West Virginia vs Pittsburgh Preview and Free Pick

West Virginia Mountaineers (19-4, 8-3) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (18-6, 7-4)
When: Friday, February 12th, 2010
Where: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 9:00pm ET
TV: ESPN
Opening Line: West Virginia -1.5

West Virginia Last 3 Games Pittsburgh Last 3 Games
L 82-75 vs Villanova W 77-53 vs Robert Morris
W 79-60 @ St. John’s W 83-58 vs Seton Hall
W 70-51 vs Pittsburgh L 70-51 @ West Virginia

Recent Meetings
2/3/10 – West Virginia 70, Pitt 51
3/12/09 – Pitt 60, West Virginia 74
2/9/09 – Pitt 70, West Virginia 59

A battle for 3rd place in the Big East is on the line tonight as the Pitt Panthers play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Pitt will be looking for a little revenge in this contest. West Virginia handled the Panthers 70-51 just 9 days ago. Considering the Panthers only shot 30% from the field, 17-28 from the free throw line, and were out-rebounded 45-31, it could have been worse. Pitt’s defense has been pretty strong at home this year allowing their opponents to shoot only 36% from the field. I expect Pitt to come out with much more intensity tonight. West Virginia is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games as a favorite of less than 6 points. Pitt is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 in the same situation as a dog.

Pick: Pitt +2