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GAME 2: RIDER (0-1; 23-11 overall in 2010-11) at #10 PITT (1-0; 28-6 in 2010-11)
Sunday, November 13, 2011 6 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN3/ESPN Full Court (John Sanders and Curtis Aiken; Producer: Matt McCandlish).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Jim Colony and Dick Groat), 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius, N/A (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (217-60); Rider: Tommy Dempsey, 6th year at Rider (98-67), 11th year overall (186-79).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-10; ESPN-11; Rider: unranked (preseason polls).
Series: Pitt and Rider meet for the second time in men's basketball and for the second consecutive season. Last year, Pitt claimed an 87-68 win over the Broncs on Dec. 4, 2010. Pitt is 14-6 all-time vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams. Pitt opens Philly Hoop Group Classic tournament play. Rider is 0-1 after a loss at Robert Morris on Friday.
PITTSBURGH--No. 10 ranked and defending Big East regular season champion Pitt (1-0) plays its first Philly HoopGroup Classic tournament contest when it hosts Rider (0-1) Sunday at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised on ESPN3 and made available to ESPN Full Court package subscribers. John Sanders and Curtis Aiken will handle play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Matt McCandlish will manage production.
A win against Rider would give Pitt its 58th consecutive home win over a non-conference opponent. That streak is a school record. Pitt has also won 106 of its last 107 home games against regular season non-conference opponents and is 85-1 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. At the Petersen Events Center, Pitt has never lost a November (40-0) or December (40-0) non-conference game. Dating back to Jan. 24, 2011 vs. Notre Dame, Pitt has also held six consecutive opponents to 60 points or less at the Petersen Events Center. Furthermore, 94 of Pitt's 162 Petersen Events Center opponents and 64 of its 86 non-conference opponents have been held to 60 points or less.
With an 89-56 win over Albany, Pitt won its 15th consecutive season opener since the 1997 season and improved to 72-33 all-time in season openers. Pitt has now won 21 of its last 22 season openers and Jamie Dixon improved to 9-0 on opening night. Tray Woodall led the Panthers with a game-high 25 points and 10 assists, his second career double-double. Woodall also surpassed career-highs for scoring, 3-point field goals (5-7), field goals made (9) and field goal attempts (13). He also finished with six rebounds. Ashton Gibbs added 21 points and a career-high seven rebounds. Pitt hit 13-22 3-pointers and shot 54 percent (34-63) from the floor.
Rider (0-1) played its first Philly HoopGroup Classic game at Robert Morris on Friday, an 83-57 loss to the Colonials. Coached by Tommy Dempsey, Rider returns three starters and seven letterwinners from a team that finished 23-11 overall and 12-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Broncs played in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament last year.
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Pitt opens Philly Hoop Group Classic play with a contest against Rider.
Pitt is its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 150-12 record (.926) in the arena. Pitt also owns an 85-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 56 of their last 58 home games.
Pitt is riding a 57-game home win streak against non-conference opponents and has won 106 of its last 107 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (274-71, .794), league winning percentage (124-44, .740), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (10) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (10).
Pitt is one of only three programs nationally to win more than 20+ games, 10+ league games and advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 10 seasons (Gonzaga, Kansas and Pitt).