West Virginia Looking for Statement Win
Now that the 2022-23 NCAA basketball season is underway, it won’t be long before the March Madness odds start to pop up. There is a big game set to take place on Friday night as the Pittsburgh Panthers host the West Virginia Mountaineers.
West Virginia is hoping to make some noise in the Big 12 Conference and get back into the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers had little trouble in the season opener as they blew out Mount St. Mary.
Pittsburgh has had a rough go of late in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference but is looking for a much better season. The Panthers also picked up a big opening win, but they will have to pick up the level of play in this one.
The college basketball odds for this matchup have the West Virginia Mountaineers as slim betting favorites over Pittsburgh on Friday night.
West Virginia Will Play Fast
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins made headlines earlier this month when asked a question about Gonzaga potentially joining the Big 12 Conference. Huggins said, “To get in this league and play who we play day after day, I would think it would be a tremendous awakening.”
West Virginia hasn’t exactly been competitive of late, despite playing one of the fastest tempos in the league. The Mountaineers had 11 steals in the season opener, and they are going to apply full-court pressure in this game.
Forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. led the team with 15 points and seven rebounds in the opener, but West Virginia will try to do it by committee. The Mountaineers have enough talent to win games, but they have to find a player to step up and lead.
Pittsburgh Looking to Be Physical
It’s been a rough few seasons for the Pittsburgh Panthers, and head coach Jeff Capel is doing all that he can to turn things around. Pittsburgh is going to be extremely physical in this game and will look to win this game in the paint.
Forward Blake Hinson returned from an injury suffered last season and poured in 27 points in the opener. Pittsburgh isn’t a team that is going to make a ton of threes, but will be attacking the paint with regularity.
The Panthers gave up just 58 points in the first game and also 10 blocks. Pittsburgh will need another big day from the defense on Friday.
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West Virginia vs Pittsburgh Head-to-Head
This is one matchup that tends to pop up every year, and it always provides a great betting online opportunity. West Virginia holds the all-time head-to-head series with 100 wins to just 88 losses.
The Panthers have had a much better time when playing at home as they are 57-37 at home against the Mountaineers.
West Virginia vs Pittsburgh Game Information
- Game: West Virginia (1-0) vs Pittsburgh (1-0)
- Location: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA
- Day/Time: Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. ET
- West Virginia vs Pittsburgh Live stream: TBS.com
West Virginia vs Pittsburgh Betting Lines
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
West Virginia vs Pittsburgh Picks & Prediction
This is always one of the top non-conference matchups of the season and there is no love lost between the two basketball programs. West Virginia will try to speed up the tempo in this game while Pittsburgh will try to win it in the paint.
Don’t expect much separation at all in this one, and it will be decided in the final few minutes. Eventually, it will be the pressure of West Virginia that will take control of this game as the Mountaineers will find a way to get past Pittsburgh.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the West Virginia Mountaineers Moneyline at -145, but they will also cover the slim 2½-point spread.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are listed at -145 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the team/fighter, you have a chance to win $69. The Pittsburgh Panthers are +125, offering a chance to win $125.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the West Virginia Mountaineers a 59.18% chance to win, with Pittsburgh Panthers at 44.44%.