Pittsburgh vs. Louisville Free Pick: Big Monday is back for college basketball betting fans, and once again, we have a great game on tap to sink your teeth into. The Louisville Cardinals are slumping, have lost three games in a row to plummet from the No. 1 rank out of the Top 10. They’ll take on the surging Pittsburgh Panthers, who now firmly have the NCAA Tournament in their grasps. This 7:00 p.m. ET clash at the KFC Yum! Arena will be seen live on ESPN, and it is sure to be one of the better games of the day. Just two weeks ago, the ‘Ville would have been favored by double digits. In this one though, Pittsburgh is only getting six.

The reason that the Cardinals have been struggling so much has been on the glass. The team has been outrebounded by each of its last three foes, and that is creating a lack of opportunities on the offensive end of the court. Peyton Siva was shut out by Georgetown over the weekend, something that hardly ever happens to a team’s second leading scorer. Russ Smith has been woeful as well, namely because of a lack of shots more than anything else.

Now think about the Panthers and how efficient they have been. They have shot .486 from the field over the course of their last three games, and they have averaged beating their foes by 11.3 rebounds per game in that stretch. All signs are pointing to Louisville being in some trouble once again in this one in spite of the fact that this game is at home. It’s going to take some awesome outside shooting to get the job done, and we just don’t see that happening. Remember that six of the last seven in this series have been decided by six points or fewer, including three games that have gone to overtime. Free Monday College Basketball Pick: Take Pittsburgh +6

 

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