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March 20, 2011

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No. 1 Pitt vs. No. 8 Butler, NCAA Tournament Third Round, March 19, 2011, Washington DC, Verizon Center

No 8 Butler 71 No. 1 Pitt 70


*Pitt (28-6), appearing in its 10th straight NCAA Championship, moved to 23-24 all-time in tournament action. The 28 victories on the season tie for the fifth-most wins in school history.


*Pitt and Butler faced off on Saturday for the 13th time in program history (5-8 record) and for the first time since 1946. With the loss, Pitt moved to 20-12 all-time against current members of the Horizon League. The Panthers fell in their second NCAA contest for the second-straight season.


*Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon moved to 11-8 in his eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He concludes his eighth year as head coach with a 215-60. Earlier this year, he set the NCAA Division I all-time record for most victories after eight seasons as a head coach.


*Pitt shot 56.5 percent (26-of-46) from the field versus Butler. The field goal percentage was the fourth-best on the season. The loss marked the second loss on the season for Pitt in a game in which it shot better than 55 percent (vs. UConn, March 10, 55.1 percent).


*After ranking third in NCAA Division I in assists per game (17.4)  heading into the contest, Pitt assisted on 21 of its 26 field goals (80.8 percent) versus Butler on Saturday.


*Pitt dropped to 5-3 this season when trailing at halftime. The two other games that it lost when trailing at halftime were at Louisville (trailed by nine points) and vs. Tennessee (trailed by 12 points).


*Pitt’s outrebounded Butler, 33-22, in the contest. It marked the 28th time this season the Panthers posted more or equal rebounds than their opponent. Pitt is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA in rebound margin (10.8).


*The Panthers did not record a single block against Butler, the first time this season Pitt did not have at least one block in a contest.


*Pitt’s senior class of Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker closed their careers with a 111-29 record over their four-year career. The trio fell one victory short of tying the school record for most wins for a senior class. The record of 112 was set by the 2008-09 senior class consisting of Tyrell Biggs, Levance Fields and Sam Young.


*Senior Gilbert Brown led Pitt scorers versus Butler with 24 points, the sixth 20-plus point contest of his career. It marked his 48th career double figure scoring game.


*Brown closed out his collegiate career with 108 points in NCAA Tournament play. He ranked tied for fourth with Julius Page (2002-04) in Pitt NCAA Tournament history. Sam Young (2006-09) holds the all-time NCAA points record by a Pitt player with 177 points. Levance Fields (2006-09) is second (136) and Carl Krauser (2003-06) in third (125).


*Brown drained four 3-pointers against Butler, the most for the senior since he connected on a career high five 3-pointers against Providence on Jan. 4.


*Senior guard Brad Wanamaker led the team versus Butler in both rebounds (seven) and assists (seven). It was fifth time this season that the senior led the team in those respective categories in a single contest and the third time in the last seven games of the season.


*Junior guard Ashton Gibbs had 11 points against Butler, his 26th double figure scoring contest in 2010-11.


*The one 3-point attempt marked the fewest attempts from behind the arc by Gibbs this season (1-of-1 vs. Butler). He attempted three 3-pointers against Maryland on Nov. 18 (2-of-3).


*Gibbs finished the season with 101 3-pointers, the single season leader in triples in the Pitt record book.


*Gibbs raised his point total in NCAA Tournament play to 82. He ranks No. 11th in the Pitt record book.


*Junior forward Nasir Robinson had 16 points, his third-straight double figure contest and 12th of the season. Robinson has notched double-figure scoring in four of the past five games and eight of the last 11. Robinson closed the season shooting 66.7 percent (26-of-39) from the field over his last five games.

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