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Pitt St. Johh's Preview

PITT (20-7, 8-6 Big East) at ST. JOHN'S (16-10, 8-6 Big East)

Sunday February 24 NOON tipoff at Madison Square Garden in New York City

TV: ESPN Regional/Root Sports (Eamon McAnaney play-by-play, John Celestand color)

RADIO: 93.7 FM (Bill Hillgrove play-by-play, Dick Groat color

Satellite Radio: Sirius 92; XM 190 both are St. John's feed

Pitt is trying to ounce back from an 0-2 stretch.

Both Pitt and St. John's have 8-6 Big East records.

Pitt small forward J.J. Moore spoke after practice on Thursday. He feels St. John's will be a tough opponent, especially on the road.

"No team is a warmup. Every team in the Big East competes," Moore said. "We took Rutgers lightly and they came out and got the W," Moore said. "St. John's plays hard, they have the same record as us, they play as hard as anyone else in the Big East."

He said the Panthers have been focusing on rebounding in practice this past week. They were out-rebounded in the last two games, both losses.

"We weren’t physical enough the last two games. We came out flat. We've been trying to focus on that in practice," Moore said. "We got outrebounded the last 2 games. That was one the biggest things we were upset about. We try to be a more physical team. We weren’t that the last two games."

Moore also stressed the importance of taking a shot when the defense allows. He felt he did not shoot well in Pitt's last game, which was a loss to Notre Dame.

"We need to make better decisions. I passed up some good shots. I personally took some bad shots that led to a rebound and a bucket on the other end," Moore said. "W need to learn from that game and go onto the next one."

As like many Panther fans, Moore will miss playing at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

"I'll definitely miss the Garden," Moore said. "The atmosphere and just being in New York is one of the things I've always liked."

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