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Feb. 21, 2009

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DePaul at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, Feb. 21, 2009


*On Monday, No. 4 Pitt has a chance to move to No. 1 for the second time this year. No. 4 Pitt defeated No.1 Connecticut 76-68 on Monday, No. 3 North Carolina lost to Maryland 88-85 in overtime on Saturday and No. 2 Oklahoma dropped a 73-68 loss at Texas. Pitt defeated DePaul this evening 80-61.


*Pitt won its seventh straight contest, improved to 25-2 overall and 12-2 in Big East Conference play.


*Pitt won its 25th game on the season. The 25 wins rank tied for sixth on the all-time season victories list. The school record is 31 wins set in Jamie Dixon’s first year as head coach in 2003-04.


*Pitt won its 12th game in Big East play today. Pitt needs just two more league wins to set a school record for most Big East wins in school history. The current record is 13 wins set three times in 2001-02 (13-3), 2002-03 (13-3) and 2003-04 (13-3).


*Pitt’s current 19-game home win streak ranks third among the school’s all-time longest home win streaks. The school record is 40 straight home wins from Jan. 22, 2001-Feb. 15, 2004. Pitt won its first 34 games to open the Petersen Events Center.


*Pitt has won 19 straight home games and carries a 113-10 all-time record (.919 winning percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also has a 47-9 record vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt improved to 17-0 at home this year. The Panthers host two more home games: Marquette (March 4) and Connecticut (March 7).


*With two more home games to go, Pitt’s 17-0 home slate ranks as the school’s best homecourt record in school history. Pitt also finished 16-0 in 2002-03, 13-0 in 1973-74 and 10-0 in 1974-75. Pitt’s .919 winning percentage (113-10) in the Petersen Events Center ranks as the nation’s fifth-best winning percentage since the arena opened in 2002-03. Pitt also has the most home wins in the nation from 2002-09.


*With his 20 points and 18 rebounds, DeJuan Blair registered his 17th double-double on the year and 31st for his career. For the second consecutive game, Blair had a double-double at halftime. He finished the first half with 16 points and 16 rebounds. At halftime, Blair had more rebounds (16) then DePaul (10). Blair also finished with 10 offensive rebounds, the fourth time this season that he finished with 10-plus offensive rebounds.


*Blair set a school record for most rebounds over a two-game stretch. He grabbed 41 rebounds over the last two games (23-at Connecticut, 18 vs. DePaul) and surpassed the previous record of 38 held by Jerome Lane set in 1986-87. That year, Lane grabbed 21 rebounds vs. Connecticut and 17 vs. Villanova.


*Tyrell Biggs finished with 13 points (6-10 field goal shooting) and reached double figures for the seventh time this year and 15th time in his career. He reached double figure scoring for the first time in 10 games.


*With his 16 points, Sam Young reached double figure scoring for the 25th time on the year and 88th time in his career. Over his last six games, Young is shooting 60.6 percent (40-66).


*Jermaine Dixon scored 11 points and hit double figure scoring for the 13th time on the year.


*Head Coach Jamie Dixon improves to 157-42 all-time in his career. He has now coached in 199 career games. His 200th career game will be on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009 at Providence.


*With the win, Pitt improves to 20-8 vs. Big East schools added in 2005-06. Pitt improves to 5-0 vs. the Blue Demons. Pitt is also 5-1 vs. Cincinnati, 4-3 vs. Louisville, 3-4 vs. Marquette, 3-0 vs. South Florida.


*The win over DePaul gave Pitt’s three-member senior class of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young their 106th career victory and a 106-28 four-year record. The threesome needs just three more wins to become the winningest senior class in school history. The record is 108 win set by the 2004-05 senior class consisting of Chevon Troutman and Mark McCarroll.


*DePaul was held to 61 points on the evening. Pitt has held 24 of its 27 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 161 of its 199 opponents under 70 points. Pitt’s record is 157-42 in those 199 games.


*Today’s attendance of 12,508 marked the seventh consecutive fully attended game this year. Pitt currently has a string of 130 consecutive home sellouts dating back to a January 12, 2002 game against Notre Dame.

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