Feb. 15, 2012
GAME 27: WEST VIRGINIA (16-10, 6-7 Big East) at PITT (15-11, 4-9 Big East)
Thursday, February 16, 2012 9:05 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN (Marc Kestecher and Bob Knight; Producer: Eric Mosley; Director: Jeff Evers).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-93 (Pitt feed); XM-192 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (231-71);
West Virginia: Bob Huggins, 30th year overall (707-263), 5th year at WVU (117-52).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; West Virginia: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and West Virginia meet for the 184th time. West Virginia holds a 95-88 advantage in the series which began in 1903-04. Pitt has won four consecutive meetings in the series and has claimed 17 of the last 24 overall. Pitt is 7-1 vs. WVU in games played at the Petersen Events Center and has claimed 10 of its last 11 matchups vs. WVU played in Pittsburgh. Head Coach Jamie Dixon owns a 12-6 overall record vs. WVU.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt hosts West Virginia on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 for a Big East regular season contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 9:05 p.m. ET. Pitt will host a "Gold Out" as all fans will receive a gold tee-shirt courtesy of Peoples Natural Gas. Pitt defeated West Virginia, 72-66, in the first matchup of the year on Jan. 30.
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Marc Kestecher and Bob Knight calling action. Eric Mosley (producer) and Jeff Evers (director) will handle production.
Pitt and West Virginia meet in the Basketball Backyard Brawl for the 184th time. Pitt has won 17 of the last 24 matchups, including each of the last four consecutive meetings. In games played in Pittsburgh, Pitt has claimed 10 of the last 11.
Pitt enters the game after having won four of its last six. Prior to its 73-66 Sunday loss at Seton Hall and a 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).
On Feb. 12, Seton Hall outscored Pitt 18-5 over the game's final eight minutes to register the victory. Pitt held a six-point lead with eight minutes to go, but couldn't hold on. Ashton Gibbs sparked Pitt with 26 points, while Lamar Patterson added 15 for the Panthers.
USF took advantage of a season opponent-high 60.5 percent (23-38) shooting to register a 63-51 win over Pitt on Feb. 8. Pitt shot 34.6 percent (18-52) from the floor and hit only four 3-pointers. Woodall led Pitt with 11 points.
THURSDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt has won four of its last six games following point guard Tray Woodall's return from injury.
Pitt is in its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 159-17 record (.903) in the arena. Pitt also owns a 68-14 record vs. Big East opponents in the PEC. The Panthers have won 65 of their last 72 home games. Pitt has won 30 of its last 35 Big East Conference home games.
Jamie Dixon enters Thursday's game with a 43-19 overall record after losing a contest.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (288-82, .779), league winning percentage (128-53, .707), 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).