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The #11 seeded Pittsburgh Panthers play the #3 seeded Xavier Musketeers on Sunday in the NCAA tournament round of 32 in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Coliseum. Pittsburgh reached the round of 32 in the tournament with a 59-41 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones on Friday and has won three of the last four. Xavier opened its Big Dance with a 72-67 come from behind victory over Kennesaw State on Friday and has won six of the last seven. Pittsburgh does not have any players on its injury report. Xavier will play without Kam Craft, Zach Fremantle and Kyky Tandy.
Pittsburgh has won each of its first two games in the NCAA tournament after defeating Mississippi State 60-59 in the First Four followed by Iowa State 59-41 on Friday. The Panthers held Iowa State to just 23% shooting overall and 10% (2-for-21) from 3-point territory. During the regular season, Pittsburgh allowed an average of 69.3 points per game and only 41.8% field goal shooting, which was 66th. On offense, Pittsburgh averages 75.9 points per game and shoots 45.1%, but in two postseason games is averaging 59.5 points per game.
Jamarius Burton is leading Pittsburgh in scoring with an average of 15.2 points per game while Blake Hinson is the second-leading scorer with an average of 15.1 points per game. Two other players for Pittsburgh average double figures in scoring. Nelly Cummings is the leader in assists with an average of 4.7 dishes per contest. Hinson is the king of the boards for Pittsburgh with an average of 6.1 rebounds per game. Pittsburgh averages 5.2 steals, 4.1 blocked shots and 11 turnovers per contest
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