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Pitt vs. Western Carolina: Open Gamethread

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Fresh off a blowout win against Davidson at Madison Square Garden, Pitt faces Western Carolina on Wednesday. For the Panthers, it will be the last game in a week as the team will get some time off before a big matchup with Syracuse on December 30th. Pitt will be looking for its tenth win of the season tonight.

With Pitt about to get into ACC play, you could call this a trap game of sorts, I suppose. But Western Carolina really shouldn't pose much of a threat to the Panthers. The Catamounts are only 4-7 on the season and have been beaten pretty soundly against the best teams they've faced this year, losing by 12 to Illinois, 25 to Cincinnati, 23 to South Carolina, and a whopping 33 to Davidson.

For Pitt, this will be another team that likes to jack up a lot of three-pointers. Western Carolina has already attempted 271 on the year - almost 25 per game. That's not quite as much as Davidson but still up there. The good news for Pitt is that they haven't had much success from there, making fewer than 32% of their shots from long distance. The Catamounts also shoot less than 40% from the field, turn the ball over 15 times a game, and have next to no size (their tallest player contributing much of anything is only 6'7"). In other words, this doesn't look like much of a challenge for the Panthers.

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