Tipoff is at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN; Pitt has won six of its last seven and 14 of its last 18 vs. Syracuse.
Men's Basketball Big East Tournament Highlights the week ahead for Pitt
Pitt is the No. 4 seed; will begin Big East Championship play on Thursday, March 14 at 2 p.m. in a Quarterfinal Round game against either Syracuse, Seton Hall or South Florida.
J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench and No. 20 Pittsburgh shot a school-record 72 percent.
Pittsburgh vs. Wichita State - AP Photos
No. 17 Pittsburgh vs. No. 19 Syracuse - AP Photos
No. 23 Pittsburgh vs. Villanova - AP Photos
Pitt hosts Notre Dame
No. 23 Pittsburgh vs. Seton Hall - AP Photos
J.J. Moore returns to the Panthers for his third year after he saw action in 23 games, primarily at small forward. He came into his own as a premier scorer and shooter at the conclusion of 2011-12 as he registered double figure scoring games in nine of Pitt's last 13 contests. That string was highlighted by a 21-point performance vs. South Florida. An experienced, aggressive, athletic wing with a 37-inch vertical leap and impressive offensive game, Moore excels at attacking the rim, is a versatile scorer and stellar on-ball defender. Pitt's most outstanding athlete, Moore has a scorer's mentality, is an explosive leaper and streaky shooter with improving range. A hidden talent out of Long Island, Moore's stock soared following his junior year in high school as his skill set improved to the point that it matched his explosiveness. A good teammate, Moore emerged into one of the nation's most complete wing performers while displaying versatility and athletic playmaking ability off the dribble. He has good hands and can catch off penetration and convert threes. Flying under the radar for the majority of his high school career, Moore was discovered by major NCAA Division I programs during the summer of 2009 with stellar performances in Philadelphia and North Carolina. He continues to take his game to new levels.
Played in 38 games with two starts on year (Penn and Robert Morris)...Reached double figure scoring in 13 games on year...Averaged 7.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and hit 37 3-pointers in 18.4 minutes played per game...Earned team Most Improved Player Award at team banquet...Over the season's final 13 games, averaged 11.8 points per game and reached double figure scoring nine times...In six CBI games, averaged 10.8 points and hit 10-26 3-pointers...Led Pitt with 16 points (5-9 FG) at Washington State, 3/26...Finished with 14 points (4-10 FG), hit 5-6 free throws and grabbed five rebounds at Butler, 3/21...Scored a team-high 16 points (6-11 FG), tied a career-high with 4-6 3-pointers made and grabbed four rebounds vs. Wofford, 3/14...Reached double figure scoring in five consecutive games for the first time in his career (Feb. 16-March 3) and averaged 15.4 points, shot 60 percent (27-45) from the floor and 57 percent (8-14) from 3-point range...Led Pitt with 16 points (7-13 FG) with six rebounds at Connecticut, 3/3...Finished with 14 points (3-4 3FG), hit 5-6 free throws and finished with three steals vs. St. John's, 2/29...Scored a team-high 16 points (6-9 FG) with seven rebounds and a career-high three steals at Louisville, 2/26...Scored a career-high 21 points including 11 in the first half, matched or surpassed career-highs for field goals made and attempts (8-14), free throws made and attempts (4-6), minutes played (31) and steals (two) vs. USF, 2/19...Scored 10 points (3-3 FG), hit two 3-pointers vs. West Virginia, 2/16...Scored 15 points (6-11 FG) with six rebounds in 27 minutes vs. St. Francis, Pa., 12/20...Scored a season-high 16 points (5-8 FG), hit a career-high 4-6 3-pointers with five rebounds off the bench vs. VMI, 12/6...Made first career start, played in a career-high 31 minutes, scored 12 points (5-9 FG) and grabbed six rebounds at Penn, 11/25...Converted a then career-high three 3-pointers (3-3), scored nine points off the bench vs. LaSalle, 11/22.
Appeared in 23 games off the bench at small forward...Three double figure scoring games on year...Earned Coaches Award for outstanding attitude at team banquet...Finished with eight points (3-6 FG) at DePaul, 1/22...Drew two charges and hit 3-3 free throws vs. Connecticut, 12/27...Finished with 10 points (5-9 FG) and three assists vs. Delaware State, 12/8...Scored 11 points (4-7 FG), hit two 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds vs. Penn, 11/27...Finished with a career-high 19 points (8-12 FG), grabbed eight rebounds (seven offensive) vs. North Florida, 11/13...Made career debut and finished with nine points vs. Illinois-Chicago, 11/10.
