No. 1 Pittsburgh (27-5) vs No. 16 UNC-Asheville (20-13)
Time: 3:10 p.m. | Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
What to know about UNC-Asheville
Points per game: 74.2 | Points allowed: 68.5
FG percentage: .455 | FG allowed: .417
3PT percentage: .333 | 3PT allowed: .334
FT percentage: .706
1. Matt Dickey | 6-1, 180 lb., JR | Position: Guard |
15.3 ppg | 3.8 rpg | 85% free throw shooter
2. J.P. Primm | 6-1, 197 lb., JR | Position: Point Guard |
14.6 ppg, | 4.7 apg |
3. Chris Stephenson | (6-3, 200 lb., JR) | Position: Small Forward
9.4 ppg | 3.7 rpg
4. John Williams (6-4, 215 lb., SR) | Position: Forward
8.8 ppg | 5.2 rpg
5. Quinard Jackson | (6-5, 240 lb,. JR) | Position: Forward
5.1 ppg | 4 rpg
Bench Player to Watch:
Shooting guard Jaron Lane (6-4, 170 lb., SO) – Averages 9 points per game off the bench.
What To Watch For
UNC-Asheville is an athletic team that gets good guard play and will look to push the tempo and run against the Panthers.
They are a team built through their guard play with Matt Dickey and JR Primm. Dickey, the Big South Conference Tournament MVP, is a creative 1-on-1 player who can create his own shot from the perimeter or inside. Primm is a good ball handler who is dangerous from three point range.
They have the ability to put some points up against Pitt and are aggressive defensively as their defensive scheme relies on creating turnovers and pushing the play in the transition game.
Pitt though is a nightmare matchup for UNC-Asheville because of UNCA’s lack of size and poor rebounding ability.
The Panthers figure to dominate UNCA on the boards and should wear down UNCA by early in the second half. Pitt should have a field day inside.
No. 1 seeds are 104-0 against No. 16 seeds.