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March 19, 2010

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NCAA Tournament First Round

No. 3 seed Pitt vs. No. 14 seed Oakland, Milwaukee, Wis., Bradley Center, March 19, 2010

No. 3 Pitt 89, No. 14 Oakland 66


*With the win, Pitt has now won nine of its last 11 games and improves to 25-8 overall. Pitt will now play No. 6 seed Xavier in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on March 21. Tipoff time is TBA on CBS Sports. Xavier advanced to the second round by defeating No. 11 seed Minnesota 65-54. Pitt and Xavier last met in the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal last year in Boston, a 60-55 Pitt win.


*On Sunday, Pitt will be playing for its sixth NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in the last nine years. Only two programs have advanced to more Sweet Sixteens in the last eight years (6-Duke, 6-Kansas).


*With the win, Pitt has now won its first NCAA Tournament game in eight of the last nine seasons. Only Duke and Wisconsin can match that accomplishment by winning eight first round games in the last nine seasons.


*With the win, Jamie Dixon tied the all-time NCAA Division I record for most wins after the first seven seasons as a head coach. He has 188 career wins and is tied with 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.


*Jamie Dixon improved to 6-1 in NCAA Tournament First Round games. He also improved to 36-11 following a loss.


*Pitt has now won four of its last five NCAA Tournament games.


*Pitt appeared in its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament. Only seven programs nationally have matched that achievement: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Texas and Wisconsin.


*Pitt improved to 22-22 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, including 13-5 in the First Round.


*Pitt used a 19-2 run in the first half to turn an 18-13 deficit into a 32-20 lead. Pitt held Oakland without a field goal for 7:46 during the first half and for the first 3:26 of the second half.


*Six Pitt players reached double figures for Pitt. That ties a season-high for most players in double figures.


*Pitt scored at least 80 points for the sixth time this season. The Panthers are 6-0 when they reach the 80-point plateau. The 89 points mark the second highest total scored for Pitt in a game this year.


*Pitt limited Oakland to 66 points. Pitt has now held 25 of its 33 opponents to 70 points or less. Under Jamie Dixon, Pitt has held 190 of its 241 opponents to 70 points or less. Pitt’s record is 188-53 during that span.


*The 28 points scored by Oakland’s Keith Benson are the third highest total the Panthers have allowed by an opposing player this season. USF’s Dominique Jones scored 37 and West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler scored 32 vs. the Panthers earlier this year.


*With his 13 points, Brad Wanamaker reached double figure scoring for the 22nd time this year and 27th time in his career.


*With his 17 points, Jermaine Dixon reached double figure scoring for the 31st time in his two-year career.


*With his 17 points, Gilbert Brown reached double figure scoring for the 11th time this year and 27th time in his career.


*Gary McGhee reached double figure scoring for the eighth time in his career.


*Travon Woodall scored 10 points and hit two 3-pointers. It was his fifth career double figure scoring game and he reached double figures for the first time in eight games.


*Nasir Robinson reached double figure scoring for the ninth time in his career.


*Pitt met Oakland for the third time in school history and improved to 3-0 vs. the Golden Grizzlies.


*Pitt won for the second time at the Bradley Center this year. It defeated Marquette in February. Also, Pitt improved to 3-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament games at the Bradley Center.

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