Played his senior season at South Kent Prep Academy in South Kent, Conn., for head coach Kelvin Jefferson...2009-10 Hoopscoop All-America selection...Averaged 29.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game while guiding the South Kent Academy Cardinals to a 20-12 record as a senior in 2009-10...All-New England Prep School Athletic Conference First Team selection...Rated the No. 1 prep school player in Connecticut...Selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional All-Star game at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2010...Finished with 26 points (3-4 3FG) and grabbed five rebounds in leading the Suburban Team to a 137-133 win over the City Team...Scored 31 points (11-21 FG) in leading South Kent Academy to a one-point win over Canarius Academy in the National Prep School Invitational...Finished with 29 points in win over Mack Academy at NPSI...Selected to NPSI All-Tournament Team...Finished with 38 points in registering a 125-122 double overtime win over Brewster Academy...Scored 33 points in the season opener vs. CJEOTO (N.J.)...Finished with 27 points (10-17 FG) with four 3-pointers in a buzzer beating win over Champlain-St. Lambert...South Kent entered the 2009-10 season ranked No. 5 in the ESPN national rankings...Nominated for the McDonald's High School All-American game...Attended and played his first three years at Brentwood High School in Long Island, N.Y. for Head Coach Anthony Jimenez...NYSSWA Class 2A All-State Second Team selection...Averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as a junior at Brentwood...Led the Indians to a 17-5 overall record...Consensus All-Long Island selection...Newsday Player of the Year...Named to Newsday and Suffolk All-County Long Island Teams...Ranked among the county's top-5 leading scorers...Scored 28 points and hit three 3-pointers in Brentwood's NYHSA playoff loss to Deer Park...Rated the No. 49 player in the nation by Scout.com...Ranked the nation's No. 52 recruit by Hoopscoop...Ranked No. 52 nationally by Bob Gibbons...Ranked the No. 61 player nationally by USA Today...Rated the No. 77 player by ESPN.com...Ranked the No. 107 player overall and the No. 23 small forward by Rivals.com...Joined the N.Y. Panthers AAU Basketball program and played for Gary Charles...Also played for Team Underrated...Competed at the All-American Camp in Philadelphia where he impressed college coaches with a game-high 18 points...Shined on the summer AAU circuit at the IS8 League and Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions...Played in the Nassau-Suffolk All-Star Game...Invited to compete in the NBA Top-100 Camp...Named an All-Star at the Reebok All-American Camp.
Born Johnathan J. Moore on May 25, 1991...Son of Monique Ballard...Brothers and sisters include twins Jaelah and Jordan, younger sister Brittany and older sister Myra Taylor...Youth league coach is Hunt Bresky...Played at the same prep school as former Pitt forward Gilbert Brown...Traveled to Pitt on November 3, 2009 for an unofficial visit and committed/signed with Pitt on November 11, 2009, National Signing Day...Selected Pitt because of Jamie Dixon, the coaching staff, the city of Pittsburgh, location and he "felt at home"...Other players who starred at South Kent include the Washington Wizards' Andray Blatche and Golden State Warriors' Dorel Wright...Two-time winner of the "Throwdown Showdown," Pitt's dunk contest at its annual preseason Blue-Gold Scrimmage. In the 2010-11 contest, his final dunk came after he took off from just inside the free throw line and sailed over three standing managers...Also considered Louisville, St. John's, Florida, Connecticut, Syracuse, Marquette, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Providence and Oklahoma...Communications and Rhetoric major.
Points: 21, USF, 2/19/12.
FG made: 8, two times- USF, 2/19/12; North Florida, 11/13/10.
FG attempts: 14, USF, 2/19/12.
3FG Made: 4, two times- Wofford, 3/14/12; VMI, 12/6/11.
3FG attempts: 6, five times- at Washington State, 3/26/12; Wofford, 3/14/12; Rutgers, 1/11/12; VMI, 12/6/11; Robert Morris, 11/27/11.
FT made: 5, at Butler, 3/21/12.
FT attempts: 6, two times- at Butler, 3/21/12; USF, 2/19/12.
Rebounds: 8, North Florida, 11/13/10.
Off. Rebs.: 7, North Florida, 11/13/10.
Def. Rebs.: 6, LaSalle, 11/22/11.
Assists: 3, two times- Delaware State, 12/8/10; North Florida, 11/13/10.
Steals: 3, at Louisville, 2/26/12.
Blocks: 1, six times.
Minutes: 31, two times- USF, 2/19/12; at Penn, 11/25/11.
2011-12 SEASON HIGHS
Points: 21, USF, 2/19/12.
Rebounds: 7, at Louisville, 2/26.
Assists: 2, two times- at Washington State, 3/26; at Connecticut, 3/3.
Steals: 3, at Louisville, 2/26.
Blocks: 1, six times.
Minutes: 31, two times- USF, 2/19/12; at Penn, 11/25.
J.J. MOORE FEATURE STORIES
JJ Moore Commits to Pittsburgh, Nov. 11, 2009, Jeff Borzello, NBE Basketball Report
JJ Moore Goes Big East, Nov.11, 2009, Adam Zagoria, ZagsBlog
From Brentwood to South Kent, Moore Thriving, Nov.25, 2009, Brian Fitzsimmons, MSG Varsity Long Island
Pitt's Moore, Seton Hall's Edward Shine at Jordan, April 18, 2010, Adam Zagoria, ZagsBlog
Frosh. JJ Moore Leads Pitt to Second Win, 92-52 Over South Regional All-Stars, Aug,1, 2010, Anson Whaley, SB Nation
Moore has solid debut game, Nov. 1, 2010, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Moore Impressing Early, Nov.4, 2010, Alex Oltmann, The Pitt News
Pitt freshman Moore progressing well, Feb. 5, 2011, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
South Kent Prep/Brentwood H.S.
Height / Weight:
6-6 / 215