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March 20, 2009

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POST-GAME NOTES NCAA Tournament First Round, Dayton, Ohio Pitt vs. East Tennessee State, March 20, 2009

*With its 72-62 win over East Tennessee State, No. 1 seed Pitt advances to NCAA Tournament Second Round action for the seventh time in the last eight years to play No. 8 seed Oklahoma State, which defeated Tennessee in today's first game. Tipoff is on Sunday at either 2:50 p.m. or 5:20 p.m.

*Pitt improved to 29-4 on the season. The 29 wins tie for the second most successful season in school history. The school-record is 31 set during Jamie Dixon's first year in 2003-04, 29 in 2001-02, 2006-07 and 2008-09.

*Pitt entered an NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history. Pitt made its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and improved to 19-21 overall.

*Pitt improved to 12-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament First Round. Pitt has advanced past the First Round in seven of its last eight seasons. Jamie Dixon improved to 5-1 in NCAA Tournament First Round games. Dixon improved to 7-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.

*With today's win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon became the all-time winningest head coach after six seasons in NCAA Division I history with 161 career wins. He ties North Carolina State's Everett Case (1947-52) with 161 wins after the first six seasons as head coach.

*Pitt improved to 30-9 under Jamie Dixon following a loss.

*Pitt is one of only eight schools nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the eight seasons. Pitt has advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in four of the last seven seasons.

*The contest marked the first-ever between Pitt and East Tennessee State.

*DeJuan Blair (27 points/16 rebounds) and Sam Young (14 points/13 rebounds) became the 10th and 11th players in school history to record a double-double in the NCAA Tournament. The last player was Aaron Gray (17 points/13 rebounds) vs. Kent State on March 17, 2006.

*DeJuan Blair's 27 points tied for the seventh-best all-time NCAA Tournament scoring performance in school history. The record is 34 points scored by Billy Knight vs. Furman on March 14, 1974.

*DeJuan Blair's 16 rebounds ranked tied for the third best rebound performance in Pitt's NCAA Tournament history. Jerome Lane (20 rebounds vs. Vanderbilt, March 20, 1988), Jerome Lane (17 rebounds vs. Eastern Michigan, March 18, 1988) and Chris Taft (16 rebounds vs. Central Florida, March 19, 2004) rank as the other top performances. Young's 14 rebounds rank tied for the fifth-best.

*Blair (seven offensive) came within one offensive rebound of setting Pitt's school record for most offensive rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game. Sam Clancy holds the record with eight vs. Idaho on March 13, 1981.

*With his 27 points and 16 rebounds, DeJuan Blair totaled his 32nd career double-double and 18th double-double on the season. Blair scored over 20 points for the 11th time on the year and reached double figure scoring for the 24th time. He finished with double figure rebounding for the 38th time in his career and 21st time on the year.

*With his 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, Sam Young notched his 10th career double-double and fourth of the year. He reached double figure scoring for the 94th time in his career and 31st time in 33 games this year. It was his 10th double figure rebounding contest of his career.

*Ashton Gibbs finished with 10 points, his sixth double figure scoring game on the year. He hit two 3-pointers on the evening and has now converted at least one 3-pointer in 18 of his 32 games played.

*The last time Pitt played at UD Arena was on Dec. 29, 2007, an 80-55 loss to Dayton.

*Pitt limited East Tennessee State to 62 points on the evening. Pitt has now limited 27 of its 33 opponents to 70 points or less on the year. In addition, since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 164 of its 205 opponents under 70 points. Pitt's record is 161-44 during that span.

*Pitt players in the career NCAA Tournament recordbooks:

POINTS 125, Carl Krauser, 2003-06 108, Julius Page, 2002-04 106, Charles Smith, 1985-88 103, Chevon Troutman, 2002-05 103, Don Hennon, 1957-58 99, Levance Fields, 2006-09 98, Sam Young, 2006-09 89, Brandin Knight, 2002-03 87, Jaron Brown, 2002-04 85, Demetreus Gore, 1985-88 74, Ronald Ramon, 2005-08

REBOUNDS 64, Chevon Troutman, 2002-05 57, Jerome Lane, 1987-88 46, Jaron Brown, 2002-04 41, Aaron Gray, 2004-07 41, Carl Krauser, 2003-06 39, Sam Young, 2006-09 39, Charles Smith, 1985-88 35, Donatas Zavackas, 2002-03 33, DeJuan Blair, 2008-09

ASSISTS 43, Brandin Knight, 2002-03 36, Sean Miller, 1988-91 34, Levance Fields, 2006-09 23, Darelle Porter, 1988-91 23, Jerome Lane, 1987-88

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