Round 3: Southeast Region
No. 1 Pittsburgh (28-5) vs No. 8 Butler (24-9)
When: 7:10 p.m. | Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC |
TV: TBS | Radio: 93.7 The Fan, Westwood One
Odds: Pittsburgh -7.5
Pittsburgh Previous Game: Defeated No. 16 UNC-Asheville, 74-51, on Thursday afternoon at the Verizon Center in the Southeast Region. Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 26 points and the Panthers dominated on the boards, out-rebounding the Bulldogs 50-27.
Butler Previous Game: Defeated No. 9 Old Dominion, 60-58, on a putback at the buzzer from Matt Howard. In the win, Butler became just the second team this season to out-rebound Old Dominion, the best rebounding team in the nation.
Pittsburgh By The Numbers
74.1 Points Per Game
61.0 Points Allowed Per Game
FG Percentage: .474 | FG Allowed: .395
3PT Percentage: .390 | 3PT Allowed: .321
FT Percentage: 67.4%
Butler By The Numbers
72.8 Points Per Game
64.7 Points Allowed Per Game
FG Percentage: .446 | FG Allowed: .427
3PT Percentage: .361 | 3PT Allowed: .329
FT Percentage: 73%
Pittsburgh Starting Five | Stat Leaders
1. Ashton Gibbs | 6-2, 190 lb. JR | Position: Shooting Guard
17.0 ppg - 2.7 apg - 2.3 rpg - FT% .889 - 3p% .488 |
Tourney Buzz: The Panthers sharpshooter continues his hot stroke from 3-point range, hitting 6 of 9 three pointers and leading Pitt with 26 points in their 74-51 victory over UNC Asheville.
2. Brad Wanamaker | 6-4, 210 lb. SR | Position: Guard
11.8 ppg - 5.1 apg - 5.2 rpg - FT% .753 - 3P% .333
Tourney Buzz: Wanamaker had a quiet day in Pitt's opener, collecting 6 points on 2 of 3 shooting from the floor. Wanamaker added 3 assists but was tied with a team-higher 3 turnovers in the win.
3. Gary McGhee | 6-11, 250 lb. SR | Position: Center
6.9 ppg - 0.3 apg - 7.7 rpg - FT% .489
Tourney Buzz: Gary McGhee led the way inside against the Bulldogs, leading Pitt with 11 rebounds, including 6 offensive boards. McGhee added 6 points in the victory.
4. Gilbert Brown | 6-6, 215 lb. SR | Position: Forward
10.9 ppg - 2.7 apg - 4.4 rpg - FT% .788 - 3P% .394
Tourney Buzz: Gilbert Brown had a solid performance to open the tournament but he's a player Pitt needs more consistency from for them to get past Butler tonight. In Pitt's opener, Brown collected 9 points and 9 rebounds, while going 4-for-4 from the line. A knock on Brown's play against the Bulldogs was committing 3 turnovers and going 2-8 from the field, including 1-5 from three point range.
5. Nasir Robinson | 6-5, 220 lb., JR | Position: Forward
9.1 ppg - 1.3 apg - 5.0 rpg - FT% .527
Tourney Buzz: When Pitt is going, Nasir Robinson is usually a focal point at both ends of the floor. Robinson had 12 points and 3 rebounds against UNC-Asheville. Robinson shot 50% from the floor but continues to struggle from the line, going 4-8.
Butler Starting Five | Stat Leaders
1. Matt Howard | 6-8, 230. SR | Position: Forward
16.7 ppg - 1.5 apg - 7.8 rbp - FT% .784 - 3P% .437
Tourney Buzz: Howard's put back at the buzzer, led Butler to a thrilling 60-58 victory over No. 9 Old Dominion in the Southeast Region. Howard had a stat line of 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in the victory.
2. Shelvin Mack | 6-3, 215 lb., JR | Position: Guard
15.2 ppg - 3.7 apg - 4.5 rpg - FT% .802 - 3P% .337
Tourney Buzz: Mack had 15 points and 5 assists in Butler 60-58 win over Old Dominion.
3. Andre Smith | 6-11, 239 lb. SO | Position: Center
9.0 ppg - 0.5 apg - 5.5 rpg - FT% .727
Tourney Buzz: A McGhee - Smith matchup will be a key matchup to watch tonight. Smith is a solid defender down low who also has some ability inside on the offensive end, giving Butler another viable option down low. Smith had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the Tournament opener.
4. Shawn Vanzant | 6-0, 172 lb. SR | Position: Point Guard
8.1 ppg - 1.6 apg - 3.2 rpg - FT% .727 - 3P% .437
Tourney Buzz: Vanzant is not a guy who going to be a true difference maker at the offensive end but he is a weapon for Butler from 3-point range. A solid defender and is responsible with the ball. Vanzant had 8 points in the opener.
5. Chase Stigall | 6-4, 195 lb. SO | Position: Small Forward
4.1 ppg - 0.8 apg - 1.8 rpg - FT% .500 - 3P% .343
Tourney Buzz: Stigall is not a player who creates his own shot but has some ability from 3-point range. That is the only area he could hurt the Panthers. Stigal was pointless against Old Dominion.