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March 21, 2010

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NCAA Tournament Second Round

No. 3 seed Pitt vs. No. 6 seed Xavier, Milwaukee, Wis., Bradley Center, March 21, 2010

No. 6 Xavier 71, No. 3 Pitt 68


*With the loss, Pitt has now won nine of its last 12 games and concludes its season at 25-9 overall. The 25 victories on the season rank tied for the seventh most in school history. The school record is 31 wins set two times by Jamie Dixon-coached teams (2003-04 and 2008-09).


*With the loss, Jamie Dixon concludes his seventh season at Pitt tied for 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 will go down in the recordbooks 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.


*Pitt has now won four of its last six 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 dropped to 22-23 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, including 6-7 all-time in the Second Round. Jamie Dixon dropped to 10-7 all-time in 17 NCAA Tournament games. He has guided Pitt to appearances in each of his seven seasons as head coach.


*The loss dropped Pitt to 13-4 combined in NCAA Tournament First and Second Round games over the last nine seasons. In addition, Dixon is 9-4 in NCAA Tournament First and Second Round games since he took over as head coach in 2003-04.


*With its 71 points, Xavier became only the ninth opponent to score 70 or more points against Pitt this year. Pitt has now held 25 of its 34 opponents to 70 points or less. Under Jamie Dixon, Pitt has held 190 of its 242 opponents to 70 points or less. Pitt’s record is 188-54 during that span.


*The 27 points scored by Xavier’s Jordan Crawford marked the third highest total the Panthers have allowed by an opposing player this season. USF’s Dominique Jones scored 37, West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler scored 32 and Oakland’s Keith Benson scored 27 earlier in the season.


*With his 16 points and 10 rebounds, Brad Wanamaker registered his sixth career double-double and fourth career point-rebound double-double. Wanamaker reached double figure scoring for the 23rd time this year and 28th time in his career.


*With his 14 points, Gilbert Brown reached double figure scoring for the 12th time this year and 28th time in his career. His three 3-pointers tied a career-high set vs. Rutgers on March 6, 2010. The game marked Brown’s second straight in double figures.


*Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 19 points including 18 which were registered in the first half. Gibbs reached double figure scoring for the 36th time in his career and 28th time on the year.


*Pitt dropped to 4-3 all-time vs. Xavier. The contest marked the second time in as many years that the two schools met in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Pitt claimed a 60-55 win in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in Boston, Mass. on March 29, 2009. The loss snapped Pitt’s three-game win streak in the series.


*Pitt dropped its first-ever NCAA Tournament game at the Bradley Center this year. It is now 3-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Milwaukee’s Bradley Center.


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