Freshman point guard James Robinson defends against Delaware on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Nov. 26, 2012
GAME 7: HOWARD (1-5) at PITT (5-1)
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Pitt Panthers Television (Jeff Hathhorn and Marcus Bowman; Producer: Bill Shissler).
Other TV Affiliates: New York City (SNY), Philadelphia, Pa. (TCN-Philly), Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (SNY-CT).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat, Curtis Aiken). 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 (243-78); Howard: Kevin Nickelberry, 3rd year at Howard, 3rd year overall.
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Howard: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Howard meet for the fourth time in series history. Pitt is 3-0 all-time vs. Howard with the last matchup coming on Nov. 20, 2004 at the Petersen Events Center, an 81-55 Pitt victory. Pitt is 22-0 all-time vs. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference members in men's basketball.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (5-1) gets back into its non-conference home schedule when it hosts Howard (1-5) on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television (Channel 188 or 210 in Pittsburgh) with Jeff Hathhorn and Marcus Bowman making the call. Bill Shissler will handle production.
Pitt enters its seventh game with a 5-1 record. Pitt is accomplishing it all with total team effort. All 10 of its players are averaging 4.4 points or more and all 10 are playing at least 10.6 minutes per game.
Through its first six games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a plus-20.5 margin, shot 52.5 percent (179-341) from the floor and outrebounded its opponents by 7.7 boards per game. Pitt has forced 14.5 turnovers per game and totaled 47 steals for a 7.8 steals per game average, numbers that are uncommonly high for the Panthers. Pitt has also dominated the paint, having outscored its opponents 234-122 in the paint. The Panthers' bench also has outscored their opponents bench in each game and by a 188-68 total. Additionally, Pitt has assisted on 65 percent (117 of 179) of its total field goals.
Pitt returns home after a 1-1 finish in the NIT Season Tip-Off over Thanksgiving week at Madison Square Garden. Pitt dropped a 67-62 loss to No. 4 Michigan on Nov. 21, then defeated Delaware, 85-59, in the Consolation Game on Nov. 23. Pitt jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back against Delaware. Shooting 65.4 percent (17-26) in the first half, the Panthers led by as many as 21 points and held a 20-point halftime lead. Talib Zanna (18 points/10 rebounds) and Lamar Patterson (16 points/10 rebounds) both registered double-doubles in leading five Pitt players in double figure scoring. Tray Woodall contributed 13 points and seven assists, Steven Adams added 13 points and J.J. Moore rounded out the scoring with 10 points. Zanna was later named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team. The 26-point win over Delaware marked Pitt's all-time largest victory at Madison Square Garden, surpassing a 24-point win at St. John's on Jan. 23, 2008 (81-57).
Against No. 4 Michigan, Pitt had an outstanding opportunity to defeat the Wolverines as it led by as many as eight points late in the first half, but UM used an 11-3 run midway through the second half to take a commanding nine-point lead. Pitt battled back and made it interesting at the end of the game. Patterson led Pitt with 14 points on 5-9 shooting. Michigan outrebounded Pitt 37-26.
Madison Square Garden has proved to Pitt's home away from home as the Panthers have now played 44 games there since the 2000-01 season. Since 2000-01, Pitt improved to 29-15 overall and Dixon is now 21-13 all-time at MSG. It was Pitt's second all-time appearance in the Preseason NIT. The Panthers competed in the 1991 Preseason NIT event and also won the Consolation Game.
Pitt owns a 95-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 116 of its last 120 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 48-1 record in November non-conference home games and has a 43-1 record in December non-conference matchups.
With five victories and eight more non-conference games, Pitt is well on its way to registering 10 or more non-conference wins for the 12th consecutive season. Last year the Panthers finished with an 11-2 non-conference record. It has won 10 or more non-conference victories for 11 consecutive years.
Pitt has won 73 of its last 103 games and 78 of its last 109, 221 of its last 294 contests, 95 of its last 144 Big East regular season games and 133 of its last 144 non-conference games.
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With his 243 career wins, Jamie Dixon already ranks fifth among NCAA all-time coaching leaders after 10 seasons as a head coach.
Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 168-19 record (.898) in the arena. The Panthers have won 74 of their last 83 home games and 31 of their last 38 Big East home games.
Pitt owns a 95-3 record and .969 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 116 of their last 120 home games against regular season non conference opponents.
Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (300-88, .773), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10 of 11).