Butler – Pitt thread

It’s tournament time in the city. Ring-a-ling. Hear them ring. Soon it will be the Final Four…

A trip to the Sweet Sixteen is on the line when the Horizon League meets the Big East in Washington D.C.

Southeast Regional action pits Panthers against Bulldogs

No. 1 Pitt prepares to knock heads with ‘America’s Team’

Former starter Nored strengthens Butler bench

Butler will be facing a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. A year ago, the Bulldogs defeated top-seeded Syracuse, 63-59, to earn their first “Sweet 16” victory and set up an “Elite Eight” game against
No. 2-seeded Kansas State. Butler was the only team in the 2010 NCAA Tournament to beat both a No. 1 and a No. 2 seed.

Pitt is playing in its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament. Pitt earns a No. 1 seed for only the second time in program history (2009). Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally to advance to each of the last 10 NCAA Tournaments. The 10 NCAA tourney appearances for Pitt rank as the nation’s seventh longest current streak. In addition, the Panthers have advanced to five of the last nine NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen rounds. Pitt’s 14
NCAA Tournament victories rank as the eighth most nationally from 2002-10.

Probable Butler Starters
………………………………………….PPG …RPG
44 Andrew Smith 6-11 239 So.  9.0….. 5.5
54 Matt Howard 6-8 230 Sr.    16.7 …..7.8
2 Shawn Vanzant 6-0 172 Sr.     8.1…… 3.2
1 Shelvin Mack 6-3 215 Jr.          15.2…… 4.5
33 Chase Stigall 6-4 195 So.           4.1 ……1.8

Pitt’s probable starters
# NAME……………………………….. POS HT WT CL ………..PPG…… RPG
35 Nasir Robinson…………………… F 6-5 220 JR …………9.1……… 5.0
5 Gilbert Brown ……………………….F 6-6 215 SR*……….. 10.9…… 4.4
52 Gary McGhee ……………………..C 6-11 250 SR ………….6.9 …….7.7
22 Brad Wanamaker …………………G 6-4 210 SR ………….11.8 …….5.2
12 Ashton Gibbs……………………… G 6-2 190 JR ………….17.0…… 2.3

TEAM STATISTICS …………………PITT…………… OPP
…………..SCORING …………………2444………….. 2002
Points per game ……………………..74.1…………… 60.7
Scoring margin ……………………..+13.4 –
FIELD GOALS-ATT ………………..860-1820…… 711-1798
Field goal pct ……………………….. 4 7 3…………… . 3 9 5
3 POINT FG-ATT ………………….196-501 ………..187-583
3-point FG pct ………………………. 3 9 1……………. . 3 2 1
3-pt FG made per game …………….5.9……………….. 5.7
FREE THROWS-ATT …………….528-787…………. 393-584
Free throw pct …………………….. 6 7 1 ……………….. 6 7 3
F-Throws made per game ……….16.0 ………………….11.9
REBOUNDS ……………………………1326 …………………970
Rebounds per game ………………..40.2 ………………….29.4
Rebounding margin ……………….+10.8 –
ASSISTS ………………………………….574 ………………….382
Assists per game ………………………17.4…………………. 11.6
TURNOVERS …………………………….385 …………………..372
Turnovers per game…………………. 11.7 ………………….11.3
Turnover margin ………………………-0.4 –
Assist/turnover ratio ………………….1.5…………………… 1.0
STEALS ……………………………………158…………………… 165
Steals per game ………………………….4.8…………………… 5.0
BLOCKS …………………………………….111 ……………………139
Blocks per game …………………………3.4 …………………….4.2

Notes courtesy of butlersports.com and pittsburghpanthers.com.

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