March 30, 2012
GAME 39: WASHINGTON STATE (19-17, 7-11 Pac-12) at PITT (21-17, 5-13 Big East)
CBI Championship Series Game Three Friday, March 30, 2012
7 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
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, Dick Groat and 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 (237-77); Washington State: Ken Bone, 3rd year at WSU (57-45), 7th year overall (134-94).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-NR; ESPN-NR; Washington State: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Washington State meet for the fourth time in series history with Pitt holding a 2-1 advantage. Prior to Monday's game at WSU, the two schools previously met on November 29, 2009 in Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center) for the Legends Classic, a 57-43 Pitt win. On Monday, Pitt played at WSU for the first time. It last visited Pullman, Wash. for a 1982 NCAA Tournament First Round contest vs. Pepperdine. Pitt is now 12-22 all-time vs. Pacific-12 schools.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (21-17, 5-13 Big East) hosts Game Three of the College Basketball Invitational Championship Series against Washington State (19-17, 7-11 Pac-12). The winner claims the CBI Championship title. The contest is set to tipoff on Friday at 7 p.m. ET at the Petersen Events Center.
The game will be televised nationally on HDNet with Rich Cellini and Keno Davis calling the action.
The CBI Championship Series runs from March 26-30. Washington State claimed Game One with a 67-66 win in Pullman, Wash. Pitt forced Game Three with a 57-53 win over WSU on Wednesday at the Petersen Events Center.
Game Two of the CBI Championship Series saw Pitt build a 10-point lead with 10 minutes to go, but Washington State battled back into the game as it countered with a 17-7 run. Two Reggie Moore free throws tied the score at 49-49 with 1:41 to go, but Pitt answered with six straight points including a key Lamar Patterson jumper, two Talib Zanna free throws and two Patterson free throws to claim the win. Zanna led Pitt with 14 points and eight rebounds, Patterson finished with 12 points (career-high 8-10 FT) and Nasir Robinson added 10 points. Washington State was led by Reggie Moore's 18 points. Pitt held Washington State to 20 first half points, the fewest points yielded to an opponent in a half this year.
In Game One, Pitt battled back from a 12-point deficit and had two opportunities to win the game at the end before losing 67-66 to Washington State on Monday. Tray Woodall and J.J. Moore both led Pitt with 16 points apiece.
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.
Winners of four of its last five games and winners of six of its last nine, 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.
FRIDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt and Washington State meet in Game Three of the College Basketball Invitational Championship Series on Friday night. The winner claims the CBI title. In the best two-of-three series, Washington State captured game one, 67-66, in Pullman, Wash., while Pitt claimed game two, 57-53, at the Petersen Events Center. Friday's contest marks the Panthers' final game of the year.
Pitt has played more games in 2011-12 (39) than in any other basketball season in school history.
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 (294-88, .770), league winning percentage (129-57, .694) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10 of 11).