Jan. 21, 2013
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GAME 20: PITT (15-4, 3-3 Big East) at PROVIDENCE (10-8, 2-4 Big East)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7 p.m. ET Dunkin' Donuts Center (13,106) Providence, R.I.
Television: ESPN2 (John Saunders and Tim Welsh; Producer: Scott Gustafson).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-93 (Pitt feed), XM-192 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (253-81); Providence: Ed Cooley, 2nd year at PC (25-25), 7th year overall (117-94).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-NR; Providence: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Providence meet for the 48th time in series history. Pitt owns a 30-17 all-time record vs. Providence and is 9-13 in games played in Rhode Island. Since 2002-03, Pitt has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two programs, including three of the last four at Providence. Pitt also enters the game with a three-game win streak against Providence. The Panthers last defeated PC 86-74 on January 25, 2012 at the Petersen Events Center.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Pitt (15-4, 3-3 Big East) travels to Providence and the Dunkin' Donuts Center to play Big East rival Providence (10-8, 2-4 Big East) for a Tuesday, January 22 matchup. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The contest will be nationally televised on ESPN2 with John Saunders and Tim Welsh making the call. Scott Gustafson will handle production.
The game marks the final Big East Conference regular season matchup played between the two schools before Pitt departs for the Atlantic Coast Conference next year.
Pitt enters Tuesday's game on a two-game win streak following a 69-61 home win over Connecticut on Saturday. Pitt built an early lead in the game and fended off a late Connecticut comeback to register the win. With an impressive first half, Pitt jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead (35-22). In the first half alone, the Panthers limited Connecticut to a 29.2 shooting percent (7-24) and outrebounded the Huskies 23-15. Led by Ryan Boatright, who finished with 20 points, Connecticut battled back with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 55-55 with 4:38 left in the game. But Pitt responded with a 6-1 run sparked by a James Robinson 3-pointer and two free throws and a jumper by Dante Taylor to take a commanding 65-59 lead with 58 seconds left. Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 14 points, Tray Woodall scored 13 points and Robinson finished with 12.
Pitt defeated Villanova 58-43 on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Pavilion. The Panthers won their fifth straight game vs. VU by using stellar defense and rebounding, then outscored Villanova 15-0 over the game's final five minutes. Pitt limited Villanova to 31.8 percent shooting, only 14 field goals made and only one offensive rebound. Villanova entered the game as the Big East's leading rebounding team. Offensively, Pitt was led by two players off the bench, Durand Johnson and Trey Zeigler, who each finished with 13 points apiece. Johnson hit three 3-pointers and Zeigler scored nine of his 13 points in a key second half run.
Providence enters the game after winning two of its last three games. Recently, the Friars defeated Villanova 69-66 behind a 24-point effort by leading scorer Bryce Cotton. Cotton leads Providence with a 21.8 points per game average, followed by LaDontae Henton (14.6 ppg./8.2 rpg.) and Kadeem Batts (14.3 ppg./7.2 rpg.). The Friars are 8-2 in home games this season.
Pitt has won 16 of its last 18 home games. It recently completed a 15-game home win streak, which ties for the seventh longest of its kind in school history. Pitt owns a 70-18 all-time record vs. Big East Conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt is also 101-3 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 122 of its last 126 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 49-1 record in November non-conference home games and has a 48-1 record in December non-conference matchups.
Pitt was picked by league coaches to finish sixth in the Big East this season. Freshman Steven Adams was named the Big East's preseason Rookie of the Year and senior guard Tray Woodall earned preseason All-Big East honorable mention honors.
Pitt has won 83 of its last 116 games and 88 of its last 122, 232 of its last 307 contests, 98 of its last 149 Big East regular season games and 140 of its last 152 non-conference games.
TUESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt and Providence meet for the final time in Big East regular season play. The series dates back to March 18, 1975.
Pitt enters the contest on a two-game win streak and winners of three of its last four contests.
On a two-game road win streak, Pitt has claimed 28 of its last 46 road games and owns one of the Big East's top road records (55-41) over the last 12 seasons. Pitt is 2-1 on the road this year.
Over the last 12 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (310-91, .773), league winning percentage (132-60, .688), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10).