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No. 4 Men's Basketball Plays Texas Tech on Friday in the Legends Classic




Nov. 26, 2008

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GAME 6: TEXAS TECH (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. #4 PITT (5-0, 0-0 Big East)

 

Legends Classic • Friday, November 28, 2008 • 7:30 p.m. ET • Prudential Center (9,800) • Newark, N.J.

LEGENDS CLASSIC SCHEDULE

 

Games played at the Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.


 

 

Friday, November 28, 2008

Washington State vs. Missisissippi State, 5:30 p.m. (HDNet)

Pitt vs. Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m. (HDNet)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Consolation Game, 5:30 p.m. (HDNet)

Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (HDNet)

MEDIA INFORMATION

 

Television: HDNet (Michael Reghi, Jim Spanarkel and Seth Davis; Producer: Scott Ferrier).

 

Radio: Pitt Panthers/ISP Sports Radio Network (Rob King and Dick Groat), 94.5-FM (WWSW), 970 AM (WBGG). Satellite Radio: Channel 127.

 

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

 

The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 10th year at Pitt, 6th year as head coach (137-40); Texas Tech: Pat Knight, 2nd year at TTU (9-7), 2nd year overall (9-7).

 

Rankings: Pitt: 4-AP, 4-ESPN; Texas Tech: unranked.

 

Series: Pitt and Texas Tech meet for the first time in men's basketball. Pitt is 14-10 all-time vs. Big 12 Conference opponents. Pitt's last Big 12 opponent was Oklahoma State on Dec. 15, 2007.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

NEWARK, N.J.--No. 4 ranked Pitt (5-0) plays its sixth game of the 2008-09 men's basketball season when it travels to Newark, N.J. and the Prudential Center to play Texas Tech (5-0) in the Legends Classic on Friday, Nov. 28. Tipoff is at approximately 7:30 p.m. following the Washington State-Mississippi State game.

 

Winners of the two Nov. 28 contests advance to the 7:30 p.m. championship game on Saturday, Nov. 29, while the losers play in the consolation game at 5:30 p.m.

 

HDNet will provide live television coverage of all four Legends Classic games. Michael Reghi will serve as play-by-play announcer joined by Jim Spanarkel and Seth Davis (color commentary). Scott Ferrier will produce. HDNet is the first hi-definition national television network. The channel is available throughout the United States on Bright House Networks, DirectTV, Charter Communications, Comcast, Insight Communications, Mediacom, Time Warner, NCTC affiliated cable systems, Verizon Fios, Bell Express Vu, Star Choice, Shaw and Cogeco. The channel is not carried by Pittsburgh's Comcast Cable network.

 

The New Jersey-New York area is Pitt's second home as it has won nine of its last 10 games in the region. Additionally, over the last seven seasons, Pitt has totaled a 26-9 record in the New Jersey-New York area. Those contests include games played in Madison Square Garden, Continental Airlines Arena and at St. John's, Seton Hall and Rutgers. Four of Pitt's players-Tyrell Biggs (Nanuet, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep, N.J.), Levance Fields (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian H.S.), Ashton Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Travon Woodall (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Anthony H.S.) all are natives of the region. Current assistant coach, former Pitt player and "Legend" Brandin Knight is an East Orange, N.J. native.

 

For the ninth consecutive year, Pitt begins a men's basketball season with a 5-0 start. The Panthers defeated Belmont 74-60 on Tuesday. Sam Young scored a career and Petersen Events Center high 33 points on 13-17 shooting in leading the Panthers to their fifth consecutive win. With an 86-60 win over Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday, Pitt claimed its 100th victory in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt is 101-10 all-time at the Petersen Events Center.

 

Pitt has also defeated Akron (86-67), Miami, Ohio (82-53) and Fairleigh Dickinson (86-63) in the season opener. Through its first five games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a 22.2 margin and outrebounded its opponents by a plus-8.4 margin. The Panthers are also converting 54.1 percent (157-290) of their field goal attempts and limiting opponents to 36.2 percent shooting.

 

Pitt meets Texas Tech for the first time in school history. Texas Tech enters Friday's game with a 5-0 record after winning each of its first five games by a plus-24.4 margin. Coached by second-year head coach Pat Knight, the Red Raiders scored 167 points against East Central on Nov. 20.

 

TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Pitt plays its first game on the road vs. Texas Tech in the Legends Classic. It also marks the first of three games for Pitt this year in the Prudential Center.

 

•Pitt has won nine of its last 10 games in the New Jersey-New York area. Over the last seven years, Pitt owns a 26-9 record in games played in the region.

 

•Five Pitt players and coaches are New York/New Jersey natives: Levance Fields, Travon Woodall, Ashton Gibbs, Tyrell Biggs and assistant coach/Legend Brandin Knight.

 

•Last year Pitt finished 6-1 in neutral site games. Over the last three seasons, Pitt is a combined 15-6 in neutral site games.

 

•Jamie Dixon owns a perfect 29-0 record in November games. He is 65-4 vs. non-conference opponents and 85-10 at home.

 

•Pitt is off to its ninth consecutive 5-0 start to a season. A win would give Pitt its seventh consecutive 6-0 start to a season.

 

•Texas Tech and Pitt meet for the first time. Pitt is 14-10 all-time vs. Big 12 opponents.