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No. 5 Men's Basketball Travels to New York for Coaches vs. Cancer

Dante Taylor throws down a dunk in Pitt's last game vs. North Florida.

Dante Taylor throws down a dunk in Pitt's last game vs. North Florida.

Nov. 16, 2010

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GAME 4: MARYLAND (3-0, 0-0 ACC) vs. #5 PITT (3-0, 0-0 Big East)

 

2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer • Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

7 p.m. ET • Madison Square Garden (19,528) • New York, N.Y.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPN2 (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Bob Knight; Producer: Eric Mosley).


 

 

Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Matt Chazanow and Dick Groat), 93.7 The Fan (93.7-FM-KDKA). Satellite Radio: Sirius 121; XM 141 (Pitt feed for both).

Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

 

The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (191-54); Maryland: Gary Williams, 22nd year at UM (445-238), 33rd year overall (652-366).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-5; ESPN-4. Maryland: AP-NR; ESPN: NR.

Series: Pitt and Maryland meet for the seventh time. Maryland has won each of the last four meetings and leads the all-time series with a 5-1 record. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 28, 1998 in the Puerto Rico Shootout, an 87-52 Maryland win. At Madison Square Garden, Pitt owns a 24-11 record in the arena since the 2000-01 season.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

NEW YORK--No. 5 ranked Pitt (3-0) travels to New York City and Madison Square Garden for its fourth and fifth games of the 2010-11 season in the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer. Pitt plays Maryland (3-0) on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. ET, then will face either No. 13 Illinois or Texas on Friday, Nov. 19 at either 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET.

 

Both contests will be televised by ESPN2 with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (color analyst) and Bob Knight (color analyst) making the call. Eric Mosley will handle production.

 

Madison Square Garden is Pitt's home away from home as the Panthers have played 35 games there since the 2000-01 season. Since 2000-01, Pitt is 24-11 overall, has claimed two Big East Championship titles (2003 and 2008) and advanced to the Big East title game in seven of the last 10 seasons. Winners of 12 of its last 17 contests at MSG, Pitt owns the best winning percentage in the arena of any sports entity since 2000-01 (1. Pitt, 24-11, .686; 2. Syracuse, 27-15, .643; 3. Connecticut, 16-11, .592; 4. NY Rangers, 164-124-30, .516; 5. St. John's, 46-48, .489; 6. NY Knicks, 157-171, .383). Historically, Pitt appeared in the country's first-ever nationally televised game at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 28, 1940, a 57-37 win vs. Fordham. Pitt's roster is always filled with New York area players.

 

This is Pitt's second all-time appearance in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at MSG. In Jamie Dixon's debut as a head coach on Nov. 14, 2004, Pitt defeated Alabama 71-62 in its first ever Coaches vs. Cancer appearance.

 

Pitt enters the Coaches vs. Cancer event with three consecutive wins. Pitt defeated North Florida 95-49 on Nov. 13 as five players reached double figure scoring led by J.J. Moore's 19 points. Pitt grabbed 32 offensive rebounds and a school record 59 total rebounds en route to the win. Pitt won a 97-54 decision against Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 10 as Ashton Gibbs paced Pitt with 24 points (5-10 3FG) and Brad Wanamaker added 17 points (7-8 FG) with nine assists. Pitt's 83-75 season opening win over Rhode Island on Nov. 8 gave Pitt its 15th consecutive season opening victory since the 1997 season. Wanamaker led all scorers with 24 points and eight assists, Gibbs finished the night with 22 points and Talib Zanna added nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

 

TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Madison Square Garden is Pitt's home away from home as Pitt has won two Big East titles (2003 and 2008), advanced to the Big East title game in seven of the last 10 years and amassed a 24-11 record in the arena since the 2000-01 season. Pitt has also claimed 12 of its last 17 games at MSG.

 

•Pitt will compete in its second all-time Coaches vs. Cancer event. The Panthers defeated Alabama 71-62 on Nov. 14, 2004, Jamie Dixon's first game as a head coach.

 

•Over the last nine seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (245-65, .790), league winning percentage (109-41, .727), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (9) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (9).

 

•Pitt is one of only three programs to win more than 20+ games, 10+ league games and advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last nine seasons (Gonzaga, Kansas, Pitt).