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Big East battle in the ‘Burgh

There have been some great games in this series, and I hope Wednesday night adds one more. The #11 Pittsburgh Panthers(15-2)(5-0) will face the #14 Georgetown Hoyas(13-3)(3-2) at the Petersen Events Center at 7:00 in a Big East game. I keep stressing the word “test” for the Panthers and this is another one. This is a game Pitt can win if they run and play good defense early and often in the game. If they sit back and play sloppy D like they did against Louisville they will not come out with a win. Georgetown is coming off a close loss to #4 Villanova. They trailed by 15 at the end of the first half, but came back too late and lost 82-77.

Head coach Jamie Dixon gets fired up often

This is a game that will feature many great players on both sides: Greg Monroe, Austin Freeman for Georgetown. Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wannamaker for Pitt. Greg Monroe has an average of 10 rebounds per game. It will be key for Pitt, mostly Gary McGhee, to box him out and keep him off the boards all night. Ashton Gibbs has to continue hitting his 3 pointers as they are the biggest momentum shifters for the Panthers. I think Pitt offense will be fine, but shockingly I am more concerned with their defense. They cannot let Georgetown drive to the hole as easily as they let Louisville or things will get bad quick.

All in all Pittsburgh can come out with a win which would be their 9th in row and sixth Big East win. They can just as easily lose however and start a losing trend going into Seton Hall. I’ll ponder these points and give my pick tomorrow, either way it sould be a great game for any basketball fan.


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