June 30, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--The Big East Conference announced league opponents and game sites for the 2011-12 University of Pittsburgh men's basketball season on Thursday.
For the fifth consecutive year, Pitt will play an 18-game Big East regular season schedule and will face each of the 15 possible league opponents at least once. Additionally, Pitt will face three of those schools on two occasions. The decisions regarding opponents are based on natural interest, geography, rivalries, television contractual obligations and competitive balance. All 144 regular season conference games will be televised, either by CBS Sports, the ESPN family of networks or ESPN Regional Television.
Pitt will play nine home games and nine away contests during league regular season competition. Home opponents at the Petersen Events Center will include Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, USF, Villanova and West Virginia.
The Panthers' 2011-12 road opponents are Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse and West Virginia.
Pitt's three repeat opponents are Louisville, USF and West Virginia.
The Big East Championship is scheduled for March 6-10 at Madison Square Garden.
The 74th annual NCAA Tournament Second and Third Round games are scheduled for March 15-18. Second and Third Round sites include: Albuquerque, N.M., Louisville, Ky., Pittsburgh, Pa., Portland, Ore., Columbus, Ohio, Greensboro, N.C., Nashville, Tenn. and Omaha, Neb. NCAA Regionals will be played from March 22-25 at four sites including Boston, Mass., Phoenix, Ariz., Atlanta, Ga. and St. Louis, Mo. The 2012 Final Four is scheduled for March 31-April 2 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
Pitt has already released several of its non-conference game dates and opponents. The Panthers will participate in the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge at Tennessee on Dec. 3. Pitt will play four contests as part of the Philly HoopGroup Classic including one game at The Palestra in Philadelphia against Penn (Nov. 25). The other three Philly HoopGroup games will be played at the Petersen Events Center: Rider (Nov. 13), LaSalle (Nov. 22) and Robert Morris (Nov. 27). Pitt's entire 2011-12 men's basketball schedule will be released at a later date.
Pitt returns two starters (Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson) and seven of its top-10 letterwinners from a squad that captured the Big East regular season title outright with a 15-3 record, finished 28-6 overall, earned a No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season.
PITT'S 2011-12 BIG EAST OPPONENTS
HOME GAMES (9)
Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, USF, Villanova and West Virginia.
AWAY GAMES (9)
Connecticut, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse and West Virginia.
REPEAT OPPONENTS (3)
Louisville, USF and West Virginia.