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2009–10 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball
NCAA, #3, West Region
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #18
2009–10 record 24–8 (13–5 Big East)
Head coach Jamie Dixon
Assistant coach Tom Herrion
Assistant coach Pat Sandle
Assistant coach Brandin Knight

Home arena

Petersen Events Center
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Big East men's basketball standings
   Conf Overall
Team W L PCT W L PCT
#4 Syracuse 15 3 .833 28 4 .875
#18 Pittsburgh 13 5 .722 24 8 .750
#6 West Virginia 13 5 .722 27 6 .818
#9 Villanova 13 5 .722 24 7 .774
Marquette 11 7 .611 22 11 .667
Louisville 11 7 .611 20 12 .625
Notre Dame 10 8 .556 23 11 .676
#14 Georgetown 10 8 .556 23 10 .697
South Florida 9 9 .500 20 13 .606
Seton Hall 9 9 .500 19 13 .594
Cincinnati 7 11 .389 18 15 .545
Connecticut 7 11 .389 18 15 .545
St. John's 6 12 .333 17 15 .531
Rutgers 5 13 .278 15 17 .469
Providence 4 14 .222 12 19 .387
DePaul 1 17 .056 8 23 .258

2010 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 16, 2010[1] • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009-10 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team represents the University of Pittsburgh in the 2009-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Head Coach is Jamie Dixon, who is serving for his 7th year as head coach at Pittsburgh and 11th overall at the University. The team plays its home games in the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Contents

Outlook

The Pittsburgh Panthers advanced to last season's NCAA Elite Eight. The team lost four starters, including NBA draft selections Sam Young and DeJuan Blair, along with point guard Levance Fields and forward/center Tyrell Biggs. Guard Jermaine Dixon was the only returning starter from last season's squad while projected starter Gilbert Brown was suspended for the fall semester for academic reasons, although he reenrolled and returned to the team in December.[2] Four freshman joined the Panthers, including McDonald's High School All-American Dante Taylor. Also new to the team was senior guard Chase Adams, a transfer from Centenary College of Louisiana. The Panthers' roster was the most inexperienced in the Big East, with six freshmen, two sophomores and only two seniors, and when Dixon went down with a foot injury in the offseason, ruling him out until well into December, the remaining roster had a total of one career start.[3]

The Panthers were selected to finish 9th in the Big East by the Big East coaches during their conference media day.[4]

Coaching staff

Name[5] Position Year at
Pittsburgh
Alma Mater (Year)
Jamie Dixon Head coach 11th (7th as Head Coach) TCU (1987)
Tom Herrion Associate head coach 3rd Merrimack (1989)
Pat Sandle Assistant coach 7th San Francisco State (1987)
Brandin Knight Assistant coach 4th University of Pittsburgh (2005)
Brian Regan Director of Operations 3rd Saint Vincent (1988)
Rasheen Davis Video Coordinator 2nd St. Thomas Aquinas (2005)

Recruiting

Name Hometown High School Height Weight (lb) Commit date
Lamar Patterson
small forward
Lancaster, Pennsylvania St. Benedict's Prep/J.P. McCaskey H.S. 6′5″ 220 12/28/2007 
Scout:3 stars.svg   Rivals:3 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 91
J.J. Richardson
center/power forward
Missouri City, Texas Fort Bend Hightower HS 6′7″ 232.5 9/16/2008 
Scout:3 stars.svg   Rivals:3 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 89
Dante Taylor
power forward
Greenburgh, New York National Christian Academy, MD 6′8″ 222.5 7/14/2008 
Scout:5 stars.svg   Rivals:5 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 97
Talib Zanna
center/power forward
Kaduna, Nigeria Bishop McNamara HS, MD 6′8.5″ 222.5 9/29/2008 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:3 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 90
Overall Recruiting Rankings: Scout - 15   Rivals - 25

Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100 point scale.
Sources:
"Pittsburgh Commit List for 2009". Rivals.com. http://rivals.yahoo.com/basketballrecruiting/basketball/recruiting/commitments/2009/alabama-62. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
"Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=141&p=9&cfg=bb&c=8&yr=2009. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
"Pittsburgh Basketball Recruiting 2009". ESPN.com. http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/school?schoolId=221&season=2009. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
"Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=141&p=9&cfg=bb&c=14&yr=2009. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
"2009 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=879497. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 

