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EXHIBITION GAME TWO

Pitt vs. Kentucky Wesleyan

Monday, Nov. 7, Petersen Events Center, 7 p.m. ET

No. 11 PITT (28-6 in 2010-11) vs. No. 15 KENTUCKY WESLEYAN (19-10 in 2010-11)

Television: Live on Pitt Panthers Television on The Comcast Network (Channel 188 or 210). Greg Linnelli and former player Curtis Aiken will call action.

Radio: None.

The Coaches: Pitt--Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th as head coach (216-60); Kentucky Wesleyan--Todd Lee, 7th year at KWC (111-65).

Rankings: Pitt--AP: 10; USA Today/ESPN: 11; Kentucky Wesleyan (NCAA Division II)--NABC: 15.


 

 

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH--No. 10 ranked and defending Big East regular season champion Pitt will play its second and final exhibition game of the 2011-12 basketball season when it hosts NCAA Division II and No. 15 ranked Kentucky Wesleyan on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

Located in Owensboro, Ky., Kentucky Wesleyan is one of the nation's most storied and successful NCAA Division II basketball programs. The Panthers have won eight NCAA Division II national championships (1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1987, 1990, 1999 and 2001), advanced to the Final Four 17 times and Elite Eight 19 times. In addition, the Panthers program was named one of ESPN's top-10 "College Basketball Powerhouses" in 2006.

Kentucky Wesleyan travels to Pittsburgh fresh off a 69-59 loss at South Carolina on Thursday. Anthony Young led KWC with 12 points and eight rebounds.

The visiting Panthers return three starters from a squad that advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional and finished 19-10 overall last year. Returning starters include senior center Anthony Young (19.4 ppg., 8.4 rpg.), senior guard Cardell McFarland (18.0 ppg., 3.8 apg.) and senior forward Marseilles Stewart (9.6 ppg., 4.4 rpg.). Young is a Basketball Times top-25 preseason All-America selection.

Pitt enters Monday's matchup after having won 25 consecutive exhibition games. Head Coach Jamie Dixon is a perfect 17-0 in exhibition contests since he became head coach in 2003.

In its first exhibition game on Oct. 29, Pitt registered a 68-point win over La Roche, 101-33. The 68-point margin of victory represented Pitt's largest-ever exhibition win, surpassing a 58-point win over Carnegie Mellon on Nov. 1, 2006.

No. 10 ranked Pitt returns two starters and seven of its top-10 letterwinners from a squad that won the Big East regular season title outright with a 15-3 record, finished 28-6 overall, garnered a No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season.

Pitt opens its regular season on Friday, Nov. 11 against Albany at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff for that contest is 7 p.m. The contest will televised live on Pitt Panthers Television.

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