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March 7, 2009

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Connecticut at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, March 7, 2009


*Pitt concluded its regular season at 28-3 overall and 15-3 in the Big East Conference. Pitt has now won 10 of its last 11 games. With the win, it can finish no lower than the No. 2 seed for the Big East Tournament. Pitt will claim a share of the Big East regular season title and enter the Big East Tournament as the No. 1 seed if West Virginia defeats Louisville at 9 p.m. in Morgantown on Saturday. If Louisville wins, Pitt will be the No. 2 seed. Should Louisville lose tonight, Pitt will have it ssixth Big East regular season title (1986-87, 1987-88, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2008-09).


*Pitt defeated the nation’s No. 1 ranked team for second time this year. It also defeated UConn 76-68 on Feb. 16 in Hartford. Pitt became the ninth team and seventh school in NCAA Division I history to defeat the nation’s No. 1 ranked team on two different times during a season.


*Pitt’s senior class of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young set the school-record with its 109th career win. The trio surpassed the previous school record of 108 wins set by the 2004-05 senior class. Biggs, Fields and Young are 109-29 overall.


*Today’s game marked Senior Day for Pitt’s three seniors: Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young. Following are some four-year accomplishments of Pitt’s 2008-09 senior class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young:

*Will advance to its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament, becoming the fifth senior class in school history to achieve that honor.

*School’s all-time winningest class over a four-year period with a 109-29 overall record.

*109-29 overall record and .790 winning percentage. The .790 winning percentage ranks as the third best in school history.

*Completed four-year career with a 47-21 Big East regular season record and .691 winning percentage. The threesome will finish their career with the second most Big East regular season wins in school history.

*Guided Pitt to the 2008 Big East Tournament championship, Pitt’s second all-time title.

*One NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance (2007).

*Became the first senior class in school history to guide Pitt to the No. 1 national ranking and the first to defeat a No. 1 ranked team in 2009.

*Three straight Big East Championship Finals appearances (2006, 2007 and 2008) with the opportunity to advance to its fourth in 2009. Should it advance to the 2009 title, it would become the second senior class in school history to play in four straight Big East Tournament title games. Jaron Brown, Julius Page and Toree Morris achieved this honor from 2000-04.

*Four consecutive 20-win seasons.

*Four consecutive 10-plus win Big East regular seasons including a school record 14-wins this year.

*Is the only senior class in the Big East to win over 20 overall games and 10-plus league regular season games in four consecutive seasons during that time period (2005-09).

*One of only six senior classes in school history to win over 100 career games.

*Biggs, Fields and Young will become the ninth, 10th and 11th players in school history to compete in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments during their basketball career at Pitt.

*9-2 overall record in the Big East Tournament. The threesome needs two more Big East Tournament wins to set the school record.

*4-3 record in the NCAA Tournament. The threesome needs three more NCAA Tournament wins to set the school record.

*Concluded career with a 66-5 four-year record and .930 winning percentage in games played at the Petersen Events Center.

*49-3 four-year record and .942 winning percentage in games played vs. non-conference teams.

*All three student-athletes are on pace to graduate with a degree from the University of Pittsburgh:

Tyrell Biggs—economics, Levance Fields—communications, Sam Young—communications.

*Pitt won its 28th game of the season. The 28 wins rank tied for the fourth highest 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 15th Big East regular season game. The 15 wins surpass the previous school record of 13 wins. Pitt also won 13 games in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04.


*Pitt’s concludes its season with a 21-game home win streak, which 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 21-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 21 straight home games and carries a 115-10 all-time record (.920 winning percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also has a 49-9 record vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt concluded its year with a 19-0 record at home this year.


* Pitt’s 19-0 home slate ranks as the school’s best homecourt record in school history and fourth undefeated home season in school history. Pitt also finished 16-0 in 2002-03, 13-0 in 1973-74 and 10-0 in 1974-75. Pitt’s .920 winning percentage (115-10) 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.


*No. 3 Pitt and No. 1 Connecticut marked the second top-5 matchup in Petersen Events Center history. The contest was the 11th all-time contest between two nationally ranked programs in Petersen Events Center history.


*With his 31 points and 10 rebounds, Sam Young notched his ninth career double-double and third on the year. It marked his second career 30-plus point game and 30th 20-point game. Young also played in a school-record 138th career game and set the previous record of 137 games played held by Jaron Brown from 2000-04. Young has also reached double figure scoring for the 29th time on the year and 92nd time in his career. Young has now reached double figures in 73 of his last 78 games played. Young tied a career-high with 13 field goals.


*With his 10 points and 12 assists, Levance Fields totaled his eighth career double-double, ninth career double figure assist game and eighth career points-assist double-double. It was his ninth career double figure assist game of the year and he tied the school record held by Darelle Porter (9 in 1989-90). He reached double figure scoring for the 22nd time on the year and 68th  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 moved into second place on the list with 237 assists and trails only Knight (251).


*With his 13 points off the bench, Brad Wanamaker reached double figure scoring for the fifth time this season.


*For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Pitt defeated Connecticut two times during the same season.


*Jamie Dixon improved to 160-43 in his sixth year as head coach at Pitt. With his 160 career wins, he now ranks second among all-time NCAA Division I coaches in wins over the first six years of a head coaching career. He needs just one more victory to tie the NCAA Division I record held by North Carolina State’s Everett Case (161 wins from 1947-52). 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 improved to 26-30 in its series against Connecticut. It also improved to 11-11 vs. the Huskies in games played in Pittsburgh, 4-1 vs. UConn in the Petersen Events Center.


*Connecticut scored just 60 points on the evening. Pitt has held 25 of its 31 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 162 of its 203 opponents under 70 points. Pitt’s record is 160-43 in those 203 games.


*Today’s attendance of 12,908 ranked as Pitt’s largest on-campus home crowd, surpassing the previous record of 12,817 set vs. Connecticut on Feb. 15, 2004. It also set a Petersen Events Center record for largest crowd. Pitt currently has a string of 132 consecutive home sellouts dating back to a January 12, 2002 game against Notre Dame.


*On the year, Pitt closed out its home season with an 11,194 average attendance. In 19 home games, Pitt drew 212,682 fans to the Petersen Events Center.

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