Nov. 15, 2011
GAME 3: LONG BEACH STATE (1-0; 22-12 overall in 2010-11) at #9 PITT (2-0; 28-6 in 2010-11)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPNU/ESPN3 (Mark Brown and Bill Raftery; Producer: Matt McCandlish).
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).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (218-60); Long Beach State: Dan Monson, 5th year at LBSU (61-68), 14th year overall (231-191).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-9; ESPN-9; LBSU: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV (as of November 14, 2011).
Series: Pitt and Long Beach State meet for the first time in men's basketball. Pitt is 1-1 all-time vs. Big West Conference teams: Cal State Fullerton 1-0; Pacific 0-1. The Panthers lost a 79-71 NCAA Tournament First Round game to Pacific in Boise, Idaho on March 17, 2005. Pitt last played Cal State Fullerton in 1979.
PITTSBURGH--No. 9 ranked and defending Big East regular season champion Pitt (2-0) plays its third 2011-12 contest when it hosts 2010-11 Big West regular season champion Long Beach State (1-0) Wednesday at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. ET.
The contest will be nationally televised on ESPNU. Mark Brown and Bill Raftery will handle play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Matt McCandlish will manage production for the second consecutive game.
A win against Long Beach State would give Pitt its 59th consecutive home win over a non-conference opponent. That streak represents a school record. Pitt has also won 107 of its last 108 home games against regular season non-conference opponents and is 86-1 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. At the Petersen Events Center, Pitt has never lost a November (41-0) or December (40-0) non-conference game.
On Sunday, Pitt outscored Rider 14-5 over the game's final five minutes to register an 86-78 victory. Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 24 points and six 3-pointers, Nasir Robinson finished with 22 points on 9-10 shooting and Tray Woodall added his second consecutive double-double with 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Pitt outrebounded the visiting Broncs 43-19, but yielded 53.6 percent (30-56) field goal shooting in the contest. Rider scored 45 first half points, the second most points yielded by Pitt in the Petersen Events Center. Notre Dame scored 46 points vs. Pitt in a January, 2006 game.
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. Woodall led the Panthers with a career and game-high 25 points and 10 assists, his second career double-double. Woodall also surpassed career-highs for 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 assists. Pitt hit 13-22 3-pointers and shot 54 percent (34-63) from the floor.
Long Beach State is 1-0 on the year after defeating Idaho, 69-61 on Nov. 12. The 49ers are picked as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big West Conference title for a second consecutive season. Long Beach State advanced to the NIT after finishing 22-11 overall and capturing the regular season league title with a 14-2 record. The 49ers lost the Big West title game to UC-Santa Barbara. Coach Dan Monson returns four starters including preseason All-America selection and 2010-11 Big West Player of the Year Casper Ware. LBSU players Larry Anderson and T.J. Robinson were also named preseason all-league selections for the 49ers.
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Pitt is its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 151-12 record (.926) in the arena. Pitt also owns an 86-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 57 of their last 59 home games.
Pitt is riding a 58-game home win streak against non-conference opponents and has won 107 of its last 108 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 (275-71, .795), 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).