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GAME 12: MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE (2-7, 0-1 MEAC) at #8 PITT (10-1, 0-0 Big East)
Saturday, December 18, 2010 7 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh (Rob King and Brooke Weisbrod; Prod. Bill Shissler).
National Television Affiliates: 11 nationwide, Live: Pittsburgh (FSN Pittsburgh), Washington, D.C. (MASN), Baltimore, Md. (MASN), Kansas City, Mo. (Metro-KC), Milwaukee, Wis. (TW-WI), San Antonio-Austin, Texas (KCWX-TV), Providence-New Bedford, R.I. (Cox-NE), Green Bay-Appleton, Wis. (TW-WI2), ESPN Full Court; Tape Delay on December 19: New York City (SportsnetNY) at 2 p.m., Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (SNY-CT) at 2 p.m., New Orleans, La. (Cox-NO) at 2 p.m.
Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan (93.7-FM-KDKA). Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 125 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (198-55); UMES: Frankie Allen, 3rd year at UMES (20-51), 21st year overall (243-344).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-8; ESPN-8. Maryland Eastern Shore: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Maryland Eastern Shore meet for the second time in series history as Pitt owns a 1-0 record. UMES is the second team from the MEAC that Pitt will play this year as the Panthers defeated Delaware State 70-42 on Dec. 8. Pitt is 18-0 all-time vs. MEAC schools (Coppin St. 3-0, DSU 3-0, Florida A&M 1-0, Howard 3-0, UMES 1-0, Morgan St. 2-0, Norfolk St. 2-0, NCA&T 3-0).
PITTSBURGH--No. 8 ranked Pitt (10-1) hosts Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday, December 18 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast by ESPN Regional and aired locally on FSN Pittsburgh with Rob King (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (color analyst) calling action. Bill Shissler will handle production.
Pitt is coming off an 83-76 loss to No. 11 Tennessee on Saturday at the CONSOL Energy Center. The neutral site loss marked Pitt's 12th defeat in games played in Pittsburgh since the 2002-03 season. Pitt dropped to 141-12 in games played in Pittsburgh since the 2002-03 season. Tennessee shot 56.3 percent for the game and hit 6-8 3-pointers in the first half while building a 12-point halftime lead. Scotty Hopson scored 27 points (10-13 FG) and Melvin Goins added 19 for the Vols. Pitt's Brad Wanamaker finished with a team-high 21 points and nine assists for the Panthers who missed 17 free throws (25-42) and did not take advantage of 32 UT fouls.
Pitt's 70-42 win over Delaware State on Dec. 8 gave it 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 nine times in school history (1927-28, 1929-30, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and now 2010-11). The Panthers have already registered three quality RPI wins over Rhode Island, Maryland and Texas. Since the 2001-02 season, Pitt is 48-5 in December games and has won 47 of its last 48 November games.
Pitt has now won 10 non-conference victories 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 year marks 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 two more wins and currently has 198 career wins. Dixon will tie the NCAA Division I record for quickest to 200 wins in only 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 (198-55) 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.
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Pitt is in its ninth season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 139-11 record (.926 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns an 82-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Riding a 14-game home win streak, Pitt has won 45 of its last 46 home games.
Pitt is riding a 54-game home win streak against non-conference opponents. Pitt has won 103 of its last 104 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
Jamie Dixon needs just two more wins to reach the 200-career win plateau. He will tie an NCAA Division I record for fastest to 200 victories (by year) and will rank among the all-time coaching leaders in achieving that mark in the games category.
Over the last nine seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (255-66, .794), league winning percentage (109-41, .727), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (9) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (9).