Niagara at Pitt men preview

Niagara at Pitt men

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Petersen Events Center

Records: Niagara (2-4); Pittsburgh (7-1)

Coaches: Chris Casey is 53-114 in his sixth season at Niagara and is 142-185 in his 12th season overall. Jeff Capel is 7-1 in his first year at Pittsburgh and is 169-111 in his 10th season overall as a head coach.

TV: ACC Network Extra

Notes: The all-time series is tied 2-2. The first time the teams played, Niagara came out on top, 29-25, on Jan. 27, 1914. … The Purple Eagles are coming off a 79-75 loss at Saint Francis. … With a win tonight, Pitt would match its win total from all of last season. The Panthers would be the first team in the NCAA to reach last year’s win total. … Freshman Xavier Johnson leads four players averaging double figures for Pitt with 16 points scored per game. … Pitt has a 10-game winning streak against teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Mirror prediction: Pittsburgh 86, Niagara 69

Comment: Should be closer than the last meeting between the two, a 33-point Panthers win in 2014.

Mirror prediction record: 8-0

— Michael Boytim


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