The contest will be televised nationally by ESPN. Dave O'Brien and Bill Raftery will handle play-by-play and color analyst duties respectively while Stacy Dales-Schuman will handle sideline reporting.
At 12-0, Pitt enters the contest as one of only three undefeated NCAA Division I college basketball teams. The other two teams are Duke (14-0) and Florida (14-0).
Pitt enters the contest ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. In the AP poll, Pitt jumped from No. 22 to No. 12 marking its largest jump in the media poll since it went from being unranked to No. 14 on Feb. 11, 2002. Pitt also earned its highest ranking in both polls since it was rated No. 10 in the AP and No. 7 in the ESPN poll on Dec. 27, 2004.
Pitt gets back in action after a seven-day layoff. DePaul is the first of two consecutive new Big East opponents as it travels to Louisville on Jan. 15. The DePaul contest also marks Pitt's final home game before a three-game road swing against the likes of Louisville (Jan. 15), Rutgers (Jan. 18) and St. John's (Jan. 21).
Pitt began Big East play on Wednesday, Jan. 4 when it defeated Notre Dame 100-97 in double overtime at the Petersen Events Center.
With its 73-64 victory over No. 24 Wisconsin on Dec. 31, 2005, Pitt completed its non-conference schedule undefeated (11-0) for just the second time in school history. Pitt went 14-0 in 2003-04. Pitt has now won 10-plus non-conference games in each of the last five seasons (11-0 in 2005-06, 10-1 in 2004-05, 14-0 in 2003-04, 10-1 in 2002-03 and 11-1 in 2001-02). It has compiled a 56-3 non-conference record over the last five years. Additionally, the Panthers are 37-1 overall (.974) against non-conference foes in the Petersen Events Center and have won 58 of their last 59 home games against non-conference opponents.
The 12-0 start ranks tied for the fourth 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 by the 1927-28 which finished 21-0 and was crowned national champions. Pitt's 11 game win streak ranks tied for seventh among the school's all-time longest win streaks.
The Panthers enter the contest on a 12-game winning streak after holding nine of 12 opponents to 60 points or less.
Pitt is 10-0 at home this season. Its current 10-game home win streak ranks tied for seventh among the school's all-time longest home win streaks. Pitt owns a 58-5 record and .920 winning percentage in the four-year-old Petersen Events Center.
DePaul and Pitt meet for the first time in Big East regular season play. The schools meet just the second time in history. DePaul defeated Pitt 41-37 in the two school's lone matchup in 1936-37.
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•At 12-0, Pitt is one of only three undefeated teams nationally. The three undefeated teams include Duke (14-0), Florida (14-0) and Pitt (12-0).
•Pitt gets back into Big East action after a seven-day layoff and with its highest national ranking since Dec. 27, 2004.
•The 12-0 start ranks tied for the fourth best start in school history.
•Pitt enters Big East play after concluding its non-conference slate undefeated (11-0) for just the second time in school history. Pitt also went 14-0 in 2003-04. Pitt has now won 10-plus non-conference games in each of the last five years and is 56-3 during that span.
•Pitt enters the DePaul game with a 58-5 overall record and 21-4 regular season record vs. Big East opponents in the Petersen Events Center.
•DePaul and Pitt play their first Big East regular season game. The two teams last met in 1936-37.