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Feb. 13, 2011

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No. 4 Pitt at No. 9 Villanova, February 12, 2011, The Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.

No. 4 Pitt 57, No. 9 Villanova 54


*Pitt won its fourth straight game and improved to 23-2 overall and 11-1 in the Big East.


*Pitt is 11-1 in Big East play for the first time in school history. With six games remaining and a 1.5 game lead, it has the opportunity to win the Big East regular season title, set school records for most league wins and best winning percentage in league games. Pitt has won or tied for five Big East regular season titles (1986-87, 1987-88, 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04). It won a school record 15 Big East regular season games in 2008-09.


*Pitt improved to 5-2 this year vs. nationally ranked teams (AP poll). Pitt’s school record for most wins over nationally ranked opponents in a season is six in two different seasons: 1988-89 and 2008-09.


*Pitt has now won 13 of its last 14 overall games and 14 of its last 15 Big East regular season games.


*Pitt’s 23-2 overall record ties for the best all-time start to a season after 25 games. It also began 23-2 in 1929-30, 2003-04 and 2008-09. Pitt won its first 20 consecutive games and finished 21-0 en route to the national championship in 1927-28.


*Pitt is now one of only two teams with undefeated road records this year. Kansas is the other program. Ohio State lost at Wisconsin Saturday.


*Pitt won its seventh straight road game overall and improved to 6-0 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 19th road game in its last 25 contests away from home. With the win, Pitt improved to 51-30 in Big East road games combining the last 10 years.


*Pitt’s seven game road win streak now stands alone as the school’s 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 6-0 on the road this year. Pitt’s best road record in Big East play is 6-2 in five different seasons. Pitt has never won more than six Big East road games in season. It has won six five different times.


*Pitt’s senior class consisting of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker improved to 106-25 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.


*With his 211th   career victory, Jamie Dixon needs just three more wins to set an NCAA Division I record for most victories after eight seasons as a head coach. He is now tied for third place on the all-time list. 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 211.


*Pitt snapped Villanova’s 46-game win streak at the Pavilion. The last time Villanova lost a game at the Pavilion was on January 6, 2007. Pitt also ended Villanova’s streak of six consecutive wins over the Panthers at the Pavilion. In its previous 10 meetings with Villanova at the Pavilion, Pitt was 1-9. Pitt improved to 5-9 all-time at the Pavilion. Pitt is now 29-32 all-time vs. Villanova and 6-18 in games played in Philadelphia.


*Saturday’s game marked the first meeting between the two schools when both were ranked among the nation’s top-10 in the Associated Press poll.


*Jamie Dixon improved to 6-5 in head-to-head games against Villanova. Prior to this evening’s win, Villanova was the only Big East team that Dixon did not have a winning record against. He now has a winning record against all 15 league schools. In addition, Jamie Dixon won at the Pavilion for the first time in his eight-year head coaching career.


*Pitt won its fifth consecutive game against top-10 ranked opponents and is now 12-2 vs. top-10 ranked opponents since the 2007-08 season. In addition, Jamie Dixon improved to 23-9 all-time vs. top-10 opponents.


*Pitt grabbed nine offensive rebounds on the day. For only the second time this year, Pitt failed to grab 10 or more rebounds. The national leader in offensive rebounding, Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in 23 of its 25 games this year.


*Pitt held Villanova to 54 points. This year, Pitt has held 13 of its 25 opponents to 60 points or less and 21 of its 25 opponents to 70 points or less.


*Brad Wanamaker scored 20 or more points for the third time this year with his game-high 21 point performance. It marked his sixth career 20-point scoring game. He also became the 39th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points and now has 1,006 career points. He is also quickly approaching the 1,000-point, 500-rebound, 400-assist mark, as he currently has 1,006 points, 474 rebounds and 404 assists in his career. Only one player in school history has achieved that distinction: Carl Krauser. Tonight, Wanamaker became one of only eight players in school history to record over 1,000 points and 400 assists in a career. He has now reached double figure scoring in 16 games on the year and 44 times in his career.


*A Philadelphia native and Roman Catholic High School graduate, Wanamaker scored 21 of Pitt’s 57 points on the evening and converted a career-high eight field goals made.


*With his 15 points, Nasir Robinson recorded his second straight double figure scoring contest. He also led the Panthers with seven rebounds and converted career-highs for free throws made (9) and free throw attempts (14) in a season-high 38 minutes played. He reached double figure scoring for the sixth game on the year and 15th time in his career.


*Ashton Gibbs missed his second consecutive game with an MCL injury in left knee.

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