Gray, a 7'0" 270 pound junior, is a prime candidate for the Big East's "Most Improved Player Award." He averages 13.7 points, and 11 rebounds per game.
Pittsnogle knows he'll have his hands full in man-to-man defense with Gray.
"He's a lot better, and a lot stronger. He's a good player," said Pittsnogle.
Pittsnogle has watched film of Pitt's loss to Georgetown Sunday afternoon. During the defeat in the MCI Center, the Hoyas were able to hold Gray scoreless in the second half.
"I watched the game, and (Georgetown) did a great job of playing the match-up zone with him. Hopefully our 1-3-1 will be that effective."
On the other end of the court though, it will be interesting to see if Gray can step out and guard Pittsnogle around the perimeter. If he doesn't, the Martinsburg native is sure to get his fair share of open looks from the perimeter, which is never a good thing for the opponent.
The Mountaineers didn't seem to have any problem communicating through the music. Hopefully that will carry over to the game.
In addition to the minutes played record, West Virginia's ironman is two starts away from tying Chris Brooks' school record of 118.
The Academic All-American is also just 42 points shy of 1,000. In fact, two other Mountaineers in addition to Herber, have a shot at reaching 1,000 career points. Patrick Beilein is 85 short of the mark, while Mike Gansey is 190 points away. Kevin Pittsnogle passed the 1,000 point plateau during last season's NCAA Tournament.