14-0 PITT Panthers Ranked No. 1 For First Time in USA Today/ESPN & AP Polls

joel kirsteinCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2009

For the first time in the University of Pittsburgh's 101-year basketball history, the men's basketball team reached the top of a national poll when both the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press named the Pitt Panthers the new No. 1 team today.

Pitt's weekend victory over Georgetown took the previously ranked No. 3 Panthers into the top spot nationally, coupled with losses last week by previously undefeated North Carolina and Connecticut.

Sixteen times previously, the Pitt Panthers have made it as high up in the polls as No. 2. The last time was on December 11, 2006. It is the first time a Pitt athletic squad has hit the No. 1 spot since its football team, led by Dan Marino, held the position on November 2, 1982.

The Pitt Panthers have been a perennial Top-25 team in this decade and they are one of only four remaining undefeated teams at the NCAA Division I level along with Clemson, Illinois State, and Wake Forest.