|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.
- 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).