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Feb. 27, 2011

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No. 4 Pitt at No. 16 Louisville, February 27, 2011, Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center

No. 16 Louisville 62, No. 4 Pitt 59 (OT)


*Pitt dropped to 25-4 on the year and 13-3 in the Big East Conference. Pitt still has a one-game first place lead in the Big East standings. To win the Big East title and secure the No. 1 seed upon entering the Big East Championship, it needs either one more win combined with a Notre Dame loss or wins in its last two regular season games: at South Florida (March 2) and vs. Villanova (March 5).


*Pitt dropped to 13-3 in Big East play this year. Pitt’s best-ever Big East record was a 15-3 slate in 2008-09. To match that, Pitt would have to win each of its last two games at South Florida and vs. Villanova.


*All four of Pitt’s losses are to NCAA Tournament teams: Tennessee, Notre Dame, St. John’s and Louisville. All four of Pitt’s losses are by eight points or fewer: Tennessee (7 points), Notre Dame (5 points), St. John’s (one point) and Louisville (3 points in overtime). Since Jamie Dixon became head coach at Pitt in 2003-04, 23 of his 58 losses came by four points or less and 43 of his 58 losses have come by 10 points or less. In addition, Dixon owns a 38-11 record after losing a game.


*Pitt has now won 15 of its last 18 overall games and 16 of its last 19 Big East regular season games.


*Pitt dropped its second road game of the year. Prior to this afternoon’s game, Pitt was one of several teams nationally with one road loss.


*The Panthers dropped to 6-2 in Big East road games this year. On the road, Pitt has proved to be the Big East’s winningest program as it has won 19 of its last 27 contests away from home. With the loss, Pitt dropped to 51-32 in Big East road games combining the last 10 years. Pitt leads the league with its 51-32 road record over the last 10 seasons.


*Pitt is now 6-2 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. It needs a win at South Florida on Wednesday to set a school record for most road wins in Big East play with seven.


*Pitt’s senior class consisting of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker dropped to 108-27 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 a 213-58 overall record, Jamie Dixon needs just one more win to set an NCAA Division I record for most victories after eight seasons as a head coach. He is now tied for first place on the all-time list. The list is as follows: 1. Everett Case, North Carolina State, 1947-54, 213-52; 1. Roy Williams, Kansas, 1989-96, 213-56, 3. Dixon, Pitt, 2003-11, 213-58.


*Pitt grabbed a season-low eight offensive rebounds on the day. For only the fifth 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 22 of its 27 games this year.


*Pitt dropped to 5-5 all-time in games played vs. Louisville. It is now 1-2 in games played in Louisville and 2-5 in Big East games. Pitt dropped to 29-10 vs. Big East teams added in 2005-06. Dixon dropped to 5-4 vs. Louisville.


*Pitt played its first overtime game of the season. Interestingly, three of Pitt’s last four games played against Louisville have gone into overtime.


*Pitt’s 22 points scored in the first half marked a season-low ouput for a half and lowest point total at halftime on the year. Pitt scored just 23 points at West Virginia on Feb 7 and at Villanova on Feb. 12 earlier in the year.


*With his 13 points and 12 rebounds, Brad Wanamaker registered his eighth career double-double and fifth career points-rebounds double-double. He also finished the day with a team-leading six assists and had an opportunity to finish with a triple-double. He now needs just one more rebound to become the second player in school history to record over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in a career. Carl Krauser is the only other player to achieve such a feat. Wanamaker reached double figure scoring for the 19th time this year and 47th time in his career and double figure rebounding for the first time this season and sixth time in his career. Wanamaker’s 41 minutes played represented a season-high.


*Gilbert Brown finished the game with a game and team-high 20 points on 8-15 shooting. He also hit 2-4 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds. Brown scored 20 or more points for the second time this year and fifth time in his career and reached double figure scoring for the 18th time this year. He now needs just 15 points to become the 40th player in program history to record over 1,000 career points. His 41 minutes played and 15 field goal attempts represented new career-highs.


*Ashton Gibbs played in a season-high 40 minutes and finished with 14 points. It marked his 22nd double figure scoring game on the year and 57th for his career. Gibbs has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 27 consecutive games played.


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