Saturday, January 17, 2009

Show Me My Opponent - Pittsburgh Panthers

Established : 1787
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Enrollment: 27,020
Arena : Peterson Events Center (12,508)

Head Coach : Jamie Dixon (148-40 in 6th year)
Assistants : Pat Sandile, Brandin Knight, and Tom Herrion

Last Meeting: PITT defeated Louisville 76-69 in OT to eliminate the Cards from the BIG EAST tournament. It was the third year in a row PITT beat Louisville in postseason play. The Cards have an overall 2-4 record against the Panthers (1-1 at home, 2-0 in PITT, and 0-3 neutral).

Game Time/Channel - 6PM/ESPN
Commentators - Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and (ugh) Fran Frischilla
Officials -Ed Hightower, Pat Driscoll, Brian O'Connell
Point Spread - PITT by 2.5 (MGM Grand)

Notable Non-Athletic Alumni -
David Delassandro - writer of the classic movie Snakes on a Plane
Gene Kelly - dancer and actor. Pitt or Clooney of back in the day
Fred Rogers - host of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. Cardigan connoisseur
Ron Paul - doctor, libertarian, and former presidential candidate
Jonas Salk - developed vaccine for polio
Orrin Hatch - US Senator; former presidential candidate

Notable Sports Alumni-
Mark Cuban - renegade owner of Dallas Mavericks; billionaire
Mike Ditka - Hall of Fame player; coach of the greatest NFL team of all-time - 1985 Chicago Bears
Tony Dorsett- former Cowboys RB and Heisman trophy winner
Larry Fitzgerald - star WR for Arizona
Dan Marino - actor Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - I think he played QB as well
Jimmy Johnson - FOX analyst; won NCAA & NFL title as coach
Mark May - ESPN college football analyst; former Outland trophy winner
Marty Schottenheimer - former NFL coach (Chiefs, Chargers, Redskins, Browns)
Dave Wannstedt - current PITT football coach; best 'stache in the business

Notable Basketball Alumni-
Mark Blount - Almost went to Louisville; scrub NBA big guy
Jerome Lane - All-American; "Send it in Jerome!"
Charles Smith - member of NY Knicks in Jordan Era
Chris Taft - former NBA player
Vonteego Cummings - former NBA player
Eric Mobley - former NBA player
Aaron Gray - current NBA player; Chicago Bulls
Sean Miller- former player; current head coach of Xavier
Kevin Willard - former player at PITT, asst. at Louisville; current HC at Iona

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