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Men's Basketball to Host Detroit on Saturday Night at 7 p.m.




Nov. 30, 2012

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GAME 8: DETROIT (2-3) at PITT (6-1)

Saturday, December 1, 2012 • 7 p.m. ET

Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPN3.com (Tim Neverett and Mark Adams; Producer: Bill Shissler).

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Rob King, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). KDKA-AM, 1020-AM; 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 (244-78); Detroit: Ray McCallum, 5th year at Detroit, 5th year overall.

Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Detroit: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.

Series: Pitt and Detroit meet for the second time in men's basketball. Pitt holds a 1-0 advantage in the series. The last time the two schools met was on Dec. 26, 1969, an 86-60 Detroit win in the Motor City Classic played in Detroit. Pitt is 21-12 all-time vs. Horizon League opponents.

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH--Pitt (6-1) hosts 2012 NCAA Tournament participant and 2012 Horizon League Tournament champion Detroit (2-3) on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

The contest will be televised live on ESPN3.com with Tim Neverett and Mark Adams making the call. Bill Shissler will handle production.

A win against Detroit would give the Pitt Basketball program its 1,500th all-time victory. Through 106 total years and 2,564 games, Pitt owns a 1,499-1,065 all-time record in men's basketball.

Pitt enters its eighth game with a 6-1 record. Pitt is accomplishing it all with total team effort. All 10 of its players are averaging 4.3 points or more and all 10 are playing at least 11.0 minutes per game. Through its first seven games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a plus-21.0 margin, shot 51.3 percent (205-400) from the floor and outrebounded its opponents by 6.4 boards per game. Pitt has forced 14.9 turnovers per game and totaled 55 steals for a 7.9 steals per game average, numbers that are uncommonly high for the Panthers. Pitt has also dominated the paint, having outscored its opponents 266-156 in the paint. The Panthers' bench also has outscored their opponents bench in each game and by a 203-76 total. Additionally, Pitt has assisted on 66 percent (136 of 205) of its total field goals.

Detroit (2-3) earned an automatic berth into the 2012 NCAA Tournament last year after capturing the Horizon League Tournament championship. The Titans won four straight games to advance to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed where it lost to No. 2 seeded Kansas in the First Round, 65-50. Detroit is coached by Ray McCallum. McCallum's son Ray McCallum, Jr. leads the team in scoring at 20.6 points per game.

Pitt enters its contest against Detroit after defeating Howard by 24 points (70-46) on Tuesday. Lamar Patterson hit a career-high five 3-pointers, including four in the first half, en route to 15 points, Tray Woodall added 15 points, James Robinson contributed 11 points and eight assists and Talib Zanna finished with 12. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Patterson sparked the Panthers to a lead late in the first half.

Currently on a 10-game home win streak, which ties for the 12th longest of its kind in school history, Pitt owns a 96-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 117 of its last 121 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 49-1 record in November non-conference home games and has a 43-1 record in December non-conference matchups.

Pitt has won 74 of its last 104 games and 79 of its last 110, 222 of its last 295 contests, 95 of its last 144 Big East regular season games and 134 of its last 145 non-conference games.

SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

•A victory over Detroit would give Pitt its 1,500th win in program history. Pitt is currently 1,499-1,065 in 2,564 all-time games and 106 total years of men's basketball.

•Pitt has won 10 consecutive home games, its 12th longest home win streak in history.

•Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 169-19 record (.899) in the arena. The Panthers have won 75 of their last 84 home games and 31 of their last 38 Big East home games.

•Pitt owns a 96-3 record and .970 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 117 of their last 121 home games against regular season non conference opponents.

•Over the last 11 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (301-88, .774), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tourney appearances (10).