best victory is a 76-51 win over Oregon State.

West Virginia has losses to SMU, No. 24 Virginia and St. John’s to start the season. Neither team enters this matchup looking particularly impressive in the Las Vegas odds.

Players to Watch: Pitt’s Blake Hinson

The Mountaineers do have a dynamic duo in Slazinski and Jesse Edwards. Slazinski is averaging 16.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 37.5% from the three-point line. Edwards is a regular double-double with 15.7 points, 10 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per contest.

Pittsburgh has multiple players contributing and three individuals averaging double-digit points. Hinson is one of the better scorers in the country, posting 20.5 points and 4.9 assists per game while shooting 42.3% from long range.

Ishmael Leggett is averaging 15.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per contest. Guard Carlton Carrington is also a factor all over the court. Carrington is stuffing the stat sheet with 14.6 points, 5.9 assists and 5.4 boards per contest.

Pittsburgh vs West Virginia Betting Lines

Pitt-West Virginia Prediction: Back Panthers in Backyard Brawl

Neither of these teams enter this matchup with a ton of momentum. Yet, there are more reasons to back Pitt in this rivalry game.

The Panthers enter Morgantown a little more battle-tested to begin the season. Pitt also has a slightly deeper roster with a three-headed attack.

Bet online Pitt to both win and cover the spread against West Virginia.

College Basketball Pick: Pitt -3½



Pittsburgh vs West Virginia Game Information

  • Game: Pittsburgh (5-3) vs West Virginia (3-4)
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, 9 p.m. ET
  • Location: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
  • Pittsburgh vs West Virginia Live Stream: TBS.com


Questions Of The Day

Is there any injury update that could affect the outcome of the Pittsburgh vs West Virginia game?

Georgetown transfer big man Akok Akok continues to be sidelined for West Virginia.

Which player could be the top scorer in Pittsburgh vs West Virginia?

Look for Pitt forward Blake Hinson to lead all scorers.

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