Feb. 25, 2014
GAME 28: PITT (20-7, 8-6 ACC) at BOSTON COLLEGE (7-20, 3-11 ACC)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8 p.m. ET
Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Television: ACC Network/THIS TV/WTAE-TV (Tom Werme, Cory Alexander; Producer: Rob Reichley).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-Channel 110 (BC feed), XM-Channel 192 (BC feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (282-93); Boston College: Steve Donahue, 4th year at BC (53-72); 14th year overall (199-210).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Boston College: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.
Series: Pitt and Boston College meet for the first time in ACC regular season play and for the 47th time overall. Pitt owns a 29-17 advantage in the series including wins in each of the last six meetings between the two programs. Pitt has also claimed 10 of the series' last 11 games. Pitt is 12-8 vs. BC in games played in Boston. Previously, the two schools were members of the Big East Conference. Pitt last played at BC on Feb. 28, 2005, a 72-50 victory.
BOSTON, Mass.--Pitt (20-7, 8-6 ACC) is back in ACC regular season action when it travels to Boston, Mass. to play former Big East Conference rival Boston College (7-20, 3-11 ACC) in a Wednesday, Feb. 26 contest at the Silvio O. Conte Forum. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network with Tom Werme (play-by-play) and Cory Alexander (color analysis) making the call. Rob Reichley will handle production.
At 8-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference competition, Pitt enters the game in fifth place in the league standings. Four regular season games remain for Pitt, including one home contest (North Carolina State on March 3) and three road games at Boston College (Feb. 26), Notre Dame (March 1) and Clemson (March 8).
Pitt has won 20 or more games for the 13th consecutive season. Pitt has won its 20 games by an average margin of 11.9 points per game. Sixteen of Pitt's 20 wins have come by nine or more points and 12 of its 20 are by 17 points or more. Pitt's seven losses are by a combined 35 points (5.0 points per game). Three have come on last second plays. In five of the seven losses, Pitt held leads deep into the games.
Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 72.3 points per game, converting 45.8 percent (669-1460) of field goals, 34.6 percent (133-384) of 3-point field goals and a solid 71.3 percent (480-673) of free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-6.3 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 61.0 points per game and yielding a 40.3 (570-1415) field goal percentage. Twenty-one of Pitt's 27 opponents have been held to 70 points or less and 15 have been limited to 60 points or less.
In each of Pitt's last six games, each game has been decided by five points or less, two went into double OT or overtime and two were decided on game-winning shots at the buzzer. Defense has been the key over their last six games as the Panthers have held each of their four opponents to an average of 60.7 points per game and 39.2 (118-301) shooting from the floor.
Pitt is coming off a 71-66 home loss to Florida State on Sunday. Florida State used an 11-1 run midway through the first half to build a 37-31 halftime lead, then fended off several Pitt comeback attempts in registering the win. An Okaro White 3-pointer that as the shot clock expired gave the Seminoles a 58-52 lead with 2:20 to go. Pitt was led by Lamar Patterson's 22 points, Cameron Wright added 12 and Talib Zanna grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Pitt shot just 37 percent (20-54) in the game.
Pitt plays former Big East Conference rival Boston College for the first time in ACC regular season play. The two schools have played 46 previous games with Pitt holding a 29-17 advantage. The Panthers have claimed each of the last six matchups and 10 of the last 11. Boston College has won of its last seven games, the victory coming at No. 1 Syracuse (62-59 in OT) on Feb. 19. BC is led by Olivier Hanlan (18.0 ppg.), Ryan Anderson (14.3 ppg.), Joe Rahon (9.5 ppg.) and Lonnie Jackson (7.5 ppg.). The Eagles have three players with 40 or more 3-pointers on the year and launch 3-pointers on 45 percent of their field goal attempts.
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Pitt plays its seventh road game of the 2013-14 season. Pitt is 4-2 on the road this year. Traditionally a successful road team, Pitt has claimed six of its last eight road games and 10 of its last 14 on the road.
Four regular season games remain for Pitt, including one at home (NC State) and three on the road (BC, UND and Clemson).
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 19-4 career record vs. previous ACC teams and a 35-16 overall record vs. current ACC teams (including Syracuse and Notre Dame).
When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (339-103, .767), league winning percentage (149-69, .683), homecourt winning percentage (.881) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).