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Pitt-Duquesne Meet in Annual City Game on Wednesday




Nov. 29, 2011

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GAME 7: DUQUESNE (4-2) vs. #17 PITT (5-1), the Baierl Kia City Game

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • 7 p.m. ET

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

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: CBS College Sports (Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen; Producer: Steve Scheer). Locally in Pittsburgh, the new CBS Sports Net, formerly CBS College Sports, can be found on Comcast Channel 274, DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 152.

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken) 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-85; XM-85 (Pitt feed).

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


 

 

Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 13th year at Pitt, 9th year as head coach (221-61); Duquesne: Ron Everhart, 6th year at DU (87-76), 18th year overall (261-248).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-17; ESPN-17; Duquesne: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.

Series: Pitt and Duquesne meet for the 80th time in City Game Series history. Pitt holds a 48-31 advantage in the series dating back to Jan. 13, 1932. Pitt has claimed each of the last 10 matchups by an average of 15.7 points per game. Pitt has also won 29 of the series' last 32 meetings. The contest marks the second at Consol Energy Center. The two squads played the first-ever basketball game at the Consol Energy Center last year, an 80-66 Pitt victory on Dec. 1, 2010.

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH--No. 17 ranked and defending Big East regular season champion Pitt (5-1) and Duquesne (4-2) meet for the 80th all-time City Game on Wednesday, November 30 at CONSOL Energy Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

The contest will be nationally broadcast on CBS-College Sports with Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen handling play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Steve Scheer will manage production.

Pitt and Duquesne renew their City Game Rivalry as the Panthers enter Wednesday's matchup with a 48-31 all-time advantage. Pitt has won 10 consecutive games, a streak that ranks as the longest win streak by either side in the 80-year old series. In addition, Pitt has claimed 29 of the series' last 32 meetings and each of the last 10 contests by a 15.7 average margin of victory.

Pitt and Duquesne meet at a neutral site for the third consecutive season. Last year, the two schools met in the first-ever basketball game played at CONSOL Energy Center, an 80-66 Pitt win on Dec. 1, 2010. On Dec. 1, 2009, Pitt and Duquesne played the final college basketball contest at Mellon Arena, 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 36 total games at a neutral site (Mellon/Civic Arena, 21-14 and Consol Energy Center, 1-0) with Pitt owning a 22-14 overall record.

On a three-game win streak, Pitt enters its seventh game with a 5-1 record. The Panthers, who have won 52 of their last 54 November games, recently claimed the Philly HoopGroup Classic title with an 81-71 win over Robert Morris on Wednesday. Pitt's bench sparked the victory, outscoring the Colonials' bench 29-10. Pitt jumped out to an early lead and coasted to the win. Talib Zanna notched his second career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, Cameron Wright finished with 13 points (6-7 FG), Ashton Gibbs scored 21 points, Tray Woodall added his fourth double-double of the year (12 points, 10 assists) and Khem Birch grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, six blocked shots and scored eight points.

Pitt registered a 78-58 win over Penn on Friday in a contest played at the Philadelphia Palestra. Played in front of a pro-Pitt crowd, Pitt shot 58.5 percent (31-53) from the floor as four Panthers reached double figure scoring: Ashton Gibbs (16), Khem Birch (15 points/10 rebounds), Nasir Robinson (14) and J.J. Moore (12). Birch and Moore were making their first career starts as Pitt was without Dante Taylor (injured) and Lamar Patterson (suspension). Birch registered his first career double-double and surpassed nearly all of his career highs, while Moore played a career-high 31 minutes in the win. The contest marked Pitt's first appearance in the famed Palestra since Jan. 18, 1986. Pitt improved to 7-14 all-time in the Palestra and defeated Penn for the second straight season.

WEDNESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

•For the second consecutive season, Pitt and Duquesne meet in the annual City Game at CONSOL Energy Center. Last year, the two programs played the first-ever basketball game in the downtown arena.

•Jamie Dixon owns an 8-0 record vs. DU and is 101-8 vs. non-conference opponents.

•Pitt has won 10 straight matchups against Duquesne, the longest win streak in the 80-year old series. The Panthers have also claimed 29 of the series' last 32 games.

•Over the last 10 seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (278-72, .794), league winning percentage (124-44, .740), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (10) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (10).

•Pitt is one of only three programs nationally to win more than 20+ games, 10+ league games and advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 10 seasons (Gonzaga, Kansas and Pitt).