Roster

[6]

Name # Position Height Weight (lb.) Year Hometown Previous School
Adams, ChaseChase Adams 3 Guard 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 2Senior Baltimore, MD Centenary/Mount Saint Joseph HS
Brown, GilbertGilbert Brown* 5 Guard/Forward 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 2Junior (RS) Harrisburg, PA South Kent School
Dixon, JermaineJermaine Dixon 24 Guard 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 3Senior, Transfer Baltimore, MD Tallahassee CC/Maine Central Inst/Blake HS
Frye, TimTim Frye 44 Guard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 2Junior Mars, PA Mars Area HS
Gibbs, AshtonAshton Gibbs 12 Guard 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 1Sophomore Scotch Plains, NJ Seton Hall Prep
McGhee, GaryGary McGhee 52 Center 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 2Junior Anderson, IN Highland HS
Miller, DwightDwight Miller 25 Forward 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 1Freshman (RS) Nassau, Bahamas St. Pius X HS
Patterson, LamarLamar Patterson 21 Guard/Forward 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 1Freshman Lancaster, PA St. Benedict's Prep/J.P. McCaskey H.S.
Richardson, J.J.J.J. Richardson 55 Forward 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 1Freshman Missouri City, TX Fort Bend Hightower HS
Rivers, NickNick Rivers 14 Guard 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 1Junior Phoenix, AZ Brophy College Prep
Robinson, NasirNasir Robinson 35 Forward 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 1Sophomore Chester, PA Chester HS
Taylor, DanteDante Taylor 11 Forward 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 1Freshman Greenburgh, NY National Christian Academy (MD)
Wanamaker, BradBrad Wanamaker 22 Guard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 2Junior Philadelphia, PA Roman Catholic HS
Woodall, TravonTravon Woodall 1 Guard 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 190 1Freshman (RS) Brooklyn, NY St. Anthony HS
Zanna, TalibTalib Zanna 42 Forward 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 1Freshman Kaduna, Nigeria Bishop McNamara HS (MD)

*Suspended for the fall semester for academic reasons, but is expected to re-enroll and return to the team in December.[2]

