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March 8, 2017

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Pitt (16-16, 4-14 ACC) vs. [21 / 21] 6Virginia (21-9, 11-7 ACC)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 • 9:00 p.m. • ESPN2 / ACC Network
Brooklyn, N.Y. • Barclays Center
The Opening Tip
  • 14Pitt (16-16, 4-14) squares off with [21 / 21] 6Virginia (21-9, 11-7) Wednesday, March 8 in the second round of the New York Life ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center. Game time is set for 9 p.m. with ESPN2 and the ACC Network televising the contest.
  • Pitt is 0-9 all-time against the 21st-ranked team in the AP Poll.
  • Pitt is one win away from becoming the seventh school in the ACC to reach the 1,600-win plateau. The Panthers are 1,599-1,126 in their 110th season of action.
  • Michael Young (19.8 ppg.) was named third team All-ACC, while Jamel Artis (18.2 ppg.) claimed honorable mention accolades. The duo has combined for 59 double-figure scoring games, including 26 games with 20 or more points scored.
Last Time Out
  • Pitt snapped a four-game losing skid with a 61-59 win over Georgia Tech Tuesday in the opening round of the New York Life ACC Tournament.
  • Michael Young scored a team-high 17 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • Sheldon Jeter added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Jamel Artis finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
  • Chris Jones knocked down a pair of key three-point field goals in the second half and finished with 11 points in the win.
  • The Panthers held Georgia Tech to 35.5 percent (22-of-62) shooting, including 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from three-point range.
  • Tadric Jackson led the Yellow Jackets with 17 points, while Quinton Stephens added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Second team All-ACC selection Ben Lammers was limited to just six points but did have 15 rebounds.
By The Numbers
  • Pitt is ranked 66th 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. Virginia enters Wednesday’s contest 15th in the RPI.
  • 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 2-7 on the season against AP-ranked opponents, including an 0-4 mark in such games away from the Petersen Events Center.
  • The Panthers have dropped 16 consecutive road or neutral site contests against AP-ranked opponents. Pitt’s last win over a ranked team away from home was an 80-75 victory over No. 15 North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the 2014 ACC Tournament.
  • Pitt has a school-record 253 threes on the year. Cameron Johnson (74) and Jamel Artis (70) are the first Panther teammates to both make 70 or more threes in a season.
  • Michael Young is 18 points shy of moving into third place at Pitt for points in a season. He has scored 634 points with 31 double-figures scoring games, including 15 games with 20 or more points scored.
  • 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 0.3 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 71.9 percent (1684-of-2341) of Pitt’s scoring on the year. Pitt is 10-3 on the year when three or more seniors reach double figures in scoring in a game. The veteran foursome combined for 53 points in the ACC Tournament opening round win over Georgia Tech.
  • The Pitt threesome of Michael Young (19.8 ppg.), Jamel Artis (18.2 ppg.) and Cameron Johnson (11.6 ppg.) are the second-leading scoring trio in the ACC at 49.6 points per game. The Panthers are 12-6 on the season when all three score in double figures in a game.
  • Michael Young (19.8 ppg.) and Jamel Artis (18.2 ppg.) form the seventh-leading scoring tandem in the country. They are attempting to become the second set of Pitt teammates to each average 18.0 or more points per game.
  • Pitt is 15-4 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 5-15 when failing to reach that mark.
GAME NOTES: Panthers Continue ACC Tournament Play Wednesday

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