Conference play rolls on tonight for two teams struggling to pick up victories as the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-10, 0-5 ACC) travel to the Carrier Dome and will face a Syracuse Orange (12-6, 1-4 ACC) that has been a rivalry stemming back to the Big East days.
Tip-off is at 9:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on AT&T Sports Network locally.
The Panthers are coming off a 69-54 defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech, who got out to a 13-0 lead early in the game. They were led by Monty Boykins with nine points, someone who doesn’t get regular playing time.
That tells how this game went for the Panthers.
The Orange had a much more spirited battle with Florida State over the weekend as they fought tooth-and-nail but eventually fell 101-90 in overtime.
This sets the stage for two teams that are a combined 1-9 in conference play to go toe-to-toe with each other. It will be the 112th matchup all-time between the teams and the third all-time since the Panthers hired Kevin Stallings last year. The Panthers have won six of the last seven meetings.
Guard Marcus Carr had a very solid start to the year but has struggled as conference play began. He has only 7.2 points per game in the five league games and is shooting 30 percent from the field. Parker Stewart, however. is just heating up. He is shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc over the last 13 games and is averaging 8.8 points per game over that time.
Syracuse, losers of four straight for the first time in two and a half years, are led by guard Tyus Battle who is averaging 20.1 points per game and scored 37 against Florida State. He has had 20+ points in 10 of 18 games so far. Freshman big man Oshae Brissett is averaging 9.6 rebounds a game.
The Panthers don’t have anyone who can match the output Battle puts up on a nightly basis which doesn’t bode well for them. The Panthers have been outscored by 20.8 points per game in ACC play and tonight’s matchup against Syracuse may not bode much better for them.
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