Pittsburgh vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview

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Pittsburgh vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview
Pittsburgh
(17-4, 3-2 away)
(12) Louisville
(16-4, 9-1 home)
Venue: KFC Yum! Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 28, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Pittsburgh T Zanna 11.2 S Adams 6.3 T Woodall 5.6
Louisville R Smith 18.4 G Dieng 10.0 P Siva 6.0

Pittsburgh visits KFC Yum! Center on Monday to take on No. 12 Louisville. Tip-off occurs at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Panthers are 1-4 against the Cardinals over the last four years. They lost 57-54 the last time they played (2/26/2012).

Louisville is in 5th place in the conference and nipping at the heels of 3rd place Pittsburgh.

The 18 points and 5 rebounds by Trey Zeigler helped the Panthers to a 93-55 cakewalk over DePaul on January 26th. He tallies 6.0 points per game and also adds 2.0 rebounds per game. For the Cardinals, Gorgui Dieng put up 12 points and 7 rebounds in the 53-51 loss to Georgetown on January 26th. With 10.0 rebounds per game and 2.4 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Louisville StatSmack

  • Pittsburgh is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Pittsburgh is 78.0 inches compared to 76.5 inches for Louisville.
  • Tray Woodall is ranked 18th nationally in assists.
  • Pittsburgh has a better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.760 to 0.736).
  • AP voters think more highly of Pittsburgh and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Louisville (164 vs 142).
  • Pittsburgh is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Pittsburgh is 218 lbs compared to 210 lbs for Louisville.
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Pittsburgh has come back to win after being down at half against Louisville 4 times since 2005.
  • Louisville has to pay up to win. The coach for Pittsburgh has a much lower base salary than Louisville ($1,091,688 vs $2,250,000).
  • Pittsburgh allows fewer rebounds (25.8 allowed per game vs 32.8 allowed per game) than Louisville this season.
  • 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 965) than Louisville, per the NCAA.
  • Steven Adams is ranked 6th in the Big East in rebounds and 5th in the Big East in blocks.
PITT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Tray Woodall 27 11 2 6 1 0 2
B Lamar Patterson 26 10 4 3 1 0 2
B Talib Zanna 24 11 6 1 1 1 1
B Steven Adams 23 7 6 1 1 2 1
C+ 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 17 6 2 1 0 0 1
C Cameron Wright 15 4 2 1 1 0 1
C Durand Johnson 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
Lville Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Gorgui Dieng 30 9 10 2 1 2 2
A- Russ Smith 28 18 3 3 2 0 3
B Chane Behanan 27 11 7 1 2 0 2
B Peyton Siva 30 11 2 6 2 0 3
B- W. Blackshear 22 9 4 1 1 0 1
C+ M. Harrell 18 6 4 0 1 1 1
C+ Luke Hancock 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
C S. Van Treese 13 2 3 0 1 0 0
C Kevin Ware 16 4 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Zach Price 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Michael Baffour 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Tim Henderson 5 1 1 0 1 0 0
D Jordan Bond 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Logan Baumann 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
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