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Pitt Releases 2008-09 Men's Basketball Schedule




Sept. 4, 2008

 

2008-09 Men's Basketball Schedule PDF (as of Sept. 4, 2008)

 

PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh released its entire 31-game 2008-09 men's basketball schedule on Thursday. Pitt will play 20 games against teams advancing to postseason play in 2007-08, 14 contests against 2007-08 NCAA Tournament participants and host 19 games at the Petersen Events Center. As of Thursday, Pitt will appear on national television 11 times. ESPN has yet to release its additional national TV games, while ESPN Regional and FSN Pittsburgh will announce broadcast schedules at a later date.

 

"Overall we will face one of the nation's most challenging schedules," Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon said. "Obviously the league schedule is always a tremendous challenge, but our non-conference schedule features nine schools that reached postseason play and nine schools ranked among the nation's top-100 in RPI last year. Once again, we have positioned ourselves to have one of the highest rated strength of schedules and RPI ratings in the nation."

 

According to ESPN's Joe Lunardi, Pitt ranks tied for third nationally with North Carolina in average ratings percentage index over the last seven seasons (2002-08). Both Pitt and North Carolina average a 14.2 ranking in RPI, while Duke ranks first with a 7.0 rating and Kansas is second at 10.8. The ratings percentage index or RPI takes into account several factors including winning percentage, strength of schedule, opponents' average winning percentage along with opponents' opponent's average winning percentage. It is the NCAA's No. 1 factor in determining seeding for the NCAA Tournament.


 

 

 

Pitt will play its annual 18-game Big East Conference schedule and will face each of the 15 league opponents at least once. Pitt's three repeat opponents are Connecticut, DePaul and West Virginia. Pitt will play nine home games and nine away contests. Home opponents at the Petersen Events Center will include Cincinnati (Feb. 14), Connecticut (March 7), DePaul (Feb. 21), Marquette (March 4), Notre Dame (Jan. 31), St. John's (Jan. 11), South Florida (Jan. 14), Syracuse (Jan. 19) and West Virginia (Feb. 9). The Panthers' 2008-09 road opponents include Connecticut (Feb. 16), DePaul (Feb. 7), Georgetown (Jan. 3), Louisville (Jan. 17), Providence (Feb. 24), Rutgers (Dec. 31), Seton Hall (Feb. 28), Villanova (Jan. 28) and West Virginia (Jan. 25).

 

Highlighting Pitt's 13-game non-conference schedule are contests against nine schools that advanced to postseason play in 2007-08, five programs that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2007-08 and nine opponents which ranked among the nation's top-100 in RPI last year.

 

In November, Pitt will compete in the second annual Legends Classic. As part of the 12-team event, Pitt will host two contests at the Petersen Events Center (Akron on Nov. 21 and Indiana, Pa. on Nov. 22), then travel to Newark, N.J. and the Prudential Center for two championship round games (Nov. 28 and Nov. 29). In Newark, Pitt will face two of three opponents: Texas Tech, Washington State or Mississippi State. Game times will be released at a later date.

 

Pitt will also travel to Florida State (Dec. 21) and face 2008 NCAA Tournament participants Siena, Belmont and UM-Baltimore County. Siena advanced to the NCAA Second Round last year after knocking off Vanderbilt, while Belmont nearly completed a first round upset of Duke.

 

Overall, Pitt will play 10 non-conference home games and open its regular season at the Petersen Events Center against Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 14. In addition, the Panthers will host Miami, Ohio (Nov. 17), Akron (Nov. 21), Indiana, Pa. (Nov. 22), Belmont (Nov. 25), Duquesne (Dec. 3), Vermont (Dec. 6), UM-Baltimore County (Dec. 13), Siena (Dec. 17) and Robert Morris (Feb .2).

 

Additionally, the Panthers will play two exhibition contests against Seton Hill (Nov. 4) and La Roche College (Nov. 9).

 

The Big East Championship is scheduled for March 10-14 at Madison Square Garden. In its new format, all 16 league teams will earn a berth to New York City. To accommodate the additional squads, the tournament will begin with four games on Tuesday, March 10 featuring seeds 9 through 16.

