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Men's Basketball Earns Second No. 1 NCAA Tournament Seed in School History




March 13, 2011

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PITTSBURGH--For the second time in program history, the University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team will enter the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. The Panthers play the winner of No. 16 seeds UNC Asheville and Arkansas-Little Rock contest in a second round matchup on Thursday, March 17, in Washington, D.C. The last time Pitt earned a No. 1 seed was in 2009 when it reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1974 and for the first time since the tournament expanded to 64 teams.

An at-large selection, Big East regular season champion Pitt (27-5, 15-3 Big East) meets either the Big South Champion UNC Asheville (19-13) or Sun Belt Champion UALR (19-16) on Thursday, March 17 at the Verizon Center. The Bulldogs and Trojans face off on Wednesday, March 16 in Dayton, Ohio. Tipoff is at approximately 3 p.m. for a nationally televised game on TruTV (Check your local cable listings, in Pittsburgh: Comcast Channel 63, Direct TV 246).

The Pitt-UNC Asheville/UALR winner will advance to the NCAA Championship Third Round to face the winner of the No. 8 seed and last year's NCAA runner-up Butler (23-9) and No. 9 seed Old Dominion (27-6) game. That contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 19. Saturday's winner advances to the Southeast Regional and NCAA Sweet Sixteen competition. Those contests are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, March 24 and 26 in New Orleans.

Big East regular season champion Pitt (27-5, 15-3 Big East) is making a school-record 10th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance after earning berths in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and now 2011. Previously, Pitt's longest NCAA Tournament appearance streak was three-straight from 1987-89. Since 2002, Pitt is one of only six schools nationwide to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen at least five times over the last nine years (Duke-7, Kansas-6, Texas-5, Pitt-5, Michigan State-5 and Connecticut-5). Additionally, has guided the Panthers to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his first eight seasons as head coach.Jamie Dixon

Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 10 seasons (2002-11). Those schools include: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Texas and Wisconsin.

Pitt, which has won 14 of its last 23 NCAA Tournament games, is making its 23rd all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. Pitt is 22-23 all-time in 45 NCAA Tournament games.

PITT'S 2011 NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

SECOND AND THIRD ROUNDS: Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 19 (Washington, D.C./Verizon Center)

Thursday, March 17, 2011
No. 1 seed Pittsburgh (27-5) vs. the winner of UNC Asheville (19-13) or Arkansas-Little Rock (19-16), Time: TBA (TV listing is TBA)
No. 8 seed Butler (23-9) vs. No. 9 seed Old Dominion (27-6), Time: TBA (TV listing is TBA)

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Pitt-UNC Ash/UALR winner vs. Butler-Old Dominion winner, Time: TBA (TV listing is TBA)

PITT'S 2011 NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES

*Pitt earns a No. 1 seed for the second time in program history. Pitt was also a No. 1 seed in 2009, when it won three games and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1974 and first time since the tournament expanded to 64 teams.

*Pitt advances to the NCAA Tournament for a school record 10th consecutive year.

*The Panthers are making the program's 23rd all-time NCAA Tournament appearance, a school-record eighth straight year under Head Coach Jamie Dixon.

*Pitt has advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen in five of the last nine seasons: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2009. Only two programs (Duke-7 and Kansas-6) have bested that record and three others have matched it (Texas-5, Michigan State-5 and Connecticut-5).

*Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally to advance to each of the last 10 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Those programs include Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Texas and Wisconsin.

*Pitt is one of only three programs nationwide to advance to the NCAA Tournament, win 20 overall games and 10 league games in each of the last 10 seasons. Those programs include Gonzaga, Kansas and Pitt.

*With its 10th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, Pitt currently owns the longest NCAA Tournament appearance streak among Big East schools. Villanova ranks second with seven.

*Over the last five years (2006-10), Pitt is one of only two schools to advance to the NCAA Tournament and win at least one game at each tourney. Texas A&M is the other. Jamie Dixon is the only coach in America to achieve that honor in the last five years. In addition, Pitt is one of only three schools nationally to win at least one game at the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last nine seasons. Duke and Wisconsin are the other two schools to achieve that honor.

*In its 22 NCAA Tournament appearances and 45 games, Pitt owns a 22-23 all-time record in the tourney. It is 12-9 in its last 21 games. As Pitt's head coach, Jamie Dixon owns a 10-7 NCAA Tournament record in his previous seven appearances.

*Pitt enters the NCAA Tournament as the Big East regular season champion with a 27-5 overall record and 15-3 Big East record. Pitt won 20-plus games for a school record 10th straight season and 18th time in school history. The Panthers also won 10-plus Big East games for a school record 10th straight season.

*Pitt is the only Big East school to surpass the 20-win and 10-win Big East regular season totals in each of the last 10 seasons. Pitt currently owns the league's top records for league play (124-44) and overall games (272-70) over the last 10 years.

NCAA DIVISION I CURRENT NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE STREAKS

With its 10th consecutive appearance, Pitt ranks among the longest current NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearance streaks.

School

Consecutive App.

Years

Kansas

22

1990-current

Duke

16

1996-current

Michigan State

14

1998-current

Gonzaga

13

1999-current

Texas

13

1999-current

Wisconsin

13

1999-current

PITT

10

2002-current

 PITT'S HISTORY OF NCAA TOURNAMENT SEEDS

Note: Seeds were not used in Pitt's first five NCAA Tournament appearances in 1941, 1957, 1958, 1963 and 1974.

Year

Seed

Site

1981

10

El Paso, Texas

1982

10

Pullman, Wash.

1985

12

Tulsa, Okla.

1987

3

Tucson, Ariz.

1988

2

Lincoln, Neb.

1989

8

Indianapolis, Ind.

1991

6

Louisville, Ky.

1993

9

Nashville, Tenn.

2002

3

Pittsburgh, Pa.

2003

2

Boston, Mass.

2004

3

Milwaukee, Wis.

2005

9

Boise, Idaho

2006

5

Auburn Hills, Mich.

2007

3

Buffalo, N.Y.

2008

4

Denver, Colo.

2009

1

Dayton, Ohio

2010

3

Milwaukee, Wis.

2011

1

Washington, D.C.

 

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