Pittsburgh vs. Villanova: Full Game Preview

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Pittsburgh vs. Villanova: Full Game Preview
Pittsburgh
(13-4, 1-2 away)
Villanova
(11-5, 6-2 home)
Venue: The Pavilion
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Pittsburgh T Zanna 12.6 S Adams 6.1 T Woodall 5.5
Villanova J Pinkston 13.3 M Yarou 6.3 R Arcidiacono 3.4

There are two key statistical areas where Pittsburgh has an advantage. The Panthers hang onto the ball better, with turnovers held to nine per game compared to 15 per game for the Wildcats. In addition, Pittsburgh has an advantage in field goal percentage, 49% to 40%. The Four Factors in which Villanova stands out are free throw rate at 52.4 and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.4.

Villanova StatSmack

  • Pittsburgh has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Villanova (#56 vs #101).
  • Pittsburgh is better under pressure, and has defeated Villanova in 4 out of the last 7 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Pittsburgh has a better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.752 to 0.658).
  • We just win. Pittsburgh has more wins over the last 5 years than Villanova (145 vs 120).
  • Tray Woodall is ranked 18th nationally in assists.
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Pittsburgh has come back to win after being down at half against Villanova 3 times since 2003.
  • Pittsburgh beat Villanova by 9 points the last time they played (Feb 05, 2012).
  • Pittsburgh is better at defending the three (31.4% allowed vs 35.8% allowed) than Villanova this season.
  • Pittsburgh has a better scoring defense (52.5 allowed per game vs 66.2 allowed per game) than Villanova this season.
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Pittsburgh is superior to Villanova (Latest AP Poll: #24 vs Not Ranked).
  • Pittsburgh is a better shooting team (51.3% vs 41.2%) than Villanova this season.
PITT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Talib Zanna 24 13 6 1 1 1 1
B- Lamar Patterson 27 10 4 3 1 0 1
B- Tray Woodall 27 11 2 6 1 0 2
B- Steven Adams 23 7 6 0 1 2 1
C+ James Robinson 29 7 2 4 1 0 1
C+ J.J. Moore 20 10 4 0 1 0 1
C Dante Taylor 16 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Cameron Wright 16 5 2 1 1 0 1
C- Durand Johnson 12 4 2 1 0 0 0
C- Trey Zeigler 15 5 2 1 0 0 1
Nova Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B R. Arcidiacono 33 13 2 4 1 0 3
B- J. Pinkston 25 13 4 2 1 0 2
C+ Mouphtaou Yarou 24 9 7 1 0 1 2
C+ James Bell 28 9 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Darrun Hilliard 29 10 3 1 2 0 2
C Maurice Sutton 14 6 4 0 1 1 1
C Daniel Ochefu 18 4 5 0 1 1 1
C- Achraf Yacoubou 15 5 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Tony Chennault 17 3 2 2 1 0 1
D Henry Lowe 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D Patrick Farrell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Nick McMahon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Mislav Brzoja 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
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