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Pitt basketball sells out The Pete for 12th consecutive year

| Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 9:33 p.m.

The Pitt athletic department announced Monday that its men's basketball team, which opens its regular season Friday, has sold out its allotment of season tickets at Petersen Events Center for the 12th consecutive season.

The Panthers play their 2013-14 season opener against Savannah State at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pete, a game that will be televised on ESPN3.

Pitt was able to sell more season tickets this year than in the past because of its new membership in the ACC, which reduced the number of tickets available to opponents.

Half of that allotment was sold as season tickets, the other half as single-game tickets to the 11,000 people on its season-ticket waiting list.

“It's a perfect way to enter our new home in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 12th consecutive sold-out season,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “Once again, it's a tremendous accomplishment. Only a handful of NCAA Division I basketball programs are fortunate enough to enjoy this level of support each year. It is a testament to our fans, the university community and the city of Pittsburgh.”

Pitt has sold out 205 consecutive regular-season home games, dating to Jan. 12, 2002, including all 198 regular-season games at the Pete.

All-America team

Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart was the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott was named on all but two of the 65 ballots from the national media panel Monday. Louisville senior Russ Smith, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins and Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary were the rest of the first team.

Smart, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals last season for the Cowboys.

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