Feb. 28, 2012
GAME 30: ST. JOHN'S (13-16, 6-10 Big East) at PITT (15-14, 4-12 Big East)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPNU (Adam Amin and Bob Valvano; Producer: Todd Jones).
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-128 (Pitt feed); XM-N/A.
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (231-74); St. John's: Steve Lavin, 2nd year at SJU (179-106), 16th year overall (359-174).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; St. John's: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and St. John's meet for the 56th time since the series began on February 23, 1956. Pitt is 21-34 all-time vs. St. John's, but has claimed five of the series' last six meetings. Since the 2001-02 season, Pitt has won eight of its last 11 matchups against St. John's. Pitt has won six straight home games vs. the Red Storm and is a perfect 5-0 vs. St. John's in the Petersen Events Center.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt returns home for its final regular season contest in Pittsburgh when it hosts St. John's (13-16, 6-10 Big East) on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Adam Amin and Bob Valvano calling action. Todd Jones (producer) will handle production.
Two Big East regular season games remain on Pitt's schedule: St. John's (Feb. 29) and at Connecticut (March 3) before Big East Championship play begins on Tuesday, March 6. Pitt will play in the Big East Championship First Round and will enter the tourney as either the No. 12, No. 13, No. 14 or No. 15 seed.
Pitt enters the Wednesday night home contest after dropping five straight games and following a 57-54 loss at No. 17 Louisville. The Panthers were in the game right up until the closing seconds and had several opportunities to win the game. Once again, J.J. Moore led Pitt with 16 points (6-9 FG) off the bench. Dante Taylor added 11 points (5-7 FT) and Nasir Robinson scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Pitt battled back from deficits of 10 points (first half) and eight points (second half) and cut a second half lead all the way down to one point (53-52) with 29 seconds but could not overturn it.
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.
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Pitt is in its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 159-19 record (.893) in the arena. Pitt also owns a 68-16 record vs. Big East opponents in the PEC. The Panthers have won 65 of their last 74 home games. Pitt has won 30 of its last 37 Big East Conference home games.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (288-85, .772), league winning percentage (128-56, .696), 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).