Over his last five games, Nash has followed up a double-digit scoring performance with single digit outputs. 16 against Stanford, zero against Virginia Tech. 21 against Tulsa, nine against Langston. Now coming off a team high 19-points, one has to wonder which LBN we'll see in NYC.
And it's not like he's facing a cupcake. Thought Pitt hasn't faced a ranked team this season, and are actually ranked close to Ok State in Jeff Sagrain's ratings (Pitt is 53rd, Ok State 66th) the experience-laden Panthers are distributing the ball at a frenetic pace, ranking 4th nationally in team assists per game.
Similar to Nash, Pitt has a highly touted freshman that hasn't quit reached his potential in Khem Birch. The 6-9 forward was ranked ninth in last season final Rivals.com ranking (Nash was 6th) but is struggling to find himself, averaging a pedestrian 4.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg.
For OK State, the winning formula is simple. Nash needs to lead the team in scoring, standing right beside Keiton Page and Jean-Paul Olukemi. As it was in the Missouri State victory, those three contributed 47 of the team's 72 points. If Nash, Olukemi and Page can light the scoreboard up, then Markel Brown can continue to contribute while Mike Cobbins can go for his third straight double off the bench.
The game tips tomorrow at 1:30p CST and can be seen on ESPN2.