(25) Pittsburgh 71

(20-6, 8-5 ACC)

North Carolina 75

(17-7, 7-4 ACC)

    Coverage: CBS

    1:00 PM ET, February 15, 2014

    Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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    #25PITT 31 4071
    UNC 35 4075

    Top Performers

    Pittsburgh: L. Patterson 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    North Carolina: J. McAdoo 24 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Stl

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    Pittsburgh was just seconds away from its biggest win of the season before a 35-foot heave at the buzzer ended the upset bid.

    Now the No. 25 Panthers will look to bounce back from that major disappointment when they travel to Chapel Hill for an ACC matchup against North Carolina.

    Pitt (20-5, 8-4) held a one-point lead over top-ranked Syracuse in the final seconds Wednesday, but freshman point guard Tyler Ennis drove down the floor and drained a long 3-pointer at the horn to keep the Orange undefeated with a crushing 58-56 victory.

    Talib Zanna scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Panthers, who went 8 of 22 from the field in the second half after holding a three-point lead at the break.

    "(Ennis) hit a tough shot, there were hands in his face and it was a basket," Zanna said. "We just have to move on and get ready (for North Carolina)."

    The loss was the latest in a string of close ones for Pittsburgh. Each of its last four games -- a 2-2 stretch -- has been decided by five points or less with two going to overtime. The Panthers' struggles from behind the 3-point line have been a major culprit. Over the last four games, they've hit 30.8 percent from long range after shooting 40.4 percent during their first eight ACC contests.

    Turning that around may prove difficult against the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4), who are one of the better defensive teams in the league. In 10 ACC games, opponents are shooting 30.5 percent from 3-point range against UNC -- the lowest in the conference.

    North Carolina enters this contest riding a five-game win streak, but the team hasn't played since beating Notre Dame 73-62 on Feb. 8 due to a snowstorm that postponed a meeting with archrival Duke on Wednesday.

    Because of the postponement, this matchup with the Panthers begins a stretch of four contests in eight days for UNC after the Duke game was rescheduled for Feb. 20.

    The Tar Heels will again look to Marcus Paige, who has been the catalyst during the season-best winning streak. The sophomore guard is averaging 17.0 points, with a lot of his production coming down the stretch. He is scoring 10.6 points per second half on 47.8 percent from the field compared to 36.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

    "I have been a little bit more aggressive (after halftime)," Paige said. "But it's not like I'm not trying to produce or be aggressive in the first half. ... When you look at the numbers, it is kind of crazy."

    North Carolina has fared well versus ranked opponents this season, going 3-1 with its only loss coming to then-No. 2 Syracuse on Jan. 11.

    The Tar Heels lead the all-time series against the Panthers 7-1, with Pitt's lone victory coming March 21, 1941. The teams haven't met since North Carolina's 82-61 win in Chapel Hill on Nov. 29, 1996.


    School Info

    Conference ACC ACC
    Nickname Panthers Tar Heels
    Type Public Public

    2013-14 Season

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    Research Notes

    North Carolina gets 15% of its points on 3-point field goals, third worst in the nation.
    Pittsburgh is 17-0 when it scores more than 25 points in the paint and 3-5 when it does not.
    North Carolina is averaging nearly 16 more points per game and 18 more points per 100 possessions during its current five-game win streak (all ACC games) compared to its first five conference games.
    Pittsburgh is one of five teams in the top 30 of the nation in offensive and defensive efficiency. The others are Louisville, Iowa, Utah and Wichita State.
    Marcus Paige has scored at least 15 points in each game of the Tar Heels 6-game win streak, the longest such scoring streak of his career. Paige knocked in 5-of-6 3-pointers today, and is shooting over 50 percent from 3 during the streak, compared with 23 percent during his first 5 ACC games this season.
    Pitt now 0-6 vs BPI top 35 (ranked entering Saturday) and 20-0 vs others. 5 of the 6 losses have been by 5 points or fewer.

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