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22 February 2009

Panthers blow off DePaul, 80-61

About the only thing that didn't go right in the victory was that Pitt didn't cover the 25.5 point spread, but that's not their problem.

Game recap - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09053/950940-175.stm

DePaul is a team that truly is in the basement of the Big East. The Blue Devil's haven't lost a game by less than double digits since January 29. Yes, you read that correctly. 0-14 in the Big East. 4 more losses and they will be 0-fer the season.

DeJuan Blair had his way, going for 20 points and 18 rebounds in 23 minutes. Blair also set a record. Blair's 41 rebounds in successive games surpassed the Pitt record of 38 by former NBA player and Pitt great Jerome (Send it home Jerome!) Lane.

Pitt won overall on the boards 49-25, an insanely dominant stat.

4 players were in double figures for the Panthers - Blair, Tyrell Biggs with 12 points and 5 boards, Sam young with 16 and 6, and Jermaine Dixon with 11 points and 3 assists.

Pitt is now 17-0 at home with home games remaining against Marquette and Uconn standing in the way of an undefeated home slate. Overall, the Panthers are 25-2, 12-2 in Big East.

With Oklahoma and North Carolina losing, Pitt looks to be #1 in Monday's polls with Uconn a likely #2. Currently, the Big East looks like a strong candidate for two number 1 seeds in those two squads.

The next action is on Tuesday, when Pitt travels to Providence to take on the Friars and then plays at Seton Hall on Saturday.

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