Feb. 10, 2012
GAME 26: PITT (15-10, 4-8 Big East) at SETON HALL (16-8, 5-7 Big East)
Sunday, February 12, 2012 Noon ET Prudential Center (8,000) Newark, N.J.
Television: ESPN Regional "Big East Game of the Week" (syndicated game)/WTAE-TV (Channel 4); 47 affiliates nationwide, (Mike Gleason and Bob Wenzel; Producer: Lori Mancini).
Television Affiliates: 47 nationally--New York (SNY), Los Angeles (KJLA), Chicago (WCIU-DT2), Philadelphia (WPVI), Washington, D.C. (MASN), Atlanta (CSS), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (Brighthouse), Denver, Colo. (Altitude), Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (WRDQ), Pittsburgh (WTAE), Charlotte, N.C. (WLNN-MTN), Indianapolis, Ind. (WHMB-DT2), Baltimore (MASN), Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (SNY-Conn.), Columbus, Ohio (WWHO), Milwaukee, Wis. (TW-WI), Cincinnati, Ohio (EKRC), San Antonio, Texas (KCWX), Las Vegas (KVMY), Harrisburg-Lancaster-York-Lebanon, Pa. (WLYH), Louisville, Ky. (WHAS), Buffalo, N.Y. (TW-Buffalo), Providence-New Bedford, R.I. (Cox-NE), Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa. (WQMY), Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (TW-Albany), Dayton, Ohio (WBDT), Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ), Green Bay-Appleton, Wis. (TW-WI2), Rochester, N.Y. (TW-Rochester), Syracuse, N.Y. (TW-Syracuse), Madison, Wis. (WMSN), South Bend-Elkhart, Ind. (WMYS), Johnstown-Altoona, Pa. (WHVL), Youngstown, Ohio (WYTV-DT2), Lansing, Mich. (WHTV), LaCrosse-Eau Claire, Wis. (KQEG), Rockford, Ill. (WTVO), Lubbock, Texas (KJTV-DT2), Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, W.Va. (WOAY), Binghamton, N.Y. (TW-Binghamton), Wheeling-Steubenville, W.Va. (WTOV), Clarksburg-Weston, W.Va. (WVFX), Utica, N.Y. (TW-Utica), Elmira, N.Y. (TW-Elmira), Watertown, N.Y. (TW-Watertown), Parkersburg, W.Va. (WTAP-DT3)
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-93 (Pitt feed); XM-191 (Pitt feed). Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (231-70); Seton Hall: Kevin Willard, 2nd year at SHU (29-26), 5th year overall (74-75).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Seton Hall: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Seton Hall meet for the 52nd time in series history with Pitt holding a 31-20 advantage. Pitt has won 11 of the last 15 meetings and five of the series' last six meetings including two of the last three contests played in New Jersey. Pitt is 10-13 in games played at Seton Hall. Jamie Dixon owns a 6-3 all-time record vs. Seton Hall.
NEWARK, N.J. -After winning four its last five games, Pitt travels to Newark, N.J. to face Seton Hall (16-8, 5-7 Big East) for a Sunday, Feb. 12 contest at the Prudential Center. Tipoff is at noon ET.
The "Big East Game of the Week" will be televised by ESPN Regional and broadcast locally on WTAE-TV (Channel 4) in Pittsburgh. The regionally syndicated game will air on 47 channels around the nation. Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (color) will announce the game, while Lori Mancini will handle production.
Pitt enters the game after having won four of its last five games. Prior to its 63-51 Wednesday loss at South Florida, Pitt's four-game win streak included back-to-back 12-point home wins over Providence (86-74) and No. 9 ranked Georgetown (72-60), a six-point road win at West Virginia (72-66) and a 79-70 home win over Villanova on Feb. 5. 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 five games, Pitt has shot 45.1 percent (121-268) from the floor, 37.7 percent from 3-point range (29-77), 80.2 percent from the free throw line (89-111) and averaged 72.0 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.
USF took advantage of a season opponent-high 60.5 percent (23-38) shooting to register a 63-51 win over Pitt on Wednesday. Pitt shot 34.6 percent (18-52) from the floor and hit only four 3-pointers. Woodall led Pitt with 11 points.
Prior to Wednesday, Pitt won its fourth consecutive game on Feb. 5 when it defeated Villanova, 79-70, at the Petersen Events Center. Woodall scored a career-high 29 points and Ashton Gibbs finished with 25 points as the Panthers used a 22-2 first half run to gain control of the game. Pitt hit 27 of its 31 free throw attempts including each of the last eight to close down the game.
Pitt won its third in a row as it defeated West Virginia, 72-66, on 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.
TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt has won four of its last five games following point guard Tray Woodall's return from injury. With Woodall sidelined or attempting to play while injured, Pitt was 5-8 overall.
Jamie Dixon enters Sunday's game with a 43-18 overall record after losing a contest.
Pitt has won 25 of its last 38 road games and owns the Big East's best road record (53-37) over the last 11 seasons. Pitt is 3-5 on the road this year.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (288-81, .780), league winning percentage (128-52, .711), 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).