March 7, 2014
GAME 31: PITT (22-8, 10-7 ACC) at CLEMSON (19-10, 10-7 ACC)
Saturday, March 8, 2014 4 p.m. ET
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) Clemson, S.C.
MEDIA INFORMATIONTelevision: ACC Network/WTAE-TV (Tim Brant and Dave Odom; Producer: Joe Vencius).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan. 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-Channel 92 (Clemson feed), XM-Channel 191 (Clemson feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (284-94); Clemson: Brad Brownell, 4th year at Clemson (70-55); 12th year overall (237-140).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Clemson: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.
Series: Pitt and Clemson meet for the second time this year and for the third time in series history. Pitt defeated Clemson 76-43 at the Petersen Events Center on Jan. 21, 2014. The Panthers own a 2-0 all-time record vs. the Tigers. The two school's first matchup was on Dec. 29, 1958 in the Carrousel Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. when Pitt claimed a 60-50 decision behind a 19-point performance from John Fridley, a 16-point day from Don Hennon and 12 points from John Mills.
CLEMSON, S.C.--Pitt (22-8, 10-7 ACC) plays its final regular season game when it travels to South Carolina to face Clemson (19-10, 10-7 ACC) for a Saturday, March 8 contest at Littlejohn Coliseum. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised regionally on the ACC Network and broadcast locally in Southwestern Pennsylvania on WTAE-TV Channel 4 with Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Dave Odom (color analysis) making the call. Joe Vencius will handle production.
The Pitt-Clemson winner will secure the No. 5 seed upon entering next week's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. A win will give Pitt an 11-7 record and the No. 5 seed. A loss to Clemson and a Florida State loss vs. Syracuse will give Pitt the No. 6 seed. A loss to Clemson and a Florida State win will give Pitt the No. 7 seed.
With a win, Pitt will finish its season with a 7-2 road record on the year, which would tie for the best league road record in school history. Pitt also went 7-2 in 2010-11 (see chart on page 3). Recently, the Panthers have been superb on the road as they have claimed eight of their last 10 and 12 of their last 16 away contests. In addition, an impressive nine of Pitt's 22 wins have come away from the Petersen Events Center (six in away games and three in neutral contests).
Pitt has won 20 or more overall games and 10 or more league games for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. Pitt has won its 22 games by an average margin of 10.3 points per game. Sixteen of Pitt's 22 wins have come by nine or more points and 12 of its 22 are by 17 points or more. Pitt is now 3-0 in overtime games. Pitt's eight losses are by a combined 42 points (5.3 points per game). Three have come on last second plays. In five of the eight losses, Pitt held leads deep into the games.
Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 72.3 points per game, converting 45.9 percent (741-1613) of field goals, 35.6 percent (153-430) of 3-point field goals and a solid 71.9 percent (534-743) of free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-6.3 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 62.0 points per game and yielding a 41.1 (640-1556) field goal percentage. Twenty-two of Pitt's 30 opponents have been held to 70 points or less and 16 have been limited to 60 points or less.
Pitt plays Clemson for the second time this season. The Panthers claimed a 76-43 win on Jan. 21, 2014. Clemson is led by K.J. McDaniels (16.9 ppg./7.2 rpg.), Rod Hall (9.6 ppg.) and Damarcus Harrison (7.1 ppg.).
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The winner of the Pitt-Clemson game will earn the No. 5 seed upon entering next week's ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
Pitt plays its final road game of the 2013-14 season. Pitt is 6-2 on the road this year. A win would tie Pitt's school record for best league road winning percentage (.778, 7-2). Traditionally a successful road team, Pitt has claimed eight of its last 10 and 12 of its last 16 on the road. Nine of Pitt's wins have come away from the Petersen Events Center.
Pitt has won 20 overall and 10 league contests for the 12th time in the last 13 years.
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 20-5 career record vs. previous ACC teams and a 37-17 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 (341-104, .766), league winning percentage (151-70, .683), homecourt winning percentage (.877) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).