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January 4, 2014

Veteran Pittsburgh plays first ACC game



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Game facts

NC State (10-3) at Pittsburgh (12-1)

Game time: Saturday, Jan. 4, 12 p.m. — PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

Television: ACC Network

Probable starters

NC State
PG — 2 Anthony Barber (6-2, 170, Fr., 12.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.5 apg)
SG — 5 Desmond Lee (6-4, 200, Jr., 10.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg)
SF — 24 T.J. Warren (6-8, 215, Soph., 23.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.7 spg)
PF — 10 Lennard Freeman (6-8, 245, Fr., 4.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.9 apg)
C — 14 Jordan Vandenberg (7-1, 245, 5th-Sr., 7.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.3 bpg)

Pittsburgh
PG — 0 James Robinson (6-3, 200, Soph., 7.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.1 apg)
SG — 3 Cameron Wright (6-4, 205, R-Jr., 11.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.2 spg)
SF — 21 Lamar Patterson (6-5, 225, R-Sr., 16.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg)
PF — 2 Michael Young (6-8, 245, Fr., 6.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.0 apg)
C — 42 Talib Zanna (6-9, 230, R-Sr., 11.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.6 apg)

Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nickname: Panthers

2012-13 record: 25-8 overall and 12-6 in Big East

2013 postseason: Lost 73-55 to Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Coach: Jamie Dixon, 11th year at Pittsburgh (274-87)

Series: NC State leads 9-1

Last meeting: NC State won 78-77 on Dec. 2, 1991, in Hartford, Conn.

Notes

Pittsburgh: The Panthers begin play in the ACC this season with three starters who have been in school at least four years … Redshirt senior wing Lamar Patterson has emerged as Pitt's go-to player. He has increased his scoring from 10.0 points to 16.8 points per game this season, and is shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. He has scored over 20 points in four games, including a season-high 30 and four three-pointers against Cal Poly on Dec. 21 … Redshirt senior post player Talib Zanna is shooting 58.9 percent from the field to help him average 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He has four double-doubles on the season, including 23 points and 14 boards against Lehigh on Nov. 20. He had four blocks against Penn State on Dec. 3, but otherwise hasn't been much of a shot-blocker this season … Redshirt junior wing Cameron Wright has also made a big jump in production from last year. He averaged 4.3 points per game last, but has increased it to 11.3, however, he is shooting just 12.5 percent from three-point land (2 of 16). He scored a season-high 20 points against Duquesne on Nov. 30, and has reached double figures in all but four games … Steady sophomore point guard James Robinson played at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic with NCSU freshman center BeeJay Anya, and the two were also teammates on Team Takeover traveling team. Robinson is averaging 7.9 points, 4.1 assists and 0.8 turnovers per game. He is shooting 33.3 percent from three-point land, and had a season-high 13 points in the season opener against Savannah State on Nov. 8. He also dished out 11 assists against Lehigh … Freshman power forward Michael Young, who NC State offered, rounds out the starting lineup. He is averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds and has the ability to shoot the jumper. Young had a season-high 11 points against Howard on Nov. 17, and has cracked double figures in three games this season … Pittsburgh plays about 10 players in its rotation. A pair of Baltimore natives provide punch at the two forward positions. Sophomore small forward Durand Johnson, who ix 6-6 and 205 pounds, averages 8.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game, and is shooting 30.5 percent from three-point land. Combo forward Jamel Artis, a 6-7 and 230-pound freshman, is averaging 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game … Raleigh native Josh Newkirk is averaging 3.7 points in 14.6 minutes per game. The backup point guard played his first two years at Southeast Raleigh High, and then reclassed and played three years at Raleigh Word of God. NC State offered him in June of his junior year … Backup junior post player Derrick Randall transferred in from Rutgers and received a waiver after the fallout of former Scarlet Knights coach Mike Rice, who was fired for his abusive tactics with the players. Randall is averaging 3.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.



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