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UNC Head Coach Hubert Davis Praises Pitt’s Offensive Capabilities

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North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis holds the Pitt basketball program in excessive regard. “They’re a extremely good basketball staff. They simply are,” Davis mentioned. 

The Panthers defeated North Carolina 76-74 on Dec. 30 contained in the Petersen Occasions Middle. Wednesday’s rematch on the historic Dean Smith Middle would run Pitt’s successful streak to a few in a row towards a number of the ACC’s prime opponents. 

Jamarius Burton put the Panthers on his again and carried the staff to victory final time dealing with the Heels, scoring a career-high 31 factors and 6 rebounds on 14-of-17 capturing in 33 minutes. The graduate guard is the Panthers’ most important catalyst, averaging team-highs in factors (16.4) and rebounds (6.5) whereas capturing 45% from the sphere. Davis pointed to the standard of items round Burton that pose a problem. 

“They’re extra than simply Burton,” Davis mentioned. “They bought quite a lot of playmakers that not solely could make performs for others however could make performs for themselves. They’ve quite a lot of guys that may create a shot at any given time all through their offensive possession.” 

The 76-point efficiency is the third-highest level complete scored by the Panthers towards an ACC opponent, forward of victories over Syracuse (84-82) and Wake Forest (81-79) by one possession. 

“They’re very disciplined offensively from the standpoint of they’re in the suitable spots, guys are driving and penetrating,” Davis mentioned. “They will actually shoot the basketball.” 

After dominating Pitt for the reason that Panthers entered the ACC, North Carolina has misplaced 4 of the final 5. Winners of 12 straight at dwelling, UNC final misplaced on Roy Williams Court docket was to Pitt final February, 76-67.

Blake Hinson was named certainly one of 5 Gamers of the Week by ESPN’s Seth Greenberg Monday after tying a Pitt report eight threes in a sport towards the Demon Deacons. He additionally transformed on a triple with a hand in his face to chop the Miami result in three late within the second half earlier than offering the successful tip-in basket inside 30 seconds. 

“What makes them so harmful is they’ll hit contested photographs,” Davis mentioned. “It’s not simply open photographs. They will hit with guys of their face. They’re actually powerful, an older skilled staff… doesn’t get shaken. That’s one of many many the reason why they’re having such a superb yr this season.”

The Panthers are averaging 74.3 factors per sport whereas UNC ranks second within the ACC scoring 79.2 factors an evening. Carolina has received eight of its final 10 video games and 4 in a row towards Louisville (80-59), Boston School (72-64), NC State (80-69), and Syracuse (72-68). Davis mentioned the Tar Heels had an opportunity to work on themselves this week and get wholesome, having per week off after final enjoying on Jan. 24. 

RJ Davis practiced this week and did particular person exercises throughout the weekend. He was poked within the eye on the finish of the Syracuse sport and needs to be obtainable for UNC Wednesday at 7 p.m. Davis doesn’t see former Moon Excessive Faculty star Puff Johnson enjoying because of a proper knee damage. Johnson solely performed two minutes within the first matchup and handled early foul bother. 

Pitt (15-7, 8-3 ACC) is in sole possession of third place within the ACC behind Clemson (18-4, 10-1 ACC) and Virginia (17-3, 9-2 ACC), the latter defeated by the Panthers 68-65 on the Pete on Jan. 3. North Carolina (15-6, 7-3 ACC) sits a half-game again in fourth place. A win would take command of third place to start February.



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WATCH: Duquesne’s Keith Dambrot, Joe Reece, and Austin Rotroff Preview Atlantic 10 Match

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PITTSBURGH — Forward of this week’s Atlantic 10 event motion, Duquesne’s Keith Dambrot, Joe Reece, and Austin Rotroff spoke with the media after apply.

Hear from the three Dukes earlier than they took off for Brooklyn for the motion.

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Gallery: Union defeats Aquinas Academy 52-35 within the Class-1A Women’ Championship

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PITTSBURGH — The Union Scotties defeated the Aquinas Academy Crusaders, 52-35, within the 2023 WPIAL Class-1A Women’ Championship Saturday morning on the Petersen Occasion Middle.

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Gallery: North Catholic defeats Blackhawk 51-35 within the Class-4A Ladies’ Championship

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PITTSBURGH — For the second time in two years, the North Catholic Trojanettes have been topped WPIAL Champions. This time got here in Class-4A by defeating the Blackhawk Cougars, 51-35, Saturday afternoon on the Petersen Occasion Middle.

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