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Pitt Announces 2011-12 Non-Conference Men's Basketball Schedule




Aug. 20, 2011

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PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh released its 13-game 2011-12 non-conference basketball schedule on Saturday. Pitt's entire schedule, game times and dates will be released in September.

Highlighting Pitt's non-conference schedule is a BIG EAST/SEC Challenge game at Tennessee (Saturday, Dec. 3 on ESPN) and a contest at Madison Square Garden in New York City against Oklahoma State (Saturday, Dec. 10 on ESPN2). Both of those contests offer a renewal of recent rivalries. Last year, No. 11 ranked Tennessee defeated the No. 3 Panthers, 83-76, as part of the BIG EAST/SEC Invitational at the CONSOL Energy Center. Tennessee has appeared in seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments and has advanced to three NCAA Sweet Sixteens over the last five seasons. Pitt and Oklahoma State will meet for the fifth time in the last eight years. The two programs have met nine times, including the 2004 NCAA Regional (63-51 OSU win) and the 2009 NCAA Tournament Second Round (84-76 Pitt win). The teams also played a two-year series in both 2006 and 2007.

Pitt and Duquesne will meet in the annual City Game on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the CONSOL Energy Center. Seperated by two miles, the schools played the first-ever basketball contest in the new downtown arena last December.

Overall, Pitt will host nine non-conference home games at the Petersen Events Center. It opens its regular season against Albany on Nov. 11. Home opponents include Rider (Nov. 13), Long Beach State (Nov. 16), La Salle (Nov. 22), Robert Morris (Nov. 27), VMI (Dec. 6), South Carolina State (Dec. 17), St. Francis, Pa. (Dec. 20) and Wagner (Dec. 23).

Pitt will play four games as part of the fifth annual Philly HoopGroup Classic. On Thanksgiving weekend, the Panthers are scheduled to play Penn on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Philadelphia Palestra. Pitt's other three preliminary HoopGroup games at the Petersen Events Center include Rider, La Salle and Robert Morris.


 

 

Pitt's 18-game Big East regular season schedule includes nine home games and nine road contests. Home opponents at the Petersen Events Center include Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, USF, Villanova and West Virginia. ESPN College Game Day will make its second-ever visit to the Petersen Events Center prior to the Louisville contest on Saturday, Jan. 21. 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. Dates and times will be released in September. The Big East Championship is scheduled for March 6-10 at Madison Square Garden.

Additionally, Pitt will host exhibition games against both La Roche (Oct. 29) and Kentucky Wesleyan (Nov. 7). The Blue-Gold Scrimmage, Fan Fest and Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 22.

According to ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi, Pitt ranks among the nation's top-10 schools in combined non-conference strength of schedule ratings over the last four years. Lunardi also rates Pitt No. 3 nationally in average ratings percentage index over the last nine seasons (2002-11) as the Panthers average a 13.0 ranking, trailing only No. 1 Duke (5.9) and No. 2 Kansas (9.6).

Pitt returns two starters and seven of its top-10 letterwinners from a squad that won the Big East regular season title outright with a 15-3 record, finished 28-6 overall, garnered a No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season.

For ticket information regarding the City Game vs. Duquesne, please visit Ticketmaster.com. All other away game tickets will go on sale to Panther Club members at the Director level and above on October 10, 2011 and all remaining levels on October 25, 2011. To purchase away game tickets, please call the Panthers Ticket Office at 1-800-643-PITT (7488). For the 10th consecutive season, the Petersen Events Center is sold out. To join the Pitt Men's Basketball season ticket waiting list, visit PittsburghPanthers.com or call the Panthers Ticket Office at 1-800-643-PITT.

2011-12 PITT MEN'S BASKETBALL NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

(as of August 20, 2011; schedule subject to change)

Date                                   Opponent (TV)                                         Location                                                  Time

Saturday, Oct. 22

BLUE GOLD SCRIMMMAGE/

 

 

 

FAN FEST/MAGGIE DIXON HEART

Petersen Events Center

TBA

 

HEALTH FAIR

 

 

                                

Saturday, Oct. 29

LA ROCHE (Exh.)

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Monday, Nov. 7

KENTUCKY WESLEYAN (Exh.)

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Friday, Nov. 11

ALBANY

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Sunday, Nov. 13

&RIDER

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Wednesday, Nov. 16

LONG BEACH STATE

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Tuesday, Nov. 22

&La SALLE

Petersen Events Center

TBA

                                             Philly HoopGroup Classic (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Friday, Nov. 25

at &Penn

Philadelphia, Pa./The Palestra

TBA

 

Sunday, Nov. 27

&ROBERT MORRIS

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Wednesday, Nov. 30

vs. Duquesne

Consol Energy Center

TBA

                                            Big East/SEC Challenge

Saturday, Dec. 3

at Tennessee (ESPN)

Knoxville, Tenn.

5:15 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6

VMI

Petersen Events Center

TBA

                                            Madison Square Garden Classic (New York, N.Y.)

Saturday, Dec. 10

vs. Oklahoma State (ESPN2)

New York, N.Y./MSG

2:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, Dec. 17

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 20

ST. FRANCIS, Pa.

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Friday, Dec. 23

WAGNER

Petersen Events Center

TBA

 

Tue.-Sat., March 6-10

at Big East Championship (ESPN)

New York, N.Y./MSG

TBA

March 15-18

NCAA 2nd  & 3rd Rounds (CBS-plus)

TBA

TBA

March 22-25

NCAA Regionals (CBS-plus)

TBA

TBA

March 31-April 2

NCAA Final Four (CBS-plus)

New Orleans, La./Superdome

TBA

&Philly HoopGroup Classic (four games being played in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pa.)

All Times Eastern.  All home games in CAPS and BOLD.  Television games in parentheses. All game times are subject to change.

*indicates Big East Conference games.

All home games played in the Petersen Events Center on the University of Pittsburgh campus.  For ticket information, please call (800) 643-PITT or (412) 648-PITT.

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