Men's Basketball Hosts Lehigh at 9 p.m. on Tuesday :: Winner advances to the NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals at Madison Square Garden (Nov. 21-23). Men's Basketball Hosts Lehigh at 9 p.m. on Tuesday

Nov. 13, 2012

GAME 3: LEHIGH (1-1) at PITT (2-0)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 • 9 p.m. ET

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

Television: ESPNU (Rich Hollenberg and Tim Welsh; Producer: Todd Kulis).

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, 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 (240-77); Lehigh: Brett Reed, 6th year at Lehigh (95-64), 6th year overall (95-64).

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

Series: Pitt and Lehigh meet for the ninth time in series history with Lehigh holding a 5-3 advantage in the series. The two schools met eight times between the 1912-13 and 1919-20 seasons. The last time Pitt and Lehigh met in men’s basketball was a 27-24 Pitt victory on Feb. 14, 1920 at Lehigh. Pitt is 72-54 all-time vs. Patriot League opponents. 

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH—Pitt (2-0) hosts Lehigh (1-1) in the second NIT Season Tip-Off contest for both teams on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. ET. 

The winner will advance to NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinal play at New York’s Madison Square Garden from Nov. 21-23. Pitt defeated Fordham 86-51 last night, while Lehigh won an 89-60 decision against Robert Morris. Robert Morris plays Fordham in the consolation game at 6 p.m. ET.

Tuesday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Rich Hollenberg and Tim Welsh handling play-by-play and color analyst duties respectively. Todd Kulis will manage production. 

Pitt enters the game with a 2-0 record following an 86-51 win over Fordham on Monday night. In Pitt’s first two games, the Panthers have outscored their opponents by a plus-33.5 margin, shot 60.7 (68-112) from the floor and outrebounded their opponents by 10.0 boards. Pitt has also forced 17.5 turnovers per game and totaled 21 steals. Against Fordham, J.J. Moore led Pitt with 20 points (7-11 FG) in only 19 minutes of action, Steven Adams added 13 points and Tray Woodall finished with 12 points and five assists. Pitt outscored Fordham 42-12 in the paint and shot 53.1 percent (34-64) for the game. It scored 49 second half points after converting 60.6 percent (20-33) of its second half field goals.

Pitt also defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 80-48, in its season opener 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, 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 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 93-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 114 of its last 118 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 46-1 record in November non-conference games and has a 43-1 record in December non-conference matchups.

Lehigh is fresh off its 89-60 win over Robert Morris in round one. The Engineers are led by preseason All-American C.J. McCollum, who scored 36 points in a 99-77 season opening loss to Baylor. McCollum averaged 21.9 points per game while leading the Engineers to a 27-8 record and NCAA Tournament appearance last season. Lehigh advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with an NCAA Second Round victory over Duke. Lehigh is coached by Brett Reed.

Pitt was picked by league coaches to finish sixth in the Big East this season. Freshman Steven Adams was named the Big East’s preseason Rookie of the Year and senior guard Tray Woodall earned preseason All-Big East honorable mention honors. 

Pitt has won 70 of its last 99 games and 75 of its last 105, 218 of its last 290 contests, 95 of its last 144 Big East regular season games and 130 of its last 141 non-conference games.

TODAY’S TOP STORYLINES 

•Pitt and Lehigh will meet in the NIT Season Tip-Off Second Round. The winner will advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinal Round at Madison Square Garden (Nov. 21-23).

•Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 166-19 record (.897) in the arena. The Panthers have won 72 of their last 81 home games and 31 of their last 38 Big East home games. 

•Pitt owns a 93-3 record and .969 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers have won 114 of their last 118 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 (297-87, .773), league winning percentage (129-57, .694), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10 of 11).