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Men's Basketball Earns No. 8 Seed in 2013 NCAA Championship




March 17, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - An at-large selection, the University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team will enter the 2013 NCAA Championship as a No. 8 seed in the West Region. The Panthers (24-8, 12-6 Big East) will play No. 9 seed Wichita State (26-8, 12-6 Missouri Valley Conference) in a Second Round matchup on Thursday, March 21, at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.

The contest will tip at 1:40 p.m. ET (11:40 a.m. MT) and will be broadcast nationally on TBS.

The Pitt-Wichita State winner will advance to the NCAA Third Round to face the winner of No. 1 seed Gonzaga (30-2) and No. 16 seed Southern (23-9). That contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 in Salt Lake City.

Pitt (24-8) is appearing in its 11th NCAA Tournament in the last 12 seasons. The Panthers previously earned berths in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Before this run, Pitt's longest NCAA Tournament appearance streak was three-straight from 1987-89.

Since 2002, only five programs have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen round more times than Pitt: Duke-8, Kansas-8, Connecticut-6, Michigan State-6 and North Carolina-6. Pitt has advanced to five NCAA Regional Semifinals during that period. Additionally, Jamie Dixon has guided the Panthers to NCAA Championship appearances in nine of his 10 seasons as head coach.

Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the last 12 seasons (2002-13). Those schools include: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Texas and Wisconsin.

Pitt, which has won 15 of its last 25 NCAA Tournament games, is making its 24th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. Pitt is 23-24 all-time in 47 NCAA Tournament games.

The Shockers also enter the 2013 NCAA Championship as an at-large team, having dropped a 68-65 decision in the MVC Tournament Championship to Creighton on March 10.

The teams have faced off twice in program history, lastly on Nov. 23, 2009 in the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. The Panthers posted a 68-55 win over the Shockers in that contest to even the series at 1-1. The first meeting took place on Dec. 26, 1964 in Philadelphia.

PITT'S 2013 NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All games will be televised nationally on one of the following networks: CBS, TNT, TBS or truTV.

SECOND AND THIRD ROUNDS: Thursday, March 21 and Saturday, March 23 (Salt Lake City, Utah/EnergySolutions Arena)

Thursday, March 21, 2013
No 8 seed Pitt (24-8) vs. No. 9 seed Wichita State (26-8), Time: 1:40 p.m. ET (TV: TBS).
No. 1 seed Gonzaga (30-2) vs. No. 16 seed Southern (23-9), Time: 4:10 p.m. ET (TV: TBS).

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Pitt/Wichita State winner vs. Gonzaga/Southern winner, Time: TBA (TV listing is TBA).

PITT'S 2013 NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES

*Pitt earns a No. 8 seed for the second time in program history. Pitt was also a No. 8 seed in 1989. The Panthers have been seeded at eight or above six times in their history. 

*Pitt advances to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in the last 12 years.

*The Panthers are making the program's 24th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and for the ninth time in 10 years under Head Coach Jamie Dixon.

*Pitt has advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen in five of the last 12 seasons: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2009. Only five programs (Duke-8, Kansas-8, Connecticut-6, Michigan State-6 and North Carolina-6) have bested that record and six others have matched it.

*Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally and the only Big East program to advance to 11 of the last 12 NCAA Tournaments. Those programs include Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Texas and Wisconsin.

*In its previous 23 NCAA Tournament appearances and 47 games, Pitt owns a 23-24 all-time record in the tourney. It is 13-10 in its last 23 games. As Pitt's head coach, Jamie Dixon owns an 11-8 NCAA Tournament record in his previous eight appearances.

*Pitt enters the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection with a  24-8 overall and 12-6 Big East record. Pitt won 20-plus games for a school record 12th straight season and 20th time in school history. The Panthers also won 10-plus Big East games for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons.

*Jamie Dixon has now guided Pitt to nine NCAA Tournaments in his 10 years as head coach at Pitt. That is the most appearances for a head coach in school history. Paul Evans took five Pitt teams to the NCAA Tournament from 1986-94. Dixon has also coached in a school-best 19 NCAA Tournament games.

*Pitt is the only Big East school to surpass the 20-win and 10-win Big East regular season totals in 11 of the past 12 seasons. Pitt currently owns the league's top records for league play (141-63) and overall games (319-95) over the last 12 years.

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.

2013

8

Salt Lake City, Utah