Pittsburgh's last game against Cincinnati resulted in a loss that keyed a poor start in Big East play.
But the 23rd-ranked Panthers have since won six of seven and are again jockeying for one of the conference's top spots.
Pittsburgh looks for some revenge Saturday at Fifth Third Arena, where the No. 17 Bearcats will be happy to return for the opener of a three-game homestand after playing five of seven on the road.
These teams are No. 1 and 2 in the Big East in rebounding margin, with Pittsburgh's plus-8.5 mark and Cincinnati's plus-8.3 also among the best in the country.
But the Panthers (19-5, 7-4) didn't resemble a top-flight team on the boards during the beginning of the conference slate. Ranked 24th at the time, Pitt was outscored 44-27 in the second half en route to a 70-61 home loss to then-No. 14 Cincinnati on New Year's Eve, ending an eight-game winning streak.
Coach Jamie Dixon's club dropped two of its next three as well, looking as thoug...