Pitt’s offense is again struggling as the Panthers lead by only one at Notre Dame, 26-25. The Panthers are shooting a dismal 34.5% from the field (though, truth be told, Notre Dame is making only about 32% of their own shots) and haven’t been able to get much going offensively. In fact, the team didn’t score any baskets outside the paint until late in the first half.
The Panthers’ leading scorer, Ashton Gibbs, is again finding it difficult to score points as he has only four in the first half. Nasir Robinson is the only player from either team in double figures as he has ten points. Pitt has also gotten a small boost off the bench from Talib Zanna who has five points and five rebounds. Zanna hasn’t looked great offensively as he’s only 2-6 from the field and missed some very makeable shots, but then again, no one has looked all that great for the Panthers.
Starting point guard Tray Woodall has returned and is playing for the first time in nearly a month. But he's a bit rusty thus far and is 0-3 from the field and scoreless in the game.
Pitt is winning the rebounding battle despite a game-high ten boards from Irish forward Jack Cooley and has only committed six turnovers thus far. But the biggest thing they need to do, obviously, is score a few more points.
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