Dec. 20, 2013
GAME 12: CAL-POLY (4-6, 0-0 Big West) at PITT (10-1, 0-0 ACC)
Saturday, December 21, 2013 4 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN3 (Tim Neverett and Curtis Aiken; Producer: Bill Shissler).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Jim Colony and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-Channel 108 (Pitt feed), XM-195 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (272-87); Cal-Poly SLO: Joe Callero, 5th year at Cal-Poly SLO (67-69); 15th year overall (206-197).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Cal-Poly: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.
Series: Pitt and Cal-Poly meet for the first time in school history. Pitt is a combined 2-4 all-time vs. Big West Conference schools (Cal State-Fullerton 1-0, Hawaii 1-2, Long Beach State 0-1, Pacific 0-1). Pitt's last Big West opponent was Long Beach State on November 16, 2011, an 86-76 loss at the Petersen Events Center. Cal-Poly represents the fourth opponent that Pitt will play this season from the West Coast: Fresno State, Stanford and Loyola Marymount are the others.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (10-1) plays its final contest before holiday break when it hosts Cal-Poly (4-6) on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. ET.
The game will be televised on ESPN3 with Tim Neverett (play-by-play) and Curtis Aiken (color analysis) making the call. Bill Shissler will handle production.
Pitt has won its 10 games by an average plus-19.0 points per game margin and nine of its 10 by 17 points or more. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 79.0 points per game, converting 48.5 percent (302-623) of its field goals, 33.1 percent (57-172) of its 3-point field goals and an amazing school-record pace 74.6 percent (208-279) of its free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-10.4 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 60.0 points per game and yielding a 40.0 percent (235-587) field goal percentage. Ten of Pitt's 11 opponents have been held to 70 points or less.
Pitt is 7-0 at home this year, on a nine-game home win streak and 17-game consecutive win streak against non-conference opponents at home. Pitt also owns a 108-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has won 129 of its last 133 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 54-2 record in November non-conference games and a 52-2 record in December games.
Pitt is coming off a one-point loss (44-43) to Cincinnati in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. The loss concluded Pitt's 10-game win streak that ended tied for the 10th longest win streak in school history. Pitt's 10-0 start also ranks among Pitt's all-time best starts to a season. Cincinnati's Titus Rubles grabbed an offensive rebound and finished off a layup with four seconds to go to give the Bearcats the win. Pitt finished with just 11 field goals, its second fewest in school history. Talib Zanna (12 points) and Lamar Patterson (11 points) led Pitt.
With last Saturday's 91-73 win over Youngstown State, Pitt has now won 10 or more non-conference games for the 13th consecutive season. Against Youngstown State, Pitt led by as many as 26 points, outrebounded the visiting Penguins by 26 boards (47-21) and set a season-high for points (91). Five Pitt players reached double figures led by Lamar Patterson (18 points).
Cal-Poly enters Saturday's game with a 4-6 overall record following a 79-59 loss at Loyola Marymount. The Mustangs are led by Chris Eversley (13.3 ppg.) and Dave Nwaba (12.5 ppg.). Pitt graduate assistant David Hanson played four years at Cal-Poly (2008-12). An All-Big West Second Team selection as a junior and senior, Hanson averaged 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds over his four-year career. He concluded his career ranked among school career leaders in games played (122), scoring (1,267 points), rebounds (628), field goals made (467), 3-pointers made (150) and steals (95).
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Pitt has two more non-conference games remaining (Cal-Poly, Dec. 21 and Albany, Dec. 31) before ACC play begins on Jan. 4.
On a nine-game home win streak, Pitt is in its 12th season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 187-22 record (.895) in the arena. The Panthers have won 93 of their last 105 home games and 38 of their last 48 conference home games.
At 7-0 at home this year, Pitt owns a 108-3 record and .973 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the PEC. On a 17-game non-conference home win streak, the Panthers have also won 129 of their last 133 home games against regular season non-conference home opponents.
When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (329-97, .772), league winning percentage (141-63, .691), homecourt winning percentage (.895) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).
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