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No. 3 Men's Basketball Hosts Duquesne in 77th Annual City Game on Wednesday




Dec. 1, 2008

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GAME EIGHT: DUQUESNE (4-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) at #3 PITT (7-0, 0-0 Big East)

 

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 • 7 p.m. ET • Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: Internet broadcast on pittsburghpanthers.com (John Sanders and Curtis Aiken).


 

 

Radio: Pitt Panthers/ISP Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat), 94.5-FM (WWSW), 970 AM (WBGG). Satellite Radio: Channel 113.

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

The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 10th year at Pitt, 6th year as head coach (139-40); Duquesne: Ron Everhart, 3rd year at Duquesne (31-33), 15th year overall (205-205).

 

Rankings: Pitt: 3-AP, 3-ESPN; Duquesne: unranked.

Series: Pitt and Duquesne meet in the City Game for the 77th time. Pitt has claimed each of the last seven consecutive meetings and owns a 45-31 all-time advantage in the series.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

PITTSBURGH--No. 3 ranked Pitt (7-0) plays its eighth game of the 2008-09 men's basketball season when it hosts Duquesne (4-1) in the City Game Wednesday at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. for the 77th meeting between the two schools dating back to 1932.

 

Pitt will provide a free internet broadcast on its website www.pittsburghpanthers.com. The telecast will simulate a live television broadcast. John Sanders and Curtis Aiken will provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively, while Paul Barto will produce.

 

For the seventh consecutive year, Pitt begins a men's basketball season with a 7-0 start. A win would give Pitt its seventh consecutive 8-0 start to a season.

 

Pitt is fresh off two Legends Classic victories at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Pitt captured the title after defeating Texas Tech (80-67) and Washington State (57-43) in back-to-back days. Sam Young was named Legends Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player and DeJuan Blair was selected to the all-tournament team. In the two-game event, Young averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while Blair registered two double digit rebounding games and a double-double vs. Texas Tech. Pitt won for the 11th time in its last 12 games in the New Jersey-New York metro area and improved its record to 28-9 in the region over the last seven seasons. The Panthers also defeated Belmont 74-60 on Tuesday. Sam Young scored a career and Petersen Events Center high 33 points on 13-17 shooting in leading the Panthers to their fifth consecutive home win.

 

Through its first seven games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a 19.7 margin and outrebounded its opponents by a plus-9.3 margin. The Panthers are also converting 50.6 percent (204-403) of their field goal attempts and limiting opponents to 36 percent shooting. Pitt has also held all seven of its opponents to 70 points or less.

 

Pitt and Duquesne meet for the 77th time in the City Game Rivalry. Pitt has won each of the last seven consecutive matchups dating back to a 71-70 loss at Mellon Arena on December 22, 2001. Pitt owns a 45-31 all-time record vs. Duquesne and has claimed 26 of the last 29 matchups between the two schools dating back to 1982. Pitt opened the Petersen Events Center against Duquesne on Nov. 23, 2002 and is 3-0 vs. the Dukes in the arena. In the last seven matchups, Pitt has won the meetings by an average 15.2 points per game margin. Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon is 5-0 all-time vs. Duquesne. Pitt is also 127-81 all-time vs. Atlantic-10 opponents.

 

Duquesne enters the contest with a 4-1 record. It won four straight contests against High Point, Saint Francis, Furman and USC-Upstate before dropping a 95-72 loss at nationally ranked Duke on Nov. 28. The Dukes are led by Damian Saunders' 17.8 points per game average and Aaron Jackson's 16.6 ppg.

 

TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Pitt and Duquesne renew their City Game rivalry for the 77th time. Pitt holds a 45-31 advantage in the series and has won each of the last seven consecutive matchups dating back to Dec. 2000. Pitt has also captured 26 of the last 29 matchups between the two schools.

 

•Pitt carries a 101-10 all-time record (.909 percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also owns a 61-1 record vs. non-conference opponents at the PEC and has won 82 of its last 83 home games vs. non-conference opponents.

 

•Pitt is riding a school record 33-game win streak against non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.

 

•Pitt is off to its seventh consecutive 7-0 start to a season. A win would give Pitt its seventh consecutive 8-0 start to a season.

 

•Jamie Dixon concludes his sixth November at Pitt with a perfect 31-0 record in November games. He is 67-4 vs. non-conference opponents and 85-10 at home.

•Pitt is one of five schools nationally that is currently ranked in the sports of football, men's basketball and women's basketball: Pitt, Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Michigan State.