March 5, 2009
Marquette at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, March 4, 2009
*Pitt improved to 27-3 overall and 14-3 in the Big East Conference. Pitt has now won nine of its last 10 games. With the win, Pitt clinched a two-day bye for the Big East Tournament. It can finish no lower than the No. 3 seed in the Big East Tournament. With a victory over No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday, Pitt could secure the No. 1 seed upon entering the Big East Tournament if Louisville loses at West Virginia on Saturday. A loss to Connecticut on Saturday would give Pitt the No. 3 seed. A victory over Connecticut would give Pitt a share of the Big East regular season title. It would be Pitt’s sixth Big East regular season title (1986-87, 1987-88, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04).
*Prior to the game, Pitt retired Brandin Knight’s jersey No. 20. Knight became the fourth player in school history to have his jersey retired. The other four include Don Hennon (1956-59), Billy Knight (1971-74), Charles Smith (1984-88) and Knight.
*Saturday’s Connecticut game marks Senior Day for Pitt’s three seniors: Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young. Pitt’s senior class of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young won a school-record 108th career game. The trio needs just one more victory to take sole possession of the record of 108 wins set by the 2004-05 senior class. Biggs, Fields and Young are 108-29 overall.
*Pitt won its 27th game of the season. The 27 wins rank as the fifth all-time win total in school history. The school record is 31 wins set in Jamie Dixon’s first year as head coach in 2003-04.
*Pitt won a school-record 14th Big East regular season game. The 14 wins surpassed the previous school record of 13 wins. Pitt also won 13 games in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04.
*Pitt’s current 20-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’s 20-game win streak ranks as the third longest current win streak in NCAA Division I. The other longest win streaks include: Kansas (40), Utah State (33), Pitt (20), Cornell (19) and Dayton (19).
*Pitt has won 20 straight home games and carries a 114-10 all-time record (.919 winning percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also has a 48-9 record vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt improved to 18-0 at home this year.
*With one more home games left, Pitt’s 18-0 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 (114-10) 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.
*A win over UConn would help Pitt complete just its fourth all-time undefeated record at home.
*No. 3 Pitt and No. 13 Marquette’s meeting became the 10th all-time contest between two nationally ranked programs in Petersen Events Center history.
*With his 17 points and 10 assists, Levance Fields totaled his seventh career double-double, eighth career double figure assist game and seventh career points-assist double-double. He set the school record with his seventh career double-double. It was his eighth double figure assist game of the year and he now ranks second on the all-time list behind Darelle Porter (9 in 1989-90). He reached double figure scoring for the 21st time on the year and 67th time in his career. Fields is closing in on Pitt’s season assist record which is 251 held by Brandin Knight in 2001-02. Fields is currently in third place on the list with 225 assists and trails Knight (251) and Darelle Porter (229 from 1989-90).
*With his 18 points, Sam Young has now reached double figure scoring for the 28th time on the year and 91st time in his career. Young has now reached double figures in 72 of his last 77 games played. Young also played in his 137th career game and tied the school’s career record for most games played. He ties Jaron Brown, who also played in 137 contests from 2000-04. He will set the record Saturday against Connecticut.
*With his 23 points and nine rebounds, DeJuan Blair finished one rebound shy of a double-double. He scored 20 or more points for the 15th time in his career and scored in double figures for the 48th time in his career.
*With his 13 points, Jermaine Dixon reached double figure scoring for the 15th time on the season.
*Gilbert Brown scored 11 points on the evening. He reached double figure scoring for the fifth time this year and played in a season-high 30 minutes.
*Jamie Dixon improved to 159-43 in his sixth year as head coach at Pitt. With his 159 career wins, he now ranks tied for second among all-time NCAA Division I coaches in wins over the first six years of a head coaching career. He needs just two more victories to tie the record NCAA Division I record held by North Carolina State’s Everett Case (161 wins from 1947-52). Kansas’ Roy Williams (1989-94) and Gonzaga’s Mark Few (2000-05) both rank second with 159 wins. Dixon has now guided Pitt to six straight 20-overall win, 10-league win campaigns, the most in school history and the most in the Big East during that span.
*Pitt shot 63.0 percent (34-54) from the floor. It marked the 11th time this season that Pitt hit over 50 percent from the floor. The 63.0 percent shooting ranked as the third-highest shooting percentage in the Jamie Dixon Era.
*Pitt scored over 90 points for the sixth time on the year.
*Pitt improved to 6-6 in its series against Marquette and has won three of its last four against the Golden Eagles.
*Marquette scored 75 points on the evening and became just the sixth team in 30 games to score over 70 points against the Panthers this year. Pitt has held 24 of its 30 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 161 of its 202 opponents under 70 points. Pitt’s record is 159-43 in those 202 games.