Nov. 26, 2013
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GAME 6: STANFORD (5-1, 0-0 Pac 12) vs. PITT (5-0, 0-0 ACC)
Progressive Legends Classic Tuesday, November 26, 2013
9:30 p.m. ET Barclays Center (17,732) Brooklyn, N.Y.
Television: ESPNU (Ryan Ruocco and Kara Lawson; Producer: Beth Chappell).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-N/A (Pitt feed), XM-N/A (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (267-86); Stanford: Johnny Dawkins, 6th year at Stanford (99-75); 6th year overall (99-57).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Stanford: AP-NR; USA Today-NR (as of Nov. 25, 2013).
Series: Pitt and Stanford meet for the third time in series history and for the first time since the 1948-49 season. The series is tied at 1-1. Both games were played on the West Coast and on former Pitt coach H.C. Carlson's long road trips. Pitt claimed a 22-11 victory at Stanford on Dec. 29, 1931 and the Cardinal won a 55-37 decision on Jan. 31, 1949 in San Francisco, Calif.
BROOKLYN, N.Y.-- Pitt (5-0) plays its sixth game of its inaugural year in the Atlantic Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 26 when it takes on Stanford in Brooklyn, N.Y. at the Barclays Center. The game marks the Progressive Legends Classic championship. Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Ryan Ruocco and Kara Lawson providing play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Beth Chappell will handle production.
A win will give Pitt its second all-time Legends Classic championship. Pitt claimed the 2008 Legends Classic championship in Newark, N.J. with consecutive victories over 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 enters the game with a combined 7-0 all-time Legends Classic record after defeating Howard (84-52), Lehigh (77-58) and Texas Tech (76-53) in a row.
The New York-New Jersey area is Pitt's second home as it owns a combined 43-20 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), Legends Classic at the Prudential Center (2-0) and at the Barclays Center (1-0). 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.
Patterson sparked Pitt in Monday's 76-53 Legends Classic victory over Texas Tech. Patterson finished the game with career-highs for scoring (23), steals (five) field goals made (8) and attempts (13) in leading the Panthers to their fifth victory to start the year. From the start, it was all Pitt. The Panthers jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead on a Patterson 3-pointer and two James Robinson free throws, then with several 3-pointers, outscored Texas Tech 18-2 over a seven minute span to take a 34-8 lead with 4:41 left in the half. Pitt led 41-18 at halftime after holding Texas Tech to 25 percent (6-24) shooting and forcing the Red Raiders into 12 first half turnovers.
In the end, Pitt registered a season-high 12 steals, shot 47.2 percent (25-53) from the floor and converted 10 3-pointers and 76.2 percent (16-21) of its free throw attempts. Junior Cameron Wright added 12 points, his third double figure scoring outing in five games this year and Chris Jones came off the bench to score a career-high eight points.
Through five games on the year, Pitt is outscoring its opponents by a plus-25.6 margin, outrebounding them by 40.6-26.0 and holding opponents to just .372 (96-258) shooting.
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A win tonight would give Pitt its second all-time Legends Classic championship. It claimed the 2008 title in Newark, N.J. with wins over Texas Tech and Washington State.
Since 2000-01, Pitt owns a 43-20 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, Barclays Center: 1-0).
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 (324-96, .771), league winning percentage (141-63, .691), homecourt winning percentage (.893) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).
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