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After holding an average rebounding margin of +9 in its previous eight games, opponents have held a +12 in rebounding margin in the last two games.

Pitt was held without a three-point field goal for the second time this year, and just the third time in a Big East game under Jamie Dixon. While they only took eight field goal attempts in the loss to Notre Dame, this number may not be as shocking compared to the rest of the season. Pitt has 130 three-pointers made in 27 games this season. Only four Big East teams have fewer.

Pitt is 10-3 this season when they hit 40% or better of their three point shots. It's only a game difference, 9-4, when they shoot under 40 percent.

Big East No. 3 Scorer
St. John's D'Angelo Harrison ranks third in the Big East, averaging 18.3 points a game. Bryce Cotton (Providence) leads the conference with exactly 20 points a game. Following Cotton is Louisville's Russ Smith (18.3/game), Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick (18 points/game) and Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin.

Of the other four Pitt has faced, only Smith and Kilpatrick defeated Pitt this year. However, all scored at least 16 points against Pitt--meaning that we should expect another decent output from one of the top scorers in the conference. Cotton and Kilpatrick (in the second game against Pitt) each scored 20 against the Panthers.

Pitt has only been outrebounded eight times this season. Pitt is 2-6 in those games, with opponents holding a +7.6 rebounding margin over Pitt. Pitt is 17-1 when holding a rebounding margin over the opponent. Pitt only even an opponent in rebounding in a win over Providence.

In the 18 games where Pitt is outrebounding the opposition, the margin is +13.2 per game. In no other area is it more evident for Pitt to win.

Despite being putrebounded by 15 against Notre Dame, Pitt is still second in the Big East (Cincinnati) and 13th in the country in rebounding margin.

In addition to that, despite being one of the leaders in rebounding margin, no Pitt player is higher than 12th (Steven Adams) in the Big East, in rebounds per game.

One consistent thing we've seen, is that in seven defeats this season, Pitt has only lost by an average of 6.8 points per game. The only team to score a double-digit win over Pitt this season was Marquette, a 10-point win in the season's second matchup. The last two games, Pitt has been outscored by an average of 9.5 points a game.

Pitt is still tied for first in the conference (Louisville) in scoring margin, with an average of +15.6 points a game. Interestingly, they're also tied for first in shooting percentage (48.0%) with Notre Dame.

While Pitt may be though of as more of a defensive-minded team, they're sixth in the conference in overall opponent field goal percentage (39.5%) and fourth in opponent three-point percentage (30%).

In the ten games since being injured against Marquette, Travon Woodall has shot 40 percent or better in seven of those games. In games where he shoots 40 percent or better, Pitt is 17-2. The only two losses were Notre Dame and Louisville

Dante Taylor is Pitt's fourth leading rebounder on the season (3.8 per game). He has not had more than four rebounds in his last six games.

After a stretch of four games in double-figures in five attempts, Lamar Patterson has reached double-figures in two of the last five games, but he did have 19 in a loss to Marquette. Pitt is 4-2 in Big East games even when Patterson does not reach double-figures.

Talib Zanna has scored in double-figures once in the last 11 games, and double-digits in rebounds twice in the same span. In the first 16 games, Zanna scored in double-figures 11 times and rebounded in double-figures once. Still, he's second on the team in rebounding with 5.7 a game.

Despite coming off the bench, J.J. Moore saw 20 minutes or more 10 times in the first 17 games. He's seen more than 20 minutes (23 against Marquette) just once in the last 10 games.

Steven Adams has two Big East games where he's reached double-figures in rebounding (14 vs. DePaul, 15 vs. Seton Hall). He's averaging 5.2 rebounds in the other 12 games, and is 12th among all Big East rebounders.

Starting 26 of 27 games this season, James Robinson has not turned the ball over more than three times in a game. He only has two games with three turnovers, and another six games with two turnovers. In all other games, he's had one turnover or less.

Cameron Wright is shooting 15-31 (48.3%) in his last seven games. In his previous 18 games, he shot 32-63 (50.7%). He's averaging 5.4 points over the last seven games, compared to his average of 4.6 points a game for the season.

After a four-game span where Trey Zeigler was averaging over 10 points a game, he has not reached double-figures in his last six. He's averaged 3.0 points a game in his last six--or as many total points in his last six games as he had in the win over DePaul.

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