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Feb. 3, 2017

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Pitt (12-10, 1-8 ACC) at [21/21] Duke (17-5, 5-4 ACC)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 • 1:00 p.m. • CBS
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium

The Opening Tip
• Pitt (12-10, 1-8) looks to snap a seven-game losing skid Saturday, Feb. 4 at Cameron Indoor Stadium against [21/21] Duke (17-5, 5-4). Game time is set for 1 p.m. on CBS.
• Pitt is making the third 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 was also in the area to play North Carolina earlier this week (Jan. 31).
Jamel Artis (20.9 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.3 ppg.) rank first and second, respectively, in the ACC in scoring. The duo has combined for 41 double-figure scoring games, including 22 games with 20 or more points scored.

Last Time Out
• Pitt battled No. 12 North Carolina down to the wire before falling 80-78 Tuesday evening in Chapel Hill. The Panthers missed a potential game-winning three at the buzzer.
Cameron Johnson matched a career-high with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, including 6-of-9 from three-point range.
• All-ACC candidate Michael Young recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. He was 7-of-11 from the field for his best shooting effort since suffering a fractured orbital bone against Louisville Jan. 11.
Jamel Artis added 17 points and five assists, while Chris Jones was 5-of-6 from the field in a 12-point, four-assist effort.
• Pitt shot 55.6 percent (30-of-54) from the field, including 68.0 percent (17-of-25) from inside the three-point arc.
• The Panthers matched a season-high with 13 three-point field goals, including 10 threes in the second half of play.

By the Numbers
• Pitt is ranked 55th 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 eighth in the NCAA. Duke enters Saturday’s game 17th in the RPI.
• The ACC has 14 teams currently ranked in the top 80 of the RPI. The Panthers are playing a top 25 RPI team for the fourth time in the past seven games.
• Pitt is 3-3 in its past six meetings against Duke. The Blue Devils have been ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll in all six contests. Two of the three victories came against Duke teams that were ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll.
• Pitt is facing a ranked opponent for the third time in a four-game span. The Panthers are 1-4 on the year against teams ranked in the AP Poll.
• Pitt is looking to avoid its first eight-game losing streak since the 2011-12 season. The Panthers dropped eight consecutive contests from Dec. 23-Jan. 21 of that season.
• The Panthers are 0-8 all-time against teams ranked No. 21 in the AP Poll. Each of the past four such meetings, including Saturday’s, have come on the road.
• Pitt has dropped 10 consecutive road contests against AP Poll ranked opponents. The Panthers last road win over a ranked opponent (AP Poll) was Feb. 9, 2013 at No. 17 Cincinnati (62-52).
Jamel Artis is four points shy of moving into the top 15 in career scoring at Pitt. He currently has 1,552 points in 124 career games (12.5 ppg.).
Jamel Artis (20.9 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.3 ppg.) are both averaging over 20 points per game on the season. 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.
Cameron Johnson is averaging 15.0 points per game, while shooting 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from beyond the three-point arc over the past four games.
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 four players averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Jamel Artis (20.9 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.3 ppg.) form the fourth-leading scoring tandem in the NCAA at 41.2 points per game. The duo has delivered 52.3 percent (884-of-1690) of the team’s scoring through 22 games.
• Seniors - Jamel Artis, Sheldon Jeter, Chris Jones and Michael Young - have accounted for 70.1 percent (1185-of-1690) of Pitt’s scoring on the year. Among major conference teams, only Iowa State’s senior class has accounted for a higher percentage of scoring on the year. Pitt is 6-2 on the year when three or more seniors reach double figures in scoring in a game.
Chris Jones is averaging 8.6 points per game on 64.0 percent (16-of-25) shooting from the field over the past five games.
• The Pitt threesome of Jamel Artis (20.9 ppg.), Michael Young (20.3 ppg.) and Cameron Johnson (12.2 ppg.) form the third-leading scoring trio in the country at 53.4 points per game. The Panthers are 10-4 on the season when all three score in double figures in a game.
Michael Young is one of three players in the NCAA averaging over 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
• The Panthers are averaging a league-best 9.3 three-point field goals per game in league play. On the other end of the floor, Pitt is allowing 9.4 threes per game on 42.9 percent shooting in ACC action.
• Pitt is 11-2 on the year when shooting a higher percentage from the field than its opposition. The Panthers are 6-1 on the season when shooting over 50 percent from the field.
• Pitt radio analyst Dick Groat returns to his alma mater where he was a two-sport All-America selection and the first basketball player to have his jersey retired. The 1952 National Player of the Year finished his Duke career with 1,886 points.

Game Notes: Pitt Returns to North Carolina to Play No. 21 Duke

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