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GAME 19: #4 SYRACUSE (18-0, 5-0 Big East) at #5 PITT (17-1, 5-0 Big East)


Monday, January 17, 2011 • 7:30 p.m. ET

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






Television: ESPN "Big Monday" (Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale; Producer: Scott Matthews).



Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 122; XM: 143 (Pitt feed).


National Radio Broadcast: IMG College-National (Brock Bowling and John Celestand).



National Radio Broadcast Affiliates: National affiliates: New York (WPEN-AM, 1050), Houston-Galveston, Texas (KFNC-FM, 97.5), Washington, DC (WTEM-AM, 980), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (WQYK-AM, 1010), Cincinnati, Ohio (WSAI-AM, 1360), Las Vegas, Nevada (KXNT-FM, 100.5), Providence, R.I. (WPRV-AM, 790), Richmond, Va. (WRNL-AM, 910), Fort Myers-Naples-Marco Island, Fla. (WWCN-AM, 770), Stuart-Fort Pierce-Vero Beach, Fla. (WSTU-AM, 1450), Huntington-Ashland, Ky. (WCMI-AM, 1340), State College, Pa. (WQWK-AM, 1450), Kearney, Neb. (KXPN-AM, 1460), Hastings, Neb. (KICS-AM, 1550), Williamsport, Pa. (WLYC-AM, 1050 and 104.1 FM), Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (WCBT-AM, 1230), Beckley, W.Va. (WJLS-AM, 560), Bainbridge, Ga. (WBGE-FM, 101.9).



Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats:



The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (205-55); Syracuse: Jim Boeheim, 34th year at Syracuse (847-293), 34th year overall (847-293).


Rankings: Pitt: AP-5; ESPN-5. Syracuse: AP-4; ESPN-4 (as of Jan. 10, 2011).



Series: Pitt and SU meet for the 99th time. Since 2001-02, Pitt is 12-3 vs. Syracuse including wins in each of the series' last four consecutive games. Pitt's current four-game win streak ties for its longest win streak in the series. Pitt has also won five straight games vs. SU in the Carrier Dome.





PITTSBURGH--No. 5/5 ranked Pitt (17-1, 5-0 Big East) hosts No. 4 ranked Syracuse (18-0, 5-0 Big East) for a Monday, January 17 "Big Monday" contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.


The game will be nationally televised on ESPN with Dan Shulman (play-by-play) and Dick Vitale (color analyst) calling action. Scott Matthews will handle production.


Two top-5 nationally ranked teams will meet for the third time in Petersen Events Center history. Pitt is 2-0 in those two contests. Pitt also owns an 8-0 record vs. top-5 ranked teams at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers are 13-3 at the Petersen Events Center in games involving two ranked teams.


Pitt and Syracuse represent the Big East's top two winningest programs in both league and overall games in each of the last three years. Pitt is 73-15 overall and 33-8 in league play over the last three seasons, while Syracuse owns a 76-15 overall and 31-10 in Big East play. The two schools both rank among the nation's top-5 in the Ratings Percentage Index as Syracuse is rated No. 3 and Pitt is No. 5.


A win would give Pitt a perfect 6-0 start to Big East regular season play for the first time in school history. Pitt is 5-0 for only the fourth time in school history (2002-03, 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2010-11). So far, Pitt has claimed victories over Seton Hall, at No. 22 Georgetown, vs. Marquette (89-81), No. 4 Connecticut (78-63) and at Providence (83-79).


Pitt is also riding a seven-game win streak and an eight-game Big East regular season win streak, which ties for the third 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 Syracuse renew their 97-year, 99-game rivalry on Monday. Syracuse holds a 61-37 all-time advantage in the series, but Pitt has claimed each of the last four meetings and 12 of the 15 matchups since the 2001-02 season vs. the Orange. In Pitt's three losses since 2001-02, all three have come by four points or fewer. In games played at the Petersen Events Center, Pitt is 4-1. Additionally, Pitt has won each of the last five games vs. Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. In head-to-head games against Syracuse, Jamie Dixon owns an 8-2 record.


In comparing the first eight seasons as a head coach, Jamie Dixon and Jim Boeheim's coaching success has been nearly identical. According to NCAA records, Jamie Dixon ranks fourth in NCAA Division I history for most wins after eight years (see chart on page 5). He ranks fourth behind North Carolina State's Everett Case (213), Kansas' Roy Williams (213) and Gonzaga's Mark Few (211), while Boeheim's 182 wins checks in in 13th place. Dixon and Boeheim have also experienced similar success in a variety of categories (see chart on page 13).


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 205-55 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 19 consecutive on-campus games and is 12-0 this year. The 19-game win streak ranks as the fourth longest streak of its kind in school history. It concluded last season with an 18-1 home record and concluded a 31-game home win streak. It is 60-10 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 144-11 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 65 of its last 75 Big East home games. Only two opponents (Louisville and Georgetown) have defeated the Panthers two times in the Petersen Events Center.




•Pitt owns an 8-0 record at the Petersen Events Center against top-5 ranked teams.


•Riding a seven-game win streak, Pitt enters its matchup vs. Syracuse on an eight-game Big East regular season win streak.


•A win would give Pitt a 6-0 start to a Big East regular season for the first time in school history.


•Pitt (73-15, 33-8 BE) and Syracuse (76-15, 31-10 BE) are the league's top-2 winningest programs over the last three years.


•Pitt is in its ninth season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 144-11 record (.929 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns a 60-10 record vs. Big East opponents at the PEC. Riding a 19-game home win streak, Pitt is 12-0 at home this year and has won 50 of its last 51 home games.


•Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (262-66, .799), league winning percentage (114-41, .735), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (9) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (9).

No. 5 Men's Basketball Takes on No. 4 Syracuse on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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