Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview

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Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview
(6) Syracuse
(18-2, 5-2 away)
Pittsburgh
(17-5, 14-2 home)
Venue: Petersen Events Center
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Syracuse B Triche 14.9 C Fair 7.2 M Carter-Williams 8.9
Pittsburgh T Zanna 11.2 S Adams 6.3 T Woodall 5.6

Pittsburgh welcomes No. 6 Syracuse to Petersen Events Center on Saturday. It starts at 12:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Panthers are 3-1 against the Orange over the last four years. They fell 71-63 on 1/16/2012, the last time they met.

Pittsburgh maintains 9th place in the Big East while Syracuse is in 1st place.

In their last match-up, Tray Woodall finished with 14 points in the Panthers 64-61 loss against Louisville on January 28th. He paces the team in assists per game with 5.6, and steals per game with 1.3. For the Orange, Brandon Triche put up 23 points in the 75-71 loss to Villanova on January 26th. His 14.9 points per game is the highest mark on the team. One category in which Syracuse is especially proficient is offensive rebounding percentage at 41.2, ranking 2nd in their conference (and 6th nationally).

Syracuse StatSmack

  • At least you keep showing up. Pittsburgh has an average margin of victory of 9 over Syracuse in 21 wins since 1982.
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Pittsburgh has come back to win after being down at half against Syracuse 5 times since 2001.
  • Pittsburgh players are more experienced than Syracuse players (14,562 minutes played vs 10,986 minutes played).
  • Tray Woodall is ranked 10th in the Big East in three-pointers and 22nd nationally in assists.
  • Steven Adams is ranked 8th in the Big East in rebounds and 45th nationally in blocks.
  • The Pittsburgh blocks leader (Steven Adams) has more blocks than the Syracuse blocks leader (Rakeem Christmas).
  • The Pittsburgh three-point leader (Tray Woodall) has more three-pointers than the Syracuse three-point leader (James Southerland).
  • James Robinson is ranked 8th in the Big East in assists.
  • Pittsburgh allows fewer rebounds (27.7 allowed per game vs 35.2 allowed per game) than Syracuse this season.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Pittsburgh currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (990 to 936) than Syracuse, per the NCAA.
SU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A M. Carter-Williams 34 13 5 9 3 1 4
B+ Brandon Triche 32 15 4 4 1 0 2
B+ C.J. Fair 32 13 7 1 1 1 1
B J. Southerland 26 14 5 1 1 1 1
B- R. Christmas 22 7 6 0 1 2 1
C+ Jerami Grant 15 5 3 0 0 1 1
C Baye Keita 14 4 4 0 1 1 1
C DaJuan Coleman 14 5 4 0 1 0 1
C Trevor Cooney 13 5 1 1 1 0 0
D+ Noel Jones 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D M. Lyde-Cajuste 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Nolan Hart 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D G. Hoffmann 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Russ DeRemer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Albert Nassar 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
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
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