March 14, 2009
Pitt vs. West Virginia, Big East Championship Quarterfinal, March 12, 2009
*Pitt lost its first game in the Big East Tournament for the first time since 2005. Previously, Pitt had advanced to each of the last three Big East Championship Finals (2006, 2007 and 2008) with a title in 2008. In addition, Pitt had reached the title game in seven of the previous eight seasons and were 23-8 at Madison Square Garden since 2001.
*With the loss, Pitt falls to 25-25 all-time in the Big East Championship. Pitt has competed in the tournament in each of its 27 years in the Big East.
*Following each of Pitt’s four losses this season, Pitt has bounced back with a victory. In games played after losing a contest, Dixon’s all-time record is 29-9.
*With his 15 points, Sam Young reached double figure scoring for the 30th time in Pitt’s 32 games this year. He has now reached double figures in 74 of his last 79 games played and in 93 games in his career.
*With his 14 points, DeJuan Blair reached double figure scoring for the 23rd time on the year and 49th time in his career.
*Levance Fields finished the evening with seven assists. He now has 244 career assists and needs just eight more assists to set Pitt’s all-time season record held by Brandin Knight (251 in 2001-02).
*Pitt finished 0-8 from 3-point range, its lowest 3-point output in the Jamie Dixon Era. Previously, Pitt hit just one 3-pointer vs. Marquette on Feb. 15,2008.
*DeJuan Blair fouled out for the third time this season. He also fouled out against Louisville and Providence. Pitt is 0-3 when Blair fouls out of a game.
*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon (160 wins) needs just one more victory to tie the NCAA Division I record for best coaching start after six season as a head coach. North Carolina State’s Everett Case holds the record with 161 wins from 1947-51.
*Pitt dropped to 84-94 all-time vs. West Virginia. It finished the year 2-1 vs. the Mountaineers. Dixon dropped to 8-5 vs. West Virginia.
*West Virginia scored 74 points in the contest and became just the seventh opponent to score over 70 points vs. the Panthers this year. Pitt has limited 25 of its 32 opponents to 70 points or less. Pitt has won five of those seven games. Additionally, since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 163 of its 204 opponents under 70 points. Pitt’s record is 160-44 during that span.
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