March 5, 2010
Providence at No. 17 Pitt, March 4, 2010, Petersen Events Center
No. 17 Pitt 73, Providence 71
*With the win, Pitt improved to 23-7 overall and 12-5 in the Big East. Pitt clinches a two-day bye upon entering the Big East Championship. Pitt will be either a No. 2, 3 or 4 seed and will play on Thursday.
*Here is an updated listing of Pitt’s possible Big East Tournament scenarios. Pitt is a:
No. 2 seed if…
It defeats Rutgers and West Virginia defeats Villanova on Saturday creating a 3-way tie at 13-5. Pitt owns the tiebreaker in a three-way tie scenario (mini-conference: Pitt 2-1, WVU 2-2, Villanova 1-2) and the seedings would end up like this: 2. Pitt, 3-WVU, 4-Villanova.
No. 3 seed if…
It defeats Rutgers and Villanova defeats West Virginia on Saturday. The seeds would be as follows: 3-Pitt 13-5, 4-WVU 12-6.
It loses to Rutgers; Villanova defeats West Virginia on Saturday and Marquette defeats Notre Dame on Saturday creating a three-way tie at 12-6. The teams would be seeded this way: 3-Pitt, 4-WVU, 5-Marquette since the tiebreaker goes into a mini-conference: Pitt-2-1, WVU-2-1, MU-0-2. Since Pitt and WVU have identical records, step 2 would be used which is record vs. No. 1 Syracuse: Pitt 1-0, WVU 0-1.
No. 4 seed if…
It loses to Rutgers and West Virginia defeats Villanova on Saturday. Villanova and West Virginia would both be 13-5. At 12-6, Pitt owns the tiebreaker and would be the 4 seed over Marquette should Marquette defeat Notre Dame.
*Ashton Gibbs’ game-winning 3-pointer from 30-feet proved to be the second game-winner at the buzzer in Petersen Events Center history. Ronald Ramon hit a game-winning 3-pointer to defeat West Virginia 55-54 on February 7, 2008.
*Pitt has now claimed six of its last seven games and 16 of its last 21.
*Pitt has now won 23 games on the year. The 23 victories ranks tied for the 11th-most wins in school history.
*With the victory, Jamie Dixon moved to within two wins of tying the NCAA Division I all-time wins record after seven seasons as a head coach. Dixon now has 186 career wins. The record is 188 held by Gonzaga’s Mark Few from 2000-06. North Carolina State’s Everett Case ranks second with 187 wins from 1947-53. Last season, Dixon set the record for most coaching victories after six seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach with 163 wins.
*Pitt improved its Petersen Events Center record to 131-11 overall is 56-10 all-time against Big East opponents. Pitt is 16-1 at home this year and has won 37 of its last 38 home games.
*Pitt defeated Providence for the ninth time in the last 10 matchups. Pitt won its sixth straight home game vs. the Friars and improved to 6-0 vs. Providence at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 19-3 in home games vs. Providence and 28-17 in the all-time series.
*With his 24 points and 12 rebounds, Jermaine Dixon registered his first career double-double and set new career-highs for both statistical categories. He also set career-highs for field goals made (11), field goal attempts (18) and defensive rebounds (10). It marked his second career 20-point game and 28th career 10-point game.
*Ashton Gibbs tied career-highs for scoring (25 points), field goals made (nine) and 3-point field goals made (6). It marked his 11th career 20-point scoring game. He has hit six 3-pointers four times in his career: vs. Providence, 3/4/10, vs. West Virginia, 2/12/10, at Syracuse, 1/2/10 and vs. Binghamton, 11/17/09. When Gibbs hits six 3-pointers, Pitt is 4-0. Gibbs has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 45 of his 65 career games at Pitt.
*With his career-high 13 assists and 10 points, Brad Wanamaker notched his fifth career double-double and second career points-assists double-double. The 13 assists ranked tied for eighth all-time on Pitt’s game assists list.