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GAME 20: #5 PITT (18-1, 6-0 Big East) at DePAUL (6-12, 0-6 Big East)
Saturday, January 22, 2011 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT
AllState Arena (18,600) Rosemont, Ill.
Television: ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh (Lou Canellis, Brooke Weisbrod; Prod.: Peter Rudman).
Television Affiliates: Pittsburgh (FSN Pittsburgh), New York (SportsnetNY), Chicago (WCCU-CA), Washington, DC (MASN), Baltimore, Md. (MASN), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (Brighthouse), Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne (Brighthouse-O), Providence-New Bedford, R.I. (Cox-NE), Rockford, Ill. (WTVO-DT2).
Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 121; XM: 141 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (206-55); DePaul: Oliver Purnell, 1st year at DePaul (6-12), 23rd year overall (400-291).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-5; ESPN-4. DePaul: AP-NR; ESPN-NR
Series: Pitt and DePaul meet for the eighth time with Pitt holding a 6-1 advantage in the series. Pitt has won each of the last six consecutive games in the series vs. DePaul since the Blue Demons joined the Big East Conference in 2005-06. Pitt has won both meetings against DePaul at All-State Arena. The Panthers are 27-9 vs. schools that were added to the Big East in 2005-06.
PITTSBURGH--No. 5/4 ranked Pitt (18-1, 6-0 Big East) travels to Chicago, Ill. to play DePaul (6-12, 0-6 Big East) for a Saturday, January 22 contest at AllState Arena. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT.
The game will be broadcast by ESPN Regional and televised locally on FSN Pittsburgh with Lou Canellis (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (color analyst) calling action. Peter Rudman will handle production.
Pitt is coming off a 74-66 win over No. 3 Syracuse on Monday. Pitt scored the game's first 19 points and Syracuse followed with a 17-point run. Pitt led the rest of the way and coasted to the win. Pitt improved to 9-0 vs. top-5 ranked teams in the Petersen Events Center and 14-3 at the PEC in games involving two ranked teams. The win also gave Pitt a perfect 6-0 start to Big East regular season play for the first time in school history. Previously, the best league start in school history was 5-0 in three other seasons: 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2009-10. So far, Pitt has claimed victories over No. 3 Syracuse, Seton Hall, at No. 22 Georgetown, vs. Marquette (89-81), No. 4 Connecticut (78-63) and at Providence (83-79). Pitt enters the weekend with an RPI rating of No. 4 nationally.
Pitt is also riding an eight-game win streak and a nine-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.
In the midst of his eighth season as Pitt's head coach, Jamie Dixon ranks fourth in NCAA Division I history for most wins after eight years (see chart on page 5). With his 206 wins, he ranks fourth behind North Carolina State's Everett Case (213), Kansas' Roy Williams (213) and Gonzaga's Mark Few (211).
On a three-game road win streak, Pitt has won 15 of its last 21 road games. Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt owns the Big East's best road winning percentage with a 48-30 record. On the road last year, Pitt finished 5-4 in Big East conference play.
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At 6-0, Pitt is off to its best-ever start to a Big East regular season.
Riding an eight-game win streak, Pitt enters its matchup vs. DePaul on a nine-game Big East regular season win streak.
Pitt enters the contest with a 27-9 record against schools that were added to the Big East in 2005-06: Cincinnati 6-1, DePaul 6-0, Louisville 5-3, Marquette 6-4, USF 4-1.
Pitt plays its third road game of the year as the Panthers have won 15 of their last 21 games away from home. Over the last 10 years, Pitt owns the Big East's best road winning percentage with a 48-30 combined record. On the road last year, Pitt finished 5-4 in Big East conference play.
Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (263-66, .799), league winning percentage (115-41, .737), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (9) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (9).