G- 00 James Robinson (7.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
G- 03 Cameron Wright (11.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
F- 21 Lamar Patterson (16.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
F- 02 Michael Young (6.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
C- 42 Talib Zanna (11.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
Lamar Patterson -- A fifth-year senior, Patterson has been the star for Pittsburgh this season. He leads the team in scoring (16.8 ppg) and is a strong defender. Expect him to be matched up with Pack star T.J. Warren.
In his last 11 games, Patterson
has scored 20 or more points four
times, has reached double figure scoring
in all 11, has averaged 18.2
points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and
1.7 steals per game.
Pitt begins its highly-anticipated inaugural
season in the Atlantic Coast Conference
with its first game in league play at NC
State on Saturday. Pitt hosts its first ACC
home game on Monday, Jan. 6 when it hosts
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon enters ACC play
with an 11-0 record vs. ACC teams and a
27-10 overall record vs. current ACC teams
(including Syracuse, Notre Dame).
With its 12-1 record, Pitt has currently
amassed the second most wins in the ACC.
Pitt plays its first road game of the 2013-14
season. Pitt has claimed each of its last
three road games, six of its last eight road
games and compiled one of the Big East’s
best road records (59-43, .578%) over the
last 12 seasons.
When comparing ACC basketball programs
over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second
among league programs in overall winning
percentage (331-97, .773), league winning
percentage (141-63, .691), homecourt winning
percentage (.896) and NCAA Tournament
PACK UP NEXT
Pitt (12-1, 0-0 ACC) plays its first-ever
Atlantic Coast Conference game and begins ACC
regular season play when it travels to North
Carolina State (10-3, 0-0 ACC) for a Saturday,
January 4 contest at PNC Arena in Raleigh,
N.C. Tipoff is at noon ET.
The game will be televised by the ACC Television
Network and broadcast locally on
WTAE-TV (Channel 4) with Mike Hogewood
(play-by-play) and former Virginia star Cory
Alexander (color analysis) making the call. Alex
Farmartino will handle production.
Pitt has won its 12 games by an average of
18.3 points per game margin and 10 of its 12
by 17 points or more.
Offensively, the Panthers
are averaging 76.9 points per game, converting
48.0 percent (353-735) of field goals,
33.0 percent (65-197) of 3-point field goals
and an amazing school-record pace of 74.6
percent (229-307) of free throw attempts.
is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable
Defensively, Pitt is holding
its opponents to 58.6 points per game and
yielding a 39.5 percent (273-691) field goal
percentage. Twelve of Pitt’s 13 opponents have
been held to 70 points or less and eight have
scored 60 points or less.
FIRST ROAD TEST
Pitt plays its first road game of the year.
The Panthers have enjoyed recent success on
the road as they have claimed each of their last three consecutive road games, along
with six of their last eight road contests.
Pitt has amassed a .578 Big
East road winning percentage in the
last 12 seasons (59-43).
HOT AT HOME
Pitt is 9-0 at home this year, on
an 11-game home win streak and
19-game consecutive win streak
against non-conference opponents at
home. Pitt also owns a 110-3 record
vs. non-conference opponents at the
Petersen Events Center and has won
131 of its last 135 home games
against regular season non-conference
LAST TIME OUT
Pitt opens ACC regular season
play after defeating Albany, 58-46,
in its final non-conference game.
With a 14-point, eight-rebound and
eight-assist day, Cameron Wright
sparked the Panthers as he scored
eight points during a 12-0 run to
close out the first half. Lamar
Patterson added 14 points and Talib
Zanna chipped in 10 points and nine
rebounds in the win.
North Carolina State enters
Saturday’s ACC regular season opener
after winning eight of its last nine
games. NC State’s three losses have
come to Missouri (68-64), North
Carolina Central (82-72 in OT) and
at Cincinnati (68-57).
Mark Gottfried’s Wolfpack are led
by T.J. Warren, who leads the ACC
in scoring at 23.9 points per game.
He also averages 7.8 rebounds per
contest. Anthony Barber (12.2 ppg.)
and Desmond Lee (10.8 ppg.) also
also key performers.
Pitt plays its
first game in Raleigh, N.C. in 40 years
and since a Dec. 28, 1974 contest at
PANTHERS ARE SIXTH?
In mid-October, Pitt was picked
by Atlantic Coast Conference media
members to finish sixth among 15
Pittsburgh athletics contributed to this report.