Preview: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Duke Blue Devils

Posted on Jan 20 2018 - 11:27am by Cody Flavell
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The Pittsburgh Panthers will turn to a struggling Marcus Carr and a hot Parker Stewart to pull out an upset win over Duke just ten days after getting blown out by them. (Photo: Jared Wickerham/Associated Press)

Ten days removed from the first meeting between teams, No. 5 Duke (16-2, 4-2 ACC) hosts the Pitt Panthers (8-11, 0-6 ACC) at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on WTAE locally.

The first meeting didn’t go so well as the Blue Devils clearly outmatched the Panthers on their way to an easy 87-52 victory. The meeting was only merely 10 days ago. Things haven’t changed much on the teams’ status.

The Panthers enter this game having used 14 different starting lineups in their 19 games, the most in the NCAA. Freshmen have combined for 57 starts on the year.

Kene Chukwuka was the Panthers best player ten days ago against Duke. The box score wouldn’t indicate it but the energy Chukwuka brought kept the Panthers spirits alive as they were wallowing in what would end up being another big-time defeat.

Parker Stewart, who is the team’s best player over the past six games, has averaged 12.4 points per game and is shooting 44 percent from three-point land in the last six games.

Obviously, Duke brings the trio of Marvin Bagley II, Wendell Carter Jr. and Grayson Allen, among many others. Duke is the only team nationally ranked in the top ten in scoring, rebounds, and assists.

Duke leads the all-time meeting between the two teams at 10-7, including the last two matchups.

Duke is the clear favorite but if the Panthers can get Stewart shooting at a solid clip and actually give him some scoring support unlike they did against Syracuse when he scored 23 points, the Panthers will at least give themselves somewhat of a better chance to win the game.

They’re likely not going to have the power to contain the stars of Duke’s squad. Sometimes, you truly are overpowered and this is a game that clearly doesn’t prove to be easy for the Panthers.