Pittsburgh Panthers at Duke Blue Devils

Pittsburgh Panthers Preview

Pittsburgh Panthers second-year coach Jeff Capel, a former Duke player and assistant coach, returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time as an opponent. His first Pitt team played the Blue Devils at home last season, losing 79-64.

The Panthers are a better team this time around, as sophomore guards Trey McGowens (team-best 13.1 points per game) and Xavier Johnson (11.9 points, 5.3 assists per game) continue to develop and share the ball with freshman forward Justin Champagnie, who averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games last week (win over Boston College, loss at Syracuse). Pitt is 1-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference road games, having beaten North Carolina.

Duke Blue Devils Preview

The Duke Blue Devils should be fresh after a weeklong layoff following an 89-59 home victory over Miami. Freshman forward Matthew Hurt said he used that game — 22 points, 4 of 7 from 3-point range — as a confidence boost after a couple of recent outings in which he scored five and two points.

The smackdown of the Hurricanes was Duke’s seventh win this season by at least 30 points, and the team’s efficient play on offense is orchestrated by point guard Tre Jones, who is averaging an Atlantic Coast Conference-best 6.8 assists per game. Freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. leads in scoring (16.9 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 boards per game).