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Sept. 26, 2013

Dixon Press Conference |  Pitt Player Interviews |  2013-14 Final Schedule |  Morning Madness Link |  2013-14 MBB Prospectus |  Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest and Blue-Gold Scrimmages Announced |  Player Personality Profiles | 

PITTSBURGH--The Pitt men's basketball team hosted its annual preseason media, photo and video day on Thursday at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers were available for media interviews and photo requests. NCAA mandated practices begin tomorrow on Friday, Sept. 27.

Dixon held his annual preseason press gathering. Pitt's players were available for interviews on the Petersen Events Center main floor. Interviews were followed by a team photo.

On Oct. 16, Pitt will be in Charlotte, N.C. for its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference media day. Representing the Panthers will be Dixon, along with seniors Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson.

Pitt returns three starters and two of its top three scorers from a team that finished 24-9 overall and advanced to its 11th NCAA Tournament in the last 12 seasons.

Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2013-14 Pitt Basketball Team when it hosts a "Morning Madness" event at Stage AE prior to the Pitt-Virginia Homecoming Football game on Saturday, Sept. 28. Tipoff for that event is at 10:30 a.m. As part of Pitt's "Super Saturday" slate of Homecoming events, a basketball court will be constructed inside Stage AE. "Morning Madness" will highlight the 2013-14 Pitt Basketball team and feature player introductions, various skits, promotional activities and a slam dunk contest. Admission is free and open to the public for the event. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Fans may join the basketball season ticket waiting list by contacting the University of Pittsburgh Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT or (412) 648-PITT or visiting


Morning Madness at Stage AE, Saturday, Sept. 28, Stage AE at Heinz Field, 10:30 a.m.

Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest/Blue-Gold Scrimmage, Sunday, Oct. 6; Petersen Events Center; 1-4 p.m.

      Oakland Zoo 3v3 Tournament, 9 a.m.

      Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest, 1-4 p.m.

      Blue-Gold Scrimmage, 3 p.m.

Oakland Zoo Blue-Gold Scrimmage, Friday, Oct. 18, Petersen Events Center, 7 p.m., TV: Pitt Panthers Television

Men's Exhibition Game One: Pitt vs. UC-San Diego, Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.

Men's Exhibition Game Two: Pitt vs. Slippery Rock, Friday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Men's Regular Season Game One: Pitt vs. Savannah State, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., TV: ESPN3


Here are some preseason storylines heading into the coming season:

*Pitt Basketball enters its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Pitt's schedule will feature ACC home games against Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

*Pitt begins its quest for a 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 13 seasons and its 13th straight season with 20 or more victories.

*Pitt returns three starters, two of its top three scorers, five of its top 10 letterwinners, 49 percent of its overall scoring, 51 percent of its rebounding and 51 percent of its minutes played.

*Pitt ranks among the nation's top-5 programs in winning percentage (.769, 319-96) over the last 12 years. During that span, Pitt has made one NCAA Elite Eight appearance and five Sweet Sixteen appearances, captured six Big East titles and has advanced to 11 of the last 12 NCAA Tournaments. Combining the last 12 years, Pitt also owns the ACC's second-best league regular season record (141-63) and conference winning percentage (.691) when comparing conference teams.

*Jamie Dixon enters his 11th season as Pitt's head coach with a 262-86 overall record. His 262 victories rank as the fourth highest win total in NCAA Division I history after the first 10 seasons as a head coach. A four-time national coach of the year recipient, Dixon is the first coach in school history to guide Pitt to eight straight NCAA Tournaments, 10 consecutive 20-win seasons and nine 10-plus win years in Big East play. He also currently ranks as the winningest coach in Big East Conference history (league games only) and is among the nation's top-7 winningest active coaches by percentage.

*Jamie Dixon enters ACC play with a combined 27-10 overall record against other ACC programs.

*Pitt will travel to New York City on two different occasions and entertain a difficult slate of non-conference opponents in 2012-13. Opponents highlighting Pitt's non-conference schedule include a Jimmy V Classic game against Cincinnati at Madison Square Garden (Dec. 17), a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup against Penn State at the Petersen Events Center (Dec. 3) and two Legends Classic games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. against Texas Tech and either Stanford or Houston. Pitt also plays Duquesne in the annual City Game at Consol Energy Center on Nov. 30.

*All 31 Pitt Basketball games will be televised in 2013-14. Pitt is slated to play 17 games on national television in 2013-14. All 31 regular season games will be televised including 26 national or regional appearances (RSN or ACC Network).



Percent Returning

Last year's starters:

60% (3 of 5)

Last year's total starts:

60% (99 of 165)

Team's top-10 in minutes played:

50% (5 of 10)

Total minutes played:

50.6% (3383 of 6675)

Points scored:

48.7% (1113 of 2282)

Field goals made:

46.8% (392 of 837)

Field goal attempts:

48.8% (866 of 1775)

3-point FG made:

48.7% (81 of 163)

3-point FG attempts:

49.8% (233 of 467)

Free throws made:

55.7% (248 of 445)

Free throw attempts:

54.5% (363 of 666)

Offensive rebounds:

47.0% (200 of 425)

Defensive rebounds:

52.8% (390 of 738)

Total rebounds:

50.7% (590 of 1163)

Personal fouls:

32.2% (185 of 575)


51.8% (278 of 537)


50.5% (184 of 364)

Blocked Shots:

30.5% (40 of 131)


55.5% (121 of 218)



Pitt Basketball Hosts Preseason Media Day

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