The time is here for more of our sparkling CBB picks, as we look at the schedule for basketball for Saturday night. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Pittsburgh Panthers will have it in a nationally televised game, which can be seen on the college basketball TV schedule on ESPN2.
Free College Hoops Picks: Pittsburgh Panthers @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Saturday, January 5th, 11:00 ET
Location: Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, NJ
Pittsburgh vs. Rutgers Live TV: ESPN2
Head Coach Mike Rice is back on the bench for the Scarlet Knights, and he can’t be all that happy after seeing what he saw in the Big East opener against the Syracuse Orange when his team allowed the game to get busted wide open with a 24-0 run just few days ago. Now, Rutgers has to get back on the horse at home against a Pittsburgh team that has gotten out of the blocks in good shape this year. The Scarlet Knights are led by G Eli Carter and G Myles Mack, who are combining to average over 30 points per game this year. These are the two lethal scorers that you always have to watch out for in the rotation, though there are a total of nine men that all average over 13 minutes per game for the men in scarlet and white. Pittsburgh is a very experienced team that is shooting 51.3 percent from the floor this year, and that efficiency is making it one of the top teams in the country. The schedule wasn’t particularly strong at the outset of the year, but that doesn’t change the fact that C Talib Zanna and the crew are dominating. Sure that first Big East game of the year against the Cincinnati Bearcats was lost, but we don’t think that this one will be. Look for U-Pitt to get back on the right foot and score a victory on Saturday afternoon in Piscataway.
Pittsburgh vs. Rutgers Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers
Pittsburgh vs. Rutgers Prediction: Pittsburgh 68 – Rutgers 61