Pitt at Washington State 2012 CBI Championship Picks: The College Basketball Invitation Championship Series, begins Monday night when the Pitt Panthers (20-16) of the BIG EAST travel to Pullman, Wash., to play the Washington State Cougars (18-16) of the Pac-10 at Friel Court on the WSU campus. The game will be televised on HDnet with a late East Coast start time of 10 p.m. The CBI championship has a different format than other tournaments in that the championship is played over a three game series where the winner must win two. The series shifts to Pittsburgh’s Peterson Events Center on the Pitt campus Wednesday (March 28). If a final third game is required, it will be played Friday in Pittsburgh.
Odds makers at online sports book TopBet.com list Wazoo as plus 1-point home underdogs to the Panthers in this game with a combined score total of 132 1/2. Due to the tight point-spread, Top Bet and other sports shops are staying away from posting College Basketball Odds for SU money line wagering.
On a three-game win streak, its third longest of the year, and winners of five of its last seven games, Pitt advanced to the CBI Championship with consecutive home wins over Wofford (81-63) and Princeton (82-61) and an 68-62 overtime road victory at Butler on March 21. Washington State is on a three game winning streak taking all three games it’s played over San Francisco, Wyoming and Oregon State.
Betting trends show public side wagering on Pitt by 73 percent while 55 percent are leaning to the UNDER in totals betting.
For WSU to win this tournament it is paramount the school wins tonight in Pullman. If they fail to do so, winning two at Pittsburgh will be too great of a task. The best bet for tonight’s game is give the single point and bet the Panthers to win it. Playing the UNDER is the best value total’s bet for the game.
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