One of the things you always look for is a talented team at home that is the dog. The only problem with this particular matchup is that the favorite is one of the three best teams in the nation.
West Virginia is a little bit unpredictable, but it is on its game. The Mountaineers are one of the best in the nation. Lately, the Mountaineers have been hot, going 6-1 straight-up in their last seven games and 5-1 against the spread in their last six contests.
As the underdog, the Mountaineers are solid 3-3 straight-up but are just 5-5 against the spread at home. Bob Huggins' team has won seven of their 10 home games and 8-1 straight-up in their last nine games against Big 12 teams.
When it comes to Baylor, you have to question how a team will respond after its first loss of the season. However, the Bears are one of the most experienced and talented defensive teams in the nation.
That said, Baylor ranks just 268th in the nation in opponents' offensive rebounding percentage, and West Virginia is one of the top 20 teams in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage.
Much of West Virginia's success over the last six games can be attributed to Taz Sherman's play. The streaky sophomore has averaged nearly 16 points per game over the Mountaineers' recent hot streak.
It is difficult to trust this Wake Forest team in almost any particular setting, but this game is a special circumstance. You can't possibly take them to win the game straight-up as the Demon Deacons are just 1-12 straight-up as the underdog on the season and 1-8 straight-up on the road.
However, Steve Forbes' group is an impressive 6-3 against the spread on the road on the season, which is actually the best mark among teams in the ACC.
When it comes to Pittsburgh, this team has been decimated over the last week and a half after both Xavier Johnson and Au'Diese Toney decided to transfer out of the program. The junior guards both averaged over 14 points per game, while Johnson also averaged nearly six assists per game.
Even before the defections, Pittsburgh was circling the drain, having lost six of its last seven games. The first game of that slide was when the Panthers lost to the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem.
Justin Champagnie is still with the program and remains one of the best players in the ACC, but it's doubtful that he can cover an 8.5-point spread by himself.
At home, Pittsburgh is just 6-6 straight-up and 4-4 straight-up as the favorite. Against the spread, the Panthers are just 5-6-1 at home.
This Pittsburgh team did show some heart in the second half of the NC State game, but this team is obviously floundering heading into the ACC tournament.
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