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Men's Basketball Travels to No. 17 Louisville for Sunday Matchup




Feb. 25, 2012

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GAME 28: PITT (15-13, 4-11 Big East) at #17 LOUISVILLE (21-7, 9-6 Big East)

Sunday, February 26, 2012 • 2 p.m. ET

KFC Yum! Center (22,000) • Louisville, Ky.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: CBS (Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery; Producer: Mark Wolff).

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-91 (UL feed); XM-91 (UL feed).

National Radio: Westwood One Radio (Kevin Kugler and Steve Lappas).

Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.


 

 

Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (231-73); Rick Pitino: 11th year at UL (266-103), 27th year overall (620-231).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Louisville: AP-17; ESPN-17.

Series: Pitt and Louisville meet for the 12th time since the series began on Dec. 20, 1947. UL holds a 6-5 advantage in the series. Pitt and Louisville play for the second time this year as the Cardinals claimed a 73-62 win over the Panthers on Jan. 21 at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt makes its second visit to the KFC Yum! Center and is 1-3 all-time in matchups played in Louisville.

GAME PREVIEW

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Following a weeklong break in its schedule, Pitt travels to No. 17 Louisville (21-7, 9-6 Big East) for a contest on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the KFC Yum! Center. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. ET.

The game will be nationally televised on CBS with Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery calling action. Mark Wolff (producer) and Suzanne Smith (director) will handle production.

Three Big East regular season games remain on Pitt's schedule: 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 is most likely to enter the Big East Tournament as a No. 11, No. 12, No. 13 or No. 14 seed.

Pitt enters the Sunday road matchup after dropping four straight games following four consecutive wins upon the return of point guard Tray Woodall. USF defeated Pitt 56-47 on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Petersen Events Center. USF scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 36-27 lead. Sophomore J.J. Moore came off the bench to lead Pitt with a career-high 21 points on 8-14 shooting. Nasir Robinson added nine points and 11 rebounds and freshman John Johnson finished with eight points off the bench. Pitt's bench scored 68 percent (32 of its 47) of its points in the game.

This season, Pitt has had a variety of players play through and sidelined with injuries including Woodall who sat out 11 of 12 games with a groin/abdominal strain, Dante Taylor (concussion), Ashton Gibbs (ankle), Cameron Wright (finger), Nasir Robinson (knee surgery before the season). Because of the injuries, 11 different Pitt players have started and the Panthers have used seven different starting lineup combinations.

SUNDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

•Pitt's senior class of Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson needs one more victory to become the eighth class to win 100 or more games in a four-year career.

•Pitt has won 25 of its last 39 road games and owns the Big East's best road record (53-38) over the last 11 seasons. Pitt is 3-6 on the road this year.

•Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (288-84, .774), league winning percentage (128-55, .699), 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).