Men's Basketball Hosts Fordham on Monday at 6 p.m. :: Pitt will host Fordham, Lehigh and Robert Morris as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday and Tuesday. Men's Basketball Hosts Fordham on Monday at 6 p.m.

Nov. 11, 2012

GAME 2: FORDHAM (0-1) at PITT (1-0)

Monday, November 12, 2012 • 6 p.m. ET

Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPN3.com (Tim Neverett and Mark Adams; Producer: Todd Kulis).

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Rob King, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-N/A (Pitt feed); 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 (239-77); Fordham: Tom Pecora, 3rd year at Fordham, 12th year overall.

Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; ESPN-ARV; Fordham: AP-NR; ESPN-NR (preseason rankings). 

Series: Pitt and Fordham meet for the 22nd time in series history with Pitt holding a 13-8 overall advantage. The last time the schools met in men’s basketball was on December 30, 1977 in San Diego, Calif., an 80-76 Pitt victory. Prior to that meeting, Fordham won six straight matchups. Pitt enters the game with a 134-82 all-time record vs. Atlantic 10 Conference opponents.

GAME PREVIEW 

PITTSBURGH—Pitt (1-0) plays the second game of its 106th men’s basketball season on Monday, Nov. 12 when it hosts Fordham (0-1) at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. ET.

The contest is part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. On Monday, Pitt and Fordham meet at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.com, followed by Lehigh and Robert Morris at 8:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Fordham will play either the winner or loser of the Robert Morris-Lehigh game at 6 p.m., while Pitt will follow against the winner/loser of the Robert Morris-Lehigh game at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. The team with the best record advances to the NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinal and Final Rounds on Nov. 21 and 23 at Madison Square Garden. 

Monday’s game will be televised on ESPN3.com with Tim Neverett and Mark Adams handling play-by-play and color analyst duties respectively. Todd Kulis will manage production.

Pitt enters the game with a 1-0 record following an 80-48 season opening victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Friday night. Pitt shot a school record 70.8 percent (34-48) from the floor in registering the win. Talib Zanna (10-12 FG) finished with a career-high 20 points in only 20 minutes of action, Tray Woodall added 14 points and seven assists and Trey Zeigler contributed 11 points (5-6 FG) off the bench in the win. Pitt started two freshmen-center Steven Adams and guard James Robinson. Adams finished with eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots and Robinson scored six points with four rebounds in 29 minutes of action. The two freshmen starters marked the first time that Pitt started two freshmen in a game since January 6, 2004 when it started Chris Taft and guard Antonio Graves, who filled in for injured starter Carl Krauser. 

Pitt owns a 92-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 113 of its last 117 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 45-1 record in November non-conference games and a 43-1 record in December non-conference matchups.

Pitt claimed each of its two exhibition contests against the likes of Indiana, Pa. (69-54) and Hawaii-Hilo (77-45). With the two victories, Pitt has now won 28 consecutive exhibition games dating back to a Nov. 10, 1998 loss to Marathon Oil. Head Coach Jamie Dixon is a perfect 20-0 in exhibition games since he became head coach in 2003-04 and the Panthers improved to 18-0 in exhibition contests since the NCAA cleared other NCAA Division schools for competition. Combining Pitt’s two exhibition games, the Panthers averaged 73.0 points per game, shot 44.7 percent (55-123) from the floor and outrebounded their opponents 37.5-29.5. Pitt also committed just 17 turnovers and forced its two opponents into 48. The Panthers uncharacteristically also registered 27 steals in the two games. 

In Pitt’s two exhibition games, J.J. Moore led Pitt in both scoring (13.5 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.818, 9-11). Tray Woodall contributed 11.0 points per game and 7.5 assists, Dante Taylor led Pitt with 8.5 rebounds per game and averaged 8.5 points and Talib Zanna averaged 8.5 points.

Fordham enters the NIT Season Tip-Off after dropping an 86-76 loss to Texas State on Friday evening. Chris Gaston led the Rams with 19 points, while Branden Frazier and Bryan Smith added 18 and 16 points respectively. Pitt and Fordham will meet for the 22nd time in school history with Pitt holding a 13-8 advantage in the series. Pitt is a combined 134-82 all-time vs. Atlantic-10 Conference opponents. 

Pitt has won 69 of its last 98 games and 74 of its last 104, 217 of its last 289 contests, 95 of its last 144 Big East regular season games and 129 of its last 140 non-conference games.

TODAY’S TOP STORYLINES 

•Pitt plays the second game of its 106th all-time men’s basketball season when it hosts Fordham in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

•Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 165-19 record (.897) in the arena. The Panthers have won 71 of their last 80 home games and 31 of their last 38 home Big East games. 

•Pitt owns a 92-3 record and .968 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 113 of their last 117 home games against regular season non conference opponents.

•Over the last 11 seasons, Pitt has been the Big East Conference’s leader in overall winning percentage (296-87, .772), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10 of 11).