Jan. 26, 2014
GAME 21: #18/18 DUKE (16-4, 5-2 ACC) at #20/19 PITT (18-2, 6-1 ACC)
Monday, January 27, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET • ESPN Big Monday
Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas; Sidelines: Jeannine Edwards; Producer: Bo Garrett).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat, Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-Channel 91 (Pitt feed), XM-Channel 91 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (280-88); Duke: Mike Krzyzewski, 34th year at Duke (900-242), 35th year overall (973-301).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-20; USA Today-19; Duke: AP-18; USA Today-18 (as of Monday, Jan. 20, 2014).
Series: Pitt and Duke meet for the 13th time in series history. The series is tied at 6-6. The last time the two schools met was on Dec. 20, 2007, a 65-64 Pitt victory at Madison Square Garden in the Aeropostale Classic. Pitt's Levance Fields converted a game-winning 3-pointer in overtime. The last time Duke played at Pitt was on Jan. 12, 1974, a 62-46 Pitt victory at Fitzgerald Field House. Several of Pitt's greatest basketball performances have come against Duke.
PITTSBURGH--No. 20/19 Pitt (18-2, 6-1 ACC) hosts No. 18/18 Duke (16-4, 5-2 ACC) in an ESPN Big Monday contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The game will be nationally televised on ESPN with Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (color analysis) and Jeannine Edwards (sidelines) making the call. Bo Garrett will handle production.
The game is designated as a "Gold Out' contest as all fans will receive a gold tee-shirt courtesy of Peoples Natural Gas. Pitt will wear its gold jerseys.
At 6-1 in ACC competition, Pitt enters the game in a second place tie with Virginia (6-1) and trailing league leader and undefeated Syracuse (6-0). Duke is fourth in the ACC standings at 5-2.
This marks the 22nd game in the 12-year history of the Petersen Events Center history where two nationally ranked teams have met. Pitt is 15-6 in those 21 contests. Over the years, Pitt has hosted six contests where both teams were ranked in the top-10.
Pitt has won its 18 games by an average of 16.2 points per game. Sixteen of Pitt's 18 wins have come by nine or more points and 12 of its 18 are by 17 points or more. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 76.3 points per game, converting 48.8 percent (533-1092) of field goals, 35.0 percent (96-274) of 3-point field goals and a decent 72.1 percent (365-506) of free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-9.2 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 60.2 points per game and yielding a 40.2 (424-1056) field goal percentage. Seventeen of Pitt's 20 opponents have been held to 70 points or less and 11 have been limited to 60 points or less.
Through seven Atlantic Coast Conference games, Pitt has outscored its six opponents by a plus-12.3 margin. Pitt is shooting 50.4 percent (180-357) and 40.3 percent (31-77) from 3-point range. National/ACC Player of the Year/First Team candidate Lamar Patterson is averaging 19.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game and Talib Zanna nearly averages a double-double in points (16.6) and rebounds (8.4).
At home, Pitt is a perfect 12-0 this year, on a 14-game home win streak and 19-game consecutive win streak against non-conference opponents. In its 12th season in the Petersen Events Center, Pitt owns a 192-22 overall record in the arena and a 78-19 conference record (3-0 vs. ACC/75-19 vs. Big East). Pitt also owns a 110-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has won 131 of its last 135 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
Pitt hosts Duke for the first time since Jan. 12, 1974. It is the first time Duke has played at the Petersen Events Center. The last time the two teams met was in the Aeropostale Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden on Dec. 20, 2007. Pitt's Levance Fields hit a game-winning 3-pointer to give Pitt a 65-64 overtime win. No. 18 Duke (16-4, 5-2 ACC) enters the contest on a four-game win streak after defeating Virginia, NC State, Miami and Florida State. The Blue Devils are 1-2 in road games this year. Duke is led by Jabari Parker (18.7 ppg./8.0 rpg.), Rodney Hood (17.7 ppg.) and Quinn Cook (12.6 ppg.).
MONDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
•Lamar Patterson has emerged as a national player of the year candidate (Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List) and an ACC Player of the Year candidate.
•With a perfect 12-0 home record and current 14-game home win streak intact, Pitt is in its 12th season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 192-22 record (.897) in the arena. The Panthers have won 98 of their last 110 home games and 41 of their last 51 conference home games.
•Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 17-0 record vs. previous ACC teams and a 33-11 overall record vs. current ACC teams (including Syracuse and Notre Dame).
•When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (337-98, .774), league winning percentage (147-64, .697), homecourt winning percentage (.897) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).
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