Dec. 4, 2012
GAME 9: ANNUAL CITY GAME: DUQUESNE (4-3) vs. PITT (7-1)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 7 p.m. ET Consol Energy Center (19,100) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN3.com (Tim Neverett and Darrin Horn; Producer: Dave Tasca).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-134 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (245-78); Duquesne: Jim Ferry, 1st year at Duquesne (4-3), 15th year overall (258-171).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Duquesne: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Duquesne meet for the 81st time. Pitt holds a 49-31 advantage in the series dating back to Jan. 13, 1932. Pitt has won each of the last 11 matchups by an average margin of 15.2 points per game and has won 30 of the last 33 meetings. The contest marks the third at Consol Energy Center with Pitt winning both of the previous matchups. The two squads played the first-ever basketball game at the Consol Energy Center on December 1, 2010.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (7-1) and Duquesne meet for the 81st all-time City Game on Wednesday, December 5 at CONSOL Energy Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised live on ESPN3.com with Tim Neverett and Darrin Horn making the call. Dave Tasca will handle production.
Pitt and Duquesne renew their City Game Rivalry as the Panthers enter Wednesday's matchup with a 49-31 all-time advantage. Pitt has won 11 consecutive games, a streak that ranks as the longest win streak by either side in the 81-year old series. In addition, Pitt has claimed 30 of the series' last 33 meetings and each of the last 11 contests by an average of 15.2 points per game.
Pitt and Duquesne meet at a neutral site for the fourth consecutive season. Last year, Pitt claimed an 80-69 win at CONSOL Energy Center before a City Game record 15,880 fans. 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 contest 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 37 total games at a neutral site (Mellon/Civic Arena, 21-14 and Consol Energy Center, 2-0) with Pitt owning a 23-14 overall record in neutral contests vs. DU.
On a three-game win streak, Pitt enters its ninth game with a 7-1 record. Pitt is accomplishing it all with total team effort. All 10 of its players are averaging 4.0 points or more and all 10 are playing at least 10.7 minutes per game. Through its first eight games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a plus-20.0 margin, shot 50.9 percent (229-450) from the floor and outrebounded its opponents by 5.8 boards per game. Pitt has forced 14.6 turnovers per game and totaled 58 steals for a 7.3 steals per game average, numbers that are uncommonly high for the Panthers. Pitt has also dominated the paint, having outscored its opponents 294-174 in the paint. The Panthers' bench also has outscored their opponents bench in each game and by a 222-96 total. Additionally, Pitt has assisted on 67 percent (154 of 229) of its total field goals.
Currently on an 11-game home win streak, which ties for the 11th longest of its kind in school history, Pitt owns a 97-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 118 of its last 122 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 44-1 record in December non-conference matchups.
With Saturday night's 74-61 win over Detroit, the Pitt Basketball program registered its 1,500th all-time victory. Through 106 total years and 2,565 games, Pitt now owns a 1,500-1,065 all-time record in men's basketball.
Pitt battled back from a 13-point first half deficit, an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Detroit 74-61 Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt took a commanding 63-51 advantage with a 14-2 run midway through the second half. The run was fueled by Talib Zanna and James Robinson. In the second half, Pitt shot 63.6 percent (14-22), outscored the visiting Titans 45-24 and limited Detroit star guard Ray McCallum to just seven points after he notched 17 first half points. Zanna finished with 16 points, Tray Woodall added 14 points, Lamar Patterson totaled 12 points and seven assists and Robinson tallied 11 points and six assists.
With seven victories and five more non-conference games, Pitt is well on its way to registering 10 or more non-conference wins for the 12th consecutive season. Last year the Panthers finished with an 11-2 non-conference record. It has won 10 or more non-conference victories for 11 consecutive years.
Pitt has won 75 of its last 105 games and 80 of its last 111, 223 of its last 296 contests, 95 of its last 144 Big East regular season games and 135 of its last 146 non-conference games.
WEDNESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
For the third consecutive season, Pitt and Duquesne meet in the annual City Game at CONSOL Energy Center. On the December 1, 2010, the two programs played the first-ever basketball game in the downtown arena.
Pitt is 49-31 and has won 11 straight matchups vs. Duquesne, the longest win streak in the 81-year old series. The Panthers have also claimed 30 of the series' last 33 games.
In its 11 game win streak against Duquesne, Pitt has won by an average margin of 15.2 points per game and has held Duquesne below 70 points in each meeting.
Jamie Dixon owns a 9-0 record vs. Duquesne and is 114-10 all-time vs. non-conference opponents.
Over the last 11 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (302-88, .774), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tourney appearances (10).