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March 3, 2011

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No. 4 Pitt at South Florida, March 2, 2011, Tampa, Fla., Sun Dome

No. 4 Pitt 66, South Florida 50


*With its win today, Pitt clinched at least a share of the Big East Conference regular season championship. The regular season title is Pitt’s first since the 2003-04 season and sixth in school history (1986-87, 1987-88, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and now 2010-11). Since the 2000-01 season, Pitt has won more Big East regular season titles than any other league school: Pitt-4, Connecticut-3, Syracuse-2, Georgetown-2, Boston College-2, Louisville-1, Villanova-1.


*Pitt improved to 26-4 on the year and 14-3 in the Big East Conference. Pitt (14-3) maintained its one-game first place lead in the Big East standings over Notre Dame (13-4). To win the Big East title outright and secure the No. 1 seed upon entering the Big East Championship, it needs either one more win or a Notre Dame loss in the final regular season game. Pitt concludes the regular season on Saturday vs. Villanova at home, while Notre Dame is at Connecticut on March 5.


*With the win tonight, Pitt will be either the No. 1 seed or No. 2 seed upon entering next week’s Big East Championship.


*Pitt improved to 14-3 in Big East play this year. Pitt can tie a school record for most league wins with a win over Villanova on Saturday. Pitt’s best-ever Big East record was a 15-3 slate in 2008-09.


*With a 214-58 career overall record, Jamie Dixon set the 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 now as follows: 1. Jamie Dixon, Pitt, 2003-11, 214-58; 2. Everett Case, North Carolina State, 1947-54, 213-52; 2. Roy Williams, Kansas, 1989-96, 213-56.


*Jamie Dixon improved to 39-11 after losing a game. The last time Pitt was Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, 2010 (at USF and at West Virginia).


*The 16-point win over USF tied for the 12th largest Big East road win in school history. Previously this year, Pitt defeated DePaul by 30 points (80-50) on January 22, 2011 for its largest all-time Big East road victory. Pitt also defeated Georgetown by 15 points in January.


*This evening’s crowd of 4,640 marked the smallest crowd that Pitt has played in front of this season.


*Pitt has now won 16 of its last 19 overall games and 17 of its last 20 Big East regular season games.


*Pitt set a school record for most Big East road victories in a season with its seventh this evening. The Panthers finished 7-2 in Big East road games this year. Previously, Pitt’s best road record is 6-2 in five different seasons. Prior to this evening, Pitt had never won more than six Big East road games in season as it has won six five different times.


*On the road, Pitt has proved to be the Big East’s winningest program as it has won 20 of its last 28 contests away from home. With the win, Pitt improved to a league-leading 52-32 in Big East road games combining the last 10 years.


*Pitt’s senior class consisting of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker dropped to 109-27 in their four-year career. The school record for most victories for a senior class is 112 set by the 2008-09 class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young.


*Pitt grabbed 11 offensive rebounds on the day. Pitt has now grabbed 10 or more offensive rebounds in 25 of its 30 games this year.


*Pitt improved to 5-3 all-time vs. South Florida. The Panthers have won five of the last six matchups and are now 2-1 vs. USF in Tampa.


*With his game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, Nasir Robinson registered his sixth career double-double and fourth on the year. It marked his fifth double figure scoring game in his last seven games. Robinson, who has led Pitt in scoring in five times on the year, totaled his seventh double figure scoring game of the year, 18th of his career and fifth double figure rebounding game of the year and eighth of his career.


*Ashton Gibbs finished with 16 points on 4-6 3-pointers. The contest marked his 22nd double figure scoring game of the year and 58th of his career. Gibbs has now hit three or more 3-pointers in 41 career games and has hit at least one 3-pointer in 28 consecutive games played.


*With his seven points and seven rebounds, Brad Wanamaker became only 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 fear. Wanamaker currently has 1,056 points, 506 rebounds and 434 assists in his career. Wanamaker also reached the 300-point, 150-assist season milestone as he has 365 points and 154 assists on the year. He is only the fifth player in school history to achieve that feat in two seasons at Pitt joining Sean Miller, Jerry McCullough, Carl Krauser, Levance Fields.


*With his 10 points, Gilbert Brown reached double figure scoring for the 19th time this year. He now needs just five points to become the 40th player in program history to record over 1,000 career points.


*Gary McGhee scored all of his nine points in the second half.


*J.J. Richardson tied a career-high with 14 minutes played. He played in 14 minutes two other times.

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