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GAME 36: PITT (19-16, 5-13 Big East) at BUTLER (22-14, 11-7 Horizon League)
College Basketball Invitational Semifinals Wednesday March 21, 2012
8 p.m. ET Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000) Indianapolis, Ind.
Television: HDnet (Kenny Rice and Keno Davis).
TV Viewing Information: HDNet is channel 306 on DIRECTV, channel 362 on DISH Network, channel 1105 on AT&T U-verse and channel 569 on Verizon FiOS. Channel positions for our cable system partners can be found by checking local listings. HDNet can be found on the following channels in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area: Comcast/Xfinity, Channel 897; DIRECTV, Channel 306; Dish Network, Channel 362; Verizon FiOS, Channel 569.
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 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 (235-76); Butler: Brad Stevens, 5th year at Butler (139-39), 5th year overall (139-39).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Butler: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Butler renew their 2011 NCAA Tournament Third Round matchup. The game saw Butler advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with a dramatic 71-70 victory over Pitt in Washington D.C. Pitt owns a 5-8 all-time record in 13 meetings against Butler since December 13, 1928. The two teams played on a consistent basis between 1928 and 1946. All of those contests were played at Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--Pitt (19-16, 5-13 Big East) advances to the College Basketball Invitational Semifinal Round when it travels to Indianapolis, Ind. to play Butler (22-14, 11-7 Horizon League) on Wednesday, March 21. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET at famed Hinkle Fieldhouse located on the Butler University campus.
The game will be televised nationally by HDnet.
Should Pitt defeat Butler on Wednesday, it would advance to the CBI Championship Series, a best two-of-three series which is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 26 and continue on March 28 and March 30. The opponent in the championship series would be either Washington State or Oregon State. Those two schools play on Wednesday, March 21 at 10 p.m. on HDnet.
In playing at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Pitt continues its tour of legendary college basketball arenas. Earlier this year, Pitt played Penn at the famed Palestra in Philadelphia. Hinkle is best known as the site of the championship game in the movie Hoosiers. Built in 1928, it was the nation's largest basketball arena and retained that distinction until 1950. It is the nation's sixth oldest college basketball building still in use.
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 is not competing in the NCAA Tournament. 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 meets Butler after defeating Princeton in the CBI Second Round, 82-61, on Monday at the Petersen Events Center. In the first half alone, Pitt hit 8-14 3-pointers, shot 55.6 percent (20-36) and scored a team season-high 49 points in registering a 24 point halftime lead (49-25). The Panthers closed out the half with a 27-6 run. Five Panthers reached double figure scoring including Lamar Patterson (career-high 19 points), Tray Woodall, who nearly became the first player at Pitt since 1998 to register a triple double (15 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds), Nasir Robinson (12 points, 10 rebounds), Talib Zanna (11 points) and Ashton Gibbs (10 points). Princeton was led by Douglas Davis' 20 points.
In the CBI Opening Round, Pitt defeated 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 Semifinal Round where it travels to Indianapolis, Ind. to play Butler on Wednesday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET. The winner advances to the CBI Championship best two of three series March 26, 28 and 30.
The Pitt-Butler matchup represents a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament Third Round meeting, a 71-70 Butler win in Washington D.C.
Pitt enters the contest after winning four of its last six games.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (292-87, .770), league winning percentage (129-57, .694) and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (10).