Gavazzi Finds Value in Rhode Island over Pittsburgh College Hoops

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Here is Joe Gavazzi's College Hoops pick for Gambling911 for November 8th, 2010. The Panthers clearly deserve their top 5 ranking.  Playing at “The Pete,” a site many consider to be the toughest venue in all of college basketball, is a huge advantage.  Opening night on ESPN only adds to the aura.  They will barely miss PF Robinson.  HC Dixon is blessed with a rotation that’s 10 deep setting up highly intense and competitive practices.  In short, the Panthers are ready.  But the line maker has made a major adjustment in this line based on the Panthers top 5 status. 

(713) Rhode Island at (714) Pittsburgh (-12) 7:00pm EST ESPN

 5* Rhode Island (+12)

All the value here is on roady 9+ with underrated HC Baron.  Despite annually losing his best boys, Baron has increased his win total each of the last 5 years from 14 to 26 wins.  They culminated last season with a semi-final NIT loss to North Carolina.  Though he returns just 3 starters, his rotation is stocked with 4 seniors.  The Rams love the up-tempo pace, one of the main reasons why their Achilles heel is a 47% shooting defense LY.  But a team who is as offensively potent and well coached as the Rams have a world of potential if for no other reason to come flying through the back door.


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