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No. 5 Men's Basketball Takes on Seton Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m.




Jan. 14, 2011

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GAME 18: SETON HALL (8-9, 2-3 Big East) at #5 PITT (16-1, 4-0 Big East)

 

Saturday, January 15, 2011 • 7 p.m. ET

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

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

 

Television: ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh (John Sanders, Rob Kennedy; Producer: Darren Chiappetta).


 

 

 

National Television Affiliates: Pittsburgh (FSN Pittsburgh), New York City (SportsnetNY), Washington D.C. (MASN), Baltimore (MASN), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota (Brighthouse), Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne (Brighthouse-O), Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (SNY-CT), San Antonio-Austin, Texas (KCWX), New Orleans, La. (Cox-NO), Providence-New Bedford, R.I. (Cox-NE), ESPN3.com, ESPN Full Court.

 

 

Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Rob King, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 113 (Pitt feed).

 

 

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

 

 

The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (204-55); Seton Hall: Kevin Willard, 1st year at Seton Hall (8-9), 4th year overall (53-58).

 

 

Rankings: Pitt: AP-5; ESPN-5. Seton Hall: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.

 

 

Series: Pitt and Seton Hall meet for the 51st time in series history with Pitt holding a 30-20 all-time advantage. Since the 2001-02 season, Pitt owns a 10-4 record vs. Seton Hall. At home, Pitt has won nine of its last 10 against Seton Hall, including a 4-1 record vs. the Pirates at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt is 18-6 all-time vs. the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

PITTSBURGH--No. 5/5 ranked Pitt (16-1, 4-0 Big East) hosts Seton Hall (8-9, 2-3 Big East) for a Saturday, January 15 Big East contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

 

The game will be televised by ESPN Regional and broadcast locally on FSN Pittsburgh with John Sanders (play-by-play) and Rob Kennedy (color analyst) calling action. Darren Chiappetta will handle production.

 

A win would give Pitt a perfect 5-0 start to a Big East regular season play for only the fourth time in school history (2002-03, 2006-07 and 2009-10). Pitt has never began a Big East regular season with six consecutive wins. Pitt is off to a 4-0 start in Big East play for the seventh time in school history and for the seventh time in the last 10 years. So far, Pitt has won at No. 22 Georgetown, claimed home wins vs. Marquette (89-81) and No. 4 Connecticut (78-63) and won at Providence (83-79).

 

Pitt is also riding a six-game win streak and a seven-game Big East regular season win streak, which ranks as the fifth longest of its kind in school history (see chart page 7). The school record is 12 straight Big East regular season wins set from Feb. 2, 2002-Jan. 25, 2003.

 

Pitt and Seton Hall renew their 54-year, 50-game rivalry on Saturday. Pitt owns a 30-20 all-time record vs. Seton Hall and has won 10 of the series' last 14 games since the 2001-02 season. At home, Pitt has claimed nine of its last 10 against Seton Hall in Pittsburgh, including a 4-1 record vs. the Pirates at the Petersen Events Center.

 

Seton Hall is coached by former Pitt player Kevin Willard. Willard played at Pitt two years from 1995-97. He saw action in 60 career games with six starts. He averaged 2.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game (143 assists). His father, Ralph Willard, served as head coach of the Panthers for six years from 1994-99 and accumulated a 63-82 overall record. Ralph Willard is currently the Associate Head Coach under Rick Pitino at Louisville.

 

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 204-55 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 No. 13 among the all-time NCAA Division I coaches in quickest to 200 victories (No. 13) in regards to total games (see charts on page 4) and tied the NCAA record in fastest to 200 career wins by years (8). 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 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.

 

At home, Pitt has won 18 consecutive on-campus games and is 11-0 this year. It concluded last season with an 18-1 home record and recently concluded a 31-game home win streak. It is 59-10 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 143-11 all-time record and .929 winning percentage. The .929 winning percentage ranks among the nation's best homecourt records over the last nine years (see chart page 8). Pitt has won 64 of its last 74 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 six-game win streak, Pitt enters its matchup vs. Seton Hall on a seven-game Big East regular season win streak.

 

•A win will give Pitt a 5-0 start to the Big East regular season for only the fourth time in school history. All three other occasions have occurred within the last 10 years. Pitt has never began a league regular season with a 6-0 record.

 

•Pitt is in its ninth season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 143-11 record (.929 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns a 59-10 record vs. Big East opponents at the PEC. Riding an 18-game home win streak, Pitt is 11-0 at home this year and has won 49 of its last 50 home games.

 

•Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (261-66, .798), league winning percentage (113-41, .734), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (9) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (9).