Five Thoughts: Pitt-Florida

One of the biggest highlights for Pitt this postseason is Talib Zanna, who is averaging over 17 points and 11 rebounds in four postseason games.

* For a second time this season, Pitt plays the top-ranked team in the nation. On February 12, Pitt lost on a buzzer beater to Syracuse, 58-56.

* Pitt is playing its best basketball of the season, winning six of its last eight games. Interestingly, all six wins have come away from the Petersen Events Center. Florida certainly has a home-court advantage, playing in Orlando. In addition to winning six of its last eight away from home, Pitt is an impressive 13-4 this season away from the Petersen Event Center, exactly half of its win total.

* Probable starting lineup for Florida on Saturday will be Will Yegeute, Casey Prather, Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II. The Gators have run with this starting lineup in its last 14 games, going a perfect 14-0 during that stretch.

* In its two losses of the season (59-53 to Wisconsin, 65-64 to Connecticut, it marked just two of eight games this season where Florida trailed at halftime.

Florida is 23-0 when leading at halftime, 32-0 when leading with five minutes left to play in the game, 1-2 when trailing with five minutes left to play.

Another key number consistent with Florida wins this season, its ability to shoot well from three-point range. The Gators are 21-0 with a higher three-point shooting percentage than the opponent.

Florida is 9-0 when shooting 40% or better from three-point range. In the postseason, Pitt has held all four opponents below 30 percent. Opponents have combined to go 15-62 (24.9%) from three-point range, in four postseason games. That's well below the opposition's season average of 32.9%.

* In four postseason games this year, Pitt has an average margin of victory of +15. In its three wins, the Panthers had runs of 25-6 over Wake Forest, 17-1 against North Carolina and a 13-0 run to start the game against Colorado.

Within that, the play of Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna has been big more than at any point of the season. In four postseason games, Patterson is averaging over 15 points and five rebounds a game. Zanna is averaging 17 points a game and 11 rebounds a game, compared to his season averages of 12.9 points and 11.9 rebounds a game for the season.


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