Not much was expected of Pittsburgh in the ACC this season, but the Panthers enter Tuesday’s matchup with North Carolina winners of eight of their last 10 games.
Pittsburgh has an advantage on the perimeter as it ranks 21st in the nation in opponent 3-point shooting percentage while North Carolina is 256th in that category.
As a whole, North Carolina has the advantage on the boards, rating sixth in the country in rebound rate, but Pittsburgh’s Justin Champagnie is averaging the second-most rebounds of any Division I player with 12.4 per game to go with 19.9 points and 1.4 blocks.
Both teams have seen an uptick in offensive production, with Pittsburgh scoring at least 75 points in each of its last three games while North Carolina has reached that mark in each of its past four games.
North Carolina is 237th in the country in percentage of possessions that end in a turnover, and with three of the Tar Heels’ top four scorers shooting 65.5 percent or worse at the free-throw line, a Pittsburgh team that is outscoring opponents by an average of 6.5 points per game in the second half this season should close late to get another résumé-boosting win.
The play: Pittsburgh, +2.