Feb. 8, 2011
POST GAME NOTES
No. 4 Pitt at No. 25 West Virginia, February 7, 2011, WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, W.Va.
No. 4 Pitt 71, No. 25 West Virginia 66
*Pitt improved to 22-2 overall and 10-1 in the Big East. Pitt has now won 20 or more overall games and 10 or more Big East games for the 10th consecutive season. Pitt is the only Big East program to achieve this distinction.
*In addition, Pitt is one of three programs nationally to win 20 overall games, 10 league games and advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last nine years. Pitt, Kansas and Gonzaga have achieved that distinction. Currently, Pitt is the only program nationally to achieve 20 overall wins and 10 conference wins this year.
*Pitt is 10-1 in Big East play for only the second season in school history. The 10-1 record ties for its best start to a Big East regular season after 11 games. Pitt also began the 2006-07 with a 10-1 record.
*Pitt has now won 10 Big East games for the 10th consecutive season. The Big East record for most consecutive 10-win seasons is 11 set by Syracuse from 1985-96.
*Pitt improved to 4-2 this year vs. nationally ranked teams (AP poll). In both of today’s polls released earlier this afternoon, Pitt remained at No. 4 while West Virginia was ranked No. 25 in the AP poll.
*Pitt has now won 12 of its last 13 overall games and 13 of its last 14 Big East regular season games.
*Pitt’s 22-2 overall record ties for the third best start to a season after 24 games. Pitt won its first 20 consecutive games and finished 21-0 en route to the national championship in 1927-28. It began its 1929-30 season with a 23-1 record and began 22-2 this year in 2003-04 and 2008-09. Pitt was 21-3 in 1973-74.
*Pitt won its sixth straight road game overall and improved to 5-0 in Big East road games this year. On the road, Pitt has proved to be the Big East’s winningest program as it won its 18th road game in its last 24 contests away from home. With the win, Pitt improved to 50-30 in Big East road games combining the last 10 years.
*Pitt’s six game road win streak ranks tied for the second all-time longest road win streak in school history. The school record is 11 consecutive road wins set in 1927-28.
*Pitt improves to 5-0 on the road this year. Pitt’s best road record in Big East play is 6-2 in five different seasons.
*Pitt improved to 86-95 in 181 all-time games vs. West Virginia. Pitt has now claimed 15 of the last 22 matchups and is 6-5 since 2001-02 in games played in Morgantown. Fifty-six games in the Pitt-WVU series have now been decided by five points or less.
*Pitt’s senior class consisting of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker improved to 105-25 in their four-year career. The school record for most victories for a senior class is 113 set by the 2008-09 class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young.
*Both No. 4 Pitt and No. 25 West Virginia entered a Backyard Brawl matchup with national rankings for only the sixth time in the 181-game, 106-year series. Pitt improved to 3-3 in those contests.
*With his 210th career victory, Jamie Dixon needs just four more wins to set an NCAA Division I record for most victories after eight seasons as a head coach. The list goes as follows: 1. Everett Case, North Carolina State, 1947-54, 213-52; 1. Roy Williams, Kansas, 1989-96, 213-56, 3. Mark Few, Gonzaga, 2000-07, 211-52 and Dixon at 210.
*Jamie Dixon won his fourth career game in Morgantown and improved to 4-4 all-time in games played at WVU Coliseum. Dixon has won more games at WVU Coliseum than any other coach: Ben Howland 2-1, Ralph Willard 1-2, Paul Evans 1-3, Roy Chipman 0-4, Tim Grgurich 1-4, Buzz Ridl 0-6. Pitt is now 9-24 all-time at WVU Coliseum and 29-61 all-time in Morgantown.
*Pitt grabbed 18 offensive rebounds on the day. The national leader in offensive rebounding, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in 23 of its 24 games this year.
*Pitt held West Virginia to 66 points. This year, Pitt has held 20 of its 24 opponents to 70 points or less.
*Brad Wanamaker finished the game with 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists. He is also quickly approaching the 1,000-point, 500-rebound, 400-assist mark, as he currently has 985 points, 470 rebounds and 403 assists in his career. Only one other player in school history has achieved that distinction: Carl Krauser. Wanamaker is attempting to become only the eighth player in school history to record over 1,000 points and 400 assists in a career. He has now reached double figure scoring in 15 games on the year and 43 times in his career.
*Nasir Robinson led Pitt with 15 points. It marked just the second time that Robinson led the Panthers in scoring this year. He reached double figure scoring for the fifth game on the year and 14th time in his career.
*Gary McGhee finished the contest with a career-high tying 13 points. He reached double figure scoring for the ninth time on the year and 17th time in his career. McGhee has now scored 13 points four times in his career.
*Travon Woodall made his 12th career start. He finished the game with 12 points and three assists in a career-high 36 minutes played. He reached double figure scoring for the sixth time this year and 11th time in his career. Woodall tied a career-high with 11 field goal attempts. He has now dished out at least one assists in 37 consecutive games.
*Gilbert Brown scored nine points on the evening. He is approaching 1,000 career points and now has 936 for his career.
*Ashton Gibbs missed the game with an MCL injury in left knee. It marked the first time in his three-year career at Pitt that he missed a game due to injury. Prior to this evening’s game, Gibbs had played in 85 consecutive games and made starts in 57 straight contests. The last time he did not play in a contest was on December 3, 2008 vs. Duquesne.