Capel, Pitt look to take step forward in Year 2

FILE—In this file photo from Feb. 2, 2019, Pittsburgh's Xavier Johnson (1) shoots against Syracuse in an NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh. Johnson set a Pitt freshman scoring record last season while also being the only player in the ACC to average at least 15.5 points and 4.5 assists per game. New head coach Jeff Capel's first season at Pittsburgh brought optimism. Now comes the hard part: building off it while playing in arguably the nation's toughest conference.

Florida State (0-0, 0-0) vs. Pittsburgh (0-0, 0-0)

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BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh hosts Florida State in each team's 2019-20 season opener. Florida State went 29-8 last year and finished fourth in the ACC, while Pittsburgh ended up 14-19 and finished 14th in the ACC.

LAST TIME: Pittsburgh got a 13-point win over Fla St. in the teams' only meeting a year ago.

DID YOU KNOW: Florida State went 15-6 against in-conference opponents last season. In those 21 games, the Seminoles gave up 66.3 points per game while scoring just 71 per outing. Pittsburgh went 4-16 overall in ACC play, scoring 65 points and giving up 72.9 per game in the process.

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