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

On Monday, No. 12 Louisville plays host to Pittsburgh at KFC Yum! Center. It gets started at 7:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Cardinals are 4-1 against the Panthers over the last four years. The last time they met (2/26/2012) they won 57-54.

Pittsburgh and Louisville are close together in the conference, holding down the 3rd and 5th spots, respectively.

The Cardinals fell 53-51 to Georgetown on January 26th. Gorgui Dieng finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 10.0 rebounds per game and 2.4 blocks per game. For the Panthers, Trey Zeigler finished with 18 points and 5 rebounds in the 93-55 blowout of DePaul on January 26th. He contributes 2.0 rebounds per game in addition to his 6.0 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Pittsburgh is strong in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 42.5 and effective field goal percentage at 53.5.

Pittsburgh StatSmack

  • Peyton Siva is ranked 24th nationally in assists and 29th nationally in steals.
  • Louisville beat Pittsburgh by 3 points the last time they played (Feb 26, 2012).
  • We beat real teams. Louisville has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Pittsburgh this season (2 vs 0).
  • Louisville has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Pittsburgh (2 vs 0).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Louisville has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Pittsburgh (19 vs 7).
  • The Louisville rebounding leader (Chane Behanan) has more rebounds than the Pittsburgh rebounding leader (Steven Adams).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Louisville is superior to Pittsburgh (Latest AP Poll: #4 vs #24).
  • The Louisville steals leader (Russ Smith) has more steals than the Pittsburgh steals leader (Lamar Patterson).
  • Russ Smith is ranked 17th nationally in points, 9th in the Big East in three-pointers, and 8th nationally in steals.
  • Louisville has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.673 to 0.639).
  • The Louisville three-point leader (Russ Smith) has more three-pointers than the Pittsburgh three-point leader (Tray Woodall).
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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