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Men's Basketball Hosts No. 6 Syracuse on Saturday at Noon

Trey Zeigler goes up for a shot at Louisville on Monday.

Trey Zeigler goes up for a shot at Louisville on Monday.

Jan. 31, 2013

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GAME 23: #6 SYRACUSE (18-2, 6-1 Big East) at PITT (17-5, 5-4 Big East)

Saturday, February 2, 2013 • Noon ET • Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPN (Mike Patrick, Len Elmore; Producer: Eric Mosley).

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat, Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-91 (Pitt feed), XM-91 (Pitt feed).

Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (255-82); Syracuse: Jim Boeheim, 37th year at SU (908-306), 37th year overall (908-306).


 

 

Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Syracuse: AP-6; ESPN-6 (as of Jan. 28, 2013).

Series: Pitt and Syracuse meet for the 101st time in series history. Pitt is 13-4 overall, 6-1 in home games and 5-1 at the Petersen Events Center in matchups against Syracuse since March 9, 2001. Syracuse holds a 62-38 all-time advantage in the series dating back to Jan. 29, 1914. Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon owns a 9-3 all-time record vs. Syracuse. The series will continue next year as both programs enter into competition in the Atlantic Coast Conference. 

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH--After winning four of its last five games, Pitt (17-5, 5-4 Big East) hosts No. 6 Syracuse (18-2, 6-1 Big East) for a Saturday, February 2 matchup. Tipoff is at noon ET. 

The contest will be nationally televised on ESPN. Mike Patrick and Len Elmore will make the call while Pitt graduate Eric Mosley will handle production.

Pitt has won four of its last five games and five of its last seven contests. Pitt has already won more overall games (17) and as many Big East Conference games (5) as it did last season when it finished the 2011-12 regular season with a 16-15 record and 5-13 league slate. 

Pitt enters the game with a 12-1 record vs. top-10 ranked opponents played in the Petersen Events Center. In No. 6 Syracuse, Pitt plays its fifth nationally ranked opponent of the year. The Panthers are 1-3 vs. top-25 teams.

For the third consecutive season, Pitt will host a "Gold-Out." All fans are encouraged to wear gold clothing and will receive a custom "This Is Our House" gold tee-shirt courtesy of Peoples Natural Gas. 

Pitt enters Saturday's matchup after dropping a 64-61 loss at No. 12 Louisville on Monday night. Pitt trailed for the majority of the game but battled back to within deficits of two and three points in the final minute. Pitt had several chances to cut the margin in the final two minutes, but missed free throws and missed shots helped the Cardinals hold on. Louisville converted 10 of its 11 free throws in the second half alone and Pitt shot a Jamie Dixon Era low 25.0 percent (3-12) from the line. Tray Woodall led the Panthers with 14 points and four 3-pointers, Lamar Patterson added 10 points and Talib Zanna contributed 10 rebounds.

Prior to the Louisville game, Pitt registered its largest-ever win in Big East regular season history, a 38-point home win over DePaul (93-55) at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt outscored DePaul 21-4 over a five-minute first half stretch to take command. At halftime it led by 23 points (53-30). Pitt set team season-highs for points (93), rebounds (58) and field goal attempts (71) and outrebounded the Blue Demons by 24 boards (58-34). Trey Zeigler scored a Pitt career-high 18 points (7-12 FG) and all 10 players who saw action scored, registered at least one rebound and dished out at least one assist in the game. Pitt's bench outscored its starters (52-41) and almost outscored DePaul. It marked the second time this year that Pitt's bench outscored its starters. 

No. 6 Syracuse enters Saturday's game atop the Big East standings, along with Marquette, with a 6-1 league record and 18-2 overall record. The Orange are led by Brandon Triche (14.9 ppg.), C.J. Fair (13.4 ppg./7.2 rpg.) and Michael Carter-Williams (12.6 ppg., 178 assists). SU has played its last four games without key scorer James Southerland (13.6 ppg./5.2 rpg.). Without Southerland, Syracuse is still 3-1. Pitt's Jamie Dixon owns a 9-3 record vs. Syracuse.

Pitt has won 17 of its last 19 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 71-18 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. 

TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES

•Pitt enters Saturday's game vs. No. 6 Syracuse after winning four of its last five and five of its last seven contests. 

•Pitt enters the game with a 12-1 all-time record vs. top-10 nationally ranked opponents at the Petersen Events Center.

•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 71-18 all-time vs. Big East opponents at the PEC. The Panthers have won 82 of their last 93 home games and 33 of their last 42 Big East Conference home games. 

•Over the last 12 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (312-92, .773), league winning percentage (134-61, .687), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10).