Five To Watch: Pitt-UNC

Pitt has looked like the most impressive ACC team thus far, in this week's conference tournament. The stakes are higher, starting Friday, as the top four teams begin play.

* As shown in Thursday afternoon's win, Pitt can go a long way when Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna are playing at the top of their game. If these two can put up a similar type of performance against North Carolina on Friday--albeit a tougher task--Pitt will be in good shape.

It doesn't happen often, but Pitt is 8-0 this season when Patterson and Zanna finish with 15 points or more. On top of that, a 10-point performance from someone such as Josh Newkirk, is a nice supplement to that kind of production.

* It goes without saying, but Pitt will not only have to contend with the offensive ability of James McAdoo and Marcus Paige, but also what they do on defense. Arguably, two of the best two-way threats in the ACC. Paige averaged 1.6 steals a game. McAdoo led the Heels with 6.6 rebounds a game, second only to Brice Johnson in total defensive rebounds.

* North Carolina is 90-42 all-time in the ACC Tournament, second only to Duke, who is 91-41. As a No. 4 seed, the Tar Heels are 2-4 against the No. 5 seed in the Tournament. The last time they played as a No. 4 seed, the Heels lost to No. 5 seed Wake Forest in the 2000 ACC Tournament.

* Though things didn't start off great for North Carolina this season, they rebounded by winning 12 of their final 13 final regular season games, all in ACC play. That included a perfect 8-0 record in the month of February, just the fifth time in program history that has happened.

* Pitt will need to keep this a low-scoring affair, the half court game being a big key. North Carolina is 15-3 in games where they score 80 or more points. Pitt is 11-0 when they score 80 or more points. In games where both teams score under 70 points, the Tar Heels are 3-5. Pitt is 4-5.

Within that, North Carolina is 1-4 when shooting less than 40 percent. Pitt is 12-1 when holding opponents to under 40 percent.

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