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5 Issues to Know Earlier than Pitt-Louisville: Unfold, TV Data, Extra



Pitt (12-6, 5-2 ACC) landed in Louisville final night time forward of Wednesday night time’s matchup in opposition to the Cardinals (2-16, 0-7 ACC).

Listed here are 5 issues to know forward of the convention matchup.


In every of Pitt’s final two video games, the Panthers have struggled to warmth up from deep.

After going 6 for 22 from exterior in opposition to Duke, the Panthers went simply 6 of 20 in opposition to Georgia Tech regardless of incomes the victory.

Pitt’s offense is at its finest when the Panthers shooters are on. Greg Elliott had a stable recreation (3-for-4 3FG) in opposition to Clemson, however since has hit simply 1 of his 7 makes an attempt from deep. Alongside Elliott, Blake Hinson and Nelly Cummings have every hit 30+ threes on the 12 months. Jamarius Burton leads the staff in three-point proportion at 42%.


After dropping two-straight video games in opposition to two of the ACC’s finest in Clemson and Duke, Pitt acquired again on monitor in its final recreation with a highway win over Georgia Tech. 

Nike Sibande stepped up, scoring a season-best 21 factors and hitting an acrobatic and-one layup late to solidify the win.

Pitt’s two main scorers on the 12 months, Burton and Hinson, added 19 and 13 factors, respectively. As a staff, Pitt hit 43% of its subject targets, however might solely convert on six of its 20 three-point makes an attempt within the win. 

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Louisville has been having one in all its worst seasons in class historical past below first-year head coach Kenny Payne. 

The Cardinals have received simply two video games this season and are 0-7 in convention play up to now. 

Payne has acquired backlash this 12 months for not including sufficient backcourt expertise by way of the switch portal to the Cardinals, and for good purpose. Exterior of the staff’s two main scorers El Ellis (17+ factors per recreation) and Mike James (9+ factors per recreation), the Cardinals wouldn’t have another guard taking part in greater than ten minutes per recreation. 

Within the entrance court docket, JaeLyn Withers and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield cleared the path, averaging a mixed 15 factors and ten rebounds per recreation.

Ranked at No. 281 within the nation in response to Kenpom, Louisville is statistically one of many worst groups in all of Division I hoops.


The unfold at present sits at Pitt (-9.5) with the over/below hovering round 141 factors.

Pitt has lined the unfold in 13 of its final 14 video games.


Wednesday’s recreation will tip off at 7 p.m. on ACC Community.

Pitt’s subsequent recreation is on Saturday, because the Panthers will return house to tackle Florida State.

The Panthers want to construct off of their sturdy begin to the season whereas not worrying about any of the skin consideration that has come their method as of late.

“No, we actually don’t,” Cummings mentioned when requested if his teammates speak concerning the potential of Pitt making the event. “We actually attempt to keep centered on our subsequent alternative. We are able to’t take something with no consideration. We don’t wish to look too far forward, too far behind, we’re going to simply keep within the current second.”

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The Frank Walker Legislation/PSN Each day Pocket book- February 5



UPDATE (10:21 AM)- **Pitt has prolonged a proposal to 2024 3-star defensive finish Tyclean Luman from Miami Norland Excessive Faculty in Miami, Florida. Luman (6’3″, 255) acquired the information from Charlie Partridge. Together with Pitt, Luman additionally holds affords from Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, Miami, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, South […]

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Pitt has Probability to Tie for First in ACC on Tuesday In opposition to Louisville



On Saturday, each Clemson and Virginia misplaced in ACC matchups, serving to Pitt transfer into second place within the league whereas the Panthers have the weekend off.

No. 20 Clemson — who got here in because the No. 1 crew within the ACC standings — misplaced to No. 23 Miami at house, dropping its document to 10-3 within the ACC. The Tigers personal the tiebreaker over Pitt this season, after beating the Panthers 75-74 again on Jan. 7.

No. 6 Virginia fell to Virginia Tech by a rating of 74-68, dropping to 17-4 general and 9-3 in convention play.

Pitt at present sits at 9-3 in convention play, with one win over Virginia and a loss to Clemson on the yr. As a result of Clemson has the week off (subsequent recreation: Saturday Feb. 11), Pitt has an opportunity to tie for one of the best document within the convention with a win over Louisville on Tuesday. *Clemson owns the tiebreaker because it beat Pitt earlier within the season. The 2 won’t meet once more, until it’s within the ACC Match.

Pitt has by no means received the ACC common season title since becoming a member of the convention in 2013.

Pitt and Louisville will face off at 6 p.m. est on Tuesday. The sport shall be televised on ACC Community.

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Duquesne’s Keith Dambrot Approaching 500-Win Milestone in Teaching Profession



Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot is on the verge of reaching an enormous school basketball teaching milestone, however he has not given a single thought to it simply but.

The Akron native has gained 498 video games in his school basketball head teaching profession that started again in 1984 when he took over the Tiffin College basketball program.

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“After I retire, I’ll give it some thought,” Dambrot instructed Pittsburgh Sports activities Now on Thursday. “All that claims is, I’ve coached a very long time, a variety of years.”

Dambrot has served as head coach at Tiffin (1984-86), Ashland College (1989-91), Central Michigan (1991-93), Akron (2004-17), and now Duquesne (2017-present) in his profession. He has led his groups to 16 20-win seasons, together with a dominant run at Akron from 2005-2017 through which his Zips groups had 20+ wins each single 12 months.

Dambrot was employed by Duquesne in March of 2017, and has since garnered an 85-79 file whereas main the Dukes. His greatest season to this point got here in 2019-20, through which the Dukes went 21-9 behind Marcus Weathers, Honest Carry, and others.

This 12 months, he at present has the Dukes sitting at 14-8 on the season and 4-5 in Atlantic 10 play. Shedding three of their final 4, the Dukes have an opportunity to show issues round towards George Washington this upcoming Saturday, Feb. 4.

“It’s all simply psychological outlook,” Dambrot mentioned concerning the keys to ending the season sturdy. “Ensuring that we perceive the significance of each day. I feel everyone goes via the grind in late January, February, so, whoever decides to embrace the grind goes to be the successful groups, and the groups that enhance from now till the postseason.”

The Dukes will tip off from Washington D.C. at 2 p.m. est on Saturday, Feb. 4 trying to get again within the win column. That recreation might be discovered on ESPN+.

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