Pitt faces tough test vs No. 2 Virginia

Virginia Tech’s Ahmed Hill (13) dunks between Pittsburgh’s Sidy N’Dir, left, and Terrell Brown (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh (12-16, 2-13) vs. No. 2 Virginia (25-2, 13-2)
John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 2 Virginia presents a tough challenge for Pitt. Pittsburgh has won one of its seven games against ranked teams this season. Virginia is coming off an 81-51 win over Georgia Tech in its most recent game.
FAB FRESHMEN: Pittsburgh’s Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens and Au’Diese Toney have collectively scored 50 percent of the team’s points this season, including 53 percent of all Panthers scoring over the last five games.
CREATING OFFENSE: Johnson has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Pittsburgh field goals over the last three games. Johnson has 12 field goals and 13 assists in those games.

WINLESS WHEN: Pittsburgh is 0-10 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 12-6 when scoring at least 65.
PERFECT WHEN: Virginia is a sterling 23-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.8 percent or less. The Cavaliers are 2-2 when they let opponents to shoot any better than that.
DID YOU KNOW: The Virginia defense has allowed only 54.3 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Cavaliers first among Division I teams. The Pittsburgh offense has averaged 71.4 points through 28 games (ranked 201st, nationally).
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