Villanova vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview

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Villanova vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview
Villanova
(18-11, 7-7 away)
(23) Pittsburgh
(22-7, 17-3 home)
Venue: Petersen Events Center
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, March 03, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Villanova J Pinkston 12.7 M Yarou 7.6 R Arcidiacono 3.4
Pittsburgh T Woodall 11.5 S Adams 6.2 T Woodall 5.1

On Sunday, No. 23 Pittsburgh plays host to Villanova at Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 12 p.m. EST and it can be seen on PHL17, ROOT or MASN. The Panthers defeated the Wildcats 58-43 on Jan. 16 and are 5-2 against them over the past four years.

Pittsburgh is fourth in the conference and Villanova is eigth. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

The 14 points by Tray Woodall helped the Panthers to a 64-44 cakewalk over South Florida on Feb. 27. He contributes a team-leading 11.5 points per game, 5.1 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. For the Wildcats, Mouphtaou Yarou put up 14 points and 15 rebounds in the 66-65 loss to Seton Hall on Feb. 25. He is averaging 9.3 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 7.6 per game. Villanova ranks first in their conference in free throw rate at 50.8 percent, which also places them first in the country.

Villanova StatSmack

  • The Pittsburgh assist leader (Tray Woodall, 147 assists) has more assists than the Villanova assist leader (Ryan Arcidiacono, 99 assists).
  • Even computers respect Pittsburgh more. Pittsburgh has a better RPI this season than Villanova (RPI: No. 42 vs. No. 55).
  • Pittsburgh is better under pressure, and has defeated Villanova in four out of the last seven games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Over the past 10 years, Pittsburgh has had more players drafted by the NBA than Villanova (four vs. three).
  • Villanova has to pay up to win. The coach for Pittsburgh has a much lower base salary than Villanova ($1,091,688 vs. $1,983,769).
  • Pittsburgh has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Villanova (nine vs. seven).
  • Pittsburgh has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (74.4 percent to 64.8 percent).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Pittsburgh is superior to Villanova (Latest AP Poll: No. 23 vs. Not Ranked).
  • Pittsburgh is a better shooting team (47.3 percent vs. 41.7 percent) than Villanova this season.
  • Pittsburgh players are more experienced than Villanova players (15,962 minutes played vs. 12,507 minutes played).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Pittsburgh has a better overall record than Villanova this season (22-7 vs. 18-11).
Nova Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B R. Arcidiacono 34 12 2 3 1 0 3
B Mouphtaou Yarou 27 9 8 1 0 1 2
B J. Pinkston 25 13 5 2 1 0 2
B Darrun Hilliard 30 12 3 2 2 0 2
B- James Bell 28 9 4 1 1 0 2
C Daniel Ochefu 18 4 4 1 1 1 1
C- Maurice Sutton 11 4 3 0 0 1 1
C- Achraf Yacoubou 13 3 3 1 0 0 1
C- Tony Chennault 18 4 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Patrick Farrell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Henry Lowe 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D+ Nick McMahon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Mislav Brzoja 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 6 1 1 2 1
B- Talib Zanna 23 10 6 1 1 1 1
C+ James Robinson 27 6 2 4 1 0 1
C+ J.J. Moore 19 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Dante Taylor 16 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Trey Zeigler 16 5 2 1 0 0 1
C Cameron Wright 15 4 1 1 1 0 1
C Durand Johnson 11 4 1 1 0 0 1
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