Pittsburgh vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview
|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.
- 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).
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