Previewing Coppin State

PITTSBURGH--Undefeated Pitt (8-0) plays the ninth contest of its 27-game 2005-06 schedule Wednesday when it hosts Coppin State (0-8). Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt begins a season at 8-0 for the fourth consecutive season since 2002-03. The 8-0 start ranks as the eighth best start in school history. Last year, Pitt began its season with a 10-0 record. It went 18-0 to start the 2003-04 season and 9-0 in 2002-03. The school record is 21 straight wins in 1927-28. Pitt's eight game win streak ranks among the school's all-time longest win streaks.

The Panthers enter the contest on an eight-game winning streak after holding seven consecutive opponents to 60 points or less. The last time Pitt held seven teams to 60 points or less was between Dec. 17, 2003-Jan. 6, 2004.

On Saturday, Pitt defeated Vermont 63-52. Last Saturday it registered a 37-point victory over Penn State (91-54), its largest in the 145-game series. The Panthers also defeated Duquesne 71-60 and Auburn by 37 points (78-41).

Pitt is 7-0 at home this season. Its current seven-game home win streak ranks tied for 10th among the school's all-time longest home win streaks. Pitt owns a 55-5 record and .917 winning percentage in the four-year-old Petersen Events Center. The Panthers are 35-1 overall (.972) against non-conference foes in the Petersen Events Center and have won 56 of their last 57 home games against non-conference opponents.

Pitt and Coppin State meet for just the third time in school history as the Panthers have claimed each of the two matchups. Pitt defeated Coppin State by 31 points last season (73-42) at the Petersen Events Center. The only other matchup was a 76-70 victory vs. CSU at Fitzgerald Field House on Dec. 27, 1993. Coppin State enters the contest with an 0-8 record. The Eagles play one of the most demanding schedules in the nation as they have played five of their eight games on the road. Coppin State dropped contests at Illinois (61-42), at Oklahoma (57-47), at UCLA (69-57), at Xavier (81-56), at Clemson (102-71) and vs. Charlottte (82-65). The Eagles still have contests at Pitt, at Michigan (Dec. 28) and at Michigan State (Dec. 31) on their non-conference schedule.

THE STORYLINE

  • Pitt begins its season at 8-0 for the fourth consecutive season since 2002-03. The 8-0 start ranks as the eighth best start in school history.

  • Pitt has held seven consecutive opponents to 60 points or less. The last time Pitt held seven straight opponents to 60 points or less was from Dec. 17, 2003-Jan. 6, 2004.

  • Pitt enters the contest with a 35-1 overall record against non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt has also won 56 of its last 57 home games against non-conference opponents.

  • Pitt owns a 2-0 all-time record vs. Coppin State. It defeated the Eagles last year 73-42. Pitt also is a perfect 13-0 all-time vs. MEAC schools.

  • Head Coach Jamie Dixon is 24-0 in games played in December. Pitt has also won 24 straight games in December dating back to a Dec. 31, 2002 loss at Georgia (79-67).

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