Tale of the Tape: Virginia hosts Pittsburgh – 247Sports

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The Virginia Cavaliers will kickoff their ACC opener Friday as they welcome the Pittsburgh Panthers to JPJ Arena. UVA comes into Friday’s game with a 5-3 record overall.
The Cavaliers were defeated on Monday when they lost a heartbreaker to Iowa 75-74. UVA trailed by as many as 21 and went into halftime down by 14. Virginia battled back and took the lead with 1:36 remaining in the game but a bank shot by Jordan Bohannon with eight seconds left won it for the Hawkeyes.
UVA was led by Jayden Gardner who finished with a team-high 18 points on 8-13 shooting. He was joined in double-figures by Kihei Clark (15 points), Reece Beekman (11 points), and Taine Murray (Career-high 14 points). UVA shot 53% from the field and 50% from three.
UVA will look to improve to 13-0 under Tony Bennett in ACC openers while extending their win streak to 14 when it comes to ACC openers. Virginia is 17-4 all-time vs Pitt and they have won six straight in the series including a 73-66 win last season. UVA is 3-2 at home this season.
Pittsburgh comes into Friday’s game with a 2-5 record overall. They have wins over UNC-Wilmington and Towson while their losses have come against The Citadel, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, UMBC, and Minnesota.
The Panthers are 2-4 at home and 0-1 on the road. The Panthers lost on Tuesday 54-53 to Minnesota. Pitt led 24-22 at halftime but they could not hold onto the lead. They led by as many as eight with nine minutes remaining and they were up 53-50 with less than 90 seconds remaining in the game.
Minnesota would take the lead on a put-back with only 2.4 seconds left in the game. The Panthers were led by John Hugley as he finished with 25 points on 9-16 shooting. He was the only Panther who scored over six points. The Panthers won the rebounding margin 38-29 and they pulled down 10 offensive rebounds.

Pittsburgh Panthers:
Ranking: #203 in KenPom
Record: 2-5 (0-0 ACC)
Last Result: L 54-53 Minnesota

Virginia Cavaliers:
Ranking: #46 in KenPom
Record: 5-3 (0-0 ACC)
Last Result: L 75-74 Iowa

Stats Breakdown:

PPG:
UVA- 63.0 (316)
Pitt- 60.9 (334)

PA/G:
UVA- 56.2 (14)
Pitt- 67.3 (150)

OFF RTG:
UVA- 104.1 (150)
Pitt- 93.4 (294)

DEF RTG:
UVA- 93.0 (118)
Pitt- 103.3 (284)

Adj. Efficiency OFF:
UVA- 107.1 (76)
Pitt- 98.0 (236)

Adj. Efficiency DEF:
UVA- 92.9 (38)
Pitt- 101.2 (160)

Turnover %:
UVA- 17.6 (99)
Pitt- 23.5 (324)

Effective FG%
UVA- 49.3 (189)
Pitt- 46.7 (246)

Adj. Tempo:
UVA- 59.9 (358)
Pitt- 65.6 (322)

Possessions Per Game:
UVA- 62.1 (358)
Pitt- 66.3 (329)

Rebound Margin:
UVA- 0.2 (218)
Pitt- 7.0 (54)

Assists Per Game:
UVA- 12.4 (228)
Pitt- 12.9 (208)

Offensive Rebound Percentage:
UVA- 29.2 (150)
Pitt- 33.3 (67)

Steals Per Game:
UVA- 6.4 (213)
Pitt- 4.9 (319)

Blocks Per Game:
UVA- 5.2 (36)
Pitt- 3.1 (196)

Assists Turnover Ratio:
UVA- 1.16 (98)
Pitt- 0.84 (266)

Two-Point Field Goal Percentage:
UVA- 47.8% (221)
Pitt- 49.4% (180)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage:
UVA- 34.8% (129)
Pitt- 26.7% (332)

Free-Throw Percentage:
UVA- 70.8% (165)
Pitt- 61.0% (339)

Two-Point Field-Goal Percentage Defense:
UVA- 44.3% (54)
Pitt- 47.0% (119)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage Defense:
UVA- 32.0% (129)
Pitt- 36.1% (266)

FTA/FGA:
UVA- 35.3 (86)
Pitt- 45.2 (13)

Stats are from KenPom, Team Rankings, T-Rank, and College basketball reference

Players to watch:
Pitt:
F John Hugley: 15.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 55.1% 2FG, 20.0% 3FG, 64.4% FT
Hugley is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Panthers. He has scored over 20 points in three games this season and has hit double-figures five times. He had 25 points and 14 rebounds (his third double-double of the season) against Minnesota while shooting 9-16 from the field.

G Femi Odukale: 12.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.7 APG, 42.0% 2FG, 35.7% 3FG, 63.6% FT
Udukale ranks first on the team in assists and second in scoring. He has scored 10 or more points in four games this season. He had six points and five assists in the loss to Minnesota while shooting 2-8 from the field.

G Jamarius Burton: 8.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 32.5% 2FG, 16.7% 3FG, 72.7% FT
Burton is a transfer from Texas Tech and he is third on the team in scoring and second in assists. He has struggled with his shot as he is 15-52 from the field on the year (five games). He was 2-11 from the field against Minnesota and finished with six points and three assists. He missed a few games due to a procedure on his knee before the season started.

UVA:
G Kihei Clark: 10.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 43.2% 2FG, 42.4% 3FG, 92.9% FT
Clark had his best game of the season on Monday against Iowa. He scored a season-high 15 points to go with five assists. He shot a season-best 6-10 from the field and made a season-high three shots from three-point range. After struggling to start the season Clark is coming into form and has shot 8-15 from three in UVA’s last four games.

G Armann Franklin: 11.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 59.5% 2FG, 26.2% 3FG, 85.0% FT
Franklin had his worst game of the season on Monday. He scored a season-low three points while shooting 1-8 from the field (0-4 from three). He is now 11-42 from three this season. Franklin has to be better and if he was on Monday then UVA might have won. Look for a bounce-back performance Friday.

F Jayden Gardner: 14.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 53.4% 2FG, 100.0% 3FG, 73.7% FT
Gardner had a big game on Monday as he finished with a game-high 18 points to go with eight rebounds. He shot 8-13 from the field and was 2-2 from three. Those were his first attempts from three as well.
UVA keys to the game:

Prediction: UVA 68 Pitt 52
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