The Panthers return home Sunday to host Alabama State

Pitt (1-3, 0-0 ACC) vs. Alabama State (0-4, 0-0 SWAC)
Sunday 20 November 2022 • 2:00 p.m
Pittsburgh, Pa. • Petersen Event Center
ACC Network Extra • 93.7 The fan

THE OPENING TIP

• Pitt returns to the Petersen Events Center to host Alabama State on Sunday, November 20th. Tipoff is scheduled for 2pm with Jason Earle and Julius Page announcing the game on ACC Network Extra.
• The Panthers are 7-0 all-time against teams currently in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Sunday’s meeting is the first between Pitt and the state of Alabama.
• Sunday’s game is the Panthers’ third of six games in 13 days. Each of the next three games will be held at the Petersen Events Center before Pitt wraps up the stretch with a road game in Northwestern (Nov. 28).
• Pitt has played three of his first four games of the season without a leading returning scorer John Hugley IV. Junior William Jeffress missed the first four games of the season.
Jamarius Burton has hit double digits in all four games this season and in 27 of 34 games as a Panther. He averages 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 52.6 percent (20 of 38) from the field.
• Rookies provide four of the Panthers’ top five goalscorers. Blake Hinson leads the team in the rating with 15.8 points per game, including a transfer Greg Elliott is third on the team with 10.0 points per game. Hinson (9) and Elliott (8) have made 17 of Pitt’s 27 threes this season.
• The freshman twin tandem of Guillermo Diaz Graham and Jorge Diaz Graham delivered 17 points, 12 rebounds and three steals against VCU. JDG had season highs in points (10) and rebounds (5), while GDG had their best marks in points (7) and steals (3).

BY NUMBERS

• Pitt has its most experienced squad in five seasons jeff capel and one of the most experienced teams in the ACC. This year’s roster started the season with 631 games played, 159 more than Capel’s most experienced roster to date and 300 more games overall than in his debut season at Pitt. The Panthers started two players in their sixth year (Nelly Cummings and Greg Elliott) and two fifth-year players (Jamarius Burton and Blake Hinson) in each of the first four games of the season.
• The beginning Panthers backcourt from Nelly Cummings and Jamarius Burton has a total of 2,200 points, 650 rebounds, 576 assists and 195 steals in 237 career games. The tandem is averaging 21.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game this season.
• Pitt’s list consists of five players who averaged double digits in a season at the NCAA Division I level. Nelly Cummings (3x), Nike Sibande (3x), Jamarius Burton (2x), John Hugley IV (1x) and Blake Hinson (1x) have collectively achieved 10 seasons in double digits. Hinson (15.8 ppg.), Burton (13.5 ppg.), along with Greg Elliott (10.0 ppg.) have averaged 10 or more points in their first four games of the season.
Federico Federico (9 out of 10, .900), Jamarius Burton (20-of-38, 0.536) and Blake Hinson (22 of 47, .468) are a total of 51 of 95 (.537) from the field of the season, while the rest of the roster accounts for just 39 of 128 (.305) from the field.
Jamarius Burton has hit double digits in all four games this season and in 27 of his 34 games as a Panther. He averages 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
Blake Hinson leads the Panthers in scoring (15.8 ppg.), rebounds (6.3 rpg.), and three-point field goals (9). He has hit double digits three times, including two games of 15 or more points scored.
John Hugley IV is one of two returning ACC players (along with North Carolina’s Armando Bacot) to average 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds or better per game last season. Hugley IV has played in just one game while recovering from a knee injury suffered last season.
Federico Federico averages 6.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in a Pitt uniform (including exhibition play). He is 18 of 19 (.947) from the field with 19 offensive rebounds in six contests.
Greg Elliott has made two or more three-point field goals in three of Pitt’s first four games. He’s second on the team with eight threes made and is now 102 of 254 (.402) from across the arc in his career. Elliott has hit double digits three times and is third on the team at 10.0 points per game.
• The Panthers have yet to find their outside shot in their first four games this season with 27 of 106 (.255) shots on goal. Blake Hinson (9) and Greg Elliott (8) have collectively scored 17 of the team’s 27 three-point field goals. Pitt is 16 of 65 (.246) from three-point range in the last three games.
• Pitt posted a season-high 36 points in the paint against VCU, marking the first time the team has outperformed the competition indoors this season. The Panthers have averaged just 26.0 points in the paint over four games.

PANTHER HEADLIGHTS

Blake Hinson is one of four players in the ACC to average over 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting over 45 percent from the field.
Jamarius Burton is the only ACC player to average more than 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

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