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No. 17 Men's Basketball Takes on LaSalle on Tuesday at 7 p.m.




Nov. 20, 2011

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GAME 4: LASALLE (2-1; 15-18 overall in 2010-11) at #17 PITT (2-1; 28-6 in 2010-11)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 • 7 p.m. ET

Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPN3 (Tim Neverett and Mark Adams; Producer: Matt McCandlish).

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat, Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-92; XM-192 (Pitt feed).

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


 

 

Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (218-61); LaSalle: John Giannini, 8th year at LaSalle (100-116), 22nd year overall (397-265).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-17; ESPN-16; LaSalle: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.

Series: Pitt and LaSalle meet for the second time in men's basketball. Pitt defeated the Explorers, 95-91, in the National Invitation Tournament on March 16, 1984 at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Under Jamie Dixon, Pitt has won two consecutive and 14 of its last 16 games vs. Atlantic-10 Conference competition and owns a 132-82 all-time record vs. A-10 programs. The contest marks Pitt's second in the four-game Philly HoopGroup Classic.

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH--No. 17 ranked and defending Big East regular season champion Pitt (2-1) plays its second Philly HoopGroup Classic game when it hosts LaSalle (2-1) Tuesday at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.com. Tim Neverett and Mark Adams will handle play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Matt McCandlish will manage production for the third consecutive game.

Pitt is coming off an 86-76 loss to Long Beach State, a loss that marked the program's second non-conference loss in the 10-year and 88-game history of the Petersen Events Center. With the loss, Pitt's school-record 58-game win streak against non-conference opponents ended. Pitt has now won 107 of its last 109 home games against regular season non-conference opponents and is 86-2 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. It also marked the first-ever November non-conference loss for Pitt at the Petersen Events Center as the Panthers dropped to 41-1 in November non-conference games in the arena. Long Beach State shot 59.3 percent (32-54) in the contest and tied a Petersen Events Center and Jamie Dixon Era opponent record for assists with 24. LBSU's 32 field goals made also ranked second among top opponent totals in the Jamie Dixon Era. Led by 28 points from Casper Ware, LBSU won the Big West regular season title last year and is picked to repeat as league champions in 2011-12.

LaSalle enters the contest with a 2-1 record. Coached by John Giannini, the Explorers have defeated both Lafayette (79-53) and James Madison (92-83) and dropped a 76-69 overtime loss at Villanova. Led by Tyreek Duren's 21.3 points per game, Sam Mills (15.7 ppg.) and Earl Pettis (14.3 ppg.), LaSalle is averaging 80.0 points per game through its first three contests. Pitt and LaSalle have met one time in basketball, a 95-91 Pitt win in the National Invitation Tournament on March 16, 1984. That contest was played at The Palestra, site of Pitt's next contest vs. Penn on Friday, Nov. 25.

TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES

•Pitt is its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 151-13 record (.921) in the arena. Pitt also owns an 86-2 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 57 of their last 60 home games.

•Head coach Jamie Dixon is 39-11 after losing a game.

•Pitt has won 58 of its last 59 games and 107 of its last 109 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 (275-72, .793), 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).