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No. 3 Men's Basketball Takes on Duquesne at Consol Energy Center




Nov. 29, 2010

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GAME 8: DUQUESNE (3-1, 0-0 Atlantic-10) vs. #3 PITT (7-0, 0-0 Big East)

 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 • 9:20 p.m. ET

CONSOL Energy Center (19,100) • Downtown-Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

 

Television: ESPN-U (Ryan Burr and LaPhonso Ellis; Producer: Todd Kulis).

 


 

 

Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 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 (195-54); Duquesne: Ron Everhart, 5th year at DU (69-63), 17th year overall (243-235).

 

Rankings: Pitt: AP-3; ESPN-3. Duquesne: AP-NR; ESPN: NR.

Series: Pitt and Duquesne meet for the 79th time in series history as Pitt holds a 47-31 advantage. The Panthers have claimed each of the last nine matchups by an average of 15.9 points per game. Pitt has also won 28 of the series' last 31 meetings. In 35 total games played at Mellon/Civic Arena, Pitt is 21-14 vs. Duquesne.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

PITTSBURGH--No. 3 ranked Pitt (7-0) and Duquesne (3-1) meet for the 79th all-time City Game on Wednesday, December 1 at CONSOL Energy Center. The game marks the first-ever basketball game to be played at the new CONSOL Energy Center. Tipoff is at 9:20 p.m. ET.

 

The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN-U with Ryan Burr (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (color analyst) calling action. Todd Kulis will handle production.

 

Pitt enters its eighth game of the year with a perfect 7-0 record for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. The Panthers have already registered three quality RPI wins over Rhode Island, Maryland and Texas. Recently, Pitt improved to 7-0 with back-to-back home wins over Robert Morris (74-53) and Penn (82-58). Pitt has now won 47 of its last 48 November games.

 

Pitt and Duquesne renew their City Game Rivalry as the Panthers enter Wednesday's matchup with a 47-31 all-time advantage. Pitt has won nine consecutive games, a streak that ties its own record for the longest win streak in the 78-year old series. Pitt also won nine straight against Duquesne during a six-year stretch from Dec. 14, 1982-Dec. 19, 1988. Pitt has claimed 28 of the series' last 31 meetings and each of the last nine contests by a 15.9 average margin of victory.

 

Pitt and Duquesne meet at a neutral site for the second consecutive season. Last year, Pitt and Duquesne played the final college basketball contest at Mellon Arena on Dec. 1, 2009, a 67-58 Pitt win in double overtime. Prior to last year's matchup, the City Game rotated between Pitt's Petersen Events Center and Duquesne's Palumbo Center from 2002-08. Separated by 2.0 miles, the two schools have played 35 total games at a neutral site (Mellon/Civic Arena) with Pitt owning a 21-14 record.

 

In only his eighth season as Pitt's head coach, Jamie Dixon is quickly approaching the 200 career victory plateau. He needs just five more wins and currently has 195 career wins. Dixon will tie the NCAA Division I record for quickest to 200 wins in eight seasons, matching the record held by Gonzaga's Mark Few and Kansas' Roy Williams. He will rank among the all-time top-17 in quickest to 200 victories in regards to total games (see charts on page 4). He will also become the fastest coach in school history to reach the 200-win plateau (see chart on page 6). Dixon (195-54) became the first head coach in school history to guide Pitt to seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. With his 188 wins, Dixon tied the NCAA Division I all-time record for most victories after seven seasons as a head coach. He tied Gonzaga's Few, who held the record with 188 wins from 2000-06. In 2008-09, Dixon also set the NCAA Division I record for most wins after the first six seasons as a head coach.

 

WEDNESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Pitt and Duquesne meet in the annual City Game at CONSOL Energy Center for the first college basketball game played in the new arena. Pitt will also play Tennessee at CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 11 in the SEC/Big East Invitational.

 

•Jamie Dixon owns a 7-0 record vs. DU and is 91-6 vs. non-conference opponents.

 

•A win would give Pitt a series-record 10th consecutive victory over Duquesne.

 

•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).