Pitt-Villanova pregame

Written by Paul Zeise on .


Five hours from now (barring overtime) Pitt will be getting ready to go to the Final Four for the first time since 1941 or the season will be over.

            A couple of things to keep in mind as you watch the game:


            *Villanova’s penetrating guards against the perimeter defense of Levance Fields and Jermaine Dixon. Scottie Reynolds and Co. got to the basket way too much in Villanova’s 67-57 victory in Philadelphia in January. The Panthers can’t allow that to happen.

            *Because the Villanova guards are hard to defend and because the Panthers could be susceptible to foul trouble again in the rematch, Jamie Dixon could go to a zone defense to protect his players and to throw a monkey wrench into Villanova’s game plan. The danger in that is the Wildcats shoot 36 percent from 3-point range. The top shooter is Corey Stokes (42 percent).

            *Tyrell Biggs is due for a good game (would you accept a decent game?) Biggs did not score in 11 minutes against Xavier. He had six points and one rebound against Oklahoma State and three points and two rebounds against East Tennessee State. That makes his line in three NCAA tournament games: nine points, six rebounds.  

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