Jan. 16, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats (11-5 overall, 2-1 BIG EAST) play their first home game in two weeks when they host the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Pavilion on Wednesday night. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU and the radio broadcast can be heard locally on 610 WIP.
Tip-off is set for just after 7:00 p.m.
The Panthers enter the contest with a 13-4 overall record and are 1-3 in BIG EAST action. Pitt dropped a 74-67 overtime decision to Marquette on Saturday in a game in which its senior leader Tray Woodall was limited to four minutes of action after being sidelined by a concussion. Prior to that, Pitt posted a 73-45 victory over Georgetown at the Verizon Center.
The Panthers are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Talib Zanna (12.6 ppg and 6.1 rpg). Woodall contributes 10.8 ppg and junior Lamar Patterson is coming off a career-high 22 points, including 6-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc, in the game against Marquette at the Petersen Events Center.
Villanova, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after having its seven-game winning streak snapped at Syracuse on Saturday. The Wildcats held a 29-27 advantage at halftime and were within 44-43 of the Orange midway through the second half before an 8-0 run by the No. 7 rated Orange gave the home team a cushion it never relinquished in what became a 72-61 Syracuse win.
"I thought Syracuse did a great job in the second half of taking away our inside game," noted Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "It left us to shoot threes. We couldn't hit them but give them credit. Because they are long, they have the ability to take away your second options and get out on your shooters. That's what makes that defense really good."
Pitt has limited its opponents to 54.2 ppg on the season and .398 shooting from the floor. In BIG EAST play, it holds foes to 64.0 ppg and .441 shooting from the field.
The Wildcats last played a home game on Jan. 2, when they defeated St. John's 98-86 in overtime at the Pavilion. They then won at USF (61-53) before the visit to Syracuse.
Following this encounter the Wildcats return to the road. VU visits Providence on Saturday afternoon in a game that will get underway at 4:00 p.m. (PHL 17/610 WIP).