KENT STATE (5-3) @ PITTSBURGH (7-2), MEN'S BASKETBALL
Petersen Center | Pittsburgh, PA.
Television: ESPNU (Bob Wenzel & Lou Canellis)
Radio: WNIR/100.1 FM (Tom Linder)
• The all-time series which began in the 1950 season is tied at 8-8. • This is the first meeting between the two schools in the regular season since 1977. • Kent State and Pittsburgh have faced each other twice in the NCAA tournament in the past seven years. • In 2002, the Golden Flashes won 78-73 in overtime in a regional semifinal to advance to the ‘Elite 8’. • Pittsburgh the defeated KSU 79-64 in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament in Detroit, Mich.
Kent State notes, RPI: 84, SOS: 84
• All 15 of Rodriquez Sherman's rebounds the past two games have come on the defensive end. The 6-2 point guard leads the team with 35 defensive rebounds this season and ranks second with 5.6 total rebounds per game. • Kent State has forced more or had the same amount of turnovers in all eight games this season. • Chris Singletary needs four steals to reach 150 for his career. Only seven other players in school history have reached the milestone. • This is the first regular season meeting between the two schools since 1977. The last two meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament (2002, 2006).
Pittsburgh notes, RPI: 52, SOS: 69
•Pitt is in its eighth season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 120-10 record (.923 winning percentage) in the arena. Pitt owns a 71-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center.
•Pitt has won 26 straight home games, a streak which ranks third among the school's all-time longest home win streaks. It ranks as the nation's third longest home win streak.
•Pitt is also riding a school record tying 43-game win streak against non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center. It needs a win vs. Kent State to set the school record with its 44th consecutive home win vs. non-conference opponents.
•For the 10th consecutive game, Pitt will start five players who had a combined one career start prior to the season opener. Jermaine Dixon saw his first action vs. Indiana since suffering a broken right foot. Gilbert Brown is serving an academic suspension and should be back December 22.
•In games played after losing a contest, Jamie Dixon's all-time record is 31-9.