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March 12, 2010

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Big East Championship Quarterfinal

No. 16 Pitt vs. Notre Dame, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., March 11, 2010

Notre Dame 50, No. 16 Pitt 45


*With the loss, Pitt has now won seven of its last nine games and drops to 24-8 overall.


*Pitt entered the Big East Tournament as the No. 2 seed for the second consecutive season. The No. 2 seed ranks among its all-time highest seeds upon entering the Big East Tournament in school history. Pitt has entered the tourney as the No. 1 seed three different times (1988, 1-West in 2002 and 2004) and has now been a No. 2 seed three times (1987, 2-West in 2003 and now in 2010).


*With its 45 points, Pitt scored the second fewest points in its Big East Tournament history. Pitt scored just 42 points on March 10, 2007 vs. Georgetown in the BET Championship Game. It is the lowest scoring output on the year for Pitt and the second lowest of the Jamie Dixon Era. Pitt scored just 16 points in the second half, its second lowest scoring output in a half this season. Earlier this year, Pitt scored just 15 points vs. New Hampshire in the first half.


*For the second straight season, Pitt dropped its first Big East Tournament game. The last time Pitt lost back-to-back first games in the BET was in 1999 and 2000. Pitt has advanced to the Big East Tournament title game in seven of the last nine years (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008).


*Even with the loss, over the last 10 seasons Pitt still owns the league's best Big East Tournament record with a 19-9 slate. Pitt's 19 wins still rank as the most Big East Tournament victories over that time period: 1. Pitt, 19, 2. Syracuse, 14, 3. Georgetown, 10, 4. Connecticut 9, 5. Villanova 9. In addition, Pitt is one of three programs to capture at least two Big East Championship titles since 2000-01: Pitt-2, Connecticut-2 and Syracuse-2.


*With the loss, Pitt drops to 24-11 at Madison Square Garden since the 2000-01 season. It snapped a two-game losing streak at MSG. Pitt has now claimed 12 of its last 17 games at Madison Square Garden.


*Pitt drops to 25-26 in 27 all-time Big East Tournament appearances.


*Jamie Dixon needs two more victories to break the all-time NCAA Division I record for most wins after the first seven seasons as a head coach. He has 187 career wins and is one win behind Gonzaga's Mark Few, who compiled 188 wins from 2000-06. Last season, Dixon set the NCAA Division I record for most wins after the first six seasons as a head coach with 163.


*Dixon dropped to 11-6 all-time in Big East Tournament games. In the Big East Tournament, he has guided Pitt to one title (2008) and berths in four of the last seven title games.


*Pitt dropped to 10-11 in Big East Tournament Quarterfinal Round games.


*With his 16 points, Brad Wanamaker reached double figure scoring for the 21st time this year and 26th time in his career.


*Jermaine Dixon reached double figure scoring for the 30th time in his two-year career.


*Pitt and Notre Dame met for the 55th time in series history. Pitt is now 27-28 all-time vs. Notre Dame. The two schools last met in the Big East Tournament in 2001, a 66-54 Pitt win. Pitt has now claimed seven of the last 11 meetings against Notre Dame. Pitt is now 1-1 vs. UND in Big East Championship games.


*Pitt features three players and two staff members who are New York City area natives. The student-athletes include Ashton Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J.), Dante Taylor (Greenburgh, N.Y) and Travon Woodall (Brooklyn), along with Assistant Coach Brandin Knight (East Orange, N.J.) and Video Coordinator Rasheen Davis (Bronx).

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