Nov. 10, 2013
GAME 2: FRESNO STATE (1-0, 0-0 Mountain West) at PITT (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ACC Regional Sports Network/ROOT Sports in Pittsburgh (Wes Durham and Dan Bonner; Producer: Brian Woodrum).
TV Network Affiliates: Pittsburgh (Root Sports), New York City (YES Network), Cleveland, Ohio (SportsTime Ohio), Washington D.C.-tape delay (Comcast Sports Net/Mid-Atlantic), Boston, Mass. (New England Sports Network), Atlanta, Ga. (Fox Sports South), Raleigh, N.C. (Fox Sports Carolinas), Detroit (Fox Sports-Detroit Plus), St. Louis, Mo. (Fox Sports Midwest), Miami-South Florida (Fox Sports Florida), Phoenix, Ariz. (Fox Sports-Arizona), Minneapolis, Minn. (Fox Sports North), Seattle, Wash. (Root Sports Northwest), Denver, Colo. (Root Sports Rocky Mountain), Indianapolis (Fox Sports-Indiana).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (263-86); Fresno State: Rodney Terry, 3rd year at Fresno State (25-39); 3rd year overall (25-39).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV (preseason rankings); FSU: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.
Series: Pitt and Fresno State meet for the first time in men's basketball. The game marks Pitt's fourth all-time contest vs. a Mountain West Conference opponent. Pitt is 2-1 all-time vs. MWC opponents (1-0 vs. Air Force, 1-1 vs. Utah State). A win over Fresno State would give Pitt a 2-0 start to a season for the 14th consecutive year (since 1998-99).
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (24-9 overall/12-6 Big East in 2012-13) plays its second game of its 107th overall season and inaugural year in the Atlantic Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 12 when it hosts Fresno State (1-0 in 2013-14, 11-19 overall/5-11 MWC in 2012-13) at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised on the ACC Regional Sports Network with Wes Durham and Dan Bonner providing play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Brian Woodrum will handle production. The occasion marks Pitt's first TV appearance on an ACC-related network as part of the league.
Pitt opened its 2013-14 season with an 88-55 home win over Savannah State on Friday night at the Petersen Events Center. With tenacious defensive intensity, Pitt opened up a 19-2 lead just six minutes into the game and held Savannah State to just 13 first half points and 4-23 shooting (17.4 percent) in building a 40-13 halftime lead. Pitt placed six players in double figure scoring including junior Rutgers transfer Derrick Randall, who registered collegiate bests of 12 points and 12 rebounds (nine offensive). In his first game at Pitt, Randall made the start at center in place of Talib Zanna, who was serving a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules. James Robinson finished with 13 points, Durand Johnson came off the bench with 12 points (3-6 3FG), Lamar Patterson contributed 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, Josh Newkirk hit 3-3 3-pointers and finished with 11 points in his freshman debut and Cameron Wright added 10 points. Freshman Michael Young scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds in his collegiate debut. Pitt won its 17th consecutive season opener, captured its 23rd in its last 24 season openers and Jamie Dixon improved to a perfect 11-0 on opening night.
Pitt also won its 10 consecutive non-conference home game and improved to a spectacular 102-3 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 123 of its last 127 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 51-2 record in November non-conference games and a 49-2 record in December games.
Earlier, Pitt claimed each of its two exhibition games vs. UC San Diego (72-59 on Oct. 25) and Slippery Rock (96-60 on Nov. 1). With the two exhibition wins, Pitt has won 30 consecutive exhibition games dating back to a Nov. 10, 1988 loss to Marathon Oil. Head coach Jamie Dixon is a perfect 22-0 in exhibition games since he became head coach in 2003-04 and the Panthers improved to 20-0 in exhibition contests since the NCAA cleared other NCAA Division II and III schools for competition. Combining Pitt's two exhibition games, the Panthers averaged 84.0 points, shot 47.8 percent (55-115) from the floor and 41.7 percent (15-36) from 3-point range. Talib Zanna led the Panthers in both scoring (15.5 ppg.) and rebounding (9.5 rpg.), while three others averaged in double figure scoring including Lamar Patterson (13.5 ppg.), Durand Johnson (13.5 ppg.) and Cameron Wright (11.0 ppg.).
Fresno State enters the game with 1-0 record after registering a 98-97 overtime victory at UC-Irving Friday evening. Senior Allen Huddleston's 40-foot 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer gave the Bulldogs the victory. Huddleston scored 12 points for Fresno State, which was led by Marvelle Harris' 30 points (10-15 FG), Cezar Guerrero's 23 points (5-10 3FG) and Paul Watson's 18 points. Fresno State hit 46.7 percent (14-30) of its 3-point attempts. The Bulldogs are coached by third-year coach Rodney Terry. Pitt and Fresno State meet for the first time in college basketball.
Pitt returns three starters-Patterson, Zanna and James Robinson-and two of its top three scorers from a 2012-13 team that finished 24-9 overall, 12-6 and in fourth place in its final year in the Big East Conference and earned an 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 12 seasons. In addition, Pitt won 20-plus overall games for the 12th consecutive season. Pitt's 24 victories rank as the 12th-most wins in school history. In 2012-13, Pitt's defense was one of the nation's best. The Panthers allowed just 56.0 points per game on the year (8th-best in the nation), a mark that set the school record for scoring defense, surpassing the previous record of 56.4 points allowed per game set in 2003-04. On the year, Pitt limited 12 opponents to 50 points or less, 19 of its 33 opponents under 60 points and 29 of 33 opponents under 70 points.
In mid-October, Pitt was picked by Atlantic Coast Conference media members to finish sixth among 15 schools.
Pitt has won 93 of its last 131 overall games, 98 of its last 137, 242 of its last 322 contests, 107 of its last 161 league regular season games and 143 of its last 155 non-conference games.
TUESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
•Pitt plays its second game of its 107th season of men's basketball on Tuesday night when it hosts Fresno State.
•Pitt is in its 12th season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 181-22 record (.892) in the arena. The Panthers have won 87 of their last 99 home games and 37 of their last 47 conference home games.
•Pitt owns a 102-3 record and .971 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. On a 10-game non-conference home win streak, the Panthers have also won 123 of their last 127 home games against regular season non-conference home opponents.
•When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 12 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (320-96, .769), league winning percentage (141-63, .691), homecourt winning percentage (.892) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).
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