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Men's College Basketball
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NC State at Pittsburgh
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Where: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Omer Yurtseven played anything like a five-star prospect last season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as a freshman, but the Turkish 7-footer has become the centerpiece of the North Carolina State offense in 2017-18. The reigning ACC Player of the Week looks for a third consecutive 20-point game when the Wolfpack visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday.



Yurtseven opened the week with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting in the Wolfpack's 72-63 win over Wake Forest last Thursday and followed that with 28, one shy of his career high, on 12-of-16 shooting in an 86-81 loss to 24th-ranked Miami on Sunday. “We’re becoming very good at [the pick-and-pop game],” head coach Kevin Keatts told reporters. “We’re becoming a threat because of the fact that [Yurtseven] can step out and make shots from the 3-point line and 18 feet out.” Yurtseven is leading N.C. State in numerous categories in ACC play - first in points per game (16.7), rebounds (6.7), field-goal percentage (56.5 percent) and blocked shots (2.29). Yurtseven and his teammates shouldn’t have a problem with the Panthers, who have dropped 11 straight ACC regular-season games after an 81-54 defeat against No. 4 Duke on Saturday.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, Raycom Sports Network



ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA STATE (13-7, 3-4 ACC): Allerik Freeman and Torin Dorn each contributed 13 points and Markell Johnson added a career-high 14 assists, but the Hurricanes shot 57.6 percent from the floor, including 10-of-19 from the 3-point arc. Freeman, Yurtseven and Dorn each average between 13 and 14 points per game overall and Johnson contributes 6.8 assists - tops in the ACC. Freeman has found the going much tougher in conference games, averaging 10.6 points on 28.2 percent shooting after scoring 15.5 points in non-conference matchups.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (8-12, 0-7): Parker Stewart (8.6 points, team-high 40 3-pointers) scored a team-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the arc, and has drained 10-of-19 in his last two games. Fellow freshman Shamiel Stevenson (9.0 points, 5.1 rebounds) has just three points and three rebounds against eight turnovers in the last two games and hasn’t reached double figures in scoring in his last five after tallying 26 in his first two league contests. “I don’t know if his head’s in a different place. … I don’t know if he’s hit a bit of a freshman wall or what, I don’t know," Pitt coach Kevin Stallings told reporters. "But he’s not being as productive as we need him to be in order to have a chance to compete in any games in this league.”



TIP-INS

1. Pitt is 0-7 in conference play for the first time since playing in the Big East in 2011-12.

2. Johnson’s 14 assists were the most by an N.C. State player since Dennis Smith recorded 15 against Syracuse on Feb. 1, 2017.

3. Stewart is averaging a team-high 12.7 points per game in conference play while shooting 21-of-43 (.48.8 percent) from the 3-point arc - tied for second on the squad.



PREDICTION: North Carolina State 86, Pittsburgh 68


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
NC State 13-7 L1 12-2 0-3 1-2 3-5 10-2 3-4
Pittsburgh 8-12 L7 7-5 0-5 1-2 2-5 6-7 0-7
Last Meeting
NC State Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/17/17 PITT 74 NCST 79 79 41 42.0 74 27 46.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NC State T. Henderson 21 41.2 3
Pittsburgh M. Young 25 47.4 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NC State O. Yurtseven 16 8 8
Pittsburgh S. Jeter 11 1 10
Assists Player  
NC State M. Johnson 7
Pittsburgh J. Artis 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NC State A. Freeman 276 33.3 74
Pittsburgh J. Wilson-Frame 241 36.3 43
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NC State T. Dorn 137 55 82
Pittsburgh R. Luther 101 36 65
Assists Player  
NC State M. Johnson 89
Pittsburgh M. Carr 76
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar NC State Off vs  red bar Pittsburgh Defense
blue bar 80.8 Points For
red bar 70.8 Points Against
blue bar 46.5 FG%
red bar 43.5 FG%
blue bar 33.6 Reb
red bar 33.4 Reb
red bar Pittsburgh Off vs  blue bar NC State Defense
red bar 64.3 Points For
blue bar 72.8 Points Against
red bar 42.8 FG%
blue bar 45.2 FG%
red bar 29.6 Reb
blue bar 31.4 Reb