Ready for more of the best March Madness picks you’re going to find on the internet? We’re back for another round of bracket predictions here at Cappers Info, and up next is the West Region Round of 64 clash pitting the #8 Pittsburgh Panthers up against the #9 Wichita State Shockers.
West Region Picks: #9 Wichita State Shockers vs. #8 Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Thursday, March 21st, 1:40 ET
West Region Location: Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Wichita State vs. Pittsburgh Live on TV: TBS
Round of 64 Betting Lines
#9 Wichita State Shockers +5
#8 Pittsburgh Panthers -5
Points are going to be at a premium in Salt Lake City on Thursday, and matters might really be made even worse by the fact that this is a very early start time for a game played in the Beehive State. The Panthers play big boy basketball from the Big East, and they are going to get in there and bang around in the block with their bigs. This is a team that allows just 55.4 points per game on the season, one of the best marks in the entire nation. Pittsburgh picked up a lot of help for this year by playing in last year’s CBI and ultimately winning the tournament. Now, the team knows what it is like to win these single elimination tournaments with a lot on the line. However, we have a bit of a concern about the Panthers in the way that they tried to close out the Big East Tournament quarterfinals against Syracuse. They just couldn’t figure out how to get a massive quality shot off when they really needed it. This isn’t a great foul shooting team either, which won’t help matters in a close game. The Shockers didn’t have a great season in the Valley, but they do have some decent scalps against teams like Iowa, VCU, and Creighton to their credit. It’s tough to beat this team by a lot of points; only Tennessee (9), Indiana State (13), and Creighton (12) in one of its three meetings have done it this year. That being said, we’re going to go with the upset and take the Shockers, though we wouldn’t be surprised if a close game goes the way of the Panthers as well.
Wichita State vs. Pittsburgh Free Pick: Wichita State Shockers +5
Wichita State vs. Pittsburgh Predictions: Wichita State 53 – Pittsburgh 51