Pitt's NCAA Notebook

The Pitt men's basketball team faces Oakland in a first round NCAA Tournament game Friday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.

The Panthers are among a group that was selected to a ninth straight NCAA Tournament since 2002, and this is Jamie Dixon's seventh straight NCAA appearance in seven seasons as the Pittsburgh head coach.

Along with the Panthers, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Texas and Wisconsin will play in a ninth straight NCAA Tournament since 2002. Arizona's 25-year streak was stopped this year.

Kansas is in its 21st straight NCAA Tournament, and Duke is in its 15th event. Michigan State has made 13 straight, while Gonzaga, Texas and Wisconsin are all in their 12th straight NCAA Tourneys.

Duke and Kansas have reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen six times each from 2002 through 2009, while Pitt, Texas and Connecticut have gone that far five times. UConn was not selected to the NCAA Tournament this year.

The Panthers also are among four schools which have at least one NCAA Tournament win in seven of the previous eight seasons. Pitt has 13 victories during that span. Kansas and North Carolina have the most NCAA Tournament victories from 2002-2009 with 23 and 21, respectively.

UConn has 19 NCAA wins, while Texas and UCLA have 16 each, and Duke and Michigan State have 15 each. Memphis and Florida have 14 wins in the NCAA Tournament since 2002, while Louisville and Oklahoma have 12 each.

With one NCAA Tournament win, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon will have 188 victories through seven seasons to tie Gonzaga's Mark Frew for most wins during a seven-year start to a coaching career. Frew was 188-41 from 2000-06, and Dixon is 187-53.

The Big East Conference matched its NCAA Tournament record with eight teams making the 65-team field: Pitt, West Virginia, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Villanova, Marquette and Syracuse.

Prior to this nine-year NCAA Tournament run, Pitt appeared in three straight NCAA Tournaments in 1987, 1988 and 1989. Jamie Dixon is the first coach in school history to guide the Panthers to seven straight NCAA Tournaments.

Pitt is making its 22nd all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. The Panthers are 21-22 all time in 43 NCAA Tournament games.

Pitt is one of only three programs nationwide to advance to the NCAA Tournament, win 20 overall games and 10 Conference games in each of the last nine seasons. Those other programs are Gonzaga and Kansas.

In its 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and 43 games, Pitt has a 21-22 all-time record in the tourney. It is 11-8 in its last 19 games. As Pitt's head coach, Jamie Dixon owns a 9-6 NCAA Tournament record in his previous six appearances.

Pitt is the only Big East school to surpass the 20-win and 10-win Big East regular season totals in each of the last nine seasons. Pitt currently owns the league's top records for league play (109-41) and overall games (244-64) over the last nine years.

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