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Feb. 4, 2013

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GAME 24: SETON HALL (13-9, 2-7 Big East) at PITT (18-5, 6-4 Big East)

Monday, February 4, 2013 • 9 p.m. ET • Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.


Television: ESPNU (Adam Amin and LaPhonso Ellis; Producer: John Kettering).

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-93 (Pitt feed), XM-190 (Pitt feed).

Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats:

Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (256-82); Seton Hall: Kevin Willard, 3rd year at SHU (47-40), 6th year overall (92-89).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Seton Hall: AP-NR; ESPN-NR (as of Jan. 28, 2013).

Series: Pitt and Seton Hall meet for the 53rd time in series history. Pitt owns a 31-21 advantage in the series which began on December 27, 1956. Pitt is 19-6 vs. Seton Hall in home games and 5-1 vs. the Pirates at the Petersen Events Center. In the last meeting between the two programs, Seton Hall defeated Pitt 73-66 at the Prudential Center. Since the 2000-01 season, Pitt is 11-5 vs. Seton Hall.


PITTSBURGH--After winning five of its last six games, Pitt (18-5, 6-4 Big East) hosts Seton Hall (13-9, 2-7 Big East) for a Monday, February 4 matchup. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. ET.

The contest will be nationally televised on ESPNU. Adam Amin and LaPhonso Ellis will make the call while John Kettering will handle production. 

Pitt has won five of its last six games and six of its last eight contests. Pitt has already won more overall games (18) and more Big East Conference games (six) than it did last season when it finished the 2011-12 regular season with a 16-15 record and 5-13 league slate.

Pitt enters Monday's game after registering a 65-55 win over No. 6 ranked Syracuse on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt outrebounded the Orange 39-24 and limited Syracuse to 36.7 percent (18-49) shooting in the game. The Panthers used a 6-0 run to take control of the game after the contest was tied 35-35 midway through the second half. A Cameron Wright 3-pointer gave Pitt the lead for good. Pitt held off the Orange the rest of the way. Tray Woodall led Pitt with 13 points, J.J. Moore and Steven Adams both contributed eight points and Talib Zanna finished with 12 rebounds in the contest. Pitt improved to 13-1 vs. top-10 ranked opponents played in the Petersen Events Center. It also improved to 2-3 vs. nationally ranked opponents on the year. 

Pitt dropped 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.

Seton Hall enters Monday night's game with a 13-9 overall record and 2-7 Big East slate. Coached by former Pitt player (1995-97) and Pitt graduate Kevin Willard, the Pirates are led by Fuquan Edwin (16.6 ppg./6.0 rpg.), Eugene Teague (12.0 ppg./7.7 rpg.) and Aaron Cosby (11.6 ppg.). Seton Hall has lost three consecutive games and seven of its last eight contests. 

Pitt has won 18 of its last 20 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 72-18 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 enters Monday's game vs. Seton Hall as one of the nation's hottest teams after winning five of its last six and six of its last eight contests. 

•Pitt is approaching 200 all-time games at the Petersen Events Center as Monday's contest marks the 199th.

•Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 177-21 overall record (.894) in the arena. Pitt is also 72-18 all-time vs. Big East opponents at the PEC. The Panthers have won 83 of their last 94 home games and 34 of their last 43 Big East Conference home games. 

•Over the last 12 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (313-92, .773), league winning percentage (135-61, .689), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10).

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