Dec. 18, 2012
GAME 12: DELAWARE STATE (5-6, 1-0 MEAC) at PITT (10-1, 0-0 Big East)
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 7 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Pitt Panthers Television (Jeff Hathhorn and Marcus Bowman; 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-N/A (Pitt feed), XM-N/A (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (248-78); Delaware State: Greg Jackson, 13th year at DSU, 13th year overall.
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Delaware State: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Delaware State meet for the fourth time in series history with Pitt holding a 3-0 advantage. The two teams have met in 1981, 2006 and 2010. Pitt last defeated DSU 70-42 on Dec. 8, 2010. Pitt owns a 23-0 all-time record vs. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (10-1, 0-0 Big East) hosts Delaware State (5-6, 1-0 MEAC) on Wednesday, December 19 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television with Jeff Hathhorn and former Pitt player Marcus Bowman making the call. Bill Shissler will handle production.
Two non-conference home games remain for the Panthers before the team breaks for the holiday season and Big East Conference play begins against No. 11 Cincinnati on Dec. 31: Delaware State (Dec. 19) and Kennesaw State (Dec. 23).
Riding a six-game win streak, Pitt enters its 12th game with a 10-1 record. The win over Bethune-Cookman gave Pitt its 10th non conference victory of the year for the 12th consecutive season.
Pitt has accomplished its 10-1 record with total team effort. All 10 of its players are averaging 3.9 points or more and all 10 are playing at least 11.1 minutes per game. Through its first 11 games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a plus-24.7 margin, shot 51.8 percent (323-623) from the floor and outrebounded its opponents by plus-9.5 boards per game. Pitt has forced 14.5 turnovers per game and totaled 85 steals for a 7.7 steals per game average, numbers that are uncommonly high for the Panthers. Pitt has also dominated the inside, having outscored its opponents 422-228 in the paint. The Panthers' bench also has outscored their opponents by a 303-136 total. Additionally, Pitt has assisted on 67 percent (217 of 323) of its total field goals.
In the NCAA statistical rankings (as of Dec. 17, 2012), Pitt ranks among the nation's top-11 teams in seven categories: 7th in scoring defense, 4th in scoring margin, 5th in field goal percentage, 16th in rebound margin, 10th in won-loss percentage, 2nd in assists per game, 1st in assist:turnover ratio, 2nd in fewest turnovers per game and 13th in turnover margin.
Currently on a 13-game home win streak, which ties for the eighth longest of its kind in school history, Pitt owns a 99-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 120 of its last 124 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 46-1 record in December non-conference matchups.
Pitt has won back-to-back games against Bethune-Cookman (89-40) and North Florida (89-47) by 40 or more points. On Saturday, Pitt registered its largest ever win in Petersen Events Center history with a 49-point win against Bethune-Cookman. The win ranked as the sixth largest in school history, Pitt shot 67.3 percent (37-55) from the floor, which ranks as the fifth best game percentage in school history. BCU was also held to a Petersen Events Center and Jamie Dixon Era low 11 rebounds in the contest. Pitt used a 16-1 run over the final 5:05 of the first half to gain control of the game, then scored 12 of the second half's first 16 points. Freshman center Steven Adams registered his first career double-double.
WEDNESDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
For the 12th consecutive season, Pitt has won 10 or more non-conference games.
Pitt has won 13 consecutive home games, its eighth longest home win streak in school history.
Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 172-19 record (.901) in the arena. The Panthers have won 78 of their last 87 home games and 31 of their last 38 Big East home games.
Pitt owns a 99-3 record and .971 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 120 of their last 124 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 (305-88, .776), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tourney appearances (10).