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GAME 24: ROBERT MORRIS (16-8, 11-1 NEC) at #22 PITT (17-6, 7-4 Big East)
Monday, February 8, 2010 8 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN-Regional/FSN Pittsburgh (Rob King and Mark Adams; Producer: Bill Shissler).
Network Television Affliates: Pittsburgh (FSN Pittsburgh), New York-Connecticut-New Jersey (SportsnetNY), Washington D.C. (MASN), Baltimore, Md. (MASN), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota-Clearwater (Brighthouse), Orlando-Daytona-Melbourne Beach (Brighthouse-O), St. Louis, Mo. (Charter St. Louis), Milwaukee, Wis. (TW-WI), Providence, R.I. (Cox-NE), ESPN Full Court.
Radio: Pitt Panthers/ISP Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 94.5-FM (WWSW), 970-AM (WBGG). Satellite Radio: not available.
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 11th year at Pitt, 7th year as head coach (180-51); Robert Morris: Mike Rice, 3rd year at RMU (66-19), 3rd year overall (66-19).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-22; ESPN-21; Robert Morris: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Robert Morris meet for the 28th time in series history with Pitt holding a 27-0 advantage. Pitt is 67-0 all-time vs. Northeast Conference members including a 66-48 win over Mount St. Mary's on December 9, 2009.
PITTSBURGH--No. 22 Pitt (17-6, 7-4 Big East) plays its final non-conference game of the season when it hosts Northeast Conference member Robert Morris (16-8, 11-1 NEC) on Monday, Feb. 8. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET at the Petersen Events Center.
The contest will be televised on ESPN-Regional and aired locally on FSN Pittsburgh with Rob King and Mark Adams handling play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Bill Shissler will handle production.
Pitt plays its final non-conference game of the year. With its 10-2 non-conference record, Pitt has claimed 10 or more non-conference games for the ninth consecutive season.
At home, Pitt recently concluded a 31-game home win streak and is 12-1 on the year. It also is 53-10 vs. Big East opponents at the Petersen Events Center. In addition, Pitt owns a 46-game win streak against non-conference opponents at home. Pitt also owns a 74-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center and has claimed 95 of its last 96 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
Pitt is in its eighth season in the Petersen Events Center with a 127-11 all-time record and .920 winning percentage. The .920 winning percentage ranks among the nation's best homecourt records over the last eight years (see chart page 8). Pitt has won 58 of its last 68 Big East home games and is 53-10 against Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Only two opponents (Louisville and Georgetown) have defeated the Panthers two times in the Petersen Events Center.
Pitt enters the matchup after having won 10 of its last 14 games and 14 of its last 19 contests. It recently completed one of its most difficult schedule stretches in years. For the first time since it joined the Big East Conference in 1982, Pitt won three consecutive back-to-back-to-back road games at No. 5 Syracuse (87-72), at Cincinnati (74-71) and at No. 16 Connecticut (67-57). It defeated Louisville 82-77 in overtime on Jan. 13 and concluded the stretch with a 74-66 home loss to Georgetown, which snapped the Panthers' 31-game home win streak.
Pitt is 7-4 in Big East play after defeating Seton Hall 83-58 on Saturday. The 25-point win tied for Pitt's largest of the year and its 83 points marked a team season-high. Five Panthers reached double figure scoring for the first time this season. Gilbert Brown scored a game-high 23 points (9-14 FG), while Jermaine Dixon (15), Brad Wanamaker (13), Gary McGhee (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Ashton Gibbs (11) all reached double figure scoring. Pitt took control of the game with a 9-0 second half run on account of three 3-pointers on three straight possessions. The win concluded a two-game losing streak.
A 2009 NCAA Tournament participant and 2009 Northeast Conference champion, Robert Morris (16-8, 11-1 NEC) is coached by former Pitt assistant coach Mike Rice. Rice coached at Pitt under Jamie Dixon during the 2006-07 season. The Colonials are led by Karon Abraham (12.9 ppg./45.9 3FG%), Rob Robinson (9.5 ppg./5.4 rpg.) and Mezie Nwigwe (9.0 ppg./4.3 rpg.). The Colonials have won nine consecutive games. RMU is 6-5 on the road this year.
Pitt meets Robert Morris for the 28th time in series history. Pitt is 27-0 all-time vs. the Colonials and 67-0 all-time vs. Northeast Conference opponents.
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Pitt plays its final non-conference game of the year vs. Robert Morris. It owns a 27-0 all-time record vs. Robert Morris.
Pitt is riding a school record 46-game home win streak against non-conference opponents.
Pitt owns a 74-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center and has won those games by an average margin per victory of 21.9 points.
Pitt is in its eighth season in the Petersen Events Center. It also carries a 127-11 overall record (.920 winning percentage) and is 53-10 all-time vs. Big East opponents in the arena. Pitt is 12-1 at home this season.
Pitt has won 33 of its last 34 home games. Pitt recently completed a 31-game home win streak, which ranks as the second longest in school history and second longest in Petersen Events Center history. Pitt won 34 straight to open the arena.