Dec. 5, 2008
GAME 9: VERMONT (4-2, 0-0 America East) at #3 PITT (8-0, 0-0 Big East)
Saturday, December 6, 2008 7 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Internet broadcast on pittsburghpanthers.com (John Sanders and Curtis Aiken).
Radio: Pitt Panthers/ISP Sports Radio Network (Rob King and Dick Groat), 94.5-FM (WWSW), 970 AM (WBGG). Satellite Radio: Channel 130.
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com
The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 10th year at Pitt, 6th year as head coach (140-40); Vermont: Mike Lonergran, 4th year at UV (58-42), 16th year overall (309-130).
Rankings: Pitt: 3-AP, 3-ESPN; Vermont: unranked.
Series: Pitt and Vermont meet for the third time in series history with Pitt owning a 2-0 advantage.
The last time the two teams met was on December 17, 2005, a 63-52 win at Petersen Events Center.
PITTSBURGH--No. 3 ranked Pitt (8-0) plays its ninth game of the 2008-09 men's basketball season when it hosts Vermont (4-2) on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
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 8-0 start. A win would give Pitt its seventh consecutive 9-0 start to a season.
Pitt is currently on an eight-game home win streak after defeating "City Rival" Duquesne 78-51 on Wednesday evening. Sam Young paced the Panthers with a game-high 23 points, DeJuan Blair added his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 17 rebounds (10 offensive), Jermaine Dixon contributed 12 points and Levance Fields added 11 assists in the 27-point victory.
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. Young was named Legends Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player and 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 eight games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a 20.6 margin and outrebounded its opponents by a plus-9.8 margin. The Panthers are also converting 49.9 percent (234-469) of their field goal attempts and limiting opponents to 36 percent shooting. Pitt has also held all eight of its opponents to 70 points or less and three teams under 60 points.
Pitt and Vermont meet for the third time in series history. Pitt owns a 2-0 record after last defeating the Catamounts 63-52 on Dec. 17, 2005. The other meeting was on Dec. 21, 1994, an 82-60 Pitt win. Vermont is the first of two consecutive America East Conference opponents as the Panthers host UMBC next Saturday. Pitt also enters the contest with a 6-0 all-time record vs. America East opponents (Albany 1-0, Boston U. 1-0, Maine 1-0, UMBC 1-0, New Hampshire 1-0 and Vermont 2-0).
Vermont enters the contest riding a three-game win streak against Dartmouth, Loyola and Delaware. The Catamounts dropped overtime losses at Maryland (89-74) and George Mason (80-79). Vermont is led by Marqus Blakely (18.3 ppg.) and Mike Trimboli (16.0 ppg.).
Pitt is riding a school record 34-game win streak against non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.
Pitt has won eight straight home games and carries a 102-10 all-time record (.910 percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also owns a 62-1 record vs. non-conference opponents at the PEC and has won 83 of its last 85 home games vs. non-conference opponents.
Pitt is off to its seventh consecutive 8-0 start to a season. A win would give Pitt its seventh consecutive 9-0 start to a season.
Jamie Dixon is 34-3 in December games. He concluded his sixth November at Pitt with a perfect 31-0 record in November games. He is 68-4 vs. non-conference opponents and 86-10 at home.
In Vermont, Pitt plays the first of two America East Conference opponents. Pitt is 2-0 all-time vs. Vermont and 6-0 all-time vs. the America East. The Panthers also host UMBC next Saturday.