Dec. 7, 2012
GAME 10: NORTH FLORIDA (3-5) at PITT (8-1)
Saturday, December 8, 2012 7 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN3.com (Tim Neverett and Cory Alexander; Producer: Bill Shissler).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-106 (Pitt feed), XM-196 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (246-78); North Florida: Matthew Driscoll, 4th year at North Florida (47-58), 8th year overall (74-135).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; North Florida: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and North Florida meet for the second time in series history. Pitt is 1-0 all-time vs. the Ospreys, with the last meeting coming on November 13, 2010, a 95-49 Pitt victory at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt owns a 6-1 all-time record vs. Atlantic Sun Conference opponents.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (8-1) hosts North Florida (3-5) on Saturday, December 8 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised live on ESPN3.com with Tim Neverett and Cory Alexander making the call. Bill Shissler will handle production.
Four home non-conference games remain for the Panthers before Big East Conference play begins: North Florida (Dec. 8), Bethune Cookman (Dec. 15), Delaware State (Dec. 19) and Kennesaw State (Dec. 23).
Riding a four-game win streak, Pitt enters its 10th game with an 8-1 record. A win against North Florida would give the Panthers a 9-1 or better start to a season for the third consecutive year and for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. Pitt began the 2009-10 season with an 8-2 record.
Pitt is accomplishing it all with total team effort. All 10 of its players are averaging 3.8 points or more and all 10 are playing at least 10.4 minutes per game. Through its first nine games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a plus-20.1 margin, shot 49.4 percent (253-512) from the floor and outrebounded its opponents by plus-6.9 boards per game. Pitt has forced 14.8 turnovers per game and totaled 67 steals for a 7.4 steals per game average, numbers that are uncommonly high for the Panthers. Pitt has also dominated the paint, having outscored its opponents 320-196 in the paint. The Panthers' bench also has outscored their opponents by a 230-113 total. Additionally, Pitt has assisted on 67 percent (168 of 253) of its total field goals. In the NCAA statistical rankings (as of Dec. 2, 2012), Pitt ranks among the nation's top-11 teams in five categories: 8th in field goal percentage, 2nd in assists per game, 1st in assist:turnover ratio, 2nd in fewest turnovers per game and 11th in turnover margin.
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.
On Wednesday, Pitt defeated Duquesne 66-45 at Consol Energy Center to register its 12th consecutive City Game victory. Tray Woodall led the Panthers with a 24-point, five 3-pointer night which saw him spark the Panthers in a 14-2 first half run. Pitt led by as many as 24 points in the second half en route to its 21-point victory. Pitt won its 31st decision in the last 34 City Game meetings. Pitt also improved to 50-31 in the all-time series. The 21-point win was the largest in series since a 24-point Pitt win on Jan. 6, 1992. Pitt's Steven Adams pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds. His nine offensive rebounds rank tied for the second highest total for a freshman in school history.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Pitt registered a 74-61 win over Detroit, the Pitt Basketball program's 1,500th all-time victory. As of today, and through 106 total years and 2,566 games, Pitt now owns a 1,501-1,065 all-time record in men's basketball.
With eight victories and four 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 76 of its last 106 games and 81 of its last 112, 224 of its last 297 contests, 95 of its last 144 Big East regular season games and 136 of its last 147 non-conference games.
SATURDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
A win over UNF would give the Panthers a 9-1 or better start to a season for the third straight year and for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. Pitt began 8-2 in 2009-10.
Pitt has won 11 consecutive home games, its 11th longest home win streak in history.
Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 170-19 record (.899) in the arena. The Panthers have won 76 of their last 85 home games and 31 of their last 38 Big East home games.
Pitt owns a 97-3 record and .970 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 118 of their last 122 home games against regular season non conference opponents.
Over the last 11 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (303-88, .775), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tourney app. (10).