Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Saturday January 31, 2015. At 12:00 PM EST on the ESPN3.com Network.
The (20-2) and eighth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish of the Atlantic Coast Conference makes the trip from Northwest Indiana to the Steel City. Notre Dame will play the (13-8) Pitt Panthers also of the ACC in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at The Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This Sports Handicapper believes the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is one of the surprise teams in College Basketball. Pitt, on the other hand, has not met expectations this season, the Panthers are average at best. The betting line has Pittsburgh as a three-point home underdog Against The Spread, and the betting odds total is not available for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won five of six, including a huge 77-73 home victory against the Duke Blue Devils on January 28, 2015. Notre Dame is 8-1 in Conference play and are one game behind ACC leaders Virginia. The Irish trailed most of the game against Duke but came together in the second half to pull off the win. Notre Dame has four players scoring in double-figures, the leader is Senior Guard Jerian Grant at seventeen points per game. Grant had twenty-three points, twelve assists and six rebounds against Duke. Notre Dame is 3-9 ATS their last twelve on Saturday’s. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 6-3 their last nine Free NCAAB Point Spread Predictions going over the betting odds total four times and staying under four when a total is available. The key to a Fighting Irish win is to avoid having a hangover. Notre Dame has to start and finish games with consistency. The Fighting Irish has come back from double-digit deficits six times this season.
The 2015 Pittsburgh Panthers have lost three in a row straight up, their latest a 70-67 overtime defeat at Virginia Tech on the 27th of this month. Pittsburgh averages a little over 67 points per contest, which is 182nd in the nation. Pittsburgh Sophomore Forward Michael Young is the team’s leading scorer at thirteen points per game. The Pitt Panthers are 5-15-2 Against The Number their last twenty-two overall. Pittsburgh is 3-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, five games out of first place. Sophomore Forward Jamel Artis poured in a team-high seventeen in Tuesday’s road loss. The Pittsburgh Panthers are only 1-6-1 ATS their last eight, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under twice. The key to a Pittsburgh win is to take advantage of the home crowd and play tough defense. Pittsburgh is playing to stay alive for an at-large NCAA March Madness Tournament birth.
Free Pick: Pitt+3.