Gilbert Brown is one of six letterwinners returning to a team that finished 31-5 overall and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2008-09.
July 2, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--The Big East Conference announced league opponents and game sites for the 2009-10 University of Pittsburgh men's basketball season on Thursday.
In 2009-10, Pitt will play its regular 18-game conference schedule, facing each of the 15 league opponents at least one time during the season. Additionally, Pitt will play three of those schools two times apiece. All 144 regular season conference games will again be televised, either by CBS Sports, the ESPN family of networks or ESPN Regional Television. The decisions regarding opponents are based on natural interest, geography, rivalries, television contractual obligations and competitive balance.
Pitt will play nine home games and nine away contests during league regular season competition. Home opponents at the Petersen Events Center will include DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova and West Virginia.
The Panthers' 2009-10 road opponents include Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, St. John's, Seton Hall, South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia.
Pitt's three repeat opponents are St. John's, Seton Hall and West Virginia.
The Big East Championship is scheduled for March 9-13 at Madison Square Garden. Under its format, which debuted last season, all 16 league teams will earn a berth to New York City. The tournament will begin with four games on Tuesday, March 9 featuring seeds 9 through 16. Wednesday, March 10's games will feature the winners of the lower seeds vs. seeds 5 through 8. Seeds 1 through 4 will earn a two-day bye and will not play until the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 11. Semifinals will be played on Friday, March 12 and the Final is scheduled for Saturday, March 13.
NCAA Tournament First and Second Round games are scheduled for March 18-21, 2009. First and Second Round sites include: New Orleans, La.; Providence, R.I.; San Jose, Calif.; Spokane, Wash.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Milwaukee, Wis.; and Oklahoma City, Okla. NCAA Regionals will be played from March 25-28 with the four Regional sites including Syracuse, N.Y.; Salt Lake City, Utah; St. Louis, Mo.; and Houston, Texas. The 2010 Final Four will be played April 3-5 at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Field.
In non-conference play, Pitt is scheduled to face perennial Big Ten power Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 8 (9 p.m.). Pitt is also scheduled to participate in the 2009 O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 23-24. The four-team event will feature Pitt, Texas, Wichita State and Iowa. Pitt's remaining non-conference opponents will be released at a later date. Dates and times will be released on Pitt's schedule when finalized in early September.
Last season, Pitt finished 31-5 overall, advanced to the Elite Eight, secured the school's first-ever No. 1 ranking, set a school record with a 15-3 Big East slate and advanced to its eighth straight NCAA Tournament.
PITT'S 2009-10 BIG EAST OPPONENTS
HOME GAMES (9)
DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia.
AWAY GAMES (9)
Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, St. John's, Seton Hall, South Florida, Syracuse, West Virginia.
REPEAT OPPONENTS (3)
St. John's, Seton Hall, West Virginia.