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Against The Odds: Vegas gives Pitt the edge over Yale

The Vegas line give Pitt a double digit lead cushion over the Yale Bulldogs tonight.

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Pitt comes home from a Madison Square Garden to the friendly confines of The Peterson Events Center. The Pete has been kind to Pitt over the years and Vegas has taken notice for their game tonight against the Yale Bulldogs, of the Ivy League.

Vegas opened giving Pitt a six-point cushion, but as of this writing, that has been pushed up to 10.5. That may surprise some as Yale is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance last season and are the defending Ivy League Champions. However, Yale was dealt a decent injury blow when guard Makai Mason went down for the year with a broken foot. The All-Ivy League junior is a player the Bulldogs depended on a fair amount last season and was Yale’s leading scorer last season.

Pitt also probably bolstered their stature in Sin City with their latest win over Marquette on a neutral floor, while Yale bowed down to ACC power Virginia in their latest contest. The Bulldogs faded down the stretch the Cavaliers. Pitt also has a 59-1 all-time record, in November, at home, since The Pete opened its doors.

Jerry Jones will try and find a way to contain Mike Young, of Pitt in this game, while also making sure players like Cam Johnson don’t get going from three point land. While Pitt is still getting used to new coach Kevin Stallings, Yale has the definition of consistency with Jones entering his 18th year as the Bulldog coach.

Pitt’s best chance is to jump out early and plant a seed of doubt. The Oakland Zoo should be at their vocal best this evening, as students prepare to head home for a little Thanksgiving break. If the Panthers can get a jump early, the students could give them a wave to ride for a good portion of the game.

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