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Hoops du Jour

Pitt men at Louisville

Tipoff: 9 p.m., KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.

Records: Pittsburgh (7-2, 1-0 in ACC); Louisville (8-0, 1-0 in ACC)

Coaches: Jeff Capel is 21-21 in his second season at Pitt and is 183-131 in his 11th season overall. Chris Mack is 28-14 in two years at Louisville and is 243-111 in 11 years overall as a head coach.

TV: ACC Network

Notes: Louisville comes into the game ranked No. 1. … The Cardinals’ best wins so far are a 15-point win over Michigan and a 13-point win over Miami. … Pitt is 6-16 against Louisville since 1949 and is averaging 62.6 points per game. … When Pitt beat No. 1 UConn, 76-68, on Feb. 16, 2009, it was the Panthers’ first victory over a top-ranked team.

Mirror prediction: Louisville 81, Pittsburgh 66

Comment: It’s always tough for the Panthers in the Yum! Center.

Mirror prediction record: 6-3

— Michael Boytim

McDaniel drops 40 in win over rival Panthers

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State women’s basketball junior Kamaria McDaniel recorded the third 40-point game in school history to lead the Lady Lions to a 78-73 win over Pittsburgh in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

McDaniel’s 40 points marked a Penn State record in the Bryce Jordan Center and she became the first Lady Lion to put up 40-plus points in the game since former All-American Kelly Mazzante scored a school-record 49 points at Minnesota on Dec. 28, 2001.

McDaniel’s 40 points puts her in an elite company. The two other 40-plus point efforts came from Kelly Mazzante (49 at Minnesota, Dec. 28, 2001) and Jen Bednarek (42 vs. Syracuse, Jan. 31, 1979).

McDaniel’s 40-point effort is the first 40-point game recorded by a Lady Lion player inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

“Kamaria with the 40-point game, it’s unbelievable,” coach Carolyn Kieger said. “Third in program history. I don’t think there is a team in the country that can stop her when she plays at that pace with the ball in her hands. It was something special to watch so kudos to her and the team for finding her and sharing the ball in the way that they did. Can’t say enough about Kamaria in the way that she is learning and adjusting and really latching on to teaching and the way that she has been growing. It is very impressive.”

PITTSBURGH 73 (3-5): Judkins 2-4 0-2 4, Brown 6-14 4-6 16, Bugg 3-14 2-2 11, Green 1-7 0-0 3, Harris 10-20 6-8 26, Igbokwe 1-3 2-2 4, Lamark 0-4 0-0 0, Hayford 3-11 0-2 9, Knight 0-0 0-0 0, Prapa 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 26-77 14-22 73.

PENN ST. 78 (5-4): Ebo 0-2 2-4 2, Smith 3-7 1-2 7, Frazier 3-12 5-7 11, Marisa 2-7 5-6 9, McDaniel 14-28 10-15 40, Camden 3-5 0-0 7, Wallace 0-0 0-2 0, Bembry 0-0 0-0 0, Hagans 0-3 2-4 2, Totals 25-64 25-40 78.

Pittsburgh 11 11 23 28 –73

Penn St. 11 23 19 25 –78

3-Point Goals–Pittsburgh 7-25 (Bugg 3-9, Green 1-7, Lamark 0-3, Hayford 3-6), Penn St. 3-16 (Frazier 0-2, Marisa 0-2, McDaniel 2-8, Camden 1-2, Hagans 0-2). Assists–Pittsburgh 12 (Bugg 4), Penn St. 8 (Frazier 3). Fouled Out–Pittsburgh Harris, Hayford, Rebounds–Pittsburgh 51 (Brown 12), Penn St. 51 (Smith 9). Total Fouls–Pittsburgh 25, Penn St. 18. Technical Fouls–None.A–1,667.

From Mirror reports

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