 

Pitt returns three of its five starters, each of its top three scorers and seven of its top 10 lettermen from a team that captured the 2008 Big East Tournament championship, finished 27-10 overall and made its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

 

For ticket information, please contact the Pittsburgh Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT or (412) 648-PITT.

 

2008-09 PITT MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

(as of September 4, 2008; schedule subject to change)

 

Date

Opponent (TV)

Location

Time

Tuesday, Nov. 4

SETON HILL (Exh.)

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Sunday, Nov. 9

LA ROCHE COLLEGE (Exh.)

Petersen Events Center

1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 14

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Monday, Nov. 17

MIAMI, Ohio

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Friday, Nov. 21

Legends Classic vs. AKRON

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Saturday, Nov. 22

Legends Classic vs. IUP

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Tuesday, Nov. 25

BELMONT

Petersen Events Center

TBA

 

                                  Legends Classic (Newark, N.J.)

Friday, Nov. 28

Semifinal Game, TBA

Newark, N.J./Prudential Center

TBA

 

(Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Washington State)

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 29

Consolation/Championship

Newark, N.J./Prudential Center

TBA

 

(Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Washington State)

 

 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 3

DUQUESNE

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Saturday, Dec. 6

VERMONT

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Saturday, Dec. 13

UM-BALTIMORE COUNTY

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 17

SIENA (ESPN2)

Petersen Events Center

9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21

at Florida State (FSN National)

Tallahassee, Fla.

5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

at *Rutgers

New Brunswick, N.J.

TBA

Saturday, Jan. 3

at *Georgetown (ESPN)

Washington, D.C./Verizon Center

TBA

Sunday, Jan. 11

*ST. JOHN'S

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*SOUTH FLORIDA

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Saturday, Jan. 17

at *Louisville (ESPN)

Louisville, Ky.

6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*SYRACUSE (ESPN)

Petersen Events Center

7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 25

at *West Virginia

Morgantown, W.Va.

TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 28

at *Villanova

Philadelphia, Pa./Spectrum

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

*NOTRE DAME (ESPN)

Petersen Events Center

Noon

Monday, Feb. 2

ROBERT MORRIS

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Saturday, Feb. 7

at *DePaul

Rosemont, Ill.

TBA

Monday, Feb. 9

*WEST VIRGINIA (ESPN)

Petersen Events Center

7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14

*CINCINNATI (ESPN)

Petersen Events Center

4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16

at *Connecticut (ESPN)

Hartford, Conn./XL Center

7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21

*DePAUL

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 24

at *Providence

Providence, R.I.

TBA

Saturday, Feb. 28

at *Seton Hall

Newark, N.J.

TBA

Wed., March 4

*MARQUETTE (ESPN2)

Petersen Events Center

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

*CONNECTICUT (CBS)

Petersen Events Center

Noon

March 10-14

Big East Championship (ESPN)

New York, N.Y.

TBA

March 19-22

NCAA First & Second Rounds

TBA

TBA

March 26-29

NCAA Regionals

TBA

TBA

April 4-6

NCAA Final Four

Detroit, Mich.

TBA

 

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.

 

2008-09 PITT NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENT PROFILES

Opponent

W-L

RPI

2007-08 Accomplishments

*Washington State

26-9

19

NCAA Sweet Sixteen

*Mississippi State

23-11

41

NCAA Tournament

Siena

23-11

63

MAAC champions, NCAA Tournament Second Round

Florida State

19-15

67

NIT, Pitt’s third meeting in last five seasons

*Akron

24-11

69

NIT Second Round, MAC title game appearance

*Texas Tech

16-15

74

Big 12 member, will be first-ever meeting vs. TTU

Belmont

24-9

75

Atlantic Sun champions, NCAA Tournament

UM-Baltimore County

23-9

87

America East champions, NCAA Tournament

Miami, Ohio

17-16

81

Postseason participant in the newly created CBI

Robert Morris

26-8

126

Northeast Conference champions, NIT

Duquesne

17-13

132

Improved from a 10-19 record the previous season

Vermont

16-15

190

Expected to finish 1-2 in the America East Conference

Fairleigh Dickinson

8-20

284

Northeast Conference member

*Indiana, Pa.

13-15

N/A

Coached by former Pitt assistant Joe Lombardi

*Legends Classic participant