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

Connecticut visits Petersen Events Center on Saturday to take on Pittsburgh. It takes place at 12:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN2. The Huskies are 2-4 against the Panthers over the last four years. They won 74-65 on 3/3/2012 the last time they played.

Connecticut is 6th in the conference and Pittsburgh is 10th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last match-up on January 14th, Omar Calhoun put up 20 points for the Huskies in a loss to Louisville, 73-58. He is putting up 10.7 points per game while also averaging 3.2 rebounds per game. For the Panthers, Durand Johnson finished with 13 points in the 58-43 blowout of Villanova on January 16th. He contributes 1.5 rebounds per game in addition to his 4.7 points per game. Areas of strength for Pittsburgh include: turnover percentage at 16.1, offensive rebounding percentage at 41.3, and effective field goal percentage at 53.7.

Pittsburgh StatSmack

  • You get an A for effort, but Connecticut has emerged victorious against Pittsburgh the last 2 times they've played.
  • Connecticut has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Pittsburgh ($21,998 vs $25,242).
  • The Connecticut steals leader (Shabazz Napier) has more steals than the Pittsburgh steals leader (Lamar Patterson).
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Connecticut has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Pittsburgh (21 vs 6).
  • The Connecticut scoring leader (Shabazz Napier) has more points than the Pittsburgh scoring leader (Talib Zanna).
  • Connecticut beat Pittsburgh by 9 points the last time they played (Mar 03, 2012).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Connecticut has come back to win after being down at half against Pittsburgh 5 times since 1998.
  • It must sting. Connecticut has blown out Pittsburgh by 20 points or more on 5 occasions since 1997.
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Connecticut has had more players drafted by the NBA than Pittsburgh (14 vs 4).
  • Ryan Boatright is ranked 10th in the Big East 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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