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Pitt meets Villanova in final college basketball game at Spectrum

Jan 28, 2009 - 11:34 AM No. 3 Pittsburgh (18-1) at No. 21 Villanova (15-4) 7:00 p.m. EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- When Sam Young plays well, so does Pittsburgh.

Young and the third-ranked Panthers go for their third straight win on Wednesday when they visit No. 21 Villanova.

The team's leading scorer at 18.8 points per game, Young averaged 19.5 points and shot nearly 52 percent from the floor as Pittsburgh (18-1, 6-1 Big East) won its first 14 games en route to a No. 1 ranking.

After a pair of unspectacular performances in wins against St. John's and South Florida, Young endured his worst game of the season on January 17. The senior forward had only 14 points and grabbed four rebounds, making 6-of-20 shots from the field, including 2-of-10 from 3-point range, as the Panthers suffered their first loss, 69-63 to then-No. 20 Louisville.

Young has returned to his dominant form in the last two games, powering Pittsburgh to wins over then-No. 8 Syracuse and West Virginia. He poured in 22 points during an 18-point rout of Syracuse on January 19 before adding another 22 during Sunday's 79-67 victory over West Virginia.

Young will need another strong game against the Wildcats (15-4, 3-3), who will be gunning for a victory in the final college basketball contest to be played at Philadelphia's Spectrum.

Villanova is 30-28 all-time at the Spectrum, which has hosted two Final Fours, but has not played there since 1998.