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GAME 16: PITT (12-3, 0-2 Big East) at #19 GEORGETOWN (10-2, 0-1 Big East)
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 9 p.m. ET Verizon Center (18,277) Washington, D.C.
Television: ESPNU (Adam Amin and Tim Welsh; Producer: Todd Jones).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-93 (Pitt feed), XM-199 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (250-80); Georgetown: John Thompson III, 9th year at GU, 13th year overall.
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Georgetown: AP-19; ESPN-22.
Series: Pitt and Georgetown meet for the 77th time in series history. Georgetown holds a 35-41 advantage in the series. Pitt has won five of the last seven meetings between the two schools. Pitt is 6-2 vs. Georgetown in the Verizon/MCI Center since 2001.
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Pitt (12-3, 0-2 Big East) plays its second consecutive road game at No. 19/22 Georgetown (10-2, 0-1 Big East) on Tuesday, January 8 at the Verizon Center. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. ET.
The contest will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Adam Amin and Tim Welsh making the call. Todd Jones will handle production.
The game marks the final Big East regular season meeting between the two schools as Pitt joins the Atlantic Coast Conference next year. No. 15/16 Georgetown marks the third nationally ranked opponent that Pitt will play this year joining No. 8 Cincinnati and No. 4 Michigan.
Pitt dropped a 67-62 loss at Rutgers on Saturday. The host Scarlet Knights used a 12-0 run to take an early 12-2 lead and led by as many as 16 points in the first half. Pitt battled back into the game and cut RU's lead down to as few as two points but could get no closer as the Scarlet Knights scored six straight points. Rutgers outrebounded Pitt 36-24 and shot 51.2 percent (22-43) for the game. Pitt was led by J.J. Moore's 14 points and Tray Woodall's 11 points and eight assists. The loss also snapped a six-game Pitt win streak at Rutgers.
Pitt opened Big East play on Monday, Dec. 31 with a 70-61 home loss to No. 8 Cincinnati. The loss snapped Pitt's eight-game win streak, 15-game home win streak and 12-game win streak vs. top-10 ranked opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt shot a school-record low 0-10 from 3-point range and was outscored 44-27 in the second half after leading by eight points (34-26) at halftime. It marked the first time in 124 consecutive games that Pitt failed to convert a 3-pointer. Cincinnati used a 14-2 run over a three-minute second half span to take control of the game. Talib Zanna led the way with 16 points (6-9 FG), Lamar Patterson added 13 points and Cameron Wright finished with 10 points.
At No. 24 in the Associated Press poll and No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll (as of Dec. 31, 2012), Pitt is in its second week in the national rankings. Prior to the polls on Dec. 24, 2012, the Panthers spent 19 consecutive unranked weeks.
Pitt has accomplished its 12-3 record with total team effort while utilizing a 10-man rotation. All 10 of its players are averaging 3.6 points or more and all 10 are playing at least 10.6 minutes per game. Through its first 15 games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a plus-20.1 margin, shot 50.4 percent (419-832) from the floor and outrebounded its opponents by plus-8.4 boards per game. Pitt has forced 14.1 turnovers per game and totaled 106 steals for a 7.1 steals per game average, numbers that are uncommonly high for the Panthers. Pitt has also dominated the inside, having outscored its opponents 562-312 in the paint. The Panthers' bench also has outscored their opponents by a 395-197 total. Additionally, Pitt has assisted on 67.5 percent (283 of 419) of its total field goals.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings (as of Jan. 3, 2013), Pitt ranks among the nation's top-20 teams in nine statistical categories: 5th in scoring defense, 4th in scoring margin, 4th in field goal percentage, 11th in rebound margin, 3rd in assists per game, 1st in assist:turnover ratio, 2nd in fewest turnovers per game and 15th in turnover margin.
Georgetown enters the game with a 10-2 overall record and 0-1 Big East start after dropping a 49-48 loss at Marquette on Saturday. The Hoyas are led by Otto Porter (13.2 ppg., 7.5 rpg), Greg Whittington (12.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Markel Starks (11.7 ppg).
TUESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt plays its second road game of the 2012-13 season and second consecutive road game at Georgetown. It is the final Big East regular season game between the two schools. Pitt owns a 7-4 all-time record vs. Georgetown in games played at the Verizon Center.
Pitt has claimed 26 of its last 44 road games and owns one of the Big East's top road records (53-41) over the last 12 seasons.
Over the last 12 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (307-90, .773), league winning percentage (129-59, .686), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tourney appearances (10).