Wichita State vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview

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Wichita State vs. Pittsburgh: Full Game Preview
Wichita State
(26-8, 8-6 away)
(20) Pittsburgh
(24-8, 18-4 home)
Venue: EnergySolutions Arena
1:40PM ET / 10:40AM PT, March 21, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Wichita State C Early 13.6 C Hall 7.2 M Armstead 4.0
Pittsburgh T Woodall 11.8 S Adams 6.2 T Woodall 5.2

No. 9-seeded Wichita State battles No. 8-seeded Pittsburgh in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday. It gets started at 1:40 p.m. ET and you can see it on TBS. The Shockers last played the Panthers on Nov. 23, 2009 and lost 68-55.

In spite of 28 points and nine rebounds from Malcolm Armstead, the Shockers came up short 68-65 against Creighton on Mar. 10. With 4.0 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Panthers, Lamar Patterson put up 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 62-59 loss to Syracuse on Mar. 14. He contributes 4.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.0 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Pittsburgh is strong in offensive rebounding percentage at 40.8. This is good enough for first in the conference and sixth in the nation.

Pittsburgh StatSmack

  • Malcolm Armstead is ranked 30th nationally in steals.
  • The Missouri Valley had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the Big East.
  • Wichita State is ranked higher than Pittsburgh in their conference (No. 2 vs. No. 4).
  • The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Creighton (42.1 percent) and Drake (38.8 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Big East leader, Notre Dame (37.5 percent).
  • Even computers respect Wichita State more. Wichita State has a better RPI this season than Pittsburgh (RPI: No. 42 vs. No. 44).
  • The Wichita State scoring leader (Cleanthony Early, 463 points) has more points than the Pittsburgh scoring leader (Tray Woodall, 376 points).
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points and field goals made are in the Missouri Valley.
  • The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Illinois State (76.1) and Creighton (76.0) - that score more per game than the Big East leader, Louisville (73.6).
  • The Wichita State steals leader (Malcolm Armstead, 66 steals) has more steals than the Pittsburgh steals leader (Tray Woodall, 41 steals).
  • The Wichita State rebounding leader (Carl Hall, 194 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Pittsburgh rebounding leader (Talib Zanna, 193 rebounds).
WSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Carl Hall 29 13 7 1 0 2 1
B C. Early 24 14 5 1 1 1 2
B M. Armstead 28 10 4 4 2 0 2
C+ Ron Baker 24 8 3 2 1 0 1
C+ D. Williams 27 8 3 2 1 0 2
C Tekele Cotton 23 6 4 2 1 0 1
C Evan Wessel 19 6 2 2 0 0 1
C Fred Van Vleet 16 4 2 2 1 0 1
C Ehimen Orukpe 16 3 4 0 0 2 1
C- Nick Wiggins 14 5 2 0 0 0 1
C- Jake White 12 4 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Chadrack Lufile 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
PITT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Tray Woodall 29 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
B- 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 14 4 1 1 1 0 1
C Durand Johnson 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
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