Feb. 4, 2011
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Game 23: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Saturday, Feb. 5 - 6 p.m. (EST) - Peterson Events Center (12,508) - Pittsburgh, Pa.
TV: BIG EAST Network - Radio: 700 WLW
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
-Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points and the then No. 2 Panthers (20-2, 8-1 Big East) got 12 of their last 15 points from the free throw line in holding off Rutgers 65-62 on Saturday (Jan. 29) night.
-Gibbs, a junior guard from Scotch Plains, N.J., leads the Panthers in scoring at 15.9 points per game. He is averaging 3.1 three-point field goals per game, which ranks seventh in the NCAA. Gibbs leads the BIG EAST in three-point shooting with a .455 percentage.
-The Panthers rank third in the BIG EAST in scoring, putting up 78.0 points per game. They also rank second in the BIG EAST in scoring defense at 61.9 ppg, trailing only Cincinnati.
-The Bearcats and Panthers are tied at 7 in their alltime series. Pitt has won four in a row and is 6-1 vs. Cincinnati in BIG EAST play.
LAST TIME VS. PITTSBURGH
PITT 74, UC 71: Jan. 4, 2010, Fifth Third Arena
-Final: The Bearcats rallied back from a six-point deficit with 26 seconds remaining, but missed a halfcourt 3-pointer at the buzzer and lost, 74-71, to No. 23/rv Pittsburgh at home. Their first home loss of the season and first loss overall to a ranked opponent (3-1).
-Defining Moment: In the final three minutes of the game, Pittsburgh knocked down 8-of-9 free throws to seal the win.
-Key Stats: Cincinnati lost for the first time in 2009-10 when outshooting its opponent, converting on 30-of-61 shots (.492).
-Performance Leaders: Deonta Vaughn - 17 pts., 2 reb., 2 ast.; Yancy Gates 16 pts., 14 reb., 4 blk.; Lance Stephenson - 15 pts., 4 ast.