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No. 5 Men's Basketball Plays at No. 22 Georgetown on Wednesday




Jan. 10, 2011

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GAME 17: #5 PITT (15-1, 3-0 Big East) at #22 GEORGETOWN (12-4, 1-3 Big East)

 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 • 7 p.m. ET

Verizon Center (20,000) • Washington, D.C.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

 

 


 

 

Television: ESPN (Dave Pasch, Bob Knight; Sidelines: Holly Rowe; Producer: Aaron Stojkov).

 

Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 130; XM: 203 (Georgetown feed).

 

Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

 

The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (203-55); Georgetown: John Thompson III, 7th year at GU (163-69), 11th year overall (231-111).

 

 

Rankings: Pitt: AP-5; ESPN-5. Georgetown: AP-22; ESPN-19.

 

 

Series: Pitt and Georgetown meet for the 74th time in series history. Pitt is 33-40 all-time against Georgetown since the series began in 1912 but has won 10 of the last 16 meetings. Pitt is 19-29 vs. GU in Big East Conference games. Since the 2001-02 season, Pitt has won five of its last seven at the Verizon Center. The Panthers own a 13-21 all-time record in games played at Georgetown.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

PITTSBURGH--No. 5/5 ranked Pitt (15-1, 3-0 Big East) travels to No. 22/19 Georgetown (12-4, 1-3 Big East) for a Wednesday, January 12 contest at the Verizon Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

 

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bob Knight (color analyst) and Holly Rowe (sidelines) calling action. Aaron Stojkov will handle production.

 

A win would give Pitt its third straight 4-0 start to a Big East regular season. Pitt is off to a 3-0 start to Big East play for a third consecutive season following victories over Marquette (89-81), No. 4 Connecticut (78-63) and at Providence (83-79). Against Marquette, Pitt used a 22-6 first half run to propel itself to a home win over the Golden Eagles. The Panthers, who set season-highs for field goal percentage (60.0) and 3-point field goal percentage (39.6), were led by at least eight points throughout the majority of the game. Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers with 19 points and four 3-pointers, Brad Wanamaker scored 15 points, Gilbert Brown 14 and Gary McGhee 12 (5-5 FG).

 

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.

 

Pitt and Georgetown renew their 98-year, 74-game rivalry on Wednesday. Pitt owns a 33-40 all-time record vs. Georgetown but has won 10 of the series' last 16 games and claimed five of its last seven meetings at the Verizon Center. Pitt is 13-21 all-time in games played at Georgetown. Georgetown ranks No. 3 nationally in the ratings percentage index.

 

On a two-game road win streak, Pitt has won 14 of its last 20 road games. Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt owns the Big East's best road winning percentage with a 47-30 record. On the road last year, Pitt finished 5-4 in Big East conference play.

           

WEDNESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Riding a five-game win streak, Pitt enters its game vs. No. 22 Georgetown on a six-game Big East regular season win streak.

 

•A win would give Pitt a 4-0 start to the Big East regular season for the third consecutive season and seventh 4-0 start to league regular season play over the last 10 years.

 

•Pitt plays its second road game of the year as the Panthers have won 14 of their last 20 games away from home. Over the last 10 years, Pitt owns the Big East's best road winning percentage with a 47-30 combined record. On the road last year, Pitt finished 5-4 in Big East conference play.

 

•With an RPI rank of No. 7, Pitt plays its third ranked opponent of the year. Pitt is 1-1 vs. top-25 opponents this season.

 

•Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (260-66, .797), league winning percentage (112-41, .732), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (9) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (9).