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No. 5 Men's Basketball Hosts Marquette on Saturday at 2 p.m.




Jan. 6, 2011

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MARQUETTE (11-4, 2-0 Big East) at #5 PITT (14-1, 2-0 Big East)

 

Saturday, January 8, 2011 • 2 p.m. ET

Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

 

Television: Big East Network "Game of the Week," ESPN Regional/WTAE-TV (Lou Canellis, Dickie Simpkins; Producer: Bill Shissler).


 

 

 

Television Network Affiliates: Pittsburgh (WTAE-TV Channel 4), New York (SNY), Chicago (WCCU-CA), Philadelphia (WPHL), Washington, D.C. (MASN), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, Fla. (Brighthouse), Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (Brighthouse-O), Baltimore, Md. (MASN), Indianapolis, Ind. (WHMB), Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (SNY-CT), Cincinnati, Ohio (EKRC), Columbus, Ohio (WWHO), Milwaukee, Wis. (TW-WI), Harrisburg-Lancaster-York-Lebanon (EHP-DT2), Louisville, Ky. (WHAS), Buffalo, N.Y. (TW-Buffalo), New Orleans, La. (Cox-NO), Providence-New Bedford, R.I. (Cox-NE), Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa. (WQMY), Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (TW-Albany), Knoxville, Tenn. (WBXX), Dayton, Ohio (WBDT), Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ), Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (WCHS), Green Bay-Appleton, Wis. (TW-WI2), Rochester, N.Y. (TW-Rochester), Syracuse (TW-Syracuse), Madison, Wis. (WMSN), South Bend-Elkhart, Ind. (WMYS), Johnstown-Altoona, Pa. (WHVL), Youngstown, Ohio (WYTV-DT2), LaCrosse-Eau Claire, Wis. (KQEG), Rockford, Ill. (WTVO-DT2), Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, W.Va. (WOAY), Binghamton, N.Y. (TW-Binghamton), Wheeling-Steubenville, W.Va. (WTOV-DT20, Clarksburg-Weston, W.Va. (WVFX), Utica, N.Y. (TW-Utica), Elmira, N.Y. (TW-Elmira), Watertown, N.Y. (TW-Watertown), Parkersburg, W.Va. (WTAP-DT3), ESPN Full Court, ESPN3.com.

 

 Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Rob King, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 1020 AM, KDKA AM; 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 (202-55); Marquette: Buzz Williams, 3rd year at MU (58-20), 4th year overall (72-43).

 

 Rankings: Pitt: AP-5; ESPN-5. Marquette: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.

 

 Series: Pitt and Marquette meet for the 14th time in series history. Pitt holds a 7-6 advantage in the series dating back to December 17, 1930. Pitt owns a 2-1 record vs. the Golden Eagles at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt enters the game on a three-game win streak in the series and the Panthers have also claimed four of the series' last five games.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

PITTSBURGH--No. 5 ranked Pitt (14-1, 2-0 Big East) hosts Marquette (11-4, 2-0 Big East) on Saturday, January 8 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT.

 

The game is a nationally syndicated hi-def broadcast on ESPN Regional and aired locally on WTAE-TV Channel 4 with Lou Canellis (play-by-play) and Dickie Simpkins (color analyst) calling action. Bill Shissler will handle production.

 

A win would give Pitt its third straight 3-0 start to a Big East regular season. Pitt is off to a 2-0 start to Big East play for a third consecutive season following victories over No. 4 Connecticut (78-63) and at Providence (83-79) on Tuesday. After leading for the majority of the contest at Providence, Pitt used a 9-0 run to erase a four point deficit with 1:31 to go, taking advantage of two Gary McGhee free throws and a go-ahead 3-pointer by Travon Woodall to seal the win. Pitt hit nine consecutive free throws to conclude the contest. Despite committing a season-high 23 turnovers for a team that led the nation in assist:turnover ratio, Pitt won its 14th road game in its last 20 opportunities. Gilbert Brown led the Panthers with 19 points, 17 coming in a first half which saw him hit a career-high five 3-pointers. 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.

 

Pitt and Marquette meet for the 14th time in a series which began on Dec. 17, 1930. Pitt has claimed each of the last three matchups along with four of the last five meetings. At the Petersen Events Center, Pitt is 2-1 vs. Marquette. The two schools began playing each other on a regular basis in 2005-06 when Marquette joined the Big East. Pitt owns a 25-9 record vs. Big East schools added in 2005-06: Cincinnati 6-1, DePaul 6-0, Louisville 5-3, Marquette 5-4, USF 3-1.

 

At home, Pitt has won 17 consecutive home games and is 10-0 this year. It concluded last season with a 17-1 home record and recently concluded a 31-game home win streak. It also is 58-10 vs. Big East opponents at the Petersen Events Center. In addition, Pitt owns a 55-game win streak against non-conference opponents at home. Pitt also owns an 84-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center and has claimed 105 of its last 106 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.

 

Pitt is in its ninth season in the Petersen Events Center with a 142-11 all-time record and .928 winning percentage. The .928 winning percentage ranks among the nation's best homecourt records over the last nine years (see chart page 8). Pitt has won 63 of its last 73 Big East home games. Only two opponents (Louisville and Georgetown) have defeated the Panthers two times in the Petersen Events Center.

 

SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Riding a four-game win streak, Pitt enters its game vs. Marquette on a five-game Big East regular season win streak.

 

•A win will give Pitt its third consecutive 3-0 start to Big East play.

 

•Pitt is in its ninth season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 142-11 record (.928 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns a 58-10 record vs. Big East opponents at the PEC. Riding a 17-game home win streak, Pitt is 10-0 at home this year and has won 48 of its last 49 home games.

 

•Pitt enters the contest with a 25-9 record against schools that were added to the Big East in 2005-06: Cincinnati 6-1, DePaul 6-0, Louisville 5-3, Marquette 5-4, USF 4-1.

 

•Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (259-66, .797), league winning percentage (111-41, .730), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (9) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (9).