Pitt freshman James Robinson guards Lehigh preseason All-American C.J. McCollum in Tuesday's game.
Nov. 15, 2012
GAME 4: OAKLAND (1-2) at PITT (3-0)
Saturday, November 17, 2012 7 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Pitt Panthers TV (Jeff Hathhorn and Marcus Bowman; Producer: Bill Shissler).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-N/A (Pitt feed); N/A (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (241-77); Oakland: Greg Kampe, 29th year at Oakland (491-351), 29th year overall (491-351).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Oakland: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Oakland meet for the fourth time in series history. Pitt holds a 3-0 advantage in the series. The two programs last met in the NCAA Tournament First Round on March 21, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wis. Pitt claimed an 89-66 victory. The Panthers enter the game with a 5-0 all-time record vs. Summit League foes.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (3-0) hosts Oakland (1-2) for its fourth game of the 2012-13 basketball season on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television (Channel 188 or 210 in Pittsburgh). Jeff Hathhorn (play-by-play) and Marcus Bowman (analysis) will handle announcing duties while Bill Shissler will manage production.
With a 78-53 win over Lehigh, Pitt advances to the NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinal Round at New York's Madison Square Garden from Nov. 21-23. Pitt will face No. 5 Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 p.m. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The winner will advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off Final against the winner of the Kansas State-Delaware semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The two losers will play at 2:30 p.m. in the Consolation Game. Both of those contests will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Pitt enters its game against Oakland with a perfect 3-0 record. Through its first three games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a plus-30.7 margin, shot 56.4 percent (97-172) from the floor and outrebounded its opponents by 12 boards per game. Pitt has forced 16.7 turnovers per game and totaled 27 steals for a 9.0 steals per game average. Pitt has also dominated the paint, having outscored its opponents 136-38 in the paint. The Panthers bench also has outscored their opponents by 98-36 total.
In its 25-point win over Lehigh, Pitt used a 21-5 run to take control of the game in the second half. Tray Woodall led Pitt with a game-high 23 points and eight assists, Talib Zanna finished with 20 points on 8-9 shooting, while Durand Johnson came off the bench to score a career-high nine points in only 17 minutes of action and Dante Taylor grabbed 10 rebounds. The defensive duo of James Robinson and Trey Zeigler held Lehigh preseason All-American C.J. McCollum to 17 points.
Pitt defeated Fordham, 86-51, on Monday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off First Round. Against Fordham, J.J. Moore led Pitt with 20 points (7-11 FG) in only 19 minutes of action, Steven Adams added 13 points and Tray Woodall finished with 12 points and five assists. Pitt outscored Fordham 42-12 in the paint and shot 53.1 percent (34-64) for the game. It scored 49 second half points after converting 60.6 percent (20-33) of its second half field goals.
Pitt now owns a 94-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 115 of its last 119 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 47-1 record in November non-conference home games and has a 43-1 record in December non-conference matchups.
Oakland enters the game with a 1-2 record following consecutive losses at Louisiana (90-79) and at Boise State (88-80). The Golden Grizzlies defeated Albion College in their season opener, 96-62. Oakland averages 85.0 points per game and is led in scoring by Duke Mondy (19.3 ppg.), Travis Bader (18.7 ppg.), Drew Valentine (14.7 ppg.) and Corey Petros (13.7 ppg.). Coached by 29-year veteran Greg Kampe, Oakland has emerged as one of the nation's top mid-major programs. Oakland earned back-to-back Summit League championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. Pitt defeated the Golden Grizzlies 89-66 in the NCAA Tournament First Round on March 21, 2010.
SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt hosts Oakland University for the fourth time in series history. A win would give Pitt a 4-0 start to a year for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons.
Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 167-19 record (.897) in the arena. The Panthers have won 73 of their last 82 home games and 31 of their last 38 Big East home games.
Pitt owns a 94-3 record and .969 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 115 of their last 119 home games against regular season non conference opponents.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (298-87, .774), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10 of 11).