The CITY GAME at the Consol Energy Center (19,100)
Duquesne (4-3) at Pitt (7-1)
Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m.
Television: ESPN3.com. Tim Neverett (play-by-play), Darrin Horn (color)
Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network. 93.7 FM in Pittsburgh. Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play, Dick Groat (color), and Curtis Aiken (color).
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134 (Pitt feed).
Coaches: Jamie Dixon 245-78 (10th year) including 9-0 against Duquesne. Jim Ferry 4-3 (1st year).
Series History: Pitt leads 49-31 (started in Jan. 13, 1932).
Last Meeting: Nov. 30, 2011. Pitt 80, Duquesne 69. Attendance was 15,880, a City Game record.
This marks the third game at the Consol Energy Center. Pitt won the first two. The first City Game at the Consol, played on Dec. 1, 2010, was the first ever basketball game in the new arena.
Four years ago, Dec. 1, 2009, The City Game was the last college basketball game played at Mellon (Civic) Arena. Pitt won 67-58 in double overtime after trailing by 16 points.
From 2002-2008, the series rotated between Pitt's Petersen Events Center and Duquesne's Palumbo Center.
Pitt has won 30 of the last 33 games including the last 11 (avg.15.2 points-per-game).
Pitt City Game Venue History:
Consol Energy Center 2-0
Petersen Events Center 4-0
Mellon Arena 21-14
Fitzgerald Field House 14-7
Pitt Pavilion 5-9
Palumbo Center 3-1
The City Game began in 1932 and was played in the Pitt Pavilion (underneath old Pitt Stadium) until 1939. Duquesne won the first four games and nine of the first 14 (the teams played twice most seasons) until the series was temporarily disbanded due to fights that would break out between the two teams.
The series was re-instituted in 1953 and was played at the Fitzgerald Field House and also the Civic Arena. On Dec. 19, 1988, the game was played at the Palumbo Center, an 80-76 Duquesne win. It was the first win for Duquesne in ten years. Before that, the Dukes won 28 of the previous 42 games.
After the win in 1988, the Dukes have won only two more times, Feb.5, 1998, an 80-69 win, and Dec. 21, 2000, a 71-70 win. The Panther have won every game since then.
Thoughts on the City Game from Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon
"We're looking forward to the game, I think it’s a great opportunity and great for the city. We had 16,000 for the game last year. That says a lot about how important this game is for the city and the tradition for both schools," Dixon said. "I think the atmosphere will be tremendous. Last year was the best one (city game attendance record). I think our guys know it’s a rivalry and their excited. Given the new arena, I like it being played there."
He hopes that the rivalry continues into the future.
"We think playing this game is the right thing to do. We understand that. Hopefully we can continue to play this game," Dixon said. "It means something to a lot of people ,and if means something to a lot of people, it means something to us."
Thoughts on Duquesne from Dixon
"I've never seen Coach [Jim] Ferry's team play before but I knew some of the stuff that they like to do. I had an idea so I wasn’t too surprised what I saw on film. They play small, they shoot 3's, they try to spread you out. They may have 4 or sometimes 5 guards on the floor like they did against Maine," Dixon said. "They like to play man mostly, but I'm sure we'll see some zone too given our size against theirs. They'll probably go through stretches where they hit some three's."
Pitt point guard Tray Woodall suffered a stomach injury during last year's City Game and his loss for half the season was a factor in the Panthers' sub-par performance last year.
"It was hard to fathom the play [Woodall] got hurt on," Dixon said. "It was a jump-stop and he wasn’t even touched by anyone."
Senior Forward Dante Taylor's thoughts on the City Game
"There should be a lot of people there. We're going to take it one play at a time, just like any other game. The Consol is a nice place to play," Taylor said. "There's even more significance this year with the Duquesne game since we don’t play West Virginia or Robert Morris. We just gotta bring it."
Freshman guard James Robinson's thoughts on his first City Game
"The older guys have been telling me about the Pitt-Duquesne game since our last game ended. I'm excited to get my first taste of the rivalry. I know it's going to be an exciting game, and it will be very competitive. We know they're a good team. It will be a physical game. They're on a winning streak right now. We have to come out prepared and play to the best of our abilities if we expect to win the game," Robinson said. "I know the fans will bring a lot of excitement to the game. Coming form DeMatha (high school) we've had our fair share of rivalries in the D.C. area. So it will be like that but on a much bigger scale."
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