Preview: South Florida at Pittsburgh
After snapping a two-game losing skid with a road win over St. John's, Pittsburgh returns home looking to build momentum with a visit from struggling South Florida. Senior Tray Woodall scored a season-high 25 points to lead the Panthers to the win over the Red Storm after disappointing losses at Marquette and to Notre Dame at home tarnished a run of seven wins in eight games.The Bulls have been in freefall since the start of conference play, losers of nine straight and 12 of their last 13. St. John's was South Florida's last opponent as well, with Victor Rudd's team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds the lone bright spot in a 15-point loss.TV: 7 p.m. ET, Big East Network.ABOUT SOUTH FLORIDA (10-16, 1-13 Big East): The Bulls haven't had a win in nearly six weeks, last topping Georgetown on Jan. 19. Rudd leads South Florida, averaging 11.5 points and 7.1 rebounds, while Toarlyn Fitzpatrick pitches in 10.2 points and 5.2 boards. Anthony Collins' 6.4 assists per game rank second behind Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams (7.9) in the Big East but the Bulls as a team average a conference-worst 11.3.ABOUT PITTSBURGH (21-7, 9-6): The Panthers play their first of three remaining regular-season games with an eye toward favorable seeding in the Big East Tournament. Pittsburgh limits opponents to a conference-low 54.9 points per game and with an average scoring margin of +14.7, trails only Louisville (+15.7) in that category. Woodall averages a team-high 11.4 points and Lamar Patterson contributes 10.2. Steven Adams leads the Panthers in rebounding, pulling down 6.3 boards per game, while ranking third in the conference in shooting (58.4 percent). TIP-INS1. The all-time series between Pittsburgh and South Florida is tied 5-5, with the Bulls taking both meetings last season.2. The Bulls average a Big East-worst 52.6 points in conference play. The all-time low of 55.6 was set by Miami in 1991-92.3. A win gives the Panthers double-digit wins in Big East play for the 11th time in their last 12 seasons.PREDICTION: Pittsburgh 77, South Florida 61
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