Pittsburgh vs. Providence: Full Game Preview

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Pittsburgh vs. Providence: Full Game Preview
Pittsburgh
(15-4, 2-2 away)
Providence
(10-8, 9-3 home)
Venue: Dunkin' Donuts Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 22, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Pittsburgh T Zanna 11.8 S Adams 6.1 T Woodall 5.5
Providence B Cotton 21.8 L Henton 8.2 V Council 6.5

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh travels to Dunkin' Donuts Center to take on Providence. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN2. The Panthers are 3-1 against the Friars over the last four years. The last time they met (1/25/2012) they won 86-74.

Pittsburgh is 6th in the conference and Providence is 12th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In a 69-61 triumph over Connecticut on January 19th, Lamar Patterson put up 14 points and 5 assists for the Panthers. He is averaging 9.6 points per game while also contributing a team-high 1.3 steals per game. For the Friars, Bryce Cotton put up 24 points in the 69-66 win over Villanova on January 19th. His 21.8 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

Pittsburgh looks to have the advantage over Providence in one significant area, turnovers, where the Panthers have an edge over the Friars, nine per game to 14 per game.

Providence StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Pittsburgh currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (990 to 925) than Providence, per the NCAA.
  • AP voters think more highly of Pittsburgh and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Providence (164 vs 14).
  • Steven Adams is ranked 6th in the Big East in rebounds and 5th in the Big East in blocks.
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Pittsburgh has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Providence (6 vs 2).
  • It must sting. Pittsburgh has blown out Providence by 20 points or more on 3 occasions since 2003.
  • Pittsburgh has a better scoring defense (52.5 allowed per game vs 58.8 allowed per game) than Providence this season.
  • We win when it counts, too. Pittsburgh has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Providence (13 vs 0).
  • Pittsburgh has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Providence ($NA vs $34,927).
  • At least you keep showing up. Pittsburgh has an average margin of victory of 9 over Providence in 30 wins since 1982.
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Pittsburgh has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Providence (7 vs 4).
PITT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Lamar Patterson 27 10 4 3 1 0 1
B Tray Woodall 27 11 2 6 1 0 2
B Talib Zanna 24 12 5 1 1 1 1
B- Steven Adams 23 7 6 0 1 2 1
B- James Robinson 28 7 2 4 1 0 1
C+ J.J. Moore 19 9 4 1 1 0 1
C Dante Taylor 16 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Trey Zeigler 16 5 2 1 0 0 1
C Durand Johnson 12 4 2 1 0 0 0
C- Cameron Wright 15 4 2 1 1 0 1
PC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Bryce Cotton 37 22 4 3 1 0 2
B LaDontae Henton 37 15 8 1 2 1 2
B Kadeem Batts 31 14 7 2 1 1 2
B Vincent Council 30 10 2 7 1 1 3
C Josh Fortune 32 7 3 2 1 0 2
C Kris Dunn 25 7 4 3 1 0 3
C- Sidiki Johnson 14 3 5 0 1 1 1
D+ Brice Kofane 17 1 4 0 0 1 1
D Lee Goldsbrough 15 2 3 1 0 0 1
D Ted Bancroft 12 1 2 1 1 0 1
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