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No. 3 Men's Basketball Hosts Rider on Saturday at 2 p.m.




Dec. 3, 2010

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GAME 9: RIDER (5-3, 1-1 MAAC) vs. #3 PITT (8-0, 0-0 Big East)

 

Saturday, December 4, 2010 • 2 p.m. ET

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

MEDIA INFORMATION


 

 

Television: ESPN-Regional/FSN-Pittsburgh (John Sanders and Anthony Buford; Prod.: Bill Shissler).

 

National Television Affiliates: 12 affiliates around the nation.

 

Live: Pittsburgh (FSN-Pittsburgh), New York City (SportsnetNY), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (Brighthouse), Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (Brighthouse), Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (SNY-Conn.), Kansas City, Mo. (Metro-KC), Milwaukee, Wis. (TW-WI), San Antonio-Austin, Texas (KCWX-TV), Providence-New Bedford, R.I. (Cox-NE), Green Bay-Appleton, Wis. (TW-WI2), ESPN3.com.

 

Tape Delay: Washington, D.C.-Baltimore (MASN) at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Rob King, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), Today: 1020 AM (KDKA); 93.7 The Fan (93.7-FM-KDKA). Satellite Radio: None (Pitt feed).

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

The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (196-54); Rider: Tommy Dempsey, 5th year at Rider (80-58), 10th year overall (168-70).

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

Series: Pitt and Rider meet for the first time in history. Pitt enters the game with a 13-6 all-time record vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schools (Canisius 1-2, Fairfield 1-0, Iona 1-1, Loyola, Md. 1-0, Manhattan 2-0, Marist 2-0, Niagara 1-2, Siena 3-1, St. Peter's 1-0). The last time Pitt played a MAAC opponent was on Nov. 27, 2004 vs. Loyola, Md., a 93-57 Pitt win.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

PITTSBURGH--No. 3 ranked Pitt (8-0) hosts Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Rider (5-3, 1-1 MAAC) on Saturday, December 2 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

 

The contest will be televised regionally by ESPN Regional and broadcast locally on FSN Pittsburgh with John Sanders (play-by-play) and Anthony Buford (color analyst) calling action. Bill Shissler will handle production.

 

Pitt enters its ninth game of the year with a perfect 8-0 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 8-0 with a neutral site win against Duquesne (80-66) in the first-ever basketball game at Consol Energy Center and back-to-back home wins over Robert Morris (74-53) and Penn (82-58). Since the 2001-02 season, Pitt is 46-4 in December games and has won 47 of its last 48 November games.

 

In only his eighth season as Pitt's head coach, Jamie Dixon is quickly approaching the 200 career victory plateau. He needs just four more wins and currently has 196 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 (196-54) 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.

 

SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Pitt is in its ninth season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 137-11 record (.926 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns an 80-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 43 of their last 44 home games.

 

•Pitt is riding a 52-game home win streak against non-conference opponents. Pitt has won 101 of its last 102 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.

 

•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).