The Panthers travel to Brooklyn to face No. 20 Michigan in the Legends Classic | Tech US News


Pitt (1-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. [20/21] Michigan (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 • 6:00 p.m
Pittsburgh, Pa. • Petersen Event Center
ESPNU • 93.7 The Fan


• Pitt returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 16 vs [20/21] Michigan in the opening round of the Vivid Seats Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper. Tipoff is set for 6pm with Kevin Brown and Jon Crispin calling the game for ESPNU.
• The Panthers are 9-7 all-time against teams ranked No. 20 in the AP Poll. Pitt has won three of the last five such meetings with the last game a 60-55 victory over Xavier on March 26, 2009 to advance the Panthers to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
• Pitt and Michigan met 10 times between 1952 and 1963, but have only played twice since then. Each of the final three games of the series were neutral site contests, including the final Tip-Off meeting of the 2012 NIT season at Madison Square Garden.
• Pitt returns its top two scorers from a season ago in John Hugley IV (14.8 pages) e Jamarius Burton (12.4 pages). The tandem combined for 42.9 percent (845 in 1969) of the Panthers’ scoring a year ago.
• The newcomers accounted for 96 of Pitt’s 136 points in the first two games of the season. Blake Hinson leads the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game, while Greg Elliott he is third on the team with 11.5 points per game.
John Hugley IV earned honorable mention All-ACC last season after averaging 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He finished the year with 23 double-figure scoring games, eight with 20+ points and nine double figures. Hugley IV returned to practice on November 10 after missing six weeks of action.


• Pitt is 4-4 in eight previous meetings at Barclays Center. The Panthers are playing at the venue for the third time in five seasons.
• The Panthers have lost three straight against ranked opponents with the last win an 83-72 win over No. 16 Virginia Tech on Feb. 3, 2021.
• Pitt has its most experienced roster in five seasons Jeff Capel and one of the most experienced teams in the ACC. This year’s squad entered the season with 631 games played, 159 more than Capel’s previous most experienced roster and a total of 300 games more than his first season at Pitt. The Panthers started two sixth-year players (Nelly Cummings e Greg Elliott) and two fifth-year players (Jamarius Burton e Blake Hinson) at the beginning of the season.
• Panthers starting backcourt Nelly Cummings e Jamarius Burton totaled 2,157 points, 636 rebounds, 565 assists and 193 steals in 233 career games. The tandem was limited to just 48 of a possible 80 minutes of action against West Virginia due to serious issues for both players.
• Pitt’s roster has five players who averaged double figures in a season at the NCAA Division I level. Nelly Cummings (3x), Nike Sibande (3x), Jamarius Burton (2x), John Hugley IV (1x) e Blake Hinson (1x) have combined for 10 double-digit scoring seasons.
• Pitt has five players with 70 or more three-point field goals, including Nike Sibande (205), Nelly Cummings (150) e Greg Elliott (100) who combined for 455 career threes. Blake Hinson (96) is four three-point field goals away from reaching the 100 mark.
John Hugley IV is one of two returning ACC players (along with North Carolina’s Armando Bacot) to average 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds or better per game last season. Hugley IV missed six weeks of action with a knee injury.
Jamarius Burton scored in double figures in both games this season and in 25 of his 32 games as a Panther. He is averaging 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for the season.
Blake Hinson leads Panthers in scoring (16.0 ppg.) and rebounding (8.0 rpg.). He had 27 points and 13 rebounds with four three-point field goals in his Pitt debut against UT Martin.
Federico Federico averages 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in a Pitt uniform (includes exhibition game). He is 17-for-18 (.944) from the field with 17 offensive rebounds in four games.
Greg Elliott made his 100th career three-point field goal against West Virginia and is 6-for-14 (.429) from deep on the season. He is now 100-for-244 (.410) from beyond the arc in his career. Elliott has scored in double figures in both games this season and is third on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game.
John Hugley IV (knee) and William Jeffress (foot) missed both of Pitt’s exhibition games and the first two games of the season due to preseason injuries.
• The Panthers are averaging 8.0 threes per game despite not finding their shooting stroke beyond the arc in the rookie season. Pitt is 16-for-64 (.250) from three-point range through two games, including a school-record 41 three-point attempts in the win over UT Martin.
• The Panthers are 156-180 against teams currently in the Big Ten, including a 3-2 mark under the head coach. Jeff Capel. Pitt is also scheduled to play at Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 28 in Evanston, Illinois.
• Head coaches Jeff Capel and Juwan Howard saw each other on the hardwood once during their college playing days with Capel’s Duke squad beating the Wolverines 73-63 at Crisler Arena on December 11, 1993.


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