March 24, 2012
GAME 37: PITT (20-16, 5-13 Big East) at WASHINGTON STATE (18-16, 7-11 Pac-12)
CBI Championship Series Monday, March 26, 2012
10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT Friel Court (11,671) Pullman, Wash.
Television: HDNet (Rich Cellini and Keno Davis; Producer: Darrell Ewalt).
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 (236-76); Washington State: Ken Bone, 3rd year at WSU (56-44), 7th year overall (133-93).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Washington State: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Washington State meet for the second time in series history with Pitt holding a 1-0 advantage. The two schools last met on November 29, 2009 in Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center) for the Legends Classic, a 57-43 Pitt win. Pitt plays at WSU for the first time. It last visited Pullman, Wash. for a 1982 NCAA Tournament First Round contest vs. Pepperdine. Pitt is 11-21 all-time vs. Pacific-12 schools.
PULLMAN, Wash.-- Pitt (20-16, 5-13 Big East) advances to the College Basketball Invitational Championship Series against Washington State (18-16, 7-12 Pac-12). The best two-of-three game series begins on Monday in Pullman, Wash. when the Panthers travel to Washington State for a 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT game at Friel Court.
The game will be televised nationally on HDnet with Rich Cellini and Keno Davis calling action.
The CBI Championship Series will run from March 26-30. Pitt will host Washington State in game two of the series on Wednesday, March 28 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. If necessary, game three will be played at the Petersen Events Center on Friday, March 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 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.
On a three-game win streak, its third longest of the year, and winners of five of its last seven games, Pitt advanced to the CBI Championship with consecutive home wins over Wofford (81-63) and Princeton (82-61) and an 68-62 overtime road victory at Butler on March 21.
Pitt advanced to the CBI Championship Series after defeating Butler 68-62 in overtime. The visiting Panthers outscored Butler 16-10 in the overtime period to register the victory. Lamar Patterson and Tray Woodall combined to score 14 of Pitt's 16 points in overtime. Patterson hit a key 3-pointer to tie the game at 57-57 with 36 seconds to go in regulation, then hit a layup in overtime to jumpstart Pitt on a 11-5 run which sealed the win. Patterson registered his second career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and tied career-highs for assists (7) and minutes played (38). Talib Zanna led the Panthers with 15 points and eight rebounds, Woodall finished with 12 points and J.J. Moore added 14 points. Khyle Marshall (22 points) and Andrew Smith (19 points) led Butler.
MONDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt and Washington State meet in the College Basketball Invitational Championship Series from March 26-30. Pitt travels to Washington State for the first game on Monday, then will host the following two games on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Friday (7 p.m. if necessary).
Pitt enters the contest after winning five of its last seven games. It is on a three-game win streak, its third longest win streak of the season.
Pitt has now won 20 or more games in each of the last 11 seasons.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (293-87, .771), league winning percentage (129-57, .694) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10 of 11).
Pitt has won 26 of its last 42 road games and owns the Big East's best road record (53-39) over the last 11 seasons. Pitt is 4-8 on the road this year.