Dec. 22, 2012
GAME 13: KENNESAW STATE (1-10, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) at PITT (11-1, 0-0 Big East)
Sunday, December 23, 2012 5 p.m. ET Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Pitt Panthers Television (Jeff Hathhorn and Julius Page; Producer: Roger Lehnhart).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-132 (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 (249-78); Kennesaw State: Lewis Preston, 2nd year at KSU, 2nd year overall.
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Kennesaw State: AP-NR; ESPN-NR.
Series: Pitt and Kennesaw State meet for the first time in series history. Pitt has played seven games against Atlantic Sun Conference opponents and owns a 6-1 all-time record vs. the league (Belmont 1-0, East Tennessee State 1-0, Jacksonville 2-1, North Florida 1-0, Stetson 1-0).
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (11-1, 0-0 Big East) hosts Kennesaw State (1-10, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) on Sunday, December 23 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television with Jeff Hathhorn and former Pitt player Julius Page making the call. Roger Lehnhart will handle production.
Kennesaw State represents the final non-conference home game for the Panthers before the team breaks for the holiday season and Big East Conference play begins against No. 11 Cincinnati on Dec. 31.
Riding a seven-game win streak, Pitt enters its 13th game with an 11-1 record. The win over Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 15th gave Pitt its 10th non conference victory of the year for the 12th consecutive season.
Pitt has accomplished its 11-1 record with total team effort. All 10 of its players are averaging 3.5 points or more and all 10 are playing at least 10.8 minutes per game. Through its first 12 games, Pitt has outscored its opponents by a plus-25.0 margin, shot 52.5 percent (353-672) from the floor and outrebounded its opponents by plus-10.5 boards per game. Pitt has forced 14.0 turnovers per game and totaled 89 steals for a 7.4 steals per game average, numbers that are uncommonly high for the Panthers. Pitt has also dominated the inside, having outscored its opponents 470-246 in the paint. The Panthers' bench also has outscored their opponents by a 328-143 total. Additionally, Pitt has assisted on 68.3 percent (241 of 353) 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 14-game home win streak, which ties for the seventh longest of its kind in school history, Pitt owns a 100-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 121 of its last 125 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 47-1 record in December non-conference matchups.
Following a 28-point win over Delaware State on Dec. 19, Pitt has won back-to-back games against Bethune-Cookman (89-40) and North Florida (89-47) by 40 or more points. In Wednesday's 71-43 win over Delaware State, Pitt began the second half on a 10-0 run en route to a 41-27 commanding lead with 14:52 to go. Talib Zanna scored six of his game and career-high 20 points in the run. Pitt committed just one turnover in the second half, shot 61.2 percent (30-49) for the game and outrebounded Delaware State by an astounding 35-14 margin.
Pitt has won 79 of its last 109 games and 84 of its last 115, 227 of its last 300 contests, 95 of its last 144 Big East regular season games and 139 of its last 150 non-conference games.
SUNDAY'S TOP STORYLINES
For the 12th consecutive season, Pitt has won 10 or more non-conference games.
Pitt has won 14 consecutive home games, which ties for the seventh longest home win streak in school history.
Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 173-19 record (.901) in the arena. The Panthers have won 79 of their last 88 home games and 31 of their last 38 Big East home games.
Pitt owns a 100-3 record and .971 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 121 of their last 125 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 (306-88, .777), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tourney appearances (10).
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