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Jan. 22, 2012

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No. 23 Louisville at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, January 21, 2012

No. 23 Louisville 73, Pitt 62


*With the loss, Pitt falls to 11-9 overall and 0-7 in Big East Conference play. The game marked the final of three consecutive nationally ranked opponents for the Panthers.


*Pitt drops to 156-17 in the Petersen Events Center and 65-14 against Big East opponents in the venue. The Panthers have won 62 of their past 69 home games and 27 of their last 32 Big East Conference home games. Pitt dropped to 7-5 at home this season. The five losses mark the most in a season in the 10-year old Petersen Events Center.


*The game marked Pitt’s second time hosting ESPN College GameDay. The previous game came on Jan. 14, 2007 when the Panthers defeated Georgetown 74-69. This was Pitt’s fifth game playing in a ESPN College GameDay broadcast and now owns a 3-2 record in those games. The Panthers also defeated Connecticut 76-66 on Jan. 22, 2005, lost 75-71 at Marquette on March 3, 2007 and won 57-54 at Villanova on Feb. 12, 2011.


*Pitt drops to 15-6 against nationally ranked opponents in the Petersen Events Center.


*Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon is now 42-18 in games coming off a loss.


*Pitt and Louisville met for the 11th time in series history. Louisville now leads the series 6-5.


*The Panthers allowed Louisville to shoot 55 percent from field goal range. That marked the fifth time the Panthers have allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better from the field this season and is the second highest percentage they’ve given up this year. The best they’ve allowed an opponent to shoot came in an 86-76 loss to Long Beach State on Nov. 16, 2011 when the 49er’s shot 59.3 percent.


*Pitt’s one made free throw tied a Jamie Dixon Era low. The Panthers also made only one free throw against William & Mary on Jan. 3, 2004 and against Albany on Nov. 28, 2003. Pitt’s six free throw attempts rank tied for the second lowest total in the Jamie Dixon Era.


*Patterson and Gibbs tied for the team lead in scoring with 14 points each. It marked Patterson’s 11th double figure scoring game of his career and his ninth of the season. Gibbs scored in double figures for the 18th time in 20 games this season and for the 78th time in his career.


*Robinson also scored in double figures with 12 points, his 33rd career double figure scoring game.


*Ashton Gibbs, Tray Woodall, Lamar Patterson, Nasir Robinson and Talib Zanna started the game for the Panthers. It marked the seventh different lineup combination of the year.


*Woodall played for the first time in five games. Coming into tonight, he had been sidelined in 11 of Pitt’s last 12 games.

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