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Men's Basketball Takes on Duquesne in Saturday City Game

James Robinson drives to the basket against Stanford on Tuesday.

James Robinson drives to the basket against Stanford on Tuesday.

Nov. 29, 2013

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GAME 7: DUQUESNE (2-2, 0-0 Atlantic-10) vs. PITT (6-0, 0-0 ACC)

Annual City Game • Saturday, November 30, 2013

1 p.m. ET • CONSOL Energy Center (19,100) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Last Meeting
Duquesne45
Pittsburgh66
December 5, 2012
CONSOL Energy Center
Woodall Leads Men's Basketball Past Duquesne, 66-45
Tray Woodall scored 24 points and Pittsburgh won its 12th straight City Game with a 66-45 romp over Duquesne on Wednesday night.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: CBS Sports Network (Brad Johansen and Steve Wolf; Producer: Andy Kosco).

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-Channel 132 (Pitt feed), XM-195 (Pitt feed).

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

Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (268-86); Duquesne: Jim Ferry, 2nd year at Duquesne (10-24); 16th year overall (264-192).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Duquesne: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.


 

 

Series: Pitt and Duquesne meet for the 82nd time. Pitt holds a 50-31 advantage in the series dating back to Jan. 13, 1932. Pitt has won each of the last 12 matchups by an average margin of 15.8 points per game and has won 31 of the last 34 meetings. The contest marks the fourth consecutive played at CONSOL Energy Center. Pitt won all three of the previous matchups.

 

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH--Pitt (6-0) and Duquesne meet for the 82nd all-time City Game on Saturday, November 30 at CONSOL Energy Center. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. ET.

The contest will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen and Steve Wolf making the call. Andy Kosco will handle production.

On a six-game win streak, Pitt enters its seventh game with a perfect 6-0 record following its second-all-time Progressive Legends Classic championship as it registered consecutive 20-point victories over Stanford (88-67) and Texas Tech (76-53) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Nov. 25-26. Senior Lamar Patterson was named Legends Classic Most Valuable Player after he averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game and converted 14-23 field goals and 7-13 3-pointers in Pitt's two contests in Brooklyn. Junior Cameron Wright was also named to the all-tournament team after averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game. Pitt also claimed the Legends Classic title in 2008.

Pitt and Duquesne renew their City Game Rivalry as the Panthers enter Saturday's matchup with a 50-31 all-time advantage. Pitt has won 12 consecutive games, a streak that ranks as the longest win streak by either side in the 82-year old series. In addition, Pitt has claimed 31 of the series' last 34 meetings and has won each of the last 12 contests by an average of 15.8 points per victory.

Pitt and Duquesne meet at a neutral site for the fourth consecutive season. Last year, Pitt claimed a 66-45 win at CONSOL Energy Center. On Dec. 1, 2010, the two schools met in the first-ever basketball game played at CONSOL Energy Center, an 80-66 Pitt win. The two schools played the final college basketball game at Mellon Arena, a 67-58 Pitt win in double overtime on Dec. 1, 2009. Prior to the 2009 matchup, the City Game rotated between Pitt's Petersen Events Center and Duquesne's Palumbo Center from 2002-08. Separated by just 2.0 miles, the two schools have played 38 total games at a neutral site (Mellon/Civic Arena, 21-14 and Consol Energy Center, 3-0) with Pitt owning a 24-14 record in total neutral site contests vs. Duquesne.

Pitt has won all six of its games by a plus-24.8 margin and each of the six by 20 or more points. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 81.5 points per game, converting 48.4 percent (164-339) of its field goals, 40.7 percent (44-108) of its 3-point field goals and an amazing 76.8 percent (116-151) of its free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-12.5 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 56.5 points per game and yielding a 39.2 percent (120-306) field goal percentage. All six Pitt opponents have been held to 70 points or less.

On Tuesday, Pitt captured its second all-time Legends Classic title with an 88-67 victory over Stanford in the final. Lamar Patterson led five Panthers in double figures with a career-high 24 points (9-11 FT) and six assists. Talib Zanna and Durand Johnson each contributed 14 points apiece, Cameron Wright finished with 13 and James Robinson added 10 points and five assists as the Panthers jumped out to an early 32-20 lead with 4:41 left in the first half and 17-point halftime lead (43-28). Stanford cut the lead down to as few as 11 in the second half but Pitt's Johnson answered with a four-point play to keep the Cardinal at bay.

Duquesne (2-2) enters Saturday's game after a 10-day layoff. The Dukes are on a one-game win streak following a 70-59 win over Albany. Duquesne has also defeated Abilene Christian (94-75) and lost to both West Virginia (93-86) and New Hampshire (84-81). Coached by second-year head coach Jim Ferry, Duquesne is led by Ovie Soko (18.3 ppg./11.5 rpg.), Tra'Vaughn White (15.8 ppg.), Derrick Colter (11.3 ppg.) and Dominique McCoy (10.3 ppg.).

 

SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

•For the fourth consecutive season, Pitt and Duquesne meet in the annual City Game at CONSOL Energy Center. On December 1, 2010, the two programs played the first-ever basketball game in the downtown arena.

•Pitt is 50-31 and has won 12 straight matchups vs. Duquesne, the longest win streak in the 82-year old series. The Panthers have also claimed 31 of the series' last 34 games.

•Pitt is off to an undefeated 6-0 start for the eighth time in the last 12 seasons.

•Jamie Dixon owns a perfect 10-0 record vs. Duquesne and is 125-10 all-time vs. non-conference opponents.

•When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 12 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (325-96, .772), league winning percentage (141-63, .691), homecourt winning percentage (.893) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).