Nov. 24, 2008
GAME 5: BELMONT (1-1) at #4 PITT (4-0, 0-0 Big East)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 7 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Internet broadcast on pittsburghpanthers.com (John Sanders and Curtis Aiken).
Radio: Pitt Panthers/ISP Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat), 94.5-FM (WWSW), 970 AM (WBGG). Satellite Radio: Channel 130 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com
The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 10th year at Pitt, 6th year as head coach (136-40); Belmont: Rick Byrd, 23rd year at Belmont (450-249), 28th year overall (542-304).
Rankings: Pitt: 4-AP, 4-ESPN; Belmont.: unranked.
Series: Pitt and Belmont meet for the first time in men's basketball. Pitt is 4-1 all-time vs. Atlantic Sun Conference opponents (UCF 1-0, Jacksonville 2-1, Stetson 1-0).
PITTSBURGH--No. 4 ranked Pitt (4-0) plays its fifth game of the 2008-09 men's basketball season when it hosts Belmont (1-1) on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
Pitt will provide a free internet broadcast on its website www.pittsburghpanthers.com. The broadcast will simulate a television broadcast. John Sanders and Curtis Aiken will provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively, while Paul Barto will produce.
With an 86-60 win over Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday, Pitt claimed its 100th victory in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt enters the game with a 100-10 overall record in the seven-year old arena.
Pitt enters the contest with a 4-0 record after defeating Akron (86-67), Miami, Ohio (82-53) and Fairleigh Dickinson (86-63) in the season opener. Through its first four games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a 24.3 margin and outrebounded its opponents by a plus-13.0 margin. The Panthers are also converting 52.7 percent (129-245) of their field goal attempts and limiting opponents to 38.6 percent shooting.
Pitt meets Belmont for the first time in school history. Belmont enters Tuesday's game with a 1-1 record after dropping an 86-84 loss to Austin Peay. The Bruins nearly pulled off an NCAA First Round upset of Duke in last year's NCAA Tournament. Belmont finished 25-9and won the A-Sun Tournament title last year. Pitt owns a 4-1 all-time record vs. Atlantic Sun Conference opponents (1-0 vs. UCF, 2-1 vs. Jacksonville and 1-0 vs. Stetson).
Last season, Jamie Dixon (136-40) became the first head coach in school history to guide Pitt to five consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Additionally, Dixon has guided Pitt to Sweet Sixteen appearances in two of his first five seasons as Pitt's head coach (2004 and 2007). Dixon (136 career wins) is the first coach in school history to win 20 or more games in five consecutive seasons. His 132 victories rank tied for the third most victories for a head coach after five seasons in NCAA history. North Carolina State's Everett Case totaled 137 wins from 1947-51.
Dixon enters the Belmont game with an undefeated 28-0 career record in November games. In addition, he is 33-3 in contests played in December. Combining his November and December pre-conference games, Dixon owns a 61-3 record and is 63-4 overall vs. non-conference foes. Previously, Dixon won 45 consecutive games in both November and December before dropping a contest at No. 7 Wisconsin on Dec. 16, 2006.
Pitt is in its seventh season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 100-10 all-time record and .909 winning percentage in the building. The .909 winning percentage ranks among the nation's best home court records over the last six years (see chart page 8). Pitt has won 45 of its last 54 Big East home games and is 40-9 against Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Louisville is the only opponent to defeat Pitt two different times in the Petersen Events Center on Feb. 24, 2008 (75-73 decision). Pitt also owns a 60-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 81 of its last 82 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
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*Pitt won its 100th all-time victory in the Petersen Events Center against Indiana, Pa. In its seventh season in the Petersen Events Center, Pitt carries a 100-10 all-time record (.910 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns a 60-1 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Additionally, Pitt has won 81 of its last 82 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
*Pitt is riding a 32-game win streak against non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. The 32 wins mark a school record.
*Jamie Dixon owns a perfect 28-0 record in November games. He is 64-4 vs. non-conference opponents and 84-10 at home.
*Belmont finished 25-9, won the Atlantic Sun title and appeared in the NCAA Tournament last year. The Bruins nearly defeated Duke in last year's NCAA Tournament First Round.
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