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Pitt hosts Notre Dame Monday Night

#21 NOTRE DAME (20-6, 8-5 Big East) at #16 PITT (20-6, 8-5 Big East)

Monday, February 18, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET

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

TV: ESPN (Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery, Jay Bilas)

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken). 93.7 FM

Satellite Radio: Sirius-91 (Pitt feed), XM-91 (Pitt feed).

Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 14th year at Pitt, 10th year as head coach (258-83); Notre Dame: Mike Brey, 13th year at Notre Dame (280-138), 18th year overall (379-180).

Pitt is playing a nationally ranked team for the third game in a row when the Irish visit the Petersen Events Center Monday night. It will be game number 200 at the Pete.

Both teams enter the game with identical conference and overall records.

The Panthers have won seven of their last nine games but are coming off a 79-69 loss at Marquette on Saturday. Notre Dame is coming off a 71-54 loss at Providence on Saturday.

Syracuse, Georgetown, and Marquette are tied for first in the Big East at 9-3. Louisville, Pitt, and Notre Dame are also vying for the top four spots in the conference standings which earns a double-bye in the Big East Tournament.

Pitt and Notre Dame are the nation's top-two ball-handling teams as the Fighting Irish rank No. 1 in assist:turnover ratio and Pitt No. 2. Ranked No. 21 in both the AP and USA Today polls (as of Feb. 11, 2013).

Notre Dame is led by Jack Cooley (14.6 ppg./11.2 rpg.), Jerian Grant (13.0 ppg./2.4 rpg.) and Eric Atkins (11.7 ppg.).

Pitt is in its 11th season in the Petersen Events Center and carries a 178-21 overall record (.894) in the arena. Pitt is also 73-18 all-time vs. Big East opponents at the PEC. The Panthers have won 84 of their last 95 home games and 35 of their last 44 Big East Conference home games.

Over the last 12 years, Pitt has been the Big East Conference's leader in overall winning percentage (315-93, .772), league winning percentage (137-62, .688), Big East Championships (six), Big East Tournament wins (20) and NCAA Tournament appearances (10).

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