NCAAB game of the day: Pitt at Georgetown

Jan 7, 2013 |
NCAAB game of the day: Pitt at Georgetown
Georgetown fell 49-48 to Marquette on Saturday.
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Georgetown fell 49-48 to Marquette on Saturday.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh at Georgetown (-2)

Both Georgetown and Pittsburgh will be seeking their first Big East victory this season when the longtime foes meet Tuesday at the Verizon Center. It will be the Big East home opener for the Hoyas, who fell 49-48 at Marquette on Saturday. Greg Whittington missed the third of three free throws with 2.3 seconds left as Georgetown fell in its first road game of the season. It was the sixth time in the last eight games that the Hoyas had held an opponent to 50 points or less, but they got zero points from their bench and made only seven free throws in another rough offensive showing. Georgetown averages just 65.1 points, better than only one team (South Florida) in the 15-team Big East. The Panthers enter as one of just two 0-2 teams in the league after falling to Rutgers on Saturday.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (12-3, 0-2 Big East): After eight straight wins vaulted the Panthers into the national rankings, they dropped their league opener at home to Cincinnati before losing at the Scarlet Knights, 67-62. Pitt trailed by 14 points just minutes into the contest and could not complete a second-half rally in continuing a troubling trend for head coach James Dixon's crew, which dropped its first seven Big East games last season and could wind up 0-3 this time around if it gives the same effort against Georgetown. J.J. Moore scored 14 points off the bench to pace the Panthers against Rutgers. Tray Woodall added 11 points and eight assists.

Markel Starks had 18 points and a season-high seven assists in the losing effort Saturday in Milwaukee. Otto Porter Jr. and Whittington had 13 points apiece for the Hoyas, who showed some rust while playing their first game since Dec. 22. Georgetown had just one basket in the final seven-plus minutes. The Hoyas used only seven players and the two that came off the bench -- Jabril Trawick and freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera -- combined to go 0-for-4 from the floor, 0-for-3 from 3-point range and commit three of the team's 10 turnovers. Starks has made 8 of 14 3-pointers (57.1 percent) over his last four games.


* Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
* Hoyas are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
* Hoyas are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win.
* Panthers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning record.


1. Pitt leading scorer Talib Zanna was limited to nine points and a season-low one rebound against Rutgers before fouling out on a flagrant foul in the closing minutes.

2. Hoyas junior F Nate Lubick had zero points and four fouls in 32 minutes against Marquette.

3. Georgetown has a 41-35 series advantage but the Panthers are 17-9 in the last 26 meetings.

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