Nov 10, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; A Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball going through the basket during pre game against the Stetson Hatters at Joyce Center. Notre Dame Wins 80-49. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Basketball Preview: Pittsburgh @ Notre Dame

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Today, the Fighting Irish will meet a familiar foe in the Pittsburgh Panthers. Last year, the Irish defeated the Panthers 51-42 in Pittsburgh. The Irish will look to continue their winning streak against the Panthers in South Bend. The game will be televised by ESPN2 at 2:00 p.m. The Panthers are coming off a 66-59 victory over Boston College. They hold a 21-7 record (9-6 ACC).

Scoring Offense (72.0 points per game)

The Panthers are lead by Senior Forward Lamar Patterson. He averages 17.1 points per game. Notre Dame averages 72.4 points per contest

Scoring Defense (60.9 points per game)

The Panthers are one of the best defensive teams in the country. They rank 17th in the nation. Notre Dame yields 70.3 points per game.

Rebounding Margin (6.3 rebounds per game)

The Panthers are lead by 6’9″ Senior Forward Talib Zanna with 8.0 rebounds per contest.  The Panthers rank 19th in rebounding margin. Notre Dame out rebounds its opponents 2.3 rebounds per game.

Assists (15.6 assists per game)

Leading scorer Lamar Patterson also leads the Panthers in assists. He averages 4.4 assists per game. Notre Dame dishes out 15.5 assists per contest.

The Fighting Irish are 13-5 this season at home. They have historically been solid at home. This should give fans hope that the Irish will win on Saturday. However, on paper, the Panthers are better basketball team.

Notre Dame: 66 — Pittsburgh: 71

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