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No. 3 Men's Basketball Hosts Delaware State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET




Dec. 7, 2010

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GAME 10: DELAWARE STATE (4-3, 1-0 MEAC) at #3 PITT (9-0, 0-0 Big East)

 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 • 7 p.m. ET

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

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

 

Television: ESPN3.com (John Sanders and Anthony Buford; Producer: Matt McCandlish).

 


 

 

Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan (93.7-FM-KDKA). Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 91 (Pitt feed).

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

The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (197-54); Delaware State: Greg Jackson, 20th year at Delaware State (323-228), 20th year overall (323-228).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-3; ESPN-3. Delaware State: AP-NR; ESPN: NR.

 

Series: Pitt and Delaware State meet for the third time with Pitt leading with a 2-0 record. The last time the two schools met was on November 14, 2006, a 67-50 Pitt win at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt is 17-0 all-time vs. the MEAC (Coppin St. 3-0, Delaware St. 2-0, Florida A&M 1-0, Howard 3-0, Maryland Eastern Shore 1-0, Morgan St. 2-0, Norfolk St. 2-0, North Carolina A&T 3-0).

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

PITTSBURGH--No. 3 ranked Pitt (9-0) hosts Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Delaware State (4-3, 1-0 MEAC) on Wednesday, December 8 in the 150th all-time game at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

 

The contest will be broadcast on the internet on ESPN3.com with John Sanders (play-by-play) and Anthony Buford (color analyst) calling action. Matt McCandlish will handle production.

 

A win Wednesday will give Pitt a perfect 10-0 start to its season for the seventh time in the last eight years. Pitt has begun a season with a 10-0 start only eight times in school history (1927-28, 1929-30, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09). Pitt enters its 10th game of the year with a perfect 9-0 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 9-0 with a home win over Rider (87-68) on Saturday, 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 47-4 in December games and has won 47 of its last 48 November games.

 

A win will also give Pitt its 10th non-conference victory for a 10th consecutive season. Since Pitt joined the Big East Conference in 1982-83 and prior to this run, Pitt has won 10 or more non-conference games in only the three previous years. This would mark the 13th season and 10th consecutive year that Pitt has won 10 or more non-conference games.

 

In only his eighth season as Pitt's head coach, Jamie Dixon is quickly approaching the 200 career victory plateau. He needs just three more wins and currently has 197 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 (197-54) 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.

 

WEDNESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•A win would give Pitt a 10-0 start to its season for the seventh time in the last eight years. A win today would also give Pitt its 10th non-conference win for the 10th consecutive season.

 

•Pitt is in its ninth season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 138-11 record (.926 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns an 81-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Riding a 13-game home win streak, Pitt has won 44 of its last 45 home games.

 

•Pitt is riding a 53-game home win streak against non-conference opponents. Pitt has won 102 of its last 103 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).