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Notes from pre-Villanova-Pitt

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Here are some notes from Friday’s media day at TD Banknorth Garden in advance of No. 1 Pitt’s game with Villanova in the East Regional final at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.

• Villanova coach Jay Wright said the electric atmosphere first meeting between the two teams – at the sold-out Spectrum in the final collegiate game played at the venerable arena – played a large role in the Wildcats’ 67-57 win. He was hoping Villanova wouldn’t see Pitt again.

“I said to our staff after that game, ‘Thank God we played them in here on this night and we don’t have to see them again,’ ” he said. “That was exactly what I said to our staff after the game. I really didn’t think we were going to see them. But here they are, and they are good.”

Wright noted how hot it was in the Spectrum that night, saying it was about 100 degrees.

“I pride myself that I don’t sweat too much. I was just sweating like crazy.”

• Sam Young passed Jason Matthews and Don Hennon into fourth place all-time in Pitt’s scoring list with 1,856 points. He might not have enough time to catch No. 3, Larry Harris with 1,914. Young trails only Charles Smith, Clyde Vaughan and Harris.

• When Jermaine Dixon signed with Pitt, one of the reasons was because he had a chance to win a national title, like his brother Juan did at Maryland in 2002. Coach Dixon reminded him of that – and other things — a couple of weeks ago.

“Before the tournament, he told me to go out and play hard,” Jermaine Dixon said. “He told me to tell DeJuan to stay out of foul trouble.”

• Villanova coach Jay Wright said he’s not interested in any of the openings around Division I basketball. His name has surfaced as a possible replacement to Billy Gillispie at Kentucky.

“I’m happy to be at Villanova. I don’t want to be anywhere else. Someone mentions your name, you are flattered. But I don’t want my name mentioned anywhere.”

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