Authored by NCAA Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST on the ESPN.
The (4-2) Pitt Panthers of the AtlanticCoast Conference will make the trip from Western Pennsylvania to the middle of the Hoosier State to take on the (5-1) Indiana Hoosiers of the Big Ten Conference in 2014 NCAA Basketball action. They will play at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. This Sports Handicapper believe this could be on of the better matchups in this season’s ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge. The Pitt Panthers are going to contend for a March Madness Tournament bid again this year. The Indiana Hoosiers could miss the March Madness field for the second year in a row. The Opening betting line has Indiana as a three-point home favorite Against The Spread, and the total is not yet posted for Tuesday Night’s game.
2014-15 Pitt Panthers are predicted to finish is the middle of the pack in the very competitive ACC. Pitt lost 30 points per game in scoring with the graduation of two key players, but junior guard James Robinson will be one of the best in the conference at that position, he ranked sixth nationally in assist to turnover ratio. The Panthers recently beat Kansas State 70-47 on a neutral court. The over is 7-1 the Panthers last 8 vs. The Big Ten and they are 2-4 Against The Number their six games this season, going over the total in three of the four 2014 NCAA Basketball Expert Point Spread Picks this season. The Pitt Panthers have some size in the paint, but it’s raw talent full of promise, the coaching staff must develop these guys. The key to a Pitt win is for their star point guard to distribute the basketball and create easy shots for teammates.
The 2014-15 Indiana Hoosiers have a signature home win this season against a tough SMU team and Tuesday Night will be another showcase game vs. A formidable opponent. Indiana has addressed the teams woeful shooting issues but like Pittsburgh, they are suspect in the paint. Indiana is only 2-6 Against The Spread their last eight vs. The Atlantic Coast Conference and they have dropped their last three to the number this season. Indiana has gone over the total in four of five games this season. The key to a Hoosier win will be the play of their point guard Yogi Farrell, a three-year starter who is the best at his position in the Big Ten Conference, the Hoosiers will be as good as he is.
Free Pick: Indiana-3.