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The (8-23) and Fifteen Seed Pittsburgh Panthers of the Atlantic Coast Conference are in the “LARGEST BOROUGH OF THE BIG APPLE” for their opening round matchup.
Pitt takes on the (18-13) and Number Ten Notre Dame Fighting Irish also of the ACC. Tip-off is 2:00 PM EST. The game is on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
The teams will play at the Barclays Center home of the NBA Nets in Brooklyn, New York.
The ESPN2 network will broadcast the game.
The University of Pittsburgh basketball program has fallen on hard times since the departure of Jamie Dixon. The Athletic Department must find a remedy for two season’s of mediocrity; it could be a complete overhaul of the program.
Notre Dame missed the leadership of All ACC performer Bonzie Colson for most of the regular season, but he’s back and ready to lead the team to an NCAA tournament berth.
The opening betting line has Pittsburgh as a fourteen point underdog against the spread on a neutral court. The betting odds total is not available for Tuesday’s game.
The 2018 Pittsburgh Panthers will probably be playing their last game of the season Tuesday in Brooklyn.
Head Coach Kevin Stallings is finding it rough going his first two years since coming to the program from Vanderbilt.
Pitt didn’t win an Atlantic Coast Conference game this season, and that’s unacceptable at any program let alone the University of Pittsburgh.
Expectations are always high in Western Pennsylvania and the athletic department could buy out the contract of Stallings.
The Pitt Panthers were also winless on the road this season. Pittsburgh is 5-5 their last ten against the Las Vegas number but covered the point spread in their previous game at Notre Dame.
However, it’s Tournament time, and the Fighting Irish will have focus the entire game Tuesday as they are seeking to make to run to improve their seeding in the “BIG DANCE.”
Guard Jared Wilson-Frame is the team’s leading scorer with a little over twelve points per game. Pittsburgh must use the entire clock and take the best shot possible on offense.
Bovada.Lv has the Pittsburgh Panthers at +25,000 to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost their regular season finale on the road to number-one ranked Virginia.
Head Coach Mike Brey watched his team compete for the entire game at both ends of the floor which shows they are ready to compete in the ACC Tournament.
Notre Dame is also 5-5 their last ten to the number of betting enthusiasts, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under four.
Massachusetts native Bonzie Colson played in just sixteen games this season and is averaging a team-high twenty points per contest.
Guard Matt Farrell is second in scoring and can knock down the three-point shot.
The coaching staff doesn’t want the team to feel they are already in the March Madness field; they want to advance to at least the semifinals.
The key to a Notre Dame victory is to play with a sense of urgency at both ends of the court.
Bovada.Lv lists the 2018 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at +2,500 to win the ACC Basketball Tournament Championship.
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