South Florida vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview
|South Florida||V Rudd 11.5||V Rudd 7.1||A Collins 6.4|
|Pittsburgh||T Woodall 11.4||S Adams 6.3||T Woodall 5.2|
No. 23 Pittsburgh plays host to South Florida at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday. The game tips off at 7 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ROOT, Big East Net or MASN. The Panthers are 3-3 against the Bulls over the last four years. They lost 56-47 the last time they played (Feb. 19, 2012).
Pittsburgh is in seventh place in the conference, South Florida is in 15th place.
In a 63-47 dismantling of St. John's on Feb. 24, Tray Woodall put up 25 points for the Panthers. He contributes a team-leading 11.4 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. For the Bulls, Victor Rudd finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the 69-54 loss to St. John's on Feb. 20. With 11.5 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
In terms of team stats, Pittsburgh has an advantage in two key areas. The Panthers have the upper hand over the Bulls in field goal percentage, 47 percent to 38 percent. Additionally, Pittsburgh has the advantage over South Florida in scoring, 69 points per game to 59 points per game.
South Florida StatSmack
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Pittsburgh is superior to South Florida (Latest AP Poll: No. 23 vs. Not Ranked).
- Pittsburgh is a better shooting team (47.5 percent vs. 38.8 percent) than South Florida this season.
- The Pittsburgh blocks leader (Steven Adams, 56 blocks) has more blocks than the South Florida blocks leader (Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, 21 blocks).
- The Pittsburgh scoring leader (Tray Woodall, 319 points) has more points than the South Florida scoring leader (Victor Rudd, 287 points).
- Pittsburgh has a better scoring defense (54.9 allowed per game vs. 62.8 allowed per game) than South Florida this season.
- Pittsburgh has a better conference record than South Florida this season (9-6 vs. 1-13).
- Pittsburgh has a better record at home than South Florida this season (14-3 vs. 8-8).
- It's only wins and losses, but Pittsburgh has a better overall record than South Florida this season (21-7 vs. 10-16).
- Pittsburgh allows fewer rebounds (28.8 allowed per game vs. 36.5 allowed per game) than South Florida this season.
- Pittsburgh has an average margin of victory of 15 over South Florida in five wins since 2001.
- Since 1998, Pittsburgh has recruited more Top 50 high school players than South Florida (six vs. one).