Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview
|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|
No. 6 Syracuse heads to Petersen Events Center on Saturday to take on Pittsburgh. It starts at 12:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Orange are 1-3 against the Panthers over the last four years. They won 71-63 on 1/16/2012 the last time they played.
Syracuse is 1st in the conference and Pittsburgh is 9th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
In their last game, Brandon Triche put up 23 points in the Orange 75-71 loss to Villanova on January 26th. He leads the team with 14.9 points per game. The Panthers were defeated by Louisville 64-61 on January 28th despite 14 points from Tray Woodall. He leads the team in assists with 5.6 per game and steals with 1.3 per game. The Four Factors in which Pittsburgh stands out are offensive rebounding percentage at 42.5 and effective field goal percentage at 53.5.
- The only thing that matters. Syracuse has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than Pittsburgh (1 vs 0).
- The Syracuse scoring leader (Brandon Triche) has more points than the Pittsburgh scoring leader (Talib Zanna).
- Syracuse has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (74.75% to 63.92%).
- The Syracuse steals leader (Michael Carter-Williams) has more steals than the Pittsburgh steals leader (Lamar Patterson).
- We just win. Syracuse has more wins over the last 5 years than Pittsburgh (158 vs 150).
- Syracuse has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Pittsburgh (#57 vs #112).
- Syracuse does a better job contesting shots (35.9% allowed vs 39.6% allowed) than Pittsburgh this season.
- Syracuse has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Pittsburgh (#45 vs #65).
- We beat real teams. Syracuse has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Pittsburgh this season (4 vs 2).
- Syracuse has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Pittsburgh according to Kiplinger (69.8% vs 57%).
- Even computers respect Syracuse more. We have a better RPI this season than Pittsburgh (RPI: #9 vs #52).