Pitt sophomore James Robinson drives to the basket at Georgia Tech last Monday night.
Jan. 20, 2014
GAME 19: CLEMSON (13-4, 4-1 ACC) at #20/19 PITT (16-2, 4-1 ACC)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 8 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ACC Network/WTAE-TV (Tim Brant and Dan Bonner; Producer: Brian Woodrum).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-Channel 110 (Pitt feed), XM-Channel 193 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (278-88); Clemson: Brad Brownell, 4th year at Clemson (64-49), 12th year overall (231-134).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-20; USA Today-19; Clemson: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.
Series: Pitt and Clemson meet for the second time in men's basketball. Pitt is 1-0 vs. Clemson. The two schools' only other meeting was on December 29, 1958 in the Carrousel Tournament, at a neutral site held in Charlotte, N.C. Pitt won a 60-50 decision behind a 19-point performance from John Fridley, a 16-point day from Don Hennon and 12 points from John Mills.
PITTSBURGH--No. 20/19 Pitt (16-2, 4-1 ACC) hosts Clemson (13-4, 4-1 ACC) for a Tuesday, January 21 contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET.
The game will be regionally televised by the ACC Television Network and broadcast locally in Southwestern Pennsylvania on WTAE Channel 4. Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Pittsburgh native Dan Bonner (color analysis) will make the call. Brian Woodrum will handle production.
The matchup features two of the Atlantic Coast Conference's top four teams. Both Pitt and Clemson are locked in a three-way tie for second place in the league standings with Virginia with identical 4-1 records. With its Saturday win over Pitt, Syracuse sits atop the ACC with a perfect 5-0 record.
Pitt has won its 16 games by an average of 17.2 points per game. Fifteen of Pitt's 16 wins have come by nine or more points and 11 of its 16 are by 17 points or more. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 76.0 points per game, converting 48.3 percent (481-995) of field goals, 34.5 percent (87-252) of 3-point field goals and a stellar 72.3 percent (319-441) of free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-9.4 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 60.1 points per game and yielding a 40.1 (382-952) field goal percentage. Sixteen of Pitt's 18 opponents have been held to 70 points or less and 10 have been limited to 60 points or less.
Through five Atlantic Coast Conference games, Pitt has outscored its five opponents (Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland and NC State) by a plus-9.8 margin. Pitt is shooting 49.2 percent (128-260) and 40.0 percent (22-55) from 3-point range. Interestingly, the Panthers have averaged 7.6 steals per game. ACC Player of the Year/First Team candidate Lamar Patterson is averaging 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game and Talib Zanna averages a double-double in points (15.6) and rebounds (10.0).
Pitt is a perfect 11-0 at home this year, on a 13-game home win streak and 19-game consecutive win streak against non-conference opponents at home. In its 12th season in the Petersen Events Center, Pitt owns a 191-22 overall record in the arena and a 77-19 conference record (2-0 vs. ACC/75-19 vs. Big East). Pitt also owns a 110-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has won 131 of its last 135 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
Pitt hosts Clemson after dropping its first ACC game and second contest of the year, a 59-54 loss at No. 2 Syracuse before 30,046 fans. Despite outrebounding the Orange by 11 boards (35-24) and 16 offensive rebounds, Pitt failed to capitalize on its offensive opportunities as it shot just 37.5 percent (18-47) from the floor and 56.5 percent (13-23) at the free throw line. Both shooting numbers marked Pitt's second lowest performances of the year in both categories. Using three consecutive Lamar Patterson 3-pointers, Pitt erased a 10-point deficit (37-27) and eventually took a 52-49 lead with 4:41 to go in the game. Syracuse scored 10 of the game's final 12 points to register the victory. Patterson finished with a game-high 18 points, while Talib Zanna registered his sixth double-double of the year with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Syracuse represented Pitt's first nationally ranked opponent of the year.
Clemson (13-4, 4-1 ACC) enters Tuesday's game on a three-game win streak following victories over Duke (72-59), Virginia Tech (56-49) and Wake Forest (61-53). The Tigers also have an ACC win over Boston College (62-60). Clemson is led by K.J. McDaniels (16.7 ppg./7.2 rpg.), Rod Hall (10.0 ppg./63 assists) and Jordan Roper (9.2 ppg.). Ten Tigers average at least 11 minutes per game.
TUESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
With identical 4-1 records, Pitt and Clemson are tied for second place in the ACC standings.
With an 11-0 home record and current 13-game home win streak intact, Pitt is in its 12th season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 191-22 record (.897) in the arena. The Panthers have won 97 of their last 109 home games and 40 of their last 50 conference home games.
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 15-0 record vs. previous ACC teams and a 31-11 overall record vs. current ACC teams (including Syracuse and Notre Dame).
Lamar Patterson has emerged as an ACC Player of the Year candidate.
When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (335-98, .774), league winning percentage (145-64, .694), homecourt winning percentage (.897) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).