Dec. 21, 2010
GAME 13: AMERICAN (7-4, 0-0 Patriot League) at #6 PITT (11-1, 0-0 Big East)
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: ESPN3.com (John Sanders and Anthony Buford; Producer: Dave Tasca).
Radio: Panther Sports Radio Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken), 93.7 The Fan (93.7-FM-KDKA). Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 158 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
The Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 12th year at Pitt, 8th year as head coach (199-55); American: Jeff Jones, 11th year at AU (167-145), 19th year overall (313-249).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-6; ESPN-6. American: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and American meet for the first time in series history. Pitt is 71-54 all-time vs. Patriot League members: (Army 18-15, Bucknell 18-9, Colgate 6-5, Holy Cross 2-1, Lafayette 16-6, Lehigh 3-5, Navy 8-13). The last time Pitt played a Patriot League team was Lafayette on Jan. 2, 2008, a 96-75 victory at the Petersen Events Center.
PITTSBURGH--No. 6 ranked Pitt (11-1) plays its final non-conference game when it hosts Patriot League foe American (7-4) on Wednesday, December 22 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.
The game will be aired on the internet on ESPN3.com with John Sanders (play-by-play) and Anthony Buford (color analyst) calling action. Dave Tasca will handle production.
Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon needs a win tonight to reach the 200-career victory plateau. He currently has a 199-55 career record. 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-15 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 and only the second coach to reach that mark in school history (see chart on page 6). The only other coach in school history to win 200 games is H.C. "Doc" Carlson, who recorded a 367-247 record over 31 years from 1922-53. Dixon (199-55) 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.
Pitt concludes its non-conference schedule with American. With its 11-1 record, 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.
Pitt defeated Maryland Eastern Shore 97-64 to improve to 11-1 on the year. Big East Player of the Week award winner Gilbert Brown scored a career-high 28 points and Gary McGhee added his third double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
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A win tonight would give Jamie Dixon his 200th career win. He will tie an NCAA Division I record for fastest to 200 victories (by year) and will rank among the all-time top-15 coaching leaders in achieving that mark in the games category.
Pitt is in its ninth season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 140-11 record (.927 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns an 83-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Riding a 15-game home win streak, Pitt has won 46 of its last 47 home games.
Pitt is riding a 55-game home win streak against non-conference opponents. Pitt has won 104 of its last 105 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.
Over the last nine seasons, Pitt has proved to be the Big East's leader in overall winning percentage (256-66, .795), league winning percentage (109-41, .727), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (9) and most 20-win, 10-win Big East years (9).