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March 29, 2009

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NCAA Regional Final, Boston, Mass.

Pitt vs. Villanova, March 28, 2009


*Pitt’s season ended with a 78-76 loss to Villanova in the NCAA Regional Final. Pitt advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1974. In 1974, 32 teams were invited to the tournament.


*Pitt concluded its season with a 31-5 overall record. The 31 wins rank tied for the most successful season in school history. Jamie Dixon also guided Pitt to a 31-5 record 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 made its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and dropped to 21-22 all-time 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.


*Jamie Dixon concludes his sixth year at Pitt with a 163-45 career record. With his 163 career wins, he is the all-time winningest head coach after six seasons in NCAA Division I history. 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 dropped to 27-32 all-time vs. Villanova. It is 3-9 vs. the Wildcats in neutral site games.


*The game marked the fifth time in conference history that two Big East schools met in the NCAA Tournament. The other games include: 1987 Final Four semifinal (Syracuse 77, Providence 63), 1987 Southeast Region final (Providence 88, Georgetown 73), 1985 Final Four semifinal (Georgetown 77, St. John’s 59), 1985 Final Four title game (Villanova 66, Georgetown 64).


*Pitt’s seven-game win streak in Boston came to an end. Pitt also dropped to 3-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in Boston. Previously, Pitt won four straight at Boston College and won three straight NCAA Tournament games at the Garden in 2003.


*Sam Young concludes his four-year career as Pitt’s all-time NCAA Tournament career scoring leader with 177 points. He finished the game with 28 points, his 32nd career 20-plus scoring game and 15th of the season. He also reached double figure scoring for the 97th time in his career and 34th time in 36 games this year.


*DeJuan Blair (20 points/10 rebounds) turned in the 14th double-double in Pitt’s NCAA Tournament history. He registered double-doubles in each of Pitt’s four NCAA Tournament games. He becomes the only player in school history to register four double-doubles in Pitt’s NCAA Tournament history.


*With his 20 points and 10 rebounds, DeJuan Blair totaled his 35th career double-double and 21st double-double on the season. Blair scored over 20 points for the 17th time in his career and 12th time on the year. He reached double figure scoring for the 28th time on the year. He finished with double figure rebounding for the 41st time in his career and 24th time on the year.


*Blair also finished a perfect 9-9 from the floor. The school record is an 11-11 performance by Brian Shorter vs. Providence on February 11, 1990.


*With his six assists on the day, Levance Fields concludes his career as Pitt’s all-time NCAA Tournament career assists recordholder with 55 career assists in NCAA Tourney play. Fields also scored 10 points, his 70th career double figure scoring game of his career and 24th on the year.


*Villanova converted 95.7 percent (22-23) of its free throws. The percentage ranks as the third-highest for an opponent in the Jamie Dixon Era.


*Pitt players in the career NCAA Tournament recordbooks:



177, Sam Young, 2006-09

136, 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



72, DeJuan Blair, 2008-09

64, Chevon Troutman, 2002-05

57, Jerome Lane, 1987-88

57, 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



55, 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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