NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, Odds and Preview - 12/03/2021

by James Q

Thursday, Dec 02, 2021

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh Panthers vs  Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, Odds and Preview - 12/03/2021

Game Time: 8:00 pm ET, Friday, December 3rd, 2021
Venue: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
Where to Watch: ACC Network

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PointsBet:  N/A

Season Record

Pitt: 0-0 conf, 2-5 overall (ACC)
UVA: 0-0 conf, 5-3 overall (ACC)

The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off conference play this week.  College Football is winding down and it’s time for the ACC to shine with the best that college basketball has to offer. This is a matchup between the surging Virginia Cavaliers and the struggling Pitt Panthers.  These opponents play each other twice this season.  They both have Duke and North Carolina on their schedules, though the Cavs will have to play Duke twice.  

Pittsburgh has lost their last 3 games and are in a funk.  They won’t be a first place squad, but they have to feel they are good enough to get back to .500.  

Virginia lost their last game to Iowa 75-74, narrowly missing overtime and the win. The upside for Virginia is that their five wins have all been by double figures… They have the offense to hang with anybody, they just have to tighten up the defense and take care of the ball more.

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Panthers vs Cavaliers Preview and Analysis

Recent Form:

Pitt is 2-5 on the season, but 3-4 ATS.  They are 0-1 on the road so far.
UVA is 5-3 on the season, but 3-5 ATS. They are 3-2 in home games.

Offensive Analysis 

Pittsburgh averages 60.9 ppg on 42.9 FG%.  They are shooting a woeful 26.7% 3PT.

Virginia is 318th in college basketball in scoring.  They have only put up 63 ppg.

Pittsburgh vs Virginia Prediction

Our prediction for Friday, December 3rd is .. Virginia 68 - Pitt 57

Virginia will win outright and should cover, depending on the line.

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NCAAB Betting Trends

Pittsburgh is 1-0 ATS versus Virginia over the last 3 seasons.
Virginia is 2-1 ATS versus Pitt since 1997.

Key Injuries

Pitt: G Ithiel Horton (Suspension) Out indefinitely ** G Nike Sibande (ACL) Out
Cavs: no significant injuries 

Starting Lineups

Pitt: PG Femi Odukale JR, SG Nate Santos, SF William Jefferies, PF Daniel Oladapo, C John Highley

Virginia: PG Kihei Clark, SG Reece Beekman, SF Armaan Franklin, PF Jayden Garner, C Kadin Shedrick

Statistical Leaders

Points: John Hughley 15.9
Rebounds: John Hughley 8.1
Assists: Femi Odukale JR 3.7
Blocks: Mouhamadou Gueye 1.1
Steals: Femi Odukale JR 1.0

Points: Jayden Gardner 14
Rebounds: Jayden Gardner 8.2
Assists: Reece Beekman 4.4
Blocks: Kadin Shedrick 3.0
Steals: Reece Beekman 2.5


Pitt:  Jeff Capel III.  Coach Capel played at Duke and spent some time in pro basketball’s minor leagues.  He has had the Pittsburgh job since 2018 with a record of 42-53.  He has also been the head coach of Oklahoma and VCU.
Virginia: Tony Bennett.  Coach Bennett has made a life at Virginia.  He has had the job since 2009.  He has a Virginia mark of 300-105 and makes $4 million a year.  His Cavaliers have produced 12 NBA draft picks… the most notable being Klay Thompson, Joe Harris, Malcolm Brogdon, and De’Andre Hunter.


James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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