March 21, 2009
GAME 34: #8 OKLAHOMA STATE (23-11, 9-7 Big 12) vs. #1 PITT (29-4, 15-3 Big East)
NCAA Tournament Second Rounds Sunday, March 22, 2009 Approx. 2:50 p.m. ET UD Arena (13,409) Dayton, Ohio
Television: CBS (Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery; Producer: Bob Mansbach).
Radio: Pitt Panthers/ISP Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat), 94.5-FM (WWSW), 970 AM (WBGG). XM Satellite Radio: Channel 125.
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com
The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 10th year at Pitt, 6th year as head coach (161-44); Oklahoma State: Travis Ford, 1st year at OSU (23-11), 11th year as a head coach (213-57).
Rankings: Pitt: 4-AP, 4-ESPN; OSU: unranked.
NCAA Tournament Notes: Should Pitt defeat Oklahoma State, it would advance to its fifth NCAA Sweet Sixteen in each of its last eight seasons. Only three programs have surpassed that achievement (Kansas-5, Duke-5, Texas-5) and two others have matched it (UCLA-4, Connecticut-4). Pitt plays Oklahoma State for the third time in the last three seasons. Pitt and OSU meet for the second time in NCAA Tourney play (63-51 loss on March 25, 2004).
No. 4 ranked and No. 1 seeded Pitt (29-4, 15-3 Big East) advances to NCAA Tournament Second Round play to take on No. 8 seeded Oklahoma State (23-11, 9-7 Big 12) on Sunday, March 22, 2009. Tipoff is at approximately 2:50 p.m. ET. The winner will advance to the NCAA Regional in Boston, Mass. where it will play on Thursday, March 26. Time is TBA.
The contest will be nationally televised on CBS with Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery making the call. Bob Mansbach will handle production.
Should Pitt win Sunday's contest, it would advance to its fifth NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearance over the last eight seasons. Over the previous seven seasons, only three programs nationally have surpassed that accomplishment (Duke-5, Texas-5 and Kansas-5) and two others (Connecticut-4, UCLA-4) have matched it.
Pitt enters the game after having won 11 of its last 13 contests. No. 1 seeded Pitt opened NCAA Tournament First Round play with a 72-62 win over No. 16 seed East Tennessee State. DeJuan Blair led all scorers with 27 points and 16 rebounds and Sam Young totaled 14 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Pitt earned a school record eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. Previously, Pitt had made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1987-89. Pitt is one of only eight schools nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last eight seasons: Arizona, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Texas and Wisconsin.
Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon (161-44) became the first head coach in school history to guide the Panthers to six consecutive NCAA Tournaments. He needs just one more victory to become the NCAA Division I all-time recordholder for most victories after six seasons as a head coach. He is currently tied with North Carolina State's Everett Case, who also won 161 games from 1947-52. Additionally, Dixon has guided Pitt to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his six seasons as head coach at Pitt. He led the Panthers to NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances in both 2004 and 2007.
Pitt is in its 21st all-time NCAA Tournament. It is 18-21 in its 39 all-time NCAA Tournament games. Since 2002, Pitt is 11-7 in its 18 NCAA Tournament games, reaching the NCAA Sweet Sixteen four times. In a 64-game tournament format, Pitt has never advanced past the Sweet Sixteen round. In 1973-74, Pitt earned an Elite Eight appearance in a 32-team tournament. In addition, Dixon owns a 7-5 record in his 12 NCAA Tourney games.
The 2008-09 season has seen a number of firsts for the Pitt basketball program. Pitt ascended to the nation's No. 1 ranking on two different occasions and three weeks during the regular season. Pitt also defeated a No. 1 ranked team for the first time in school history. It also earned a No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Previously it had been a No. 2 seed on two different occasions (2-1988, 2-2003). Pitt also set school-records with a program-high 15 Big East wins and completed its home schedule undefeated for the fourth time in Pitt history at 19-0.
Through its first 33 games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a plus-13.2 margin and outrebounded its opponents by a nation-leading plus-9.6 margin. The Panthers are also converting 48.3 percent (965-1999) of their field goal attempts and limiting opponents to 40.7 percent shooting. Pitt has also held 26 of its 33 opponents to 70 points or less and 12 teams to 60 points or less. Pitt is ranked among the nation's top-10 teams in five statistical categories (as of March 12, 2009). As a team, Pitt ranks second nationally in rebound margin (9.9), ranks second in assist:turnover ratio (1.50), third in winning percentage (87.5), sixth in assists per game (18.0), fifth in scoring margin (13.9), 13th in field goal percentage (48.4) and 26th in scoring offense (78.0). Pitt also ranks 29th in turnovers per game (12.0) and 39th in personal fouls (16.4).
Several Pitt players are also ranked among national leaders in various statistical categories (as of March 12, 2009). Levance Fields ranks second nationally in assist:turnover ratio (3.87) and ranks second in assists per game (7.6). DeJuan Blair ranks fourth nationally in rebounding (12.2) and leads the nation in offensive rebounds with 5.5 orpg according to StatsLLC (Note: the NCAA does not rank top offensive rebounders). He is also ranked No. 17th in field goal percentage (59.9). Sam Young is rated 90th in field goal percentage (49.9) and 43rd in scoring (18.7).
PITT MEETS OKLAHOMA STATE FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST THREE SEASONS
Pitt and Oklahoma State have met eight times in series history with each school claiming four wins apiece.
In addition, Pitt plays Oklahoma State for the third time in the last three seasons. The last time the two teams played was on Dec. 15, 2007, an 85-68 Pitt win at the Petersen Events Center. DeJuan Blair led five Panthers in double figures with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the contest.
