Nov. 22, 2012
GAME 6: DELAWARE (2-2) vs. PITT (4-1)
NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Game Friday, November 23, 2012
2:30 p.m. ET Madison Square Garden (20,077) New York, N.Y.
Television: ESPN (Marc Kestecher, Doris Burke and Dan Dakich; Producer: Steve Fenig).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 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 (242-78); Delaware: Monte Ross, 6th year at Delaware (55-105), 6th year overall (55-105).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Delaware: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Delaware meet for the first time in men's basketball. Pitt is 12-9 all-time vs. Colonial Athletic Association schools.
NEW YORK--Pitt (4-1) meets Delaware (2-2) in the NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Game at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Nov. 23. Tipoff is at 2:30 p.m. ET for a nationally televised broadcast on ESPN. Kansas State and No. 4 Michigan face off in the NIT Season Tip-Off Championship game at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Friday's games will be televised nationally on ESPN with Mark Kestecher (play-by-play), Doris Burke and Dan Dakich as announcers and Fenig producing.
Madison Square Garden is Pitt's "home away from home" as the Panthers have now played 43 games there since the 2000-01 season. Since 2000-01, Pitt is 28-15 overall, has claimed two Big East Championship titles (2003 and 2008), won more Big East Tournament games than any other league program (20) and advanced to the Big East title game in seven of the last 12 seasons. Pitt was also named Madison Square Garden's "Team of the Decade" and Jamie Dixon was named MSG's College Basketball "Coach of the Decade (2000-10). Historically, Pitt appeared in the country's first-ever nationally televised game at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 28, 1940, a 57-37 win over Fordham. Pitt's roster is always filled with New York area players including Tray Woodall (Brooklyn), J.J. Moore (Brentwood, Long Island), Dante Taylor (Greenburgh), Chris Jones (Teaneck, N.J.) and assistant coach Brandin Knight (nearby East Orange, N.J.).
Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon was born in New York City and his family lived there. At MSG, Dixon owns a 20-13 all-time record, captured a Big East Tournament championship (2008), guided Pitt to four BEC Championship game appearances, coached in his first-ever game as head coach at MSG (vs. Alabama, Nov. 14, 2003) and led Pitt to the 2K Sports Classic/Coaches vs. Cancer title in 2010. Each year, MSG hosts the Maggie Dixon Women's Basketball Classic and the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair. The event, held in Dixon's sister, Maggie's honor, has become the nation's premier women's college basketball event.
Pitt is competing in its second all-time Preseason NIT event. The Panthers advanced to NYC in the 1991 Preseason NIT event after defeating Manhattan and upsetting Kentucky. At MSG, Pitt dropped a 74-63 contest to Oklahoma State, then defeated Texas 91-87 in the Consolation Game.
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Pitt plays Delaware in the NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Game on Friday, Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Pitt dropped a 67-62 Semifinal decision to No. 4 Michigan on Wednesday evening.
MSG is Pitt's "home away from home." Pitt was named MSG's "Team of the Decade" from 2000-10 as the Panthers have amassed a 28-15 record in the arena. Pitt has also claimed 16 of its last 25 games at MSG.
Since 2000-01 at MSG, Pitt has won two Big East Tournament titles (2003 and 2008), advanced to seven league tournament title games in 11 years and won more Big East Tournament games (20) than any other BEC program.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (299-88, .773), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10 of 11).