Jan. 27, 2012
GAME 22: #9 GEORGETOWN (16-3, 6-2 Big East) at PITT (12-9, 1-7 Big East)
Saturday, January 28, 2012 4 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN (Bob Wischusen and Stephen Bardo; Producer Eric Mosley).
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-91 (Pitt feed); XM-91 (Pitt feed).
National Radio: Westwood One Radio (John Tautges and John Thompson).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (228-69); Georgetown: John Thompson III, 8th year at GU (176-76), 12th year overall (244-118).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Georgetown: AP-9; ESPN-10.
Series: Pitt and Georgetown meet for the 75th time in series history. Pitt owns a 34-40 all-time record vs. the Hoyas, but has claimed four of the last five matchups. Since the 2001-02 season, Pitt is 10-5 in matchups with Georgetown. Pitt is also 19-16 all-time vs. the Hoyas in Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH--In the final of three consecutive home games, Pitt hosts No. 9 Georgetown (16-3, 6-2 Big East) on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. ET at the Petersen Events Center.
Saturday's contest will air nationally on ESPN with Bob Wischusen and Stephen Bardo handling play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Eric Mosley will produce.
With an 86-74 win over Providence on Wednesday, Pitt snapped an eight-game losing streak. Ashton Gibbs hit four 3-pointers over a two-minute first half stretch to give the Panthers a 15-point halftime lead. He finished with a team-high 22 points (5-11 3FG), Tray Woodall added 17 points, hit 4-4 3-pointers and dished out nine assists, Nasir Robinson scored 14 points with six rebounds and Lamar Patterson grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with nine points. It marked Woodall's second appearance back after being sidelined for 11 of Pitt's 12 games with a groin/abdominal strain. Pitt shot 49.2 percent (32-65) from the floor and limited Providence to 42.2 percent shooting.
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.
No. 9 ranked Georgetown is on a three-game win streak after defeating St. John's (69-49), DePaul (83-75) and Rutgers (52-50) in consecutive contests. Jason Clark (15.9 ppg.), Hollis Thompson (14.0 ppg.) and Henry Sims (11.8 ppg.) lead John Thompson III's Hoyas.
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In Georgetown, Pitt hosts its second nationally ranked opponent at the Petersen Events Center this year. Pitt is 11-0 all-time vs. top-10 ranked teams in the Petersen Events Center. Overall, Pitt owns a 15-6 record vs. top-25 ranked opponents at the PEC.
Pitt is in its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 157-17 record (.902) in the arena. Pitt also owns a 66-14 record vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 63 of their last 70 home games. Pitt has won 28 of its last 33 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 (285-80, .781), league winning percentage (125-51, .710), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (10) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (10).