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Jan. 14, 2009

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South Florida at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 14, 2009


*Pitt (16-0, 4-0 Big East) played its second game in school history as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. Pitt improved to 2-0 as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team.


*Pitt improved to 16-0 for the third time in the last six seasons and since Jamie Dixon became head coach. The 16-0 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, 16-0 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 16th straight game. The 16-game win streak ranks as the nation’s longest win streak. The 16-game win streak ranks as the fifth longest in school history. The school record is 22 consecutive wins from Dec. 4, 1973-Feb. 20, 1974.


*Pitt remains only one of three undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. The teams are: Pitt (16-0), Clemson (16-0) and Wake Forest (14-0).


*Pitt won its 13th straight game at the Petersen Events Center. With the win, Pitt improved to 107-10 in its seventh year in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 42-9 vs. Big East Conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.


*Jamie Dixon (148 career wins) moved into sole possession of third place on Pitt’s all-time coaching wins chart. He surpassed Paul Evans (147 wins from 1986-94). Here is where Dixon currently ranks:


Head Coach




H.C. Carlson, 1922-53




Robert Timmons, 1953-68




Jamie Dixon, 2003-current




Paul Evans, 1986-94




Dr. George Flint, 1911-21




Roy Chipman, 1980-86




Charles “Buzz” Ridl, 1968-75




Ben Howland, 1999-03




Tim Grgurich, 1975-80





*With his 11 points and a career-high 13 assists, Levance Fields registered his second double-double of his career. The 13 assists surpassed his previous career-high of 12 set vs. Miami, Ohio on Nov. 17, 2008. Fields now has 488 career assists. He needs just 12 more assists 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).


*With his 13 points and 18 rebounds (nine offensive rebounds), DeJuan Blair totaled his 11th double-double of the year and 25th of his career. He has now reached double figure scoring in 13 games this year and double figure rebounding in 12. Over the last three games, Blair has averaged 18.7 points (22-32 FG), 16.6 rebounds, 8.7 offensive rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.


*For the first time in his career, Tyrell Biggs led Pitt in scoring with 16 points (7-10 FG). The 16 points represented a season-high for Biggs. Biggs has now scored in double figures in six games this year. He has also hit at least one 3-pointer in seven games this year.


*Sam Young reached double-figure scoring for the 15th time in 16 games this year. He has now scored 10 or more points in 59 of his last 63 games played.


*Pitt defeated South Florida for the third straight time. Pitt improved to 3-2 all-time vs. South Florida and 2-0 vs. the Bulls at the Petersen Events Center.


*Head Coach Jamie Dixon is in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 148-40 overall record.


*South Florida was held to 62 points on the day. Pitt has now limited 15 of their 16 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 153 of its 188 opponents under 70 points.

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