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Pitt (12-9, 1-7 ACC) vs. [12/10] North Carolina (19-4, 7-2 ACC)
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. • ESPN2
Chapel Hill, N.C. • Dean E. Smith Center
The Opening Tip
• Pitt (12-9, 1-7) looks to snap a six-game losing skid Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Dean E. Smith Center against [12/10] North Carolina (19-4, 7-2). Game time is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
• Pitt is making the second of four trips to the state of North Carolina. The Panthers are the only team in the ACC to play all four North Carolina schools on the road. Pitt will also be in the state to play Duke later this week (Feb. 4).
• Jamel Artis (21.1 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.3 ppg.) rank first and third, respectively, in the ACC in scoring. The duo has combined for 39 double-figure scoring games, including 22 games with 20 or more points scored.
Last Time Out
• Pitt dropped a 67-60 decision to Clemson Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers led 36-31 at the half before managing just 24 points on 17.9 percent (5-of-28) shooting over the final four minutes of play.
• Jamel Artis and Cameron Johnson shared the team lead in scoring with 16 points, while Michael Young added 14 points and eight rebounds.
• Pitt went 7-of-14 (.500) from three-point range in the opening half, but just 1-of-10 from deep after intermission. Artis, Johnson and Jonathan Milligan each knocked in a pair of threes in the game.
• The Panthers gave up a 12-0 run to open the second half and were outscored, 19-4, over the first 6:38 over the second half. Clemson went 8-of-10 from the field during that stretch.
• Jaron Blossomgame led three Clemson double-figure scorers with 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range.
By the Numbers
• Pitt is ranked 56th in the most recent RPI with a 2-3 record overall against teams listed in the top 25. The Panthers’ strength of schedule is currently 12th in the NCAA. North Carolina enters Tuesday’s game seventh in the RPI.
• The ACC has 13 teams, including Pitt, currently ranked in the top 65 of the RPI. The Panthers are playing a top 65 RPI team for the eighth time in the past nine games. The lone game against a team currently outside the top 65 of the RPI was a road contest at Syracuse (90th in the RPI).
• Pitt is looking to avoid its first seven-game losing streak since the 2011-12 season. The Panthers dropped eight consecutive contests from Dec. 23-Jan. 21 of that season.
• Jamel Artis is averaging an ACC-best 21.4 points per game in league play. He is second in three-point field goals (3.38 3pg.), while ranking fifth in three-point percentage (.491) and ninth in field goal percentage (.492) in conference action.
• Jamel Artis (21.1 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.3 ppg.) are both averaging over 20 points per game on the season. Central Michigan and Davidson are the only other schools in the NCAA with two players scoring 20 or more points per game. Georgia Tech was the last ACC school to have at least two 20-point scorers for a season when Dennis Scott (27.7 ppg.), Brian Oliver (21.3 ppg.) and Kenny Anderson (20.6 ppg.) accomplished that feat during the 1989-90 season.
• Either Jamel Artis or Michael Young have led the Panthers in scoring in 48 of the past 54 games, including all 21 games this season.
• Jamel Artis is one of five players in the NCAA averaging over 20.0 points per game, while shooting over 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. He is also one of three players averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
• Jamel Artis (21.1 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.3 ppg.) form the fourth-leading scoring tandem in the NCAA at 41.4 points per game. The duo has delivered 52.6 percent (848-of-1612) of the team’s scoring through 21 games.
• Jamel Artis (21.1 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.3 ppg.) are two of four players in the ACC averaging over 20.0 points per game or better. The duo has combined for 45 or more points in a game seven times, while both players have topped the 20-point mark in the same game seven times.
• Seniors - Jamel Artis, Sheldon Jeter, Chris Jones and Michael Young - have accounted for 70.4 percent (1135-of-1612) of Pitt’s scoring through 21 games. Among major conference teams, only Iowa State’s senior class has accounted for a higher percentage of scoring on the year. Pitt is 6-1 on the year when three or more seniors reach double figures in scoring in a game.
• The Pitt threesome of Jamel Artis (21.1 ppg.), Michael Young (20.3 ppg.) and Cameron Johnson (11.6 ppg.) form the fourth-leading scoring trio in the country at 53.0 points per game. The Panthers are 10-3 on the season when all three score in double figures in a game.
• Michael Young is the only player in the NCAA averaging over 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
• Sheldon Jeter has grabbed double-digit rebounds in four of the past nine games and is averaging 8.3 rebounds per game (3.0 offensive rebounds per game) in that span. Jeter is eighth in conference play at 8.1 rpg.
• Michael Young is averaging 13.3 points per game, while shooting 25.9 percent (14-of-54) from the field, in the four games since suffering an orbital bone fracture in the second half at Louisville Jan. 11. Young was shooting 48.8 percent (127-of-260) from the field prior to the injury.
• The Panthers are averaging a league-best 8.9 three-point field goals per game in league play. On the other end of the floor, Pitt is allowing 9.5 threes per game on 43.7 percent shooting in ACC action.
• Pitt is 11-1 on the year when shooting a higher percentage from the field than its opposition. The Panthers are 6-0 on the season when shooting over 50 percent from the field.
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