One week since it’s last game, Pitt returns to the Petersen Events Center Tuesday night hosting one of the counties top teams.
The Panthers lost 85-64 last Tuesday against Miami resulting in two straight defeats. Pitt concludes the regular season home schedule tonight facing No. 4 Duke.
Here are five things to know ahead of Pitt’s (11-18, 6-12 ACC) matchup against the Duke Blue Devils (25-4, 15-3).
Pack the Pete
Tuesday will most likely display the most energetic crowd the Petersen Events Center has seen for Pitt in Jeff Capel’s third season. The Panthers have been decent at home, compared to struggling on the road, compiling an 8-10 home record.
Pitt lost 85-64 against Miami in its last outing and trailed 47-27 at halftime. The three game winning streak the Panthers experienced has partly fallen by the wasteside due the Georgia Tech loss and blowout defeat to the Hurricanes.
Mouhamadou Gueye has been a steady presence down low defensively and on the glass playing on the low post with John Hugley. Pitt faces its most difficult challenge of the year by a large margin and will need to play a flawless game to pull off one of the greatest upsets in recent program history.
Final Getaway for Coach K
Barring an NCAA Tournament appearance in Pittsburgh, the game marks Mike Krzyzewski’s last coaching in the Steel City. Coach K has been at Duke for 41 seasons and built a legacy including five NCAA titles and 12 Final Fours as one of college basketball’s most iconic figures behind the bench.
Krzyzewski has represented the United States as the national team head coach in the Olympics during his illustrious career. Capel faces his former boss yet again after spending eight years at Duke and four as an assistant coach from 2011-2018.
Pitt defeated Duke 79-73 in the last matchup between the two teams on Jan. 19, 2021. Coach K looks to make a final memory in Pittsburgh with time running out on his farewell tour and try to avenge a loss to Pitt one last time.
Duke has held a stranglehold on the top of the ACC standings for most of the year. The Blue Devils enter one a six-game winning streak after a one-point loss to Virginia on Feb. 7. It’s no secret the ACC is weaker than previous years, but Duke continues to find ways to win.
The Blue Devils defeated Virginia on the road 65-61 and split the season series on Feb. 23. They then took down Syracuse 97-72 in the Carrier Dome and will play rival North Carolina in Coach K’s final game inside Cameron Indoor Saturday night.
Duke is 13th in field goal percentage (48.6%) and tied for 18th in college basketball in total rebounds (36.5). The No. 4 team in the country is led my Wooden Award candidate and likely top 5 NBA pick Paolo Banchero, averaging 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds.
Duke is favored by 14.5 points on the road in Tuesday’s latest odds.
Pitt is 15-14 against the spread and has covered twice in two chances when 14.5-point underdogs.
The over/under for the game is set at 138 points and Pitt is +700 on the money line.
Duke is 19-10 against the spread during the 2021-22 season and 8-3 when favored by 14.5 or more points. The Blue Devils are -1100 on the money line.
Broadcast, Radio Info
The Duke and Pitt matchup will air on the ACC Network Tuesday at 8 p.m. Dave O’Brien and Cory Alexander will call the game.
The action can also be heard live on 93.7 The Fan.
Pitt plays at Notre Dame Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m. to conclude the regular season and usher in the ACC Tournament.