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GAME 24: VILLANOVA (10-12, 3-7 Big East) at PITT (14-9, 3-7 Big East)
Sunday, February 5, 2012 2 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla; Producer: Eric Mosley; Director: Jeff Evers).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat, Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-93 (Pitt feed); XM-190 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (230-69); Villanova: Jay Wright, 11th year at Villanova (234-123), 18th year overall (356-208).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Villanova: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Villanova meet for the 63rd time in series history with Villanova holding a 32-30 advantage overall. Pitt has won each of the last three meetings between the two schools, has claimed eight straight home games vs. Villanova and is 4-0 vs. the Wildcats in the Petersen Events Center. Overall in the series dating back to the 1959-60 season, Pitt owns a 20-5 all-time record in home games vs. Villanova.
PITTSBURGH--Riding a three-game win streak, Pitt hosts Villanova (10-12, 3-7 Big East) for a Sunday, Feb. 5 contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. ET at WVU Coliseum.
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Bob Wischusen and Fran Fraschilla providing play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively, while Eric Mosley (producer) and Jeff Evers (director) will handle production.
Pitt enters the game on a three-game win streak following back-to-back 12-point home wins over Providence (86-74) and No. 9 ranked Georgetown (72-60), along with a six-point road win at West Virginia (72-66) on Monday night. The difference has been the return of point guard Tray Woodall (groin/abdominal strain). With Woodall, Pitt has showed its typical efficient offense. Combining the last three games, Pitt shot 49.1 percent (81-165), 39.5 percent from 3-point range (17-43), 81.0 percent from the free throw line (51-63) and averaged 76.7 points per game. In its previous eight contests, all losses, the Panthers shot 39.3 percent (177-450), 25.3 percent from 3-point range (37-146), 64.4 percent from the free throw line (87-135) and averaged only 59.8 points per game.
Pitt won its third in a row as it defeated West Virginia, 72-66, on Monday, Jan. 30 in Morgantown. Woodall sparked the Panthers, scoring 16 of his game-high 24 points in the first half, including 11 in a 6:32 stretch before intermission. Pitt shot 46.2 percent in the game and maintained its lead all the way through the second half to register the win. With the win, the Panthers captured their 17th contest in the last 24 meetings against West Virginia and Jamie Dixon won his fifth career game at WVU Coliseum, the most-ever wins for a Pitt coach in games played in Morgantown.
Against Georgetown on Jan. 28, Pitt used a 13-0 first half run to secure an 11-point halftime lead en route to its victory. For the seventh time this year, Pitt shot over 50 percent, hitting on 52.1 percent (25-48) of its field goal attempts. Nasir Robinson scored a season-high 23 points on a perfect 9-9 shooting night, Lamar Patterson contributed career-highs of 18 points and seven assists and Ashton Gibbs added 13 points in the win. Pitt improved to 12-0 all-time vs. top-10 nationally ranked teams in the Petersen Events Center.
SUNDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt is on a three -game win streak just four games after point guard Tray Woodall's return from injury. With Woodall sidelined or trying to play while injured, Pitt was 5-8 overall and had an eight-game losing streak.
Pitt is in its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 158-17 record (.903) in the arena. Pitt also owns a 67-14 record vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 64 of their last 71 home games. Pitt has won 29 of its last 34 Big East Conference home games.
On Sunday, Jamie Dixon will coach in his 300th career game as head coach at Pitt.
Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (287-80, .781), league winning percentage (127-51, .712), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (10) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (10).
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).