Schedule

Pitt's 2009-10 schedule.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Scrimmage
Tue, Oct. 27* 7:00 pm Blue/Gold Game Petersen Events CenterPittsburgh, PA  Blue
56–53 
N/A
Exhibition
Sun, Nov. 1* 4:00 pm Slippery Rock Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 75–64  5,815
Sun, Nov. 8* 4:00 pm Coker College, S.C. Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 83–40  6,103
Regular season
Fri, Nov. 13* 8:10 pm Wofford Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 60–63  10,112 1–0
Tue, Nov. 17* 5:30 pm Binghamton Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic)
ESPN2 W 71–46  7,677 2–0
Thu, Nov. 19* 7:00 pm Eastern Kentucky Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic)
W 71–60  9,148 3–0
Mon, Nov. 23* 7:37 pm vs. Wichita State Sprint CenterKansas City, MO
(O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Semifinal)
ESPN2 W 68–55  N/A 4–0
Tue, Nov. 24* 10:25 pm vs. #3 Texas Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Championship Game)
ESPN2 L 78–62  8,076 4–1
Sat, Nov. 28* 12:00 pm Youngstown State Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh W 72–56  10,135 5–1
Wed, Dec. 2* 7:00 pm vs. Duquesne Mellon Arena • Pittsburgh, PA
(City Game)
CBS College Sports W 67–58  12,336 6–1
Fri, Dec. 4* 7:00 pm New Hampshire Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 47–32  8,856 7–1
Tue, Dec. 8* 9:00 pm vs. Indiana Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(Jimmy V Classic)
ESPN L 74–64  8,975 7–2
Sat, Dec. 12* 2:00 pm Kent State Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNU W 71–59  9,468 8–2
Sat, Dec. 19* 4:00 p.m. Mount St. Mary's Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA W 66–48  7,039 9–2
Tue, Dec. 22* 7:00 pm Ohio Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh W 74–49  9,261 10–2
Mon, Dec. 28 7:00 pm DePaul Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNU W 65–52  10,811 11–2 (1–0)
Sat, Jan. 2 12:00 pm @ #5 Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPN Regional/WTAE-TV W 82–72  24,969 12–2 (2–0)
Mon, Jan. 4 7:00 pm Cincinnati #23 Fifth Third ArenaCincinnati, OH ESPN Big Monday W 74–71  8,699 13–2 (3–0)
Wed, Jan. 13 7:00 pm @ #15 Connecticut #16 XL CenterHartford, CT ESPN2 W 67–57  15,290 14–2 (4–0)
Sat, Jan. 16 12:00 pm Louisville #16 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN Regional/WTAE-TV W 82–77 OT 12,781 15–2 (5–0)
Wed, Jan. 20 7:00 pm #12 Georgetown #9 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNU L 66–74  12,677 15–3 (5–1)
Sun, Jan. 24 2:00 pm Seton Hall #9 Prudential CenterNewark, NJ ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh L 61–64  8,043 15–4 (5–2)
Thu, Jan. 28 7:00 pm St. John's #17 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNU W 63–53  12,511 16–4 (6–2)
Sun, Jan. 31 1:00 pm South Florida #17 USF Sun DomeTampa, FL ESPNU L 61–70  5,370 16–5 (6–3)
Wed, Feb. 3 7:00 pm @ #6 West Virginia #22 WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV
(Backyard Brawl)
ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh L 51–70  15,419 16–6 (6–4)
Sat, Feb. 6 6:00 pm Seton Hall #22 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA cancelled^ W 83–58  6,681 17–6 (7–4)
Mon, Feb. 8* 8:00 pm Robert Morris #25 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh W 77–53  7,211 18–6
Fri, Feb. 12 9:00 pm #5 West Virginia #25 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Backyard Brawl)
ESPN W 98–95 3OT 12,902 19–6 (8–4)
Thu, Feb. 18 9:00 pm Marquette #19 Bradley CenterMilwaukee, WI ESPN2 W 58–51  16,486 20–6 (9–4)
Sun, Feb. 21 12:00 pm #3 Villanova #19 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA CBS W 70–65  12,920 21–6 (10–4)
Wed, Feb. 24 7:00 pm Notre Dame #12 Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN ESPN2 L 53–68  8,581 21–7 (10–5)
Sat, Feb. 27 12:00 pm @ St. John's #12 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh W 71–64  6,892 22–7 (11–5)
Thu, Mar. 4 9:00 pm Providence #17 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN2 W 73–71  12,511 23–7 (12–5)
Sat, Mar. 6 4:30 pm Rutgers #17 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh W 83–54  12,508 24–7 (13–5)
Postseason
Big East Men's Basketball Championship
Thu, Mar. 11 7:00 pm vs. #7 Notre Dame #2 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Big East Championship Quarterfinals)
ESPN L 45–50  19,375 24–8
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
Fri, Mar. 19 2:55 pm vs. #14 Oakland #3 Bradley Center • Milwaukee, WI
(NCAA Championship First Round)
CBS       
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.   Postseason ranks represent seeds in the applicable tournament. ^Telecast on ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh was cancelled due to the First North American blizzard of 2010, but live video of the game was streamed on-line[7]. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Rankings

Ranking Movement
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Accomplishments

  • Pitt achieved a school record ninth straight 20-win season and a school record ninth straight season with 10 wins in the Big East Conference.
  • Sophmore guard Ashton Gibbs was named Second-Team All-Big East.[8]
  • Ashton Gibbs was named the Big East's most improved player.[9]
  • Ninth straigh NCAA Tournement appearence.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2009-10." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-16-10.
  2. ^ a b Gorman, Kevin (2009-08-28). "Pitt suspends Gilbert Brown for fall semester". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/college/s_640620.html. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  3. ^ O'Neil, Dana (2010-01-13). "Gritty Panthers modeled after Pittsburgh". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=oneil_dana&id=4824157. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ Grupp, John (2009-10-21). "Pitt picked to finish 9th in Big East by coaches". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. http://www.pittsburghlive.com:8000/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_649129.html. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  5. ^ Hotchkiss, pg 66–74
  6. ^ http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/pitt-m-baskbl-mtt.html#Alphabetical
  7. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2010-02-06). "Pitt basketball game still on tonight at The Pete". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). http://postgazette.com/pg/10037/1034113-142.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  8. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2010-03-07). "Pitt's Gibbs named second-team all-Big East". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). http://postgazette.com/pg/10066/1040996-142.stm. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  9. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2010-03-09). "Pitt's Gibbs named most improved in Big East". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10068/1041234-142.stm. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
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