Jan. 3, 2011
GAME 15: #6 PITT (13-1, 1-0 Big East) at PROVIDENCE (11-4, 0-2 Big East)
Tuesday, January 2011 7 p.m. ET
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,600) Providence, R.I.
Television: ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh (Don Orsillo, Ron Perry; Producer: Chris Ackerknect).
Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan (93.7-FM-KDKA). Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 121; XM: 141 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (201-55); Providence: Keno Davis, 3rd year at PC (42-37), 4th year overall (70-42).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-6; ESPN-6. Providence: AP-NR; ESPN-NR (as of Dec. 27, 2010).
Series: Pitt and Providence meet for the 46th time with Pitt holding a 28-17 advantage. Pitt has won nine of the series' last 10 meetings. Pitt is 8-13 in games played at Providence and has won two of the last three meetings at Dunkin Donuts Center. The last time the two schools met in Providence, the Friars claimed an 81-73 win over No. 1 ranked Pitt on Feb. 24, 2009.
No. 6 ranked Pitt (13-1, 1-0 Big East) gets back into its schedule when it plays its first road game on Tuesday, January 4 at Providence (11-4, 0-2 Big East). Tipoff at the Dunkin Donuts Center is at 7 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN Regional and aired locally on FSN Pittsburgh with Don Orsillo (play-by-play) and Ron Perry (color analyst) calling action. Christian Ackerknect will handle production.
Following an eight-day holiday break, No. 6 Pitt began Big East play with a 78-63 home win over No. 4 Connecticut on Dec. 27. Despite 31 points from Kemba Walker, Pitt limited UConn to 31.7 percent (19-60) shooting and only six assists. Pitt's Ashton Gibbs finished with 21 points, Brad Wanamaker added 14 and Nasir Robinson and Gary McGhee each contributed double-doubles in the win.
With a 61-46 victory over American on Dec. 22, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon reached the 200-career victory plateau. He now has a 201-55 career record. Dixon tied the NCAA Division I record for quickest to 200 wins in only eight seasons, matching the record held by Gonzaga's Mark Few and Kansas' Roy Williams. He ranks among the all-time top-15 in quickest to 200 victories (No. 13) in regards to total games (see charts on page 4). He also becomes the fastest coach in school history to reach the 200-win plateau and only the second coach to reach that mark in school history (see chart on page 6). The only other coach in school history to win 200 games is H.C. "Doc" Carlson, who recorded a 367-247 record over 31 years from 1922-53. Dixon (199-55) became the first head coach in school history to guide Pitt to seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. With his 188 wins, Dixon tied the NCAA Division I all-time record for most victories after seven seasons as a head coach. He tied Gonzaga's Few, who held the record with 188 wins from 2000-06. In 2008-09, Dixon also set the NCAA Division I record for most wins after the first six seasons as a head coach.
Pitt plays its first road game of the year. Pitt has won 13 of its last 19 road games. Over the last nine seasons, Pitt owns the Big East's best road winning percentage with a 46-30 record. On the road last year, Pitt finished 5-4 in Big East conference play.
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Riding a three-game win streak, Pitt gets back into Big East play with a contest at Providence.
Pitt plays its first road game of the year as the Panthers have won 13 of their last 19 games away from home. Over the last nine years, Pitt owns the Big East's best road winning percentage with a 46-30 record. On the road last year, Pitt finished 5-4 in Big East conference play.
Pitt and Providence meet to renew a series which has seen some amazing games. Last year, Pitt's Ashton Gibbs hit a halfcourt 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat the Friars 73-71 at the Petersen Events Center. The previous year, unranked PC stunned No. 1 ranked Pitt 81-73 at Dunkin Donuts Center.
Over the last nine seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (258-66, .796), league winning percentage (110-41, .728), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (9) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (9).