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Pittsburgh-Georgetown Preview

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Pittsburgh and Georgetown lead the Big East in scoring defense, but it's the other end of the court that has presented a problem for both.

Points will likely be at a premium Tuesday night when the Panthers look to end the No. 19 Hoyas' 14-game home win streak.

Pittsburgh (12-3, 0-2) is yielding 53.5 points per game and Georgetown (10-2, 0-1) is allowing an average of 54.2, but offense has been hard to come by.

The Panthers shot a season-low 37.5 percent in Saturday's 67-62 defeat at Rutgers. Pittsburgh was ranked No. 24 last week but has dropped out of the Top 25 after two losses.

"It's early in the season,'' said reserve forward J.J. Moore, who scored a team-high 14 points. "We're just going to keep attacking and keep going and rolling along. We're going to think about our next game, Georgetown, and try to basically figure out our flaws and just get going."

The Hoyas weren't much better from the field at 39.1 percent Saturday, including an ugly 19-point first half in a 49-48 loss at Marquette.

"Once again, I think we got good looks in the first half," coach John Thompson III said. "The ball didn't go in but fortunately we did a decent job of getting stops so you're still in the game."

Georgetown is 8-0 this season at home, where it has also turned in its two worst offensive performances in a 37-36 win over Tennessee on Nov. 30 and a 46-40 victory over Towson on Dec. 8.

Although Saturday's game was Pittsburgh's first on the road, it likely won't be affected by the venue Tuesday. The Panthers are 7-4 all-time against the Hoyas in the Verizon Center, winning six of the last eight matchups there.

Pitt doesn't have pleasant memories of its last game in this building, where it lost 71-70 to Butler in its most recent NCAA appearance two seasons ago.

Panthers coach Jamie Dixon made a lineup change against the Scarlet Knights by replacing guard James Robinson with Cameron Wright. It did not work as Pitt fell behind 22-8 and Wright had no points and four fouls in 15 minutes.

"We shot too many perimeter jump shots to start the game," said Dixon, whose club attempted a season-high 26 3-pointers. "We tried to get Cameron going and I don't know if that worked to our advantage. "

It might make more sense to go back to the freshman Robinson, who has struggled to score but is second on the team with 4.3 assists per game. Robinson is from the area, was recruited by Georgetown and attended nearby famed DeMatha Catholic High School.

Pitt has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 8.4 boards. Georgetown is 11th in the conference in that department with a margin of plus-0.4.

The Hoyas were outrebounded by the Golden Eagles, 35-26.

"We're going to get better at rebounding, simple as that," forward Greg Whittington said.

The only player for either team ranked in the top 20 in scoring in the conference is Hoyas forward Otto Porter, averaging 13.2 points for 20th place.

Porter averaged 17.0 points as these teams split two 2011-12 meetings.

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