2009–10 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team

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2009–10 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball
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NCAA, #3 West Region, Second Round
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
Ranking
Coaches #20
AP #18
2009–10 record 25–9 (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
(Capacity: 12,508)
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     30 5   .857
#6 West Virginia 13 5   .722     31 7   .816
#9 Villanova 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
#18 Pittsburgh 13 5   .722     25 9   .735
Marquette 11 7   .611     22 12   .647
Louisville 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
#14 Georgetown 10 8   .556     23 11   .676
Notre Dame 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
South Florida 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Seton Hall 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Cincinnati 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Connecticut 7 11   .389     18 16   .529
St. John's 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
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 April 3, 2010[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their Head Coach was Jamie Dixon, who was in his 7th year as head coach at Pittsburgh and 11th overall at the University. The team played its home games in the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and were members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 25–9, 13–5 in Big East play and lost in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament. They received an at–large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning a 3 seed in the West Region. They defeated 14 seed Oakland in the first round before losing to 6 seed and AP No. 25 Xavier in the second round.

Outlook[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Lamar Patterson
small forward
Lancaster, Pennsylvania St. Benedict's Prep/J.P. McCaskey H.S. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Dec 28, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
J. J. Richardson
center/power forward
Missouri City, Texas Fort Bend Hightower HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 232.5 lb (105.5 kg) Sep 16, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Dante Taylor
power forward
Greenburgh, New York National Christian Academy, MD 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 222.5 lb (100.9 kg) Jul 14, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Talib Zanna
center/power forward
Kaduna, Nigeria Bishop McNamara HS, MD 6 ft 8.5 in (2.04 m) 222.5 lb (100.9 kg) Sep 29, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90


Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 15   Rivals: 25
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

[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 re-enrolled and returned to the team in December.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Pitt's 2009-10 schedule.

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Scrimmage
Tue. Oct. 27*
7:00 pm
Blue/Gold Game  Blue
56–53 

