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GAME 28: USF (16-10, 9-4 Big East) at PITT (15-12, 4-10 Big East)
Sunday, February 19, 2012 7 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN2 (Adam Amin and Tim Welsh; Producer: Steven Fenig).
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-191 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (231-72); USF: Stan Heath, 5th year at USF (67-87), 11th year overall (179-164).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; USF: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and USF meet for the second time this season. Earlier this year, USF claimed a 63-51 win at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Feb. 8. Pitt and USF meet for the 10th time in series history. Pitt leads the all-time series 5-4 and is a perfect 3-0 vs. USF in the Petersen Events Center. Since USF joined the Big East Conference in 2005-06, Pitt has won five of the seven matchups between the two schools.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt hosts USF (16-10, 9-4 Big East) on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 for a Big East regular season contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET. The game will mark Pitt's Senior Day for Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson as the duo will be honored in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 6:45 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Adam Amin and Tim Welsh calling action. Steven Fenig (producer) and Jimmy Lee Starling (director) will handle production.
Four Big East regular season games remain on Pitt's schedule: USF (Feb. 19), at Louisville (Feb. 26), St. John's (Feb. 29) and at Connecticut (March 3) before Big East Championship play begins on Tuesday, March 6.
Pitt enters the matchup after dropping three straight games following four consecutive wins. Pitt has won four of its last seven contests. 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 was the return of point guard Tray Woodall (groin/abdominal strain).
Pitt plays its second straight home game following a 66-48 loss to West Virginia on Thursday night. The Mountaineers used a 20-5 run midway through the second half to take a 16-point lead with 6:52 remaining to play. The Panthers trailed by just one point at halftime. Pitt was led by Woodall's 12 points and J.J. Moore's 10.
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Sunday marks Senior Day for Pitt's Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson. The duo will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. The event was moved to Sunday in order to accommodate family travel schedules.
Pitt is in its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 159-18 record (.898) in the arena. Pitt also owns a 68-15 record vs. Big East opponents in the PEC. The Panthers have won 65 of their last 73 home games. Pitt has won 30 of its last 36 Big East Conference home games.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (288-83, .776), league winning percentage (128-54, .703), 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).