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March 22, 2009

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NCAA Tournament Second Round, Dayton, Ohio

Pitt vs. Oklahoma State, March 22, 2009


*With its 84-76 win over No. 8 seed Oklahoma State, No. 1 seed Pitt advances to NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen play for the fifth time in the last eight seasons. Pitt will face No. 4 seed Xavier on Thursday. Tipoff is TBA. In the other game, No. 2 seed Duke will play No. 3 seed Villanova.


*Pitt improved to 30-4 on the season. The 30 wins rank as the second most successful season in school history. The school-record is 31 set during Jamie Dixon’s first year in 2003-04. Pitt also won 29 games in 2001-02 and 2006-07.


*Pitt has now advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in five of the last eight seasons. Only two programs (Duke-6 and Kansas-6) have advanced to more Sweet Sixteens in the past eight years. Two other programs (Texas-5 and Connecticut-5) have matched Pitt’s accomplishment.


*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 20-21 overall today.


*Pitt improved to 6-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Additionally, Pitt has advanced past the First Round in seven of its last eight seasons. Jamie Dixon improved to 8-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. He has now guided Pitt to NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances in three of his six seasons at Pitt (2004, 2007 and 2009).


*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 162 career wins. He surpasses North Carolina State’s Everett Case, who won 161 games from 1947-52.


*Pitt is one of only eight schools nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the eight seasons.


*Pitt improved to 5-4 all-time vs. Oklahoma State. The Panthers have claimed two of the series’ last three games. Pitt defeated Oklahoma State 85-68 last year at the Petersen Events Center. The two schools met for the second time in NCAA Tournament play. The Cowboys claimed a 63-51 win over Pitt in the NCAA Regional in 2004.


*With his game-high 32 points, Sam Young notched his third career 30-point scoring game. Young’s 32-point game ranked as the second highest NCAA Tournament scoring performance in Pitt school history. The record is 34 held by Billy Knight vs. Furman on March 14, 1974. Young, who now has 130 career points in his NCAA Tournament career, set the school record for most career NCAA Tournament points surpassing Carl Krauser (125 points from 2003-06). He was one point shy of setting his career-high of 33 points (vs. Belmont). Young reached double figure scoring for the 95th time in his career and 32nd time in 34 games this year.


*With his nine assists on the day, Levance Fields set a school record for most assists in a season. Fields now has 258 assists on the year. He surpassed Brandin Knight, who dished out 251 assists from 2001-02. Fields also tied Knight’s NCAA Tournament career record with 43 career assists in NCAA Tourney play.


*DeJuan Blair (10 points/12 rebounds) became the 12th player in school history to record a double-double in the NCAA Tournament. Blair and Young both notched double-doubles in NCAA First Round action vs. East Tennessee State.


*With his 10 points and 12 rebounds, DeJuan Blair totaled his 33rd career double-double and 19th double-double on the season. Blair reached double figure scoring for the 25th time on the year. He finished with double figure rebounding for the 39th time in his career and 22nd time on the year.



*Ashton Gibbs converted three 3-pointers on the day. He has hit at least three 3-pointers in six games on the season. He has now converted at least one 3-pointer in 19 of his 33 games played.


*Pitt players in the career NCAA Tournament recordbooks:



130, Sam Young, 2006-09

125, Carl Krauser, 2003-06

112, Levance Fields, 2006-09

108, Julius Page, 2002-04

106, Charles Smith, 1985-88

103, Chevon Troutman, 2002-05

103, Don Hennon, 1957-58

89, Brandin Knight, 2002-03

87, Jaron Brown, 2002-04

85, Demetreus Gore, 1985-88

74, Ronald Ramon, 2005-08



64, Chevon Troutman, 2002-05

57, Jerome Lane, 1987-88

47, Sam Young, 2006-09

46, Jaron Brown, 2002-04

45, DeJuan Blair, 2008-09

41, Aaron Gray, 2004-07

41, Carl Krauser, 2003-06

39, Charles Smith, 1985-88

35, Donatas Zavackas, 2002-03



43, Levance Fields, 2006-09

43, Brandin Knight, 2002-03

36, Sean Miller, 1988-91

23, Darelle Porter, 1988-91

23, Jerome Lane, 1987-88

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