Pitt senior Dixon takes court against IU
NEW YORK — Pitt senior guard Jermaine Dixon, who has missed the first eight games, saw his first action of the season. Dixon, the team's lone returning starter, entered the game with 15:20 to play in the first half, replacing sophomore starter Ashton Gibbs at shooting guard. Dixon, wearing new uniform number 24, suffered a broken right foot in mid-September.
» Former Pitt football star Darrelle Revis, a Pro Bowl cornerback with the New York Jets, was among the ex-Panthers expected to attend the Pitt-Indiana game at Madison Square Garden. Revis was a two-sport standout at Aliquippa and worked out with the Panthers' basketball team for a couple of weeks in 2004-05 before deciding to focus solely on football. Manhattan coach Barry Rohrssen, a former Pitt assistant, and former Jets running back Curtis Martin, who played at Pitt, also were in attendance.
» Pitt coach Jamie Dixon had some ties to the opening game of the doubleheader, which saw Georgetown defeat Butler, 72-65. Dixon coached two of Butler's starters, sophomores Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack, for the gold medal-winning 2009 USA Basketball uU19 team. Ashton Gibbs also played for the USA's first U19 world champion in 18 years.
» Pitt entered the game 1-0 in the Jimmy V Classic, defeating Memphis in 2004 at Madison Square Garden.
» This is one of three trips to Madison Square Garden for Pitt this season. The Panthers will also meet St. John's on Feb. 27 and return for the Big East Tournament March 9.