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Post-Game Notes




Jan. 11, 2009

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POST-GAME NOTES

St. John’s at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 11, 2009

 

*Pitt (15-0, 3-0 Big East) played its first game in school history as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. Pitt improved to 1-0 as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team.

 

*The game was Pitt’s Big East home opener following two road games. The 2008-09 season marked the second straight year that the Panthers began a Big East regular season with two straight road games.

 

*Pitt improved to 15-0 for the third time in the last six seasons and since Jamie Dixon became head coach. The 15-0 start also ranks as the third-best start in school history. The all-time best starts to a season and most consecutive victories to start a season include: 21-0 in 1927-28, 18-0 in 2003-04, 15-0 in 2008-09, 15-0 in 2005-06, 15-0 in 1915-16, 12-0 in 1929-30, 11-0 in 2007-08, 10-0 in 2006-07, 10-0 in 2004-05, 9-0 in 1987-88 and 9-0 in 2002-03.


 

 

 

*Pitt won its 15th straight game. The 15-game winning streak ranks as the nation’s longest win streak. The 15-game win streak ranks as the seventh longest in school history.

 

*Pitt is one only three undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. The teams are: Pitt (15-0), Clemson (16-0) and Wake Forest (13-0).

 

*Pitt won its 12th straight game at the Petersen Events Center. With the win, Pitt improved to 106-10 in its seventh year in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 41-9 vs. Big East Conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.

 

*Jamie Dixon is moving up on Pitt’s all-time wins chart. He now needs one more victory to surpass Paul Evans (147 wins from 1986-94) for sole possession of third place on Pitt’s all-time wins list. Here is where he currently ranks: 

Head Coach

Years

Record

Pct.

H.C. Carlson, 1922-53

31

367-247

.598

Robert Timmons, 1953-68

15

174-189

.479

Paul Evans, 1986-94

8

147-98

.600

Jamie Dixon, 2003-current

6th

147-40

.785

Dr. George Flint, 1911-21

10

105-68

.607

Roy Chipman, 1980-86

6

102-76

.573

Charles “Buzz” Ridl, 1968-75

7

97-83

.539

Ben Howland, 1999-03

4

89-40

.690

Tim Grgurich, 1975-80

5

69-70

.496

*With his 23 points and 15 rebounds, DeJuan Blair totaled his 10th double-double of the year and 24th of his career. Blair also set new career-highs for steals (six) and free throws made (9-11) and tied a career-high with 10 offensive rebounds (vs. Duquesne, 12/3/08 and vs. Houston Baptist, 11/9/07). He has now scored 20 or more points in four games this year and in nine contests in his career. He has now reached double figure scoring in 12 games this year and double figure rebounding in 11. Over the last two games, Blair has averaged 21.5 points (16-29 FG), 16.0 rebounds, 8.5 offensive rebounds and 3.5 steals per game.

 

*Jermaine Dixon registered a new career-high of 17 points. He also set new career-highs for field goals made (7) and steals (4).

 

*Levance Fields was honored during the game’s first media timeout for becoming the 37th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in a career. He surpassed the 1,000-point mark last Saturday at Georgetown. He also now has 475 career assists. Fields is attempting to become just the sixth player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point and 500-assist milestones for a career. The other five players to achieve this are: Carl Krauser (2002-05), Brandin Knight (1999-2003), Jerry McCullough (1991-96), Sean Miller (1987-92) and Darelle Porter (1987-90).

 

*Sam Young reached double-figure scoring for the 14th time in 15 games this year. He has now scored 10 or more points in 58 of his last 62 games played.

 

*Pitt entered the game ranked No. 1 nationally in RPI and No. 6 in strength of schedule, according to www.realtimerpi.com.

 

*For the second consecutive contest, Pitt grabbed 20 offensive rebounds in the game. Pitt also grabbed 20 offensive rebounds at Georgetown. Blair tied his career-high with 10 offensive rebounds in the contest.

 

*Pitt defeated St. John’s for the fifth straight time in Pittsburgh. Pitt improved to 19-33 all-time in the 52 meetings between the two schools. Pitt also improved to 13-13 vs. St. John’s in games played at home in the series.

 

*Head Coach Jamie Dixon is in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 147-40 overall record.

 

*St. John’s was held to 67 points on the day. Pitt has now limited 14 of their 15 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 152 of its 187 opponents under 70 points.