Connecticut vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview

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Connecticut vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview
Connecticut
(12-4, 2-1 away)
Pittsburgh
(14-4, 12-2 home)
Venue: Petersen Events Center
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, January 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Connecticut S Napier 17.1 D Daniels 4.7 R Boatright 4.6
Pittsburgh T Zanna 12.1 S Adams 5.9 T Woodall 5.5

Pittsburgh hosts Connecticut at Petersen Events Center on Saturday. It takes place at 12:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN2. The Panthers are 4-2 against the Huskies over the last four years. They fell 74-65 on 3/3/2012, the last time they met.

Pittsburgh is currently in 10th place in the Big East and Connecticut is in 6th place.

In their last match-up, Trey Zeigler finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds in the Panthers 58-43 blowout of Villanova on January 16th. He is putting up 5.1 points per game while also averaging 1.8 rebounds per game. For the Huskies, Shabazz Napier finished with 12 points and 6 assists in the 73-58 loss to Louisville on January 14th. He leads the team in points with 17.1 per game and steals with 2.1 per game.

Connecticut StatSmack

  • James Robinson is ranked 8th in the Big East in assists.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Pittsburgh currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (990 to 889) than Connecticut, per the NCAA.
  • Pittsburgh has a better scoring defense (52.5 allowed per game vs 63.2 allowed per game) than Connecticut this season.
  • AP voters think more highly of Pittsburgh and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Connecticut (164 vs 156).
  • Pittsburgh has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Connecticut ($34,898 vs $38,462).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Pittsburgh has come back to win after being down at half against Connecticut 4 times since 1996.
  • Steven Adams is ranked 6th in the Big East in rebounds and 5th in the Big East in blocks.
  • The Pittsburgh assist leader (Tray Woodall) has more assists than the Connecticut assist leader (Ryan Boatright).
  • Pittsburgh has a better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.752 to 0.703).
  • Pittsburgh players are more experienced than Connecticut players (12,937 minutes played vs 10,559 minutes played).
  • Tray Woodall is ranked 18th nationally in assists.
UCONN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Shabazz Napier 36 17 4 4 2 0 2
B+ Ryan Boatright 35 16 3 5 1 0 3
B Omar Calhoun 30 11 3 1 1 1 2
B DeAndre Daniels 27 11 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Tyler Olander 22 5 4 1 0 1 1
C Niels Giffey 19 4 3 1 1 0 1
C Enosch Wolf 13 4 4 1 0 1 1
C R.J. Evans 16 4 1 1 1 0 1
C Trey James 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
C- Dave Vandal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Pat Lenehan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Leon Tolksdorf 9 1 1 1 0 0 0
C- Phillip Nolan 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Tor Watts 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D+ Keifer Lammi 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
D+ Brendan Allen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
PITT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Talib Zanna 24 12 5 1 1 1 1
B Tray Woodall 27 11 2 6 1 0 2
B- Lamar Patterson 26 9 4 3 1 0 1
B- Steven Adams 23 7 6 0 1 2 1
C+ James Robinson 28 7 2 4 1 0 1
C+ J.J. Moore 20 9 4 1 1 0 1
C Dante Taylor 16 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Durand Johnson 13 5 2 1 0 0 0
C Trey Zeigler 16 5 2 1 0 0 1
C Cameron Wright 15 4 2 1 1 0 1
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