Pitt Game Notes


By Bryan Messerly for WVUsports.com
February 22, 2011 08:18 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Game notes for Thursday night's nationally televised West Virginia-Pitt matchup at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh.

• Thursday’s game will be televised by ESPN. Westwood One radio will broadcast with Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen on the call.

• There is not another team that West Virginia has played more times than Pitt.

• Fifty-one of Bob Huggins’ 97 West Virginia victories have been away from the WVU Coliseum.

• West Virginia won six BIG EAST road games last season. WVU has a 17-17 BIG EAST road record under Bob Huggins.

• Bob Huggins is tied with Gale Catlett for the most BIG EAST roads wins (17) by a WVU coach. John Beilein had 13.

• WVU has played the fewest home games of any team in the BIG EAST with 12.

• WVU has been ranked three times this season. The Mountaineers have been ranked 26 weeks under Bob Huggins, including 18 weeks in the AP Top 10. WVU has been ranked 46 weeks since Jan. 3, 2005.

• The final nine games of the BIG EAST schedule marks the toughest stretch of opponents for WVU in school history with seven of those nine ranked. There has never been a 7-of-9 ranked run for WVU since the AP poll was started in 1948-49.

• In the last eight games, WVU’s opponents are averaging 58.8 points per game. In two recent home games, Seton Hall scored 44 and USF 46. Seton Hall’s total was the lowest by a WVU opponent all-time in BIG EAST competition.

• Seton Hall’s 44 points and USF’s 46 points are the two lowest scoring totals in BIG EAST conference games this season.

• The Mountaineers have had six different players lead them in scoring in a game this season.

• Kevin Jones became WVU’s 47th 1,000-point scorer against Seton Hall. He is now 41st with 1,064 career points.

• John Flowers is second in the BIG EAST in blocks. He ranks fifth in school history with 145 blocks in his career.

• Flowers leads the team in plus/minus ratio this season with a +201 when he is on the floor.

• WVU ranks sixth in the country in 3-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 28.4 percent from 3.

• Joe Mazzulla is tied for second among all NCAA active players in games played with 138. Mazzulla is tied with Duke’s Kyle Singler, while Ohio State’s David Lighty is the leader with 147 games played.
• In the latest CollegeRPI.com rankings, WVU is ranked No. 4 in strength of schedule and No. 21 in the RPI.

• WVU is 19-6 on February 24 and 494-375 all-time in the month of February.

• The Mountaineers have a 124-48 overall record since the start of the 2006-07 season.

• West Virginia has won 40 of its last 43 games when holding the opponents to 69 points or less.

• West Virginia is 27-0 under Bob Huggins when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.

• West Virginia is 81-10 under Bob Huggins when leading at halftime.

• West Virginia is 86-5 under Bob Huggins when leading by 10 or more points in a game.

• West Virginia is 78-3 under Bob Huggins when posting a higher shooting percentage than its opponent.

• West Virginia has won 47 of its last 55 games when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

• The Mountaineers are 70-11 under Bob Huggins when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

• West Virginia is 79-12 under Bob Huggins when outrebounding its opponent.

• West Virginia has allowed its opponent to shoot 50 percent or better only 21 times under Bob Huggins (136 games).

• WVU was predicted fifth in the BIG EAST preseason poll. The Mountaineers have finished higher or equal to their preseason prediction in each of the last eight seasons.

• WVU is one of only three BIG EAST schools with a winning record in league play in each of the past five seasons. The others are Pitt and Marquette.

• Last year, WVU recorded a school-record 31 victories en route to its first BIG EAST Championship and first NCAA Final Four appearance since 1959.

• West Virginia has made the NCAA tournament all three years under Bob Huggins. Last year was WVU’s fifth NCAA appearance in the last six seasons. In the year the Mountaineers didn’t make the NCAA tournament, they won the NIT.

• WVU made its seventh straight postseason appearance: 2010 NCAA Final Four, 2009 NCAA First Round, 2008 NCAA Sweet 16, 2007 NIT champions, 2006 NCAA Sweet 16, 2005 NCAA Elight Eight and 2004 NIT Second Round.

• Bob Huggins recorded his 687th career victory against Notre Dame. He recently passed Denny Crum for 20th place on the NCAA Division I all-time winningest coaches list. Next on the list is Don Haskins, who had 719 wins during his career. Three active coaches have won more games (Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun).

• Kevin Jones was named to the all-BIG EAST preseason first team. Last year, Jones started all 38 games, averaging 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He set the school record for offensive rebounds with 135.

• West Virginia has made at least one 3-point field goal in 383 consecutive games. The last time WVU did not make a 3-point field goal was against Robert Morris on Nov. 27, 1999.



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