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March 5, 2017

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Press Conference: Stallings l Johnson l Jeter

Pitt (15-16, 4-14 ACC) vs. Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10 ACC)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. • ESPNU / ACC Network
Brooklyn, N.Y. • Barclays Center
 
The Opening Tip
  • Pitt (15-16, 4-14) faces Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10) Tuesday, March 7 in the opening round of the New York Life ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m. with ESPNU and the ACC Network televising the contest.
  • Michael Young (19.9 ppg.) was named third team All-ACC, while Jamel Artis (18.4 ppg.) claimed honorable mention accolades. The duo has combined for 57 double-figure scoring games, including 26 games with 20 or more points scored.
  • Pitt has dropped four straight contests with three of the losses coming on the road. A loss Tuesday would result in the Panthers first sub-.500 season since 1999-00, Ben Howland's first year with the program.
 
Last Time Out
  • Pitt fell to 23rd-ranked Virginia, 67-42, in Charlottesville on the final day of conference play. The Panthers missed their first 11 shots from the field to fall behind early in the contest.
  • Michael Young came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points, while Cameron Johnson added nine points, five rebounds, two assists, one block and four steals.
  • Young and Jamel Artis were removed from the starting lineup and sat the opening 10 minutes of the game after a minor team rules violation earlier in the day.
  • Pitt committed 14 turnovers in the contest and were outscored 27-0 in points off turnovers.
  • The Panthers scored a season-low 15 points in the opening half, while going just 5-of-23 (.217) from the field. The 42 points in the game was also a season-low and the fewest points scored by Pitt since a 51-42 loss to Notre Dame Feb. 18, 2013.
  • London Perrantes led the Cavaliers with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range.
 
By the Numbers
  • Pitt enters the New York Life ACC Tournament ranked 69th in the most recent RPI with a 3-8 record overall against teams listed in the top 25. The Panthers' strength of schedule is currently fifth in the NCAA.
  • The Panthers' 11 games against RPI Top 25 teams are the most in the NCAA. Pitt's three wins came at home against Florida State and Virginia and at Maryland.
  • Pitt is one three-point field goal shy of setting a new single season mark for makes from beyond the arc. The Panthers have 247 threes on the year, including a team-high 74 from Cameron Johnson.
  • Jamel Artis is five points shy of passing Sam Clancy for 11th on the all-time scoring list. He currently has 1,667 points in 133 career games (12.5 ppg.).
  • Jamel Artis needs one assist to join Demetrius Gore (1998-01) as the only players in Pitt history to record at least 1,600 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.
  • Cameron Johnson is 28-of-61 (.459) from three-point range over the past 10 games. He has two games with six three-point field goals (at North Carolina and vs. Syracuse) and one game (vs. Virginia Tech) with five three-point field goals in that stretch.
  • Michael Young is five points shy of moving into the top 5 at Pitt for points in a season. He enters the ACC Tournament with 617 points scored in 2016-17.
  • Michael Young is attempting to become the first Pitt player to lead the league in scoring since Clyde Vaughan (22.0 ppg.) led the Big East in 1982-83. He is currently 0.2 points per game behind Duke's Luke Kennard for the league lead.
  • Seniors - Jamel Artis, Sheldon Jeter, Chris Jones and Michael Young - have accounted for 71.5 percent (1631-of-2280) of Pitt's scoring on the year. Pitt is 9-3 on the year when three or more seniors reach double figures in scoring in a game.
  • The Pitt threesome of Michael Young (19.9 ppg.), Jamel Artis (18.4 ppg.) and Cameron Johnson (11.8 ppg.) are the seventh-leading scoring trio in the country at 50.1 points per game. The Panthers are 12-6 on the season when all three score in double figures in a game.
  • Cameron Johnson leads the team with 31 steals. He has recorded two or more steals in seven of the past nine games and has 22 steals in that span.
  • Michael Young (19.9 ppg.) and Jamel Artis (18.4 ppg.) form the seventh-leading scoring tandem in the country. They are attempting to become the second set of Pitt teammates to each average 19.0 or more points per game.
  • Pitt is 14-4 on the year when shooting a higher percentage from the field than its opposition. The Panthers are 8-2 on the season when shooting over 50 percent from the field.
  • The Panthers are 11-1 on the year when scoring 80 or more points in a game and 4-15 when failing to reach that mark.
Game Notes: Pitt Opens ACC Tournament Play Against Georgia Tech

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