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GAME 5: TEXAS TECH (4-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs. PITT (4-0, 0-0 ACC)
Progressive Legends Classic Monday, November 25, 2013
7:30 p.m. ET Barclays Center (17,732) Brooklyn, N.Y.
Television: ESPN2 (Ryan Ruocco and Doris Burke; Producer: Beth Chappell).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-Channel 91 (Pitt feed), XM-91 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (266-86); Texas Tech: Tubby Smith, 1st year at TTU (4-1); 23rd year overall (515-227).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Texas Tech: AP-NR; USA Today-NR (as of Nov. 21, 2013).
Series: Pitt and Texas Tech meet for the second time in series history. Pitt holds a 1-0 advantage in the series. The two schools last met in Pitt's first-ever appearance in the Legends Classic on Nov. 28, 2008, an 80-67 Panthers victory at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Pitt went on to claim the 2008 Legends Classic title the next day with a 57-43 victory over Washington State.
BROOKLYN, N.Y.--Pitt (4-0) plays its fifth game of its inaugural year in the Atlantic Conference on Monday, Nov. 25 when it travels to Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Barclays Center for a contest against Texas Tech (4-1). Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Ryan Ruocco and Doris Burke providing play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Beth Chappell will handle production.
The game marks the third of Pitt's four Progressive Legends Classic games: Howard (Nov. 17) and Lehigh (Nov. 20) at the Petersen Events Center and vs. Texas Tech (Nov. 25) and either Stanford or Houston (Nov. 26) in Brooklyn, N.Y. The final two games, championship and consolation rounds will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Should Pitt win, it will play either Stanford or Houston on Nov. 26 at 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU). If it loses, Pitt will play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday on ESPN3.
The New York-New Jersey area is Pitt's second home as it owns a combined 42-20 record in the region since the 2000-01 season. Those contests include games played at Madison Square Garden (30-16), at Rutgers (6-2), at Seton Hall (4-4) and in the Legends Classic at the Prudential Center (2-0). Four Pitt players have ties from the NY-NJ region including Derrick Randall (Brooklyn native), Chris Jones (Teaneck, N.J. native), Lamar Patterson and Michael Young (both attended St. Benedict's Prep in N.J.). Also, assistant coaches Barry Rohrssen (Brooklyn native) and Brandin Knight (East Orange, N.J.) are natives. Rohrssen was born two blocks from the Barclays Center.
Pitt is competing in its second Legends Classic as the Panthers claimed the 2008 title at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. by defeating both Texas Tech (80-67) and Washington State (57-43). Sam Young was named 2008 Legends Classic Tournament MVP, while DeJuan Blair earned all-tournament honors. Pitt is a combined 6-0 all-time in Legends Classic games.
Pitt is 4-0 for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons following consecutive wins over Lehigh (77-58), Howard (84-52), Fresno State (75-54) and Savannah State (88-55). Through its first four games, Pitt leads the ACC in scoring margin (plus-26.3), is shooting 49.4 percent (114-231) from the floor and outrebounding opponents by a plus-18.5 margin. In addition, Pitt is holding its opponents to just 54.8 points per game and a 36.8 field goal percentage. All four opponents have been held to 60 points or less.
Pitt is coming off a 77-58 win over Lehigh on Wednesday that saw the Panthers race out to an 8-0 lead, then 32-11 with 7:52 left in the first half. Pitt led 47-23 at halftime after outrebounding the Mountain Hawks 25-10 and converting 7-14 3-pointers. Talib Zanna scored a career-high 23 points in registering his eighth career double-double (14 rebounds). Durand Johnson set career-highs for points (15) and 3-point field goals made (5), including a 5-6 display in the first half alone. James Robinson totaled a career-high 11 assists with no turnovers, which tied for the second all-time best assist:turnover ratio performance in school history.
The win gave Pitt 13 consecutive non-conference home games. Pitt owns a 105-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has won 126 of its last 130 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 54-2 record in November non-conference games and a 49-2 record in December games.
Texas Tech (4-1) is on a two-game win streak after defeating both South Dakota State (68-54) and Texas Southern (80-71). Texas Tech dropped a 76-64 loss to Alabama on Nov. 14. The Red Raiders are led by Jordan Tolbert (14.8 ppg./8.0 rpg.), Jay Crockett (12.8 ppg.), Robert Turner (12.8 ppg.) and Dusty Hannahs (11.4 ppg.). Texas Tech is coached by legend Tubby Smith.
MONDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt is competing in its second Legends Classic. Pitt claimed the 2008 title with wins over Texas Tech and Washington State.
Since 2000-01, Pitt owns a 42-20 record in games played in the NYC/NJ area (MSG: 30-16, at Rutgers: 6-2, at SHU: 4-4, at Legends Classic/Prudential Center: 2-0).
Pitt is off to a 4-0 start to a season for the 15th time in the last 16 years.
Four Pitt players are from the NY-NJ region including Derrick Randall (Brooklyn), Chris Jones (Teaneck, N.J.), Lamar Patterson and Mike Young (both attended St. Benedict's Prep, N.J.). Also assistant coaches Barry Rohrssen (Brooklyn) and Brandin Knight (East Orange, N.J.) are natives.
When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 12 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (323-96, .771), league winning percentage (141-63, .691), homecourt winning percentage (.893) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).