Petersen Events Center (N/A)
Pittsburgh, PA
Exhibition
Sun. Nov. 1*
4:00 pm
Slippery Rock W 75–64 
Petersen Events Center (5,815)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sun. Nov. 8*
4:00 pm
Coker College, S.C. W 83–40 
Petersen Events Center (6,103)
Pittsburgh, PA
Regular season
Fri. Nov. 13*
8:10 pm
Wofford W 60–63  1–0
Petersen Events Center (10,112)
Pittsburgh, PA
Tue. Nov. 17*
5:30 pm, ESPN2
Binghamton
O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic
W 71–46  2–0
Petersen Events Center (7,677)
Pittsburgh, PA
Thu. Nov. 19*
7:00 pm
Eastern Kentucky
O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic
W 71–60  3–0
Petersen Events Center (9,148)
Pittsburgh, PA
Mon. Nov. 23*
7:37 pm, ESPN2
vs. Wichita State
O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Semifinal
W 68–55  4–0
Sprint Center (N/A)
Kansas City, MO
Tue. Nov. 24*
10:25 pm, ESPN2
vs. #3 Texas
O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Championship Game
L 78–62  4–1
Sprint Center (8,076)
Kansas City, MO
Sat. Nov. 28*
12:00 pm, ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh
Youngstown State W 72–56  5–1
Petersen Events Center (10,135)
Pittsburgh, PA
Wed. Dec. 2*
7:00 pm, CBS College Sports
vs. Duquesne
City Game
W 67–58  6–1
Mellon Arena (12,336)
Pittsburgh, PA
Fri. Dec. 4*
7:00 pm
New Hampshire W 47–32  7–1
Petersen Events Center (8,856)
Pittsburgh, PA
Tue. Dec. 8*
9:00 pm, ESPN
vs. Indiana
Jimmy V Classic
L 74–64  7–2
Madison Square Garden (8,975)
New York, NY
Sat. Dec. 12*
2:00 pm, ESPNU
Kent State W 71–59  8–2
Petersen Events Center (9,468)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Dec. 19*
4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's W 66–48  9–2
Petersen Events Center (7,039)
Pittsburgh, PA
Tue. Dec. 22*
7:00 pm, ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh
Ohio W 74–49  10–2
Petersen Events Center (9,261)
Pittsburgh, PA
Mon. Dec. 28
7:00 pm, ESPNU
DePaul W 65–52  11–2
(1–0)
Petersen Events Center (10,811)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Jan. 2
12:00 pm, ESPN Regional/WTAE-TV
at #5 Syracuse W 82–72  12–2
(2–0)
Carrier Dome (24,969)
Syracuse, NY
Mon. Jan. 4
7:00 pm, ESPN Big Monday
#23 at Cincinnati W 74–71  13–2
(3–0)
Fifth Third Arena (8,699)
Cincinnati, OH
Wed. Jan. 13
7:00 pm, ESPN2
#16 at #15 Connecticut W 67–57  14–2
(4–0)
XL Center (15,290)
Hartford, CT
Sat. Jan. 16
12:00 pm, ESPN Regional/WTAE-TV
#16 Louisville W 82–77 OT 15–2
(5–0)
Petersen Events Center (12,781)
Pittsburgh, PA
Wed. Jan. 20
7:00 pm, ESPNU
#9 #12 Georgetown L 66–74  15–3
(5–1)
Petersen Events Center (12,677)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sun. Jan. 24
2:00 pm, ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh
#9 at Seton Hall L 61–64  15–4
(5–2)
Prudential Center (8,043)
Newark, NJ
Thu. Jan. 28
7:00 pm, ESPNU
#17 St. John's W 63–53  16–4
(6–2)
Petersen Events Center (12,511)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sun. Jan. 31
1:00 pm, ESPNU
#17 at South Florida L 61–70  16–5
(6–3)
USF Sun Dome (5,370)
Tampa, FL
Wed. Feb. 3
7:00 pm, ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh
#22 at #6 West Virginia
Backyard Brawl
L 51–70  16–6
(6–4)
WVU Coliseum (15,419)
Morgantown, WV
Sat. Feb. 6
6:00 pm, cancelled^
#22 Seton Hall W 83–58  17–6
(7–4)
Petersen Events Center (6,681)
Pittsburgh, PA
Mon. Feb. 8*
8:00 pm, ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh
#25 Robert Morris W 77–53  18–6
Petersen Events Center (7,211)
Pittsburgh, PA
Fri. Feb. 12
9:00 pm, ESPN
#25 #5 West Virginia
Backyard Brawl
W 98–95 3OT 19–6
(8–4)
Petersen Events Center (12,902)
Pittsburgh, PA
Thu. Feb. 18
9:00 pm, ESPN2
#19 at Marquette W 58–51  20–6
(9–4)
Bradley Center (16,486)
Milwaukee, WI
Sun. Feb. 21
12:00 pm, CBS
#19 #3 Villanova W 70–65  21–6
(10–4)
Petersen Events Center (12,920)
Pittsburgh, PA
Wed. Feb. 24
7:00 pm, ESPN2
#12 at Notre Dame L 53–68  21–7
(10–5)
Joyce Center (8,581)
Notre Dame, IN
Sat. Feb. 27
12:00 pm, ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh
#12 at St. John's W 71–64  22–7
(11–5)
Madison Square Garden (6,892)
New York, NY
Thu. Mar. 4
9:00 pm, ESPN2
#17 Providence W 73–71  23–7
(12–5)
Petersen Events Center (12,511)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Mar. 6
4:30 pm, ESPN Regional/FSN Pittsburgh
#17 Rutgers W 83–54  24–7
(13–5)
Petersen Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, PA
Postseason
Big East Men's Basketball Championship
Thu. Mar. 11
7:00 pm, ESPN
#2 vs. #7 Notre Dame
Quarterfinals
L 45–50  24–8
Madison Square Garden (19,375)
New York, NY
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
Fri. Mar. 19
3:05 pm, CBS
#3 vs. #14 Oakland
First Round
W 89–66  25–8
Bradley Center (17,847)
Milwaukee, WI
Sun. Mar. 21
4:50 pm, CBS
#3 vs. #6 Xavier
Second Round
L 68–71  25–9
Bradley Center (18,031)
Milwaukee, WI
*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]. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
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Accomplishments[edit]

  • 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.
  • Sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs was named Second-Team All-Big East.[8]
  • Ashton Gibbs was named the Big East's most improved player.[9]
  • Ninth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2009-10." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-25-10.
  2. ^ a b Gorman, Kevin (2009-08-28). "Pitt suspends Gilbert Brown for fall semester". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  3. ^ O'Neil, Dana (2010-01-13). "Gritty Panthers modeled after Pittsburgh". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ Grupp, John (2009-10-21). "Pitt picked to finish 9th in Big East by coaches". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 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). Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  8. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2010-03-07). "Pitt's Gibbs named second-team all-Big East". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  9. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2010-03-09). "Pitt's Gibbs named most improved in Big East". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2010-03-09.