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No. 25/22 Basketball Hosts Virginia Tech




Feb. 6, 2014

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GAME 24: VIRGINIA TECH (8-14, 1-9 ACC ) at #25/22 PITT (19-4, 7-3 ACC)

Saturday, February 8, 2014 • Noon ET

Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: RSN/Root (Tom Werme, Mike Gminski; Producer: David Barringer).


 

 

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 (281-90); Virginia Tech: James Johnson, 2nd year at Virginia Tech (21-33).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-25; USA Today-22; Virginia Tech: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.

Series: Former Big East foes Pitt and Virginia Tech meet for the ninth time in series history with the Panthers holding a 5-3 advantage in a series which dates back to Dec. 4, 1964. Pitt has won the last four meetings between the two teams. The last time Virginia Tech traveled to Pittsburgh was on Jan. 6, 2004, a Pitt 74-61 win at the Petersen Events Center.

GAME PREVIEW

CORAL GABLES, Fla.-- No. 25/22 Pitt (19-3, 7-2 ACC) will host Virginia Tech (8-14, 1-9 ACC) in a Saturday, February 8, contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at noon ET.

The game will be televised on RSN/Root with Tom Werme (play-by-play) and Mike Gminski (color analysis) making the call. David Barringer will handle production.

At 7-3 in ACC competition, Pitt enters the game in a third place tie with Duke, two full games behind Virginia in the standings. Virginia Tech sits in 15th at 1-9, while undefeated Syracuse is the league's leader with a perfect 9-0 record.

In the NCAA's updated RPI rankings released on Monday, Feb. 3, Pitt ranked No. 26. Six ACC teams are ranked among the nation's top-60 in RPI: Syracuse (3), Duke (11), Virginia (16), Pitt (26), Florida State (40) and North Carolina (42).

Pitt has won its 19 games by an average margin of 13.4 points per game. Sixteen of Pitt's 19 wins have come by nine or more points and 12 of its 19 are by 17 points or more. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 73.7 points per game, converting 47.2 percent (587-1244) of field goals, 35 percent (109-311) of 3-point field goals and a solid 71.8 percent (413-575) of free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-7.5 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 60.3 points per game and yielding a 40.3 (489-1213) field goal percentage. In their past two games the Panthers have held their opponents to an average of 50.1 points per game and 37.4 (37-99) shooting from the floor. 19 of Pitt's 23 opponents have been held to 70 points or less and 13 have been limited to 60 points or less.

Through 10 Atlantic Coast Conference games, Pitt has outscored its six opponents by a plus-7.2 margin. Pitt is shooting 46.0 percent (234-509) and 38.6 percent (44-114) from 3-point range. National/ACC Player of the Year/First Team candidate Lamar Patterson is averaging 18.8 points, 5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game and Talib Zanna nearly averages a double-double in points (13.9) and rebounds (7.8).

The Panthers are coming off a 59-55 overtime victory at Miami. Lamar Patterson led the charge with a game-high 25 points, including 10 in the overtime period, a school-record. Additionally in the Miami contest, Patterson became the sixth player in school history to reach the 1,200 point milestone, passing Pitt legend Curtis Aiken for fifth on the Panthers' career scoring list (1,201).

At home, Pitt is 12-2 this year, has won 14 of its last 16 games and owns a 19-game consecutive win streak against non-conference opponents. In its 12th season in the Petersen Events Center, Pitt owns a 192-24 overall record in the arena and a 78-21 conference record (3-2 vs. ACC/75-19 vs. Big East). The Panthers also own a 110-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and have won 131 of its last 135 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.

Pitt hosts Virginia Tech for the first time since 2004. At 1-9 in the ACC, the Hokies sit in 15th place in the conference and are on a nine-game ACC losing streak. Virginia Tech is coming off a 70-50 loss at Florida State on Wednesday For the year, the Hokies have been paced by Jarell Eddie who is averaging 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

  • Pitt has won five of its last six road games and nine of its last 12. Pitt is 3-1 on the road this season. 
  • Pitt is in its 12th season in the Petersen Events Center with a 192-24 all-time record and .889 winning percentage. The Panthers are 12-2 this year and have won 14 of their last 16 at home 
  • Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 18-2 record vs. previous ACC teams and a 34-13 overall record vs. current ACC teams (including Syracuse and Notre Dame).  
  • 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. 
  • When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (338-100, .772), league winning percentage (148-66, .691), homecourt winning percentage (.889) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).