Pittsburgh vs. DePaul: Full Game Preview

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Pittsburgh vs. DePaul: Full Game Preview
(20) Pittsburgh
(23-7, 5-4 away)
DePaul
(11-19, 7-11 home)
Venue: Allstate Arena
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Pittsburgh T Woodall 11.5 S Adams 6.2 T Woodall 5.3
DePaul B Young 16.6 C Melvin 7.1 B Young 4.6

No. 20 Pittsburgh heads to Allstate Arena on Saturday to take on DePaul. The game tips off at 2 p.m. EST and you can catch it on WTAE, Big East Net or MASN. The Panthers beat the Blue Demons 93-55 on Jan. 26 and are 5-1 against them over the last four years.

Pittsburgh is fourth in the conference and DePaul is 15th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In a 73-64 triumph over Villanova on Mar. 3, Talib Zanna put up 14 points and 19 rebounds for the Panthers. He is averaging 9.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. For the Blue Demons, Cleveland Melvin put up 15 points and eight rebounds in the 78-57 loss to Syracuse on Mar. 6. He is averaging 16.5 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 7.1 per game.

DePaul StatSmack

  • Pittsburgh players are more experienced than DePaul players (16,187 minutes played vs. 13,103 minutes played).
  • The Pittsburgh blocks leader (Steven Adams, 61 blocks) has more blocks than the DePaul blocks leader (Donnavan Kirk, 49 blocks).
  • Pittsburgh is ranked higher than DePaul in the Big East (No. 4 vs. No. 15).
  • Pittsburgh has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than DePaul (No. 112 vs. No. 167).
  • Tray Woodall is ranked 41st nationally in assists.
  • Pittsburgh is better at defending the three (29.7 percent allowed vs. 35.2 percent allowed) than DePaul this season.
  • Pittsburgh has a better conference record than DePaul this season (11-6 vs. 2-15).
  • Over the past 10 years, Pittsburgh has had more players drafted by the NBA than DePaul (four vs. two).
  • Pittsburgh has a better record at home than DePaul this season (16-3 vs. 7-9).
  • AP voters think more highly of Pittsburgh and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than DePaul (169 vs. zero).
  • Even computers respect Pittsburgh more. Pittsburgh has a better RPI this season than DePaul (RPI: No. 35 vs. No. 193).
PITT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Tray Woodall 28 12 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 24 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 0 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 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
DEP Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Brandon Young 31 17 3 5 2 0 3
B C. Melvin 31 16 7 1 1 1 2
C Jamee Crockett 23 9 4 1 1 0 1
C Donnavan Kirk 26 7 4 0 0 2 1
C Worrel Clahar 24 7 4 3 1 0 2
C- C. McKinney 20 6 3 2 1 0 2
C- Moses Morgan 20 6 2 1 1 0 1
D D. Robertson Jr. 13 2 3 0 0 1 1
D D. McDonald 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Peter Ryckbosch 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Edwind McGhee 6 1 1 1 1 0 0
D Montray Clemons 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
D- Jodan Price 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
D- Stuart Pirri 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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