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Updated: Wednesday, March 5, 2003 10:25 AM EST
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Seton Hall (16-9) at No. 7 Pittsburgh (21-4)
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PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Seventh-ranked Pittsburgh seeks to complete a perfect season at home on Wednesday night when it plays Big East Conference rival Seton Hall, which is riding a nine-game winning streak.

Pittsburgh (21-4, 11-3 Big East West) has won 21 straight games at home and is 15-0 in its first season at the brand-new Petersen Events Center this year. The Panthers have won 13 straight home games against Big East foes.

A victory for Pittsburgh will give the Panthers a first-round bye in the Big East tournament. They are one-half game behind Syracuse for the lead in the West division. Seton Hall (16-9 10-4) is one game behind Pitt.

Julius Page scored 17 points and Ontario Lett added 16 as Pittsburgh rallied from a 13-point deficit in the first half for a 71-67 victory over Connecticut on Sunday. The Panthers ended a six-game slide against the Huskies.

Brandin Knight, a New Jersey native who attended Seton Hall Prep, averaged 17.5 points in his last two games. Knight has taken extra delight over the years in beating the Pirates, who failed to recruit him.

Seton Hall has won nine straight games to clinch at least third place in the West division. The Pirates completed a grueling stretch of three games in five days with a 56-53 victory over West Virginia on Saturday.

Andre Barrett drilled a 3-pointer with over 57 seconds left that gave Seton Hall the lead. Andre Sweet led the Pirates with 16 points as the backcourt of Barrett and John Allen combined to make just 4-of-22 shots for 15 points.

Barrett and Allen combined for 31 points as Seton Hall posted a 73-61 victory over Pittsburgh on February 15. Knight struggled to make 3-of-14 shots for 11 points.


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