Feb. 7, 2013
GAME 25: #23 PITT (19-5, 7-4 Big East) at #17 CINCINNATI (18-5, 6-4 Big East)
Saturday, February 9, 2013 6 p.m. ET Fifth Third Arena (13,176) Cincinnati, Ohio
Television: ESPN (Mike Patrick, Len Elmore; Producer: Eric Mosley; Director: Jeff Evers).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-85 (Pitt feed), XM-85 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (257-82); Cincinnati: Mick Cronin, 7th year at UC (131-93), 10th year overall (200-117).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-23; ESPN-25; Cincinnati: AP-17; ESPN-17.
Series: Pitt and Cincinnati meet for the 18th time in series history. Cincinnati holds a 9-8 advantage in the series which began on Jan. 7, 1950. The two programs meet for the second time this year as No. 8 ranked Cincinnati claimed a 70-61 win over Pitt at Petersen Events Center on Dec. 31, 2012. Pitt has won seven of the last 10 matchups, including two of the last three played at Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati is on a two-game win streak in the series.
CINCINNATI, Ohio--After winning six of its last seven games, No. 23 ranked Pitt (19-5, 7-4 Big East) travels to No. 17 Cincinnati (18-5, 6-4 Big East) for a Saturday, February 9 matchup. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. ET.
The contest will be nationally televised on ESPN. Mike Patrick and Len Elmore will make the call while Eric Mosley (producer) and Jeff Evers (director) will handle production.
Pitt has won each of its last two contests, six of its last seven games and seven of its last nine contests. Pitt has already won more overall games (19) and more Big East Conference games (seven) than it did last season when injuries derailed its 2011-12 regular season with a 16-15 record and 5-13 league slate. A win on Saturday at Cincinnati would give Pitt 20 wins for the 12th consecutive season.
Pitt has won three of its last four road games. The Panthers also enter the game with a 2-3 record vs. nationally ranked programs this year with wins over No. 6 Syracuse and at No. 19 Georgetown.
Pitt enters the contest on a two-game win streak following a 56-46 Monday win over Seton Hall. The Panthers held SHU to 33 percent shooting (14-42) and outrebounded the Pirates by 12 boards (40-28). Pitt used a 9-2 run late in the game to take control for good. Lamar Patterson led Pitt with his fourth career and second double-double of the season, Tray Woodall contributed 11 points and Steven Adams grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds.
Pitt defeated No. 6 ranked Syracuse on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center, 65-55. 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.
Ranked No. 17 in both polls, Cincinnati enters the game with an 18-5 overall and 6-4 Big East record. Pitt and Cincinnati meet for the second time this year. No. 8 Cincinnati claimed a 70-61 win at No. 24 Pitt on Dec. 31, 2012. Coached by Mick Cronin, the Bearcats are led by Sean Kilpatrick (18.3 ppg./5.3 rpg.), Cashmere Wright (13.9 ppg.) and JaQuon Parker (10.7 ppg.).
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No. 23 Pitt enters Saturday's game at No. 17 Cincinnati as one of the nation's hottest teams after winning six of its last seven and seven of its last nine contests.
A win on Saturday would give Pitt 20 wins in a season for the 12th consecutive year. It would mark the 20th time that Pitt surpassed the 20-win mark in program history.
Pitt has won three of its last four road contests. The Panthers have also claimed 29 of their last 48 road games and owns one of the Big East's top road records (56-42) over the last 12 seasons. Pitt is 3-2 on the road this year.
Over the last 12 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (314-92, .773), league winning percentage (136-61, .690), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10).
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