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GAME 35: PRINCETON (20-11, 10-4 Ivy League) at PITT (18-16, 5-13 Big East)
College Basketball Invitational Second Round Monday, March 19, 2012
7 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat, Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-N/A (Pitt feed); N/A (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (234-76); Princeton: Mitch Henderson, 1st year at Princeton (20-11), 1st year overall (20-11).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Princeton: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Princeton meet for the fourth time in series history. Pitt owns a 2-1 record vs. the Tigers in three overall games played in 1952, 1954 and 1962. Pitt is 42-19 all-time vs. Ivy League schools. It defeated Penn earlier this year at the Palestra. Pitt records vs. Ivy League schools are as follows: Brown 2-0, Columbia 4-3, Cornell 11-5, Dartmouth 9-1, Harvard 3-0, Penn 7-7, Princeton 2-1 and Yale 4-2.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (18-16, 5-13 Big East) plays its second College Basketball Invitational game when it hosts Princeton (20-11, 10-4 Ivy League) on Monday, March 19. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET at the Petersen Events Center.
Should Pitt defeat Princeton, it would advance to CBI Semifinal Round play on Wednesday, March 21. The opponent, location and tipoff time is TBA. Pitt could either host or hit the road for an away contest. Should it win its Semifinals Round game, Pitt would advance to the CBI Championship best two-of-three series which is scheduled on March 26, 28 and possibly 30.
Pitt makes its first-ever appearance in the fifth annual College Basketball Invitational. It is Pitt's 12th consecutive postseason appearance. That run includes an NIT appearance in 2000 and 10 straight NCAA Tournaments from 2001-11. For the first time in 11 seasons, Pitt will not make an NCAA Tournament appearance. Pitt was one of only seven programs nationwide to advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the previous 10 seasons. Entering into this year, Pitt's streak of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances ranked as the seventh longest streak of its kind.
Pitt hosts Princeton after defeating Wofford 81-63 on Wednesday, March 14 at the Petersen Events Center. Five Panthers reached double figure scoring including J.J. Moore (16 points, 4-6 3FG), Tray Woodall (16 points, 4-5 3FG, nine assists), Lamar Patterson (13 points), Ashton Gibbs (12, 4-7 3FGM) and Talib Zanna (12 points, seven rebounds). Pitt tied a Petersen Events Center team record with a season-high 14 3-pointers. The Panthers converted 55 percent (33-60) of their field goal attempts and 56 percent (14-25) of their field goal attempts. Pitt used a 16-0 run early in the game to take control. It held off a late Wofford rally to advance to the CBI Second Round.
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Pitt advances to the College Basketball Invitational Second Round where it hosts Princeton on Monday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to CBI Semifinal Round action on Wednesday, March 21. Opponent, location and tipoff time are to be announced.
Pitt is in its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 161-19 record (.894) in the arena. Pitt also owns a 69-16 record vs. Big East opponents in the PEC. The Panthers have won 67 of their last 76 home games. Pitt has won 31 of its last 38 Big East Conference home games.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (291-87, .770), league winning percentage (129-57, .694) and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (10).