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No. 5 Men's Basketball Hosts Penn on Saturday at 7 p.m.




Nov. 25, 2010

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GAME 7: PENN (2-2, 0-0 Ivy League) at #5 PITT (6-0, 0-0 Big East)

 

Saturday, November 27, 2010 • 7 p.m. ET

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

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television/Internet Broadcast: ESPN3.com (John Sanders and Curtis Aiken; Producer: Dave Tasca).


 

 

Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat), 93.7 The Fan (93.7-FM-KDKA). Satellite Radio: Sirius 113 (Pitt feed).

 

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

The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (194-54); Penn: Jerome Allen, 2nd year at Penn (8-17), 2nd year overall (8-17).

 

Rankings: Pitt: AP-5; ESPN-5. Penn: AP-NR; ESPN: NR.

Series: Pitt and Penn meet for the 13th time in series history. Penn holds a 7-5 advantage in the series which began on Dec. 31, 1907. The last meeting was on Jan. 30, 1976, a 67-60 Pitt win in the Pennsylvania Classic at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena. Pitt is 3-4 vs. Penn at home. Pitt is 40-19 all-time vs. Ivy League competition.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

PITTSBURGH--No. 5 ranked Pitt (6-0) is back in action when it hosts Penn (2-2) on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Petersen Events Center.

 

The contest will be aired by ESPN3.com with John Sanders (play-by-play) and Curtis Aiken (color analyst) calling action. Dave Tasca will handle production.

 

At 6-0, Pitt begins its season with three quality RPI wins over Rhode Island, Maryland and Texas. Following a 74-53 win over Robert Morris, Pitt is also 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 Penn would give Pitt its 52nd consecutive home win over a non-conference opponent. That streak is a school record. Pitt has also won 100 of its last 101 home games against regular season non-conference opponents and is 79-1 vs. non-conference competition at the Petersen Events Center.

 

SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Pitt is in its ninth season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 136-11 record (.925 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns a 79-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 42 of their last 43 home games.

 

•Pitt is riding a 51-game home win streak against non-conference opponents. Pitt has won 100 of its last 101 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).