NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Villanova Pick Against the Spread Preview

Joe DuffyAnalyst IFebruary 12, 2011

Can Villanova's coach "Wright" the ship against Pitt?
Can Villanova's coach "Wright" the ship against Pitt?Jared Wickerham/Getty Images senior sports handicapper Matt Rivers has a winner on the Pittsburgh Panthers (+3) at Villanova.


Ashton Gibbs is out, but I absolutely love what Jamie Dixon has done with this team and to get anything is enough for me in this spot. They were able to win in a tough place in Morgantown against a good West Virginia team; I can see them repeating that trick once again here.

Villanova is a very good team that has an upside and the Wildcats should be ready to rumble after that unbelievable one-point loss at the RAC the other night.

If you didn’t see it, Jay Wright’s squad blew a 10-point lead with a little over two minutes remaining against a bad Rutgers squad, losing on a four-point play with .8 seconds remaining.

It was an absolutely gut-wrenching defeat, but I don’t think that ‘Nova will just shrivel up after that loss and tank. They are too good for that, but they have had their share of recent struggles. The Panthers are a superior team that continues to chug along and win games.

Villanova has been scuffling before their loss to the Scarlet Knights, losing three of their past five games and four of seven. Could the Wildcats squad be questioning themselves a little?

Being 19-5 is still a strong record, but it hasn't been smooth sailing of late. Even at home, Villanova is going to have a lot of trouble today against an opponent that seems to stay in and grind out every game.

Dixon’s squad is as mentally tough as they come and at 22-2, is no joke whatsoever. Even without Gibbs, the Panthers are extremely potent, led by Brad Wanamaker and Gary McGee. Pittsburgh can and should win this game, period.

Top Expert Pick On This Game: Pittsburgh from real Matt Rivers.

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