The two schools meet for the second time in NCAA Tournament play. Oklahoma State defeated Pitt 63-51 in the NCAA Regional on March 25, 2004 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Date W/L Loc. Pitt OSU
2/8/50 L A 34 43
11/26/88 W H 93 75
12/1/89 W N 102 90
12/27/89 W N 92 81
11/27/91 L N 63 74
3/25/04 L N 51 63
12/21/06 L A2+ 89 95
12/15/07 W H 85 68
ETSU POST-GAME NOTES
With its 72-62 win over East Tennessee State, No. 1 seed Pitt advances to NCAA Tournament Second Round action for the seventh time in the last eight years to play No. 8 seed Oklahoma State, which defeated Tennessee in today's first game. Tipoff is on Sunday at either 2:50 p.m. or 5:20 p.m.
Pitt improved to 29-4 on the season. The 29 wins tie for the second most successful season in school history. The school-record is 31 set during Jamie Dixon's first year in 2003-04, 29 in 2001-02, 2006-07 and 2008-09.
Pitt entered an NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history. Pitt made its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and improved to 19-21 overall.
Pitt improved to 12-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament First Round. Pitt has advanced past the First Round in seven of its last eight seasons. Jamie Dixon improved to 5-1 in NCAA Tournament First Round games. Dixon improved to 7-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
With today's win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon became the all-time winningest head coach after six seasons in NCAA Division I history with 161 career wins. He ties North Carolina State's Everett Case (1947-52) with 161 wins after the first six seasons as head coach.
Pitt improved to 30-9 under Jamie Dixon following a loss.
Pitt is one of only eight schools nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the eight seasons. Pitt has advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in four of the last seven seasons.
The contest marked the first-ever between Pitt and East Tennessee State.
DeJuan Blair (27 points/16 rebounds) and Sam Young (14 points/13 rebounds) became the 10th and 11th players in school history to record a double-double in the NCAA Tournament. The last player was Aaron Gray (17 points/13 rebounds) vs. Kent State on March 17, 2006.
DeJuan Blair's 27 points tied for the seventh-best all-time NCAA Tournament scoring performance in school history. The record is 34 points scored by Billy Knight vs. Furman on March 14, 1974.
DeJuan Blair's 16 rebounds ranked tied for the third best rebound performance in Pitt's NCAA Tournament history. Jerome Lane (20 rebounds vs. Vanderbilt, March 20, 1988), Jerome Lane (17 rebounds vs. Eastern Michigan, March 18, 1988) and Chris Taft (16 rebounds vs. Central Florida, March 19, 2004) rank as the other top performances. Young's 14 rebounds rank tied for the fifth-best.
Blair (seven offensive) came within one offensive rebound of setting Pitt's school record for most offensive rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game. Sam Clancy holds the record with eight vs. Idaho on March 13, 1981.
With his 27 points and 16 rebounds, DeJuan Blair totaled his 32nd career double-double and 18th double-double on the season. Blair scored over 20 points for the 11th time on the year and reached double figure scoring for the 24th time. He finished with double figure rebounding for the 38th time in his career and 21st time on the year.
With his 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, Sam Young notched his 10th career double-double and fourth of the year. He reached double figure scoring for the 94th time in his career and 31st time in 33 games this year. It was his 10th double figure rebounding contest of his career.
Ashton Gibbs finished with 10 points, his sixth double figure scoring game on the year. He hit two 3-pointers on the evening and has now converted at least one 3-pointer in 18 of his 32 games played.
The last time Pitt played at UD Arena was on Dec. 29, 2007, an 80-55 loss to Dayton.
Pitt limited East Tennessee State to 62 points on the evening. Pitt has now limited 27 of its 33 opponents to 70 points or less on the year. In addition, since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 164 of its 205 opponents under 70 points. Pitt's record is 161-44 during that span.
PITT PLAYERS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT RECORDBOOKS
125, Carl Krauser, 2003-06
108, Julius Page, 2002-04
106, Charles Smith, 1985-88
103, Chevon Troutman, 2002-05
103, Don Hennon, 1957-58
99, Levance Fields, 2006-09
98, Sam Young, 2006-09
89, Brandin Knight, 2002-03
87, Jaron Brown, 2002-04
85, Demetreus Gore, 1985-88
74, Ronald Ramon, 2005-08
64, Chevon Troutman, 2002-05
57, Jerome Lane, 1987-88
46, Jaron Brown, 2002-04
41, Aaron Gray, 2004-07
41, Carl Krauser, 2003-06
39, Sam Young, 2006-09
39, Charles Smith, 1985-88
35, Donatas Zavackas, 2002-03
33, DeJuan Blair, 2008-09
43, Brandin Knight, 2002-03
36, Sean Miller, 1988-91
34, Levance Fields, 2006-09
23, Darelle Porter, 1988-91
23, Jerome Lane, 1987-88
TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES
A win today would give Pitt its fifth NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in each of its last eight seasons. Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon has guided Pitt to NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances in both 2004 and 2007.
Pitt and Oklahoma State meet for the third time in the last three seasons. The two schools split their last two meetings. Pitt and OSU meet for the second time in the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma State claimed a 63-51 NCAA Regional win in East Rutherford, N.J. on March 25, 2004. Pitt is 4-4 all-time vs. Oklahoma State.
Head Coach Jamie Dixon (161 wins) needs just one more victory to become the NCAA Division I sole recordholder for best coaching start after six seasons as head coach. He is currently tied for the record with North Carolina State's Everett Case, who won 161 games from 1947-51.
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