DePaul vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview

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DePaul vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview
DePaul
(10-8, 4-1 away)
Pittsburgh
(16-4, 13-2 home)
Venue: Petersen Events Center
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, January 26, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
DePaul C Melvin 17.6 C Melvin 7.6 B Young 4.3
Pittsburgh T Zanna 11.7 S Adams 5.9 T Woodall 5.7

On Saturday, Pittsburgh hosts DePaul at Petersen Events Center. Tip-off is at 4:00 EST and it can be seen on ROOT, Big East Net, MASN. The Panthers are 4-1 against the Blue Demons over the last four years. They lost 84-81 the last time they played (1/5/2012).

Pittsburgh is in 4th place in the conference, DePaul is in 14th place.

In their last game, Lamar Patterson put up 17 points and 7 rebounds in the Panthers 68-64 win over Providence on January 22nd. He is averaging 10.0 points per game while also contributing a team-high 1.4 steals per game. For the Blue Demons, Jamee Crockett put up 19 points in the 71-62 loss to St. John's on January 19th. He is averaging 9.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

DePaul StatSmack

  • Pittsburgh is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Pittsburgh is 78.0 inches compared to 76.9 inches for DePaul.
  • Pittsburgh has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than DePaul (#112 vs #167).
  • Pittsburgh allows fewer rebounds (25.8 allowed per game vs 37.4 allowed per game) than DePaul this season.
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Pittsburgh has a stronger schedule than DePaul this season (SOS Rank: #219 vs #318).
  • Talib Zanna is ranked 9th in the Big East in rebounds.
  • AP voters think more highly of Pittsburgh and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than DePaul (164 vs 0).
  • People just expect us to beat you. Pittsburgh has been the favorite 8 out of the last 8 times.
  • Be afraid. Pittsburgh has blown out more teams than DePaul this season (9 blowouts vs 3).
  • Tray Woodall is ranked 18th nationally in assists.
  • The Pittsburgh three-point leader (Tray Woodall) has more three-pointers than the DePaul three-point leader (Moses Morgan).
DEP Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B C. Melvin 30 18 8 1 2 1 2
B Brandon Young 30 17 4 4 2 0 3
C+ Jamee Crockett 23 10 5 1 1 0 1
C Worrel Clahar 23 6 4 3 2 0 2
C Donnavan Kirk 23 6 3 0 0 2 1
C- Moses Morgan 21 7 2 1 1 0 1
C- C. McKinney 20 5 2 1 1 0 2
D+ D. Robertson Jr. 15 3 3 0 0 1 1
D+ D. McDonald 14 4 1 1 1 0 1
D Peter Ryckbosch 5 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Jodan Price 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
D Stuart Pirri 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Cory Dolins 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
D- Edwind McGhee 7 1 1 1 1 0 1
D- Montray Clemons 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
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 22 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 4 4 1 0 0 1
C Trey Zeigler 16 5 2 1 0 0 1
C Durand Johnson 12 4 1 1 0 0 0
C- Cameron Wright 15 4 2 1 1 0 1
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