Jan. 25, 2013
GAME 21: DePAUL (10-8, 1-4 Big East) at PITT (16-4, 4-3 Big East)
Saturday, January 26, 2013 4 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN Regional/Root Sports (John Sanders and John Celestand; Producer: Bill Shissler).
Television Affiliates: Pittsburgh (Root Sports), New York (MSG), Chicago (WCIU-DT2), Philadelphia (WPHL), Washington (MASN), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, Fla. (Brighthouse), Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne (Brighthouse-O), Baltimore (MASN), Milwaukee (TW-WI), New Orleans, La. (Cox-NO), Providence-New Bedford, RI (Cox-NE), Green Bay-Appleton (TW-WI2), Rockford, Ill. (WTVO-DT2).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-92 (Pitt feed), XM-198 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (254-81); DePaul: Oliver Purnell, 3rd year at DePaul (21-41), 25th year overall (423-330).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; DePaul: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and DePaul meet for the 10th time in series history. Pitt holds a 7-2 advantage in the series which began on Dec. 12, 1936. Since DePaul joined the Big East in 2005-06, Pitt has won seven of the eight league meetings. Pitt is an undefeated 4-0 vs. the Blue Demons in games played at the Petersen Events Center with an average margin of victory of 12.8 points per win. DePaul claimed last year's meeting, an 84-81 loss in Chicago on January 5, 2012.
PITTSBURGH--Riding a three game win streak, Pitt (16-4, 4-3 Big East) hosts DePaul (10-8, 1-4 Big East) for a Saturday, January 26 matchup. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised on ESPN Regional and aired locally in Pittsburgh on Root Sports with John Sanders and former Villanova player John Celestand making the call. Bill Shissler will handle production.
The game marks the first of two matchups against DePaul this year. Pitt makes a return trip to Chicago for its final regular season game of the year on March 9. That contest will mark the final Big East regular season matchup between the two schools before Pitt departs for the Atlantic Coast Conference at year's end.
Pitt enters Saturday's matchup after winning four of its last five games and fresh off a 68-64 Tuesday win at Providence. Pitt led for the entire 40 minutes and held off a late PC rally for the victory. Every time Providence cut Pitt's lead down to as few as two points, Pitt responded with field goals. Durand Johnson hit a key 3-pointer with 6:58 to go, Tray Woodall converted a clutch jumper with 23 seconds to go and James Robinson hit two free throws with nine seconds left to seal the win. Pitt won with its offense as it shot 51 percent (26-51) for the game. Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 17 points on a 7-10 shooting night. Pitt defeated PC for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings.
Pitt's win streak also included a 69-61 home win over Connecticut on Jan. 16. 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.
DePaul (10-8, 1-4 Big East) enters the weekend on a three game losing streak to the likes of Connecticut (99-78), Cincinnati (75-70) and St. John's (71-62). Cleveland Melvin (17.6 ppg./7.6 rpg.) and Brandon Young (16.7 ppg./3.7 rpg.) lead the Blue Demons, whose lone Big East win was against Providence (83-73).
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 has won 84 of its last 117 overall games and 89 of its last 123, 233 of its last 308 contests, 99 of its last 150 Big East regular season games and 140 of its last 152 non-conference games.
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Pitt enters Saturday's game vs. DePaul on a three-game win streak and winners of four of its last five contests. Pitt has also won three consecutive road games.
A win Saturday would give Pitt its fifth Big East regular season victory, matching last year's total. Pitt has already matched its overall regular season win total from last year (16).
Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 175-21 overall record (.893) in the arena. Pitt is also 70-18 all-time vs. Big East opponents at the PEC. The Panthers have won 81 of their last 92 home games and 32 of their last 41 Big East Conference home games.
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).
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