Iowa Men's Basketball

Pittsburgh-Iowa men's basketball at a glance: Time, TV, pregame notes

Battle of unbeatens in ACC/Big Ten Challenge game

What: Pittsburgh (6-0) at No. 15 Iowa (5-0) in men’s basketball

Where/When: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 8:05 p.m.

TV: ESPNU (Jay Alter, Brooke Weisbrod)

Live stream:WatchESPN

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Series: Pittsburgh leads, 5-2.

Last meeting: Iowa beat the Panthers 103-80 in the consolation of the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. Pitt’s last win over Iowa was in 1935.

Panthers data: Pitt was 8-24 last season and 0-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It fired Kevin Stallings and hired Jeff Capel III, who had been an assistant at Duke. He helped recruit Duke’s stellar freshman class of this season. His career record as a head coach is 181-110. He led Oklahoma to a 30-6 record and the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament in 2009. … The Panthers start three freshmen and two juniors. Freshman point guard Xavier Johnson averages 16.7 points and 5.5 assists. He is the first Panther freshman to score in double figures in his first six games since Jerome Lane in 1985. … Senior forward Jared Wilson-Frame doesn’t start, but averages 16.0 points. … Pitt is 2-2 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. … The Panthers have lost their last 13 true road games and have dropped their last 10 games against ranked opponents. … Pitt’s average attendance for its five home games is 3,891.

Hawkeyes data: The Hawkeyes are 5-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 season. … Forward Luka Garza is coming off two straight 22-point games. He has 81 points this season. Tyler Cook has 80. … Jordan Bohannon and Connor McCaffery share the team’s assists lead with 19. … McCaffery has played in nine college games, all Iowa wins. … Junior forward Cordell Pemsl has yet to return to practice after an injury suffered in practice about two weeks ago. “He’s probably a little ways from being back,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. “He’s still being evaluated and we’ll see where it goes from here. Anything more, I’m sure, we’d have a statement.” ... The Hawkeyes continue to rank first nationally in free throws per game (28.8) and free throw attempts (36.4). Their .791 free throw percentage ranks 14th nationally. ... Iowa is 5-12 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. ... Oregon, ranked 16th when Iowa defeatyed it on Nov. 15 in New York, lost at home Monday night to 24-point underdog Texas Southern, 89-84.

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