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Pitt hosts Big East bullies

When Villanova shows up in Oakland tomorrow the place will be rocking. Pitt is coming into the game hot, while Nova is coming off their second loss of the season against Uconn. Villanova is by far one of the best teams in the country and their ranking reflects that(#3). The last time these two teams met was in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament last season. Pitt lost that game on a last second Scottie Reynolds drive and layup.

Scottie is back again and is the Wildcats leading scorer. Nova is a guard heavy team. Pitt can exploit this if they get the ball in the post early and often. Villanova has some defensive issues, giving up 73 points per game. Pitt needs to jump out on top and control the game tempo early.

Keys to victory:

  • Contain Scottie Reynolds
  • Hold them to under 65 points
  • Score in the post

If Pitt does these three things along with limited TO’s they should be able to be very competitive and maybe come out with a win. If Pitt comes out the way they did vs. Marquette they will not be so lucky and not get the W. All in all Pitt can win with the help of their post and their bench play. Go Pitt.


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