As I mentioned earlier, Pitt's Steven Adams is playing significantly better over the team's last three games. Even though the Panthers should have little trouble with Delaware State on Wednesday, Adams could be tested against the Hornets' center, Kendall Gray.
Gray, 6'10" and 240 pounds, should be able to give Adams a nice test. He's not great by any means, but is the team's fourth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. He has the size to hang with Adams and is a defensive-minded player. Blocking nearly four shots per game, Gray isn't only the team's leader in that category, he's sixth in the entire nation. He tied the school record with eight against Wagner earlier this season.
Another thing to watch will be Gray's fouls. He's been in foul trouble the past two games, fouling out against Delaware and picking up four against Penn State. Both of those games went into overtime, but Adams should be aggressive against Gray and look to get him into foul trouble early. Even though it generally doesn't happen all that much, I can't imagine Jamie Dixon isn't going to be pushing the rest of the team to get the ball down low in this game.
Don't look for Gray to dominate Adams, but he could be able to slow down his recent hot streak. While sophomores Tahj Tate and Tyshawn Bell, the team's top two scorers, will draw a lot of attention, keep your eye on the battle in the paint between Adams and Gray.
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