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Feb. 16, 2017

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Pitt (14-12, 3-10 ACC) vs. [17/18] Florida State (21-5, 9-4 ACC)
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 • 4:00 p.m. • ESPN2
Pittsburgh, Pa. • Petersen Events Center

The Opening Tip
• Pitt (14-12, 3-10) hosts [17/18] Florida State (21-5, 9-4) Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Petersen Events Center. Game time is set for 4 p.m. with ESPN2 televising the contest.
• The Panthers are 1-5 on the season against teams ranked in the top 25 of the AP Poll. Four of the five losses against ranked opponents have been by eight points or fewer.
Michael Young (20.6 ppg.) and Jamel Artis (19.7 ppg.) rank first and third, respectively, in the ACC in scoring. The duo has combined for 48 double-figure scoring games, including 25 games with 20 or more points scored.

Last Time Out
• Pitt dropped a 66-63 decision to Virginia Tech Tuesday at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers led by 11 in the second half of play before the Hokies used a 12-0 run, including a seven-point possession, to turn the game around.
Cameron Johnson went 5-of-9 from three-point range and scored a team-high 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. He also added a career-best seven assists in the game.
Michael Young notched his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Sheldon Jeter added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Jamel Artis made four three-pointers and finished with 16 points and five rebounds.
• Pitt had three open looks from beyond the arc in the final 20 seconds of action but was unable to knock down the game-tying three-pointer.
• The Panthers outrebounded Virginia Tech, 43-29, including a 15-8 edge on the offensive glass. Both Young and Jeter had four offensive boards.

By the Numbers
• Pitt is 60th in the most recent RPI with a 5-10 record overall against teams listed in the top 100. The Panthers’ strength of schedule is currently ninth in the NCAA. Florida State enters Saturday’s game ranked 11th in the RPI.
• Pitt is 2-6 on the season, with wins over [14] Virginia and at [19] Maryland, against teams ranked in the top 25 of the RPI. Five of the six losses have been by nine points or fewer including a one-point overtime loss to [24] Notre Dame and a two-point loss at [5] North Carolina.
• The Panthers are 4-10 all-time against teams ranked 17th in the AP Poll. Pitt’s last win over No. 17 came Feb. 9, 2013 at Cincinnati (62-52).
Michael Young leads the ACC in scoring at 20.6 points per game, while Jamel Artis is just under the 20.0 point per game mark (19.7 ppg.). 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 19-of-33 (.576) from three-point range over the past five games. He has two games with six three-point field goals (North Carolina and Syracuse) and one game (Virginia Tech) with five three-point field goals in that stretch.
• Seniors - Jamel Artis, Sheldon Jeter, Chris Jones and Michael Young - have accounted for 71.1 percent (1408-of-1980) 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 8-2 on the year when three or more seniors reach double figures in scoring in a game.
Michael Young (20.6 ppg.) and Jamel Artis (19.7 ppg.) form the third-leading scoring tandem in the NCAA at 40.3 points per game. The duo has delivered 51.9 percent (1028-of-1980) of the team’s scoring on the year.
Jamel Artis is one of five players in the NCAA averaging at least 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
• The Pitt threesome of Michael Young (20.6 ppg.), Jamel Artis (19.7 ppg.) and Cameron Johnson (12.2 ppg.) form the second-leading scoring trio in the country at 52.5 points per game. The Panthers are 11-5 on the season when all three score in double figures in a game.
Cameron Johnson was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 team. He is one of two ACC players (joined by Miami’s Davon Reed) to collect academic all-district accolades.
Michael Young is one of three players in the NCAA averaging over 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He is joined on the list by Evan Bradds [Belmont] and Sindarius Thornwell [South Carolina].
Sheldon Jeter is averaging 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game over the past three contests. He has two double-digit scoring and two double-figure rebounding games in that span.
Michael Young and Jamel Artis rank first and third, respectively, in the ACC in scoring. The Pitt tandem is attempting to become the first pair of teammates to finish one and two in scoring in conference history. Duke’s Luke Kennard is currently 0.1 points per game ahead of Artis in the ACC scoring ranks.
Chris Jones is averaging 8.7 points per game on 55.1 percent (27-of-49) shooting from the field over the past nine games.
• Pitt is 13-4 on the year when shooting a higher percentage from the field than its opposition. The Panthers are 7-2 on the season when shooting over 50 percent from the field.
• Pitt’s 8.2 three-point field goals per game are the most in a season in program history. The Panthers’ 212 three-point field goals are the seventh-most in program history. Cameron Johnson (65) and Jamel Artis (62) are just the second Pitt tandem to each make 60 or more threes in a season.
• The Panthers are 10-1 on the year when scoring 80 or more points in a game and 4-11 when failing to reach that mark. The lone loss when scoring 80 or more points was at No. 14 Louisville (85-80) Jan. 11.

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