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Feb. 7, 2017

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Pitt (12-11, 1-9 ACC) at Boston College (9-15, 2-9 ACC)
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. • RSN
Chestnut Hill, Mass. • Conte Forum

The Opening Tip
• Pitt (12-11, 1-9) looks to snap an eight-game losing skid Wednesday, Feb. 8 against Boston College (9-15, 2-9) at the Conte Forum. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on RSN.
• Wednesday’s game concludes a three-game road swing for the Panthers. Pitt has played six of the past nine games on the road.
• Pitt dropped back-to-back games last week in North Carolina to No. 12 UNC and No. 21 Duke by a combined 10 points.
Jamel Artis (20.7 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.4 ppg.) rank first and second, respectively, in the ACC in scoring. The duo has combined for 43 double-figure scoring games, including 23 games with 20 or more points scored.

Last Time Out
• Pitt fell to 1-5 on the year against AP-ranked opponents with a 72-64 loss at Duke Saturday. The Panthers shot 51.0 percent (26-of-51) from the field but were just 2-of-14 from three-point range in the loss.
Michael Young scored a game-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Jamel Artis recorded 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while playing the entire 40 minutes.
Chris Jones added nine points, while Rozelle Nix had a career-high seven points and five rebounds.
• Pitt took a 43-42 lead on an Artis jumper with 9:28 remaining before Duke went 4-of-4 from three-point range over the next five minutes to grab at 60-51 advantage with 4:19 remaining.
• The Panthers posted a 40-20 advantage on points in the paint and outrebounded Duke, 29-26.

By the Numbers
• Pitt is ranked 55th in the most recent RPI with a 2-5 record overall against teams listed in the top 25. The Panthers’ strength of schedule is currently fifth in the NCAA.
• Pitt is 7-1 on the year against teams ranked outside the top 100 of the RPI. Boston College enters Wednesday’s game 180th in the RPI.
• Pitt is looking to avoid its first nine-game losing streak since the 1993-94 season. The Panthers dropped their final nine games of that season.
• Pitt has dropped seven consecutive ACC road contests. The Panthers last road win in conference play came at Syracuse (66-52) Feb. 20, 2016.
Michael Young is 15 points shy of passing Sam Clancy for 10th place on Pitt’s all-time scoring list. He currently has 1,657 points in 126 career games (13.2 ppg.). Young is also 12 rebounds shy of moving into the top 10 at Pitt in career rebounds.
Jamel Artis (20.7 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.4 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.
Michael Young is averaging 21.5 points per game while shooting 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the field over the past two games.
Jamel Artis is 13 points shy of moving past Vonteego Cummings into 14th place at Pitt in career scoring. He has 1,569 points in 125 career games (12.6 ppg.).
Chris Jones is averaging 8.7 points per game on 64.5 percent (20-of-31) shooting from the field over the past six games.
• Seniors - Jamel Artis, Sheldon Jeter, Chris Jones and Michael Young - have accounted for 69.5 percent (1219-of-1754) 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.
Jamel Artis is one of three players (joined by Markelle Fultz, Washington and Randy Onwuasor, Southern Utah) averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Jamel Artis (20.7 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.4 ppg.) form the fourth-leading scoring tandem in the NCAA at 41.1 points per game. The duo has delivered 52.7 percent (925-of-1754) of the team’s scoring on the year.
Michael Young was selected as a watch list finalist for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. He and Bonzi Colson (Notre Dame) were the only players in the ACC to make the 10-player list.
• The Pitt threesome of Jamel Artis (20.7 ppg.), Michael Young (20.4 ppg.) and Cameron Johnson (11.8 ppg.) form the third-leading scoring trio in the country at 52.9 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 (joined by Rashawn Thomas, Texas A&M-CC and Evan Bradds, Belmont) in the NCAA averaging over 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Rozelle Nix is averaging 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game over the past four contests. He is coming off a career-high seven points to go along with five rebounds against No. 21 Duke. Nix is averaging 20.7 rebounds per 40 minutes of action on the year.
Jamel Artis (57) and Cameron Johnson (53) have combined for 110 made three-point field goals this season, third-most by a duo in the ACC. Both players rank in the top 10 in the conference in three-point percentage and threes per game.
• The Panthers have shot better than 50 percent from the field in each of the past four halves of play.
• Pitt is 11-3 on the year when shooting a higher percentage from the field than its opposition. The Panthers are 6-2 on the season when shooting over 50 percent from the field. Pitt shot over 50 percent from the field in losses to No. 12 North Carolina and No. 21 Duke last week.

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