Jan. 24, 2012
GAME 21: PROVIDENCE (12-8, 1-6 Big East) at PITT (11-9, 0-7 Big East)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN Regional/ROOT Sports (John Sanders, Bob Wenzel; Producer: Bill Shissler).
Television Affiliates: New York City (MSG2), Washington-Baltimore, Md. (MASN), Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (Brighthouse), Denver, Colo. (Altitude), Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (ROOT Sports2), Pittsburgh (ROOT Sports), New Orleans, La. (Cox-NO), Providence-New Bedford, R.I. (Cox-NE).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-92 (Pitt feed); XM-191 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (227-69); Providence: Ed Cooley, 1st year at PC (12-8), 6th year overall (104-77).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Providence: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Providence meet for the 47th time in series history with Pitt holding a 29-17 all-time advantage. Pitt has won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two schools. Pitt owns a 19-3 all-time record vs. Providence in games played in Pittsburgh and has claimed six consecutive contests against PC at the Petersen Events Center.
PITTSBURGH--In its second of three consecutive home games, Pitt hosts Providence (12-8, 1-6 Big East) on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET at the Petersen Events Center.
Wednesday's contest will be broadcast by ESPN Regional and televised locally on ROOT Sports in Southwestern Pennsylvania. John Sanders and Bob Wenzel will handle play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively while Bill Shissler will produce.
Pitt recently concluded a three-game stretch against nationally ranked opponents. It is coming off a 73-62 loss to No. 23 Louisville. Three Panthers reached double figure scoring including Lamar Patterson (14 points/seven assists/five rebounds), Ashton Gibbs (14 points, four 3-pointers) and Nasir Robinson (12 points). Louisville took advantage of 18 Pitt turnovers and 70 percent (14-20) second half shooting in registering the win. For the second time in school history, Pitt hosted ESPN College GameDay at the Petersen Events Center. Tray Woodall made his first appearance in five games and second since he suffered a groin/abdominal strain vs. Duquesne on Nov. 30, 2011. He had been sidelined for 11 of Pitt's last 12 games.
This season, Pitt has had a variety of players play through and sidelined with injuries including Woodall, Taylor (concussion), Ashton Gibbs (ankle), Cameron Wright (finger), Nasir Robinson (knee surgery). Because of the injuries, 11 different Pitt players have started and the Panthers have had seven different starting lineup combinations.
Providence has dropped six of its last seven games. PC is led by Vincent Council (16.2 ppg.), Bryce Cotton (14.8 ppg.), Gerard Coleman (14.4 ppg.) and LaDontae Henton (12.8 ppg.). Head coach Ed Cooley is in his first year with the Friars since arriving from Fairfield.
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Pitt is in its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 156-17 record (.902) in the arena. Pitt also owns a 65-14 record vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 62 of their last 69 home games. Pitt has won 27 of its last 32 Big East Conference home games.
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 (284-80, .780), league winning percentage (124-51, .709), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (10) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (10).