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No. 3 Men's Basketball Hosts UMBC on Saturday at 7 p.m.




Dec. 11, 2008

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GAME 10: MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY (5-3, 0-0 America East) at #3 PITT (9-0, 0-0 Big East)

 

Saturday, December 13, 2008 • 7 p.m. ET • Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh (John Sanders and Tim Welsh; Producer: Bill Shissler), Other affiliates: SportsNetNY (NYC); ESPN Full Court, MASN (Washington, D.C./Baltimore), MetroSports (Kansas City, Mo.), TW-WI (Milwaukee, Wis.), CoxNE (Providence, R.I.), Brighthouse (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota), live on ESPN 360.com.


 

 

Radio: Pitt Panthers/ISP Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove 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 (141-40);

UMBC: Randy Monroe, 5th year at UMBC (62-69), 5th year overall (62-69).

Rankings: Pitt: 3-AP, 3-ESPN; Maryland-Baltimore County: unranked.

 

Series: Pitt and Maryland-Baltimore County meet for the second time. UMBC is the second consecutive America East opponent for Pitt. Pitt is 8-0 all-time vs. America East opponents.

 

GAME PREVIEW

 

No. 3 ranked Pitt (9-0) plays its 10th game of the 2008-09 men's basketball season when it hosts Maryland Baltimore County (5-3) on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

 

The contest will be televised by ESPN Regional and broadcast locally on FSN Pittsburgh with John Sanders (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (color commentary) making the call. Bill Shissler will produce.

 

For the seventh consecutive year, Pitt begins a men's basketball season with a 9-0 start. A win would give Pitt its sixth consecutive 10-0 start to a season. A win would also give Head Coach Jamie Dixon his sixth straight 10-0 start to a season. Since Dixon became head coach in 2003-04, he has begun each of his six seasons with a 10-0 record.

 

Pitt is one of 17 schools nationwide to own an undefeated college basketball record. With its victory over Vermont, Pitt became the first team in the nation to register nine wins on the season. Clemson (9-0) followed with a victory to tie Pitt.

 

This week, the University of Pittsburgh is one of three NCAA Division I schools to be ranked nationally in the sports of football, men's basketball and women's basketball. The three schools include Pitt, Texas and Oklahoma.

 

Pitt is currently on a nine-game home win streak after defeating both Vermont (80-51) on Dec. 6 and "City Rival" Duquesne (78-51) on Dec. 3. Sam Young scored 28 points and DeJuan Blair registered his sixth double-double of the year (13 points/16 rebounds) against Vermont. Against Duquesne, Young paced the Panthers with a game-high 23 points, DeJuan Blair added a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds (10 offensive), Jermaine Dixon contributed 12 points and Levance Fields added 11 assists in the 27-point victory.

 

Through its first nine games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a 21.6 margin and outrebounded its opponents by a plus-10.7 margin. The Panthers are also converting 48.4 percent (263-543) of their field goal attempts and limiting opponents to 35.1 percent shooting. Pitt has also held all nine of its opponents to 70 points or less and six teams to 60 points or less.

 

Pitt and Maryland-Baltimore County meet for the second time in series history. Pitt owns a 1-0 record after last defeating the Retrievers 84-56 on Nov. 13, 1998 at Fitzgerald Field House. 63-52 on Dec. 17, 2005. UMBC is the second of two consecutive America East Conference opponents as the Panthers hosted Vermont last Saturday. Pitt also enters the contest with an 8-0 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 3-0).

 

Last year, Maryland-Baltimore County finished 24-9, earned an NCAA Tournament appearance and won the America East Conference tournament title. UMBC enters the contest after dropping two of its last three games. The Retrievers defeated Toledo (61-56) then lost to Towson 82-65. UMBC is led by Darryl Proctor (18.0 ppg./9.1 rpg.) and Jay Greene (13.3 ppg.).

 

TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES

 

•Pitt is riding a school record 35-game win streak against non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.

 

•Pitt has won nine straight home games and carries a 103-10 all-time record (.911 percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also owns a 63-1 record vs. non-conference opponents at the PEC and has won 84 of its last 86 home games vs. non-conference opponents.

 

•Pitt is off to its seventh consecutive 9-0 start to a season. A win would give Pitt its sixth consecutive 10-0 start to a season.

 

•Jamie Dixon is 35-3 in December games. He concluded his sixth November at Pitt with a perfect 31-0 record in November games. He is 69-4 vs. non-conference opponents and 87-10 at home. A win vs. UMBC would give Dixon his sixth straight 10-0 start to a season.

 

•Pitt plays the second of two America East Conference opponents in UMBC. Pitt is 1-0 vs. UMBC and 8-0 all-time vs. the America East.