Feb. 15, 2013
GAME 26: #16 PITT (20-5, 8-4 Big East) at #18 MARQUETTE (17-6, 8-3 Big East)
Saturday, February 16, 2013 • 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT • Bradley Center (19,000) • Milwaukee, Wis.
Television: CBS/KDKA-TV (Spero Dedes, Greg Anthony; Producer: Vic Frank).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove and Dick Groat). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-128 (Pitt feed), XM-193 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (258-82); Marquette: Buzz Williams, 5th year at Marquette (113-51), 5th year overall (113-51).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-16; USA Today-17; Marquette: AP-18; USA Today-20.
Series: Pitt and Marquette meet for the second time this season as the Golden Eagles claimed a 74-67 overtime decision at Pitt on January 12, 2013. The series is tied at 8-8 with Pitt winning four of the last six matchups. Pitt is 2-5 all-time vs. Marquette in Milwaukee and 1-4 in meetings at the Bradley Center. Since 2002-03, Pitt has played nine games and owns a 4-5 record in contests at the Bradley Center, including NCAA Tournament appearances in both 2004 and 2010.
MILWAUKEE, Wis.—After winning seven of its last eight games, No. 16 ranked Pitt (20-5, 8-4 Big East) makes its second consecutive road trip as it travels to No. 18 Marquette (17-6, 8-3 Big East) for a Saturday, February 16 matchup. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT.
The contest will be nationally televised on CBS. Spero Dedes and Greg Anthony will make the call while Vic Frank (producer) will handle production. The matchup will be televised locally on KDKA-TV Channel 2.
Both teams enter the contest in a race for the Big East regular season championship. Three teams- Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette are tied for first place with 8-3 records. Pitt and Notre Dame are next with 8-4 records, followed by Louisville and Connecticut at 7-4.
Pitt has won each of its last three contests, seven of its last eight games and eight of its last 10 contests. Pitt has already won more overall games (20) and more Big East Conference games (eight) than it did last season when injuries derailed its 2011-12 regular season with a 16-15 record and 5-13 league slate. In addition, Pitt has also won 20 games for the 12th consecutive season. Pitt has made its case for comeback team of the year.
At 4-2 on the road, Pitt has experienced success on the road this year, having won four of its last five road games. Pitt is also 2-1 vs. nationally ranked teams on the road. The Panthers also enter the game with a 3-3 record vs. nationally ranked programs this year with wins over No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 6 Syracuse and at No. 19 Georgetown.
Following a six-day break, Pitt is back in action following its third straight win, a 62-52 road victory over No. 17 Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena. Pitt held Cincinnati without a field goal for the final 9:21 of the contest. Tray Woodall, who finished with a team-high 14 points on 4-6 3-pointer shooting, sparked the Panthers down the stretch with several key 3-pointers and free throws made. Pitt used a 6-0 run capped by a Woodall 3-pointer to tie the score at 45-45 with 6:56 left. Lamar Patterson added a dunk to give Pitt a one-point lead, Woodall followed with another 3-pointer for a 54-48 lead with 3:21 left. Steven Adams found Talib Zanna open under the basket for a dunk that put the game out of reach, 56-51 with 1:36 to play. In earning the win, Pitt held Cincinnati to 20 percent (5-20) shooting in the second half and 16 percent (4-25) 3-point shooting for the game.
Ranked No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the USA Today poll, Marquette enters the game with a 17-6 overall and 8-3 Big East record. Marquette is coming off a 63-55 loss at Georgetown on Feb. 11. Marquette has not been defeated at home this year as it sports an undefeated 13-0 record. Pitt and Marquette meet for the second time this year as the Golden Eagles claimed a 74-67 overtime win at the Petersen Events Center on Jan. 12, 2013. Marquette is led by Vander Blue (14.6 ppg., 25 3FGM), Davante Gardner (11.6 ppg./5.0 rpg.), Junior Cadougan (8.8 ppg./99 assists), Jamil Wilson (8.4 ppg./20 3FGM) and Trent Lockett (7.5 ppg.).
SATURDAY’S TOP STORYLINES
•Pitt (8-4) and Marquette (8-3) meet in a clash of two teams vying for the Big East regular season championship. Both teams stand among the league’s top-five.
•No. 16 Pitt enters Saturday’s game at No. 18 Marquette as one of the nation’s hottest teams after winning seven of its last eight and eight of its last 10 contests.
•Pitt has won four of its last five road contests. The Panthers have also claimed 30 of their last 49 road games and own one of the Big East’s top road records (57-42) over the last 12 seasons. Pitt is 4-2 on the road this year.
•Over the last 12 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference’s leader in overall winning percentage (315-92, .774), league winning percentage (137-61, .691), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10).