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9:00 PM EST. The Pitt Panthers are 0-7 to start conference play and just 8-12 overall so far this season. Those seven losses to ACC schools have come consecutively and culminated with an 81-54 beatdown at Duke, but considering the Panthers were 29-point pooches, that lopsided result was not unexpected. A closer look at Pitt's recent run reveals a murderer's row that shows just how deep the quality runs in the ACC. In less than a month, the Panthers have faced the Dukies (twice), Miami, Louisville and Virginia Tech. Nobody expected Pitt to contend for a conference title, but its recent results do provide an opportunity to take back inflated points with a team that's battle-tested after playing the 49th toughest schedule in the nation according to KenPom.
The Wolfpack stunned Duke at home in Raleigh three weeks ago, but since that signature victory, N.C. State has been as inconsistent as they come after swapping wins and losses its last four games. Spotting road points in the NCAA is a dangerous game, and the Wolfpack know this better than anybody after home upsets over the Blue Devils and Clemson. Now, the shoe is on the other foot, which puts State in our sights tonight, as ACC home courts have been particularly tough to conquer this season. Va Tech's 80-69 win over #10 North Carolina further cemented that fact on Monday night. The Wolfpack are 0-3 on the road in conference play this season and have lost those games by a combined 63 points. N.C. State cannot be trusted to lay this kind of lumber and therefore we must trust the Panthers to bring this one in well under the number.
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