Pittsburgh vs. St John's: Full Game Preview
|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).
- 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.
|C+||Phil Greene IV||32||9||3||3||1||0||1|