Pittsburgh vs. St John's: Full Game Preview

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Pittsburgh vs. St John's: Full Game Preview
(20) Pittsburgh
(20-7, 4-4 away)
St John's
(16-10, 12-4 home)
Venue: Madison Square Garden
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, February 24, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Pittsburgh T Woodall 10.9 S Adams 6.4 T Woodall 5.3
St John's D Harrison 18.3 J Sampson 6.7 P Greene IV 2.8

St. John's takes on No. 20 Pittsburgh on Sunday. It gets started at 12 p.m. EST and you can see it on ROOT, SNY, MASN, MSG. The Red Storm are 1-5 against the Panthers over the last four years. They lost 73-59 the last time they played (Mar. 6, 2012).

This game will separate Pittsburgh and St. John's, who currently share eigth place in the Big East.

In a 69-54 dismantling of South Florida on Feb. 20, JaKarr Sampson put up 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Red Storm. He tallies 14.7 points per game in addition to a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game. For the Panthers, Tray Woodall finished with 11 points in the 51-42 loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 18. He leads the team in points with 10.9 per game, assists with 5.3 per game, and steals with 1.4 per game. A key area of strength for Pittsburgh is offensive rebounding percentage at 40.7 percent, which ranks first in their conference (and fifth nationally).

Pittsburgh StatSmack

  • St. John's has an average margin of victory of 9 over Pittsburgh in 28 wins since 1982.
  • St. John's has a better record in close games than Pittsburgh this season (5-3 vs. 2-4).
  • The St. John's three-point leader (D`Angelo Harrison, 57 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Pittsburgh three-point leader (Tray Woodall, 43 three-pointers).
  • St. John's has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Pittsburgh (No. 31 vs. No. 65).
  • The St. John's blocks leader (Chris Obekpa, 107 blocks) has more blocks than the Pittsburgh blocks leader (Steven Adams, 53 blocks).
  • St. John's has come back to win after being down at half against Pittsburgh three times since 1996.
  • Since 1998, St. John's has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Pittsburgh (eight vs. six).
  • Chris Obekpa is ranked 1st nationally in blocks.
  • Diaper Dandies love St. John's. St. John's has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Pittsburgh (13 vs. 7).
  • The St. John's scoring leader (D`Angelo Harrison, 475 points) has more points than the Pittsburgh scoring leader (Tray Woodall, 294 points).
  • St. John's is better under pressure, and has defeated Pittsburgh in four out of the last four games decided by five points or fewer.
PITT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Tray Woodall 28 11 2 5 1 0 2
B Lamar Patterson 27 10 4 3 1 0 2
B Steven Adams 23 7 7 1 1 2 1
B- Talib Zanna 24 10 6 1 1 1 1
C+ James Robinson 26 6 2 4 1 0 1
C+ J.J. Moore 19 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Trey Zeigler 16 5 2 1 0 0 1
C Dante Taylor 16 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Cameron Wright 15 5 2 1 1 0 1
C Durand Johnson 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
SJU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ D. Harrison 35 18 4 2 1 0 2
B+ JaKarr Sampson 31 15 7 1 1 1 2
C+ Chris Obekpa 26 4 6 1 1 4 1
C+ Phil Greene IV 32 9 3 3 1 0 1
C+ S. Pointer 25 7 5 3 1 1 2
C+ Jamal Branch 25 8 2 3 1 0 2
C Amir Garrett 20 6 4 1 1 0 1
D+ M. Bourgault 10 3 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Felix Balamou 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Christian Jones 9 3 1 0 0 0 0
D David Lipscomb 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Khadim Ndiaye 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Sam Sealy 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Jamal White 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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