March 27, 2009
NCAA Tournament Regional, Boston, Mass.
Pitt vs. Xavier, March 26, 2009
*With its 60-55 win over No. 4 seed Xavier, No. 1 seed Pitt advances to NCAA Tournament Regional Final for the first time in school history. Pitt will play No. 3 seed Villanova for the right to advance to the NCAA Final Four on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at TD Banknorth in Boston. The last time Pitt advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight was in 1974 in a 32-team tournament.
*Pitt improved to 31-4 on the season. The 31 wins rank tied for the most successful season in school history. Jamie Dixon won 31 games in his first season as head coach in 2003-04.
*Pitt played in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in its fifth in 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 is in its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and improved to 21-21 overall today.
*Pitt improved to 1-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament Third Round. Jamie Dixon improved to 1-2 in NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen games. Overall, Dixon improved to 9-5 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) along with an Elite Eight appearance this year.
*With today’s win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon won his 163rd career game. He is the all-time winningest head coach after six seasons in NCAA Division I history with 163 career wins. Previously, he surpassed 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 4-2 all-time vs. Xavier.
*Pitt won its seventh straight game in Boston and improved to 3-0 in NCAA Tournament games in Boston. Previously, Pitt won four straight at Boston College and won two straight NCAA Tournament games at the Garden in 2003.
*Pitt defeated its highest seed in the NCAA Tournament in No. 4 Xavier. Previously, Pitt’s best win in the NCAA Tournament was a victory over a No. 6 seed (Wisconsin in 2004 and California in 2002).
*With his game-high 19 points, Sam Young reached double figure scoring for the 96th time in his career and 33rd time in 35 games this year. Young, who now has 149 career points in his NCAA Tournament career, set the school record for most career NCAA Tournament points vs. Oklahoma State when he surpassed Carl Krauser (125 points from 2003-06).
*With his six assists on the day, Levance Fields set Pitt’s NCAA Tournament career assists record with 49 career assists in NCAA Tourney play. Fields also scored 14 points, his 69th career double figure scoring game of his career and 23rd on the year.
*DeJuan Blair (10 points/17 rebounds) became the 13th player in school history to record a double-double in the NCAA Tournament. He has now registered double-doubles in each of Pitt’s three NCAA Tournament games. He becomes the only player in school history to register three double-doubles in Pitt’s NCAA Tournament history.
*With his 10 points and 17 rebounds, DeJuan Blair totaled his 34th career double-double and 20th double-double on the season. Blair reached double figure scoring for the 26th time on the year. He finished with double figure rebounding for the 40th time in his career and 23rd time on the year.
*Pitt players in the career NCAA Tournament recordbooks:
149, Sam Young, 2006-09
126, Levance Fields, 2006-09
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
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
62, DeJuan Blair, 2008-09
57, Jerome Lane, 1987-88
50, Sam Young, 2006-09
46, Jaron Brown, 2002-04
41, Aaron Gray, 2004-07
41, Carl Krauser, 2003-06
39, Charles Smith, 1985-88
35, Donatas Zavackas, 2002-03
49, Levance Fields, 2006-09
43, Brandin Knight, 2002-03
36, Sean Miller, 1988-91
23, Darelle Porter, 1988-91
23, Jerome Lane, 1987-88