Monday college basketball odds: Pittsburgh at No. 5 Louisville

On its longest losing streak in three seasons, Louisville looks to turn things around back at home Monday night as the former No. 1 Cardinals host surging Pittsburgh – Check our current odds at WagerWeb.com.

Louisville (16-4, 4-3) lost 53-51 at Georgetown on Saturday, its third straight defeat. Luke Hancock and Russ Smith led Louisville with 12 points. Coach Rick Pitino shook up the lineup by going with Hancock over leading scorer Smith, who is being asked to distribute more and score less after three poor shooting games this month. Also, Peyton Siva got into foul trouble and was held scoreless for the first time since he was a freshman. Siva missed a potential game-winning jumper with 1.4 seconds to play. And there’s the ongoing free throw issue. The Cardinals went 12 for 12 from the line in the first half but just 4 for 10 in the second, echoing a problem from recent games. Smith still got his time on the court — he scored 12 points in 29 minutes — but he didn’t look fully comfortable in his new role and had only two assists.

“We have to get this win. It’s a must game for us,” Pitino said. “Because four (in a row), now you’re on the verge of getting a sub-.500 record in the league, and you don’t want to mess with that.”

Pittsburgh (17-4, 5-3) crushed DePaul 93-55 on Saturday. Trey Zeigler scored a season-high 18 points, Lamar Patterson added 15 points, Steven Adams added nine points and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Panthers, who climbed into a tie for third in the muddled Big East after dominating the reeling Blue Demons. The 38-point margin of victory was the highest ever by Pitt in a Big East game, eclipsing a 36-point romp over West Virginia in 2003.

Pitt’s halftime lead of 23 points (53-30) tied for its second largest halftime lead in a Big East contest in program history. Pitt’s largest ever Big East halftime advantage was 24 points against Rutgers on March 3, 2010 (40-16). Pitt’s 93 points, 58 rebounds and 71 field goal attempts all marked team season-highs. Pitt’s 53-point first half was the most points scored by the Panthers in a half this season.

The Panthers have now won four straight games, two at home (Connecticut and DePaul) and two on the road (Villanova and Providence). Pitt has won five of its last six contests overall. Pitt enters its game at Louisville with a three-game road win streak intact.

Pitt leads the Big East in scoring defense (54.5) and assists/turnovers ratio (1.76). Louisville has a 7-5 series edge over Pittsburgh and the Cardinals have won the last three straight. UofL won both meetings last year: 73-62 at Pittsburgh when ESPN’s College Gameday was present (1/21/12), and 57-54 in the KFC Yum! Center (2/26/12).

WagerWeb.com trends: Panthers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Panthers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win of more than 20 points. Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Cardinals are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Monday games. Cardinals are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss.

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