No. 4 Pitt visits top-ranked UConn tonight in a match-up featuring two of College Basketball’s best big men.
UConn’s Hasheem Thabeet is coming off a dominant performance against an improved Seton Hall team on Saturday. He scored 25 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, and blocked 9 shots while leading the Huskies to a road win.
Pitt’s DeJaun Blair is averaging 15.4 ppg and 12.3 rpg this season and has had some huge games this season, including a 22 rebound performance against Notre Dame.
Thabeet and the Huskies have a clear edge inside tonight. The 6’7″ Blair will struggle to get his shot off against the 7’3″ Thabeet. UConn’s Jeff Adrien is a very underrated player who should help neutralize Blair’s quickness on the boards.
Pitt has the edge on the perimeter though, with Sam Young and Levance Fields leading the way. Young leads the Panthers in scoring at over 17 a game, and Fields has averaged over 12 assists in his last four games. A.J. Price is solid, but without Jerome Dyson, the Huskies have little athleticism or scoring on the perimeter.
Fatigue could be a factor tonight in what will be a physical game. Pitt is much deeper than UConn and usually plays at least nine players major minutes.
I like Pitt to pull off a win tonight in Storrs. UConn struggles offensively at times and Pitt always plays good defense under Jamie Dixon. Sam Young will have a big game to key the Panther victory in a low-scoring game.