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Pitt Releases Entire 2009-10 Men's Basketball Schedule

Brad Wanamaker returns to the Pitt men's basketball team in 2009-10.

Brad Wanamaker returns to the Pitt men's basketball team in 2009-10.

Sept. 10, 2009

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PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh released its entire 31-game 2009-10 men's basketball schedule on Thursday. Game times and additional national and ESPN Regional television games will be released at a later date.

 

Combining Pitt's Big East and non-conference schedules, the Panthers will play 21 games against teams who advanced to postseason play in 2008-09 and 10 contests against schools advancing to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

 

During its 18-game conference schedule, Pitt will face each of the 15 league opponents at least one time during the year. Additionally, Pitt will play three of those schools two times apiece (St. John's, Seton Hall and West Virginia). 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 (Dec. 28), Georgetown (Jan. 20), Louisville (Jan. 16), Providence (March 4), Rutgers (March 6), St. John's (Jan. 28), Seton Hall (Feb. 6), Villanova (Feb. 21) and West Virginia (Feb. 12). The Panthers' 2009-10 road opponents include Cincinnati (Jan. 4), Connecticut (Jan. 13), Marquette (Feb. 18), Notre Dame (Feb. 24), St. John's (Feb. 27), Seton Hall (Jan. 24), South Florida (Jan. 31), Syracuse (Jan. 2) and West Virginia (Feb. 3).


 

 

 

Highlighting the 2009-10 non-conference schedule are two contests in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City against Wichita State (Nov. 23) and either Iowa or Texas (Nov. 24) and the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden against Indiana (Dec. 8). Those three contests will be played on either ESPN or ESPN2. Pitt will also play Duquesne at Mellon Arena on Dec. 2.

 

Pitt will host nine non-conference home games and opens its regular season at the Petersen Events Center against Wofford on Nov. 13. The Panthers will also host 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Binghamton (Nov. 17) and Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 19) as part of its four-game O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, Youngstown State (Nov. 28), New Hampshire (Dec. 4), Kent State (Dec. 12), Mount St. Mary's, Dec. 19), Ohio (Dec. 22) and Robert Morris (Feb. 8). The Binghamton game on Nov. 17 will be played at 5:30 p.m. and televised on ESPN2 as part of ESPN's 24-hour college basketball coverage.

 

According to ESPN's Joe Lunardi, Pitt ranks fourth nationally in average ratings percentage index over the last seven seasons (2002-09). Pitt averages a 12.4 ranking in RPI, trailing only No. 1 Duke (6.4), No. 2 Kansas (10.9) and No. 3 North Carolina (12.3). Last year, Pitt (31-5) ranked No. 2 nationally in RPI behind North Carolina and No. 7 overall in the strength of schedule ratings. 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.

 

The Big East Championship is scheduled for March 9-13 at Madison Square Garden.

 

Additionally, Pitt will host exhibition games against both Slippery Rock (Nov. 1) and Coker College, S.C. (Nov. 8).

 

Pitt will host its annual Basketball Fan Fest and Maggie Dixon Heart Fair on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 1-4 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. Basketball Fan Fest is free and open to the public and will interactive games with the Pitt men's and women's basketball teams along with a Heart Fair. The event has been moved to a date prior to the first day of official practice for both the Pitt men's and women's basketball teams. Pitt's official practice schedule begins on Friday, Oct. 16.

 

Pitt has also scheduled a Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. The Blue-Gold Scrimmage will offer fans their first glimpse of the 2009-10 Pitt men's basketball team.

 

For ticket information or to renew season tickets, please contact the University of Pittsburgh Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT or (412) 648-PITT, visit www.pittsburghpanthers.com or mail your renewal invoice to the Pitt Ticket Office at P.O. Box 7436, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-0436.

 

2009-10 PITT MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

(as of September 10, 2009/All times are subject to change)

 

Date

Opponent (TV)

Location

Time

Saturday, Oct. 3

FAN FEST

Petersen Events Center

1-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

BLUE-GOLD SCRIMMAGE

Petersen Events Center

7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 1

SLIPPERY ROCK (Exh.)

Petersen Events Center

4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 8

COKER COLLEGE, S.C. (Exh.)

Petersen Events Center

4 p.m.

 

Friday, Nov. 13

WOFFORD

Petersen Events Center

7 p.m.

 

                                              O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Tuesday, Nov. 17

BINGHAMTON (ESPN2)

Petersen Events Center

5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19

EASTERN KENTUCKY

Petersen Events Center

7 p.m.

 

                                              O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Semifinals and Finals (Kansas City, Mo.)

Monday, Nov. 23

vs. Wichita State (ESPN2)

Sprint Center

7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Consolation Game (ESPN-U)

Sprint Center

7:45 p.m.

 

Championship Game (ESPN2)

Sprint Center

9:50 p.m.

 

(vs. Iowa or Texas)

 

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 28

YOUNGSTOWN STATE

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 2

vs. Duquesne (CBS-CS)

Mellon Arena

7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Petersen Events Center

TBA

 

                                              Jimmy V. Classic (New York, N.Y.)

Tuesday, Dec. 8

vs. Indiana (ESPN)

Madison Square Garden

9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

KENT STATE

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Saturday, Dec. 19

MOUNT ST. MARY'S

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 22

OHIO

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Monday, Dec. 28

*DePAUL

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Saturday, Jan. 2

at *Syracuse

Syracuse, N.Y.

TBA

Monday, Jan. 4

at *Cincinnati (ESPN)

Cincinnati, Ohio

7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

at *Connecticut (ESPN2)

Hartford, Conn./XL Center

7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 16

*LOUISVILLE

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 20

*GEORGETOWN

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Sunday, Jan. 24

at *Seton Hall

Newark, N.J./Prudential Center

TBA

Thursday, Jan. 28

*ST. JOHN'S

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Sunday, Jan. 31

at *South Florida

Tampa, Fla.

TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 3

at *West Virginia

Morgantown, W.Va.

TBA

Saturday, Feb. 6

*SETON HALL

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Monday, Feb. 8

ROBERT MORRIS

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Friday, Feb. 12

*WEST VIRGINIA (ESPN)

Petersen Events Center

9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18

at *Marquette (ESPN)

Milwaukee, Wis.

9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 21

*VILLANOVA (CBS)

Petersen Events Center

Noon

Wednesday, Feb. 24

at *Notre Dame (ESPN2)

South Bend, Ind.

7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 27

at *St. John's

New York, N.Y./MSG

TBA

Thursday, March 4

*PROVIDENCE (ESPN)

Petersen Events Center

9 p.m.

Saturday, March 6

*RUTGERS

Petersen Events Center

TBA

Tue.-Sat., March 9-13

at Big East Championship (ESPN)

New York, N.Y.

TBA

March 18-21

NCAA First & Second Rounds (CBS)

TBA

TBA

March 25-28

NCAA Regionals (CBS)

TBA

TBA

April 3-5

NCAA Final Four (CBS)

Indianapolis, Ind.

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.

 

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