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GAME 18: PITT (11-6, 0-4 Big East) at #25 MARQUETTE (13-4, 2-2 Big East)
Saturday, January 14, 2012 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT Bradley Center (18,600) Milwaukee, Wis.
Television: ESPNU (Beth Mowins and Mike Kelley; Producer: Matt Bartley).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat), 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-94 (Pitt feed); XM-192 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (227-66); Marquette: Buzz Williams, 4th year at MU (82-41), 5th year overall (96-58).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Marquette: AP-25; ESPN-24 (as of Jan. 9, 2012).
Series: Pitt and Marquette meet for the 15th time with the Panthers holding an 8-6 advantage. Pitt has won each of the last four meetings and five of the last six. The Panthers won the previous meeting at the Bradley Center, 58-51, on Feb. 18, 2010. Pitt also has participated in two NCAA Tournaments in the Bradley Center (2004 and 2010). In 2004, it advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with wins over UCF and Wisconsin while in 2010, Pitt lost to Xavier in the second round.
MILWAUKEE, Wis.--Pitt plays its fifth Big East Conference game when it travels to Milwaukee, Wis. for a contest against No. 25 Marquette (13-4, 2-2 Big East) on Saturday, Jan. 14. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT at the Bradley Center.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Beth Mowins and Mike Kelley will handle play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively while Matt Bartley will produce.
Pitt is coming off a 62-39 home loss to Rutgers. Pitt shot just 21.1 percent (12-57) overall and converted only four field goals in the first half. The 39 points marked Pitt's fewest since a 36-point outing on Dec. 4, 1973. J.J. Moore led Pitt with 10 points off the bench.
For the last 10 games, Pitt has been without starting point guard Tray Woodall (12.4 ppg./7.5 apg/2.22 assist:turnover ratio), who suffered a groin/abdominal strain vs. Duquesne on Nov. 30, 2011. His status for the Marquette game is doubtful.
Marquette enters Saturday's game after losing four of its last seven games. Coached by Buzz Williams, the Golden Eagles are led by Darius Johnson-Odom (18.1 ppg.), Jae Crowder (16.4 ppg./7.4 rpg) and Todd Mayo (9.9 ppg.). Pitt and Marquette meet for the 15th time while Pitt is 2-4 in games played against MU in Milwaukee.
Since the 2003-04 season, Pitt has played eight games at the Bradley Center including four NCAA Tournament contests and four against Marquette. Pitt is 4-4 in those contests including 1-3 vs. MU. The Panthers defeated both Central Florida and Wisconsin in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, defeated Oakland and lost to Xavier in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Pitt concluded non-conference play with 10 or more wins for the 11th straight year. In its previous 12 seasons from 1988-2001, Pitt failed to win 10 non-conference games at least one time.
SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt returns to the Bradley Center for the ninth time since the 2003-04 season. Pitt competed in the 2004 and 2010 NCAA Tournaments in Milwaukee.
Pitt has won 24 of its last 34 road games, completed the 2010-11 season with a school-best 7-2 Big East road slate and owns the Big East's best road record (52-34) over the last 11 seasons.
Following a loss, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 42-15 career record.
Pitt is one of only three programs nationally to win more than 20+ games, 10+ league games and advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 10 seasons (Gonzaga, Kansas and Pitt).
Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (284-77, .787), league winning percentage (124-48, .721), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (10) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (10).