Hoops du Jour
Monmouth at Pittsburgh men
Tipoff: 7 p.m., Petersen Events Center
Records: Pittsburgh (2-2, 1-0 in ACC); Monmouth (1-3)
Coaches: Jeff Capel is 16-21 in his second season at Pitt and is 178-131 in his 11th season overall. King Rice is 131-133 in his ninth season at Monmouth.
TV: ACC Network
Notes: This is the first time in school history these teams have met. … Ryan Murphy has scored in double digits in each of Pitt’s games and leads the Panthers with a 15.5 scoring average, good enough for 10th in the ACC. … Justin Champagnie, a freshman, scored a career-high 12 points in the loss to West Virginia. … The Panthers shot just 61.3 percent from the free-throw line and missed 12 shots from the charity stripe the last time out. Overall, Pitt shot 12 percent from the field in the second half against WVU, the second worst shooting performance in a half by the Panthers in program history. … Monmouth’s George Papas went viral on social media in a 113-55 loss to No. 2 Kansas over the weekend when he stole the ball when the Jayhawks were trying to run out the clock. He dunked the ball and then picked up a technical foul for taunting.
Mirror prediction: Pittsburgh 68, Monmouth 60
Comment: The problem with not scoring much is that it’s harder to pull away from inferior competition.
Mirror prediction record: 1-3