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No. 5 Men's Basketball Hosts Robert Morris on Tuesday at 7 p.m.




Nov. 22, 2010

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GAME 6: ROBERT MORRIS (2-1, 0-0 NEC) at #5 PITT (5-0, 0-0 Big East)

 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 • 7 p.m. ET

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

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

 

Television: ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh (Rob King and Mike Kelley; Producer: Bill Shissler).


 

 

 

Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan (93.7-FM-KDKA). Satellite Radio: Sirius 121 (Pitt feed).

 

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

The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (193-54); Robert Morris: Andy Toole, 1st year at RMU (2-1), 1st year overall (2-1).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-5; ESPN-5. Robert Morris: AP-NR; ESPN: NR.

Series: Pitt and Robert Morris meet for the 29th time in history as Pitt owns a perfect 28-0 record vs. the Colonials in a series dating back to 1978. In the series, Pitt has won each of the last seven games since 2003 by a combined average margin of 22.7 points per game (565-406). Pitt is also 68-0 all-time vs. Northeast Conference opponents.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

PITTSBURGH--No. 5 ranked Pitt (5-0) is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 when it hosts Robert Morris (2-1) at the Petersen Events Center.

 

The contest will be televised by ESPN Regional with Rob King (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (color analyst) calling action. Bill Shissler will handle production.

 

At 5-0, Pitt begins its season with three quality RPI wins over Rhode Island, Maryland and Texas. Pitt is coming off back-to-back wins over both Maryland (79-70) and Texas (68-66) as it claimed the 2K Sports Classic/Coaches vs. Cancer tournament title last week at Madison Square Garden. In the title game, tournament Most Valuable Player and Big East Player of the Week Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points (19 coming in the second half) to help claim the championship with a 68-66 win over Texas. The Panthers led the entire game. Travon Woodall was also named to the All-Tournament Team. With his first career double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds), Talib Zanna paced the Panthers against Maryland. Pitt outrebounded Maryland by 21 boards (49-28). Madison Square Garden continues to be Pitt's home away from home as the Panthers improved to 26-11 overall and have won 14 of their last 19 games in the arena since 2000-01. Jamie Dixon improved to 18-9 overall at MSG. Pitt has now won 45 of its last 46 November games.

 

A win against Robert Morris would give Pitt its 51st consecutive home win over a non-conference opponent. That streak is a school record. Pitt has also won 99 of its last 100 home games against regular season non-conference opponents and is 78-1 vs. non-conference competition at the Petersen Events Center.

 

TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Pitt is in its ninth season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 135-11 record (.925 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns a 78-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 41 of their last 42 home games.

 

•Pitt is riding a 50-game home win streak against non-conference opponents. Pitt has won 99 of its last 100 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.

 

•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).