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Pitt Announces Four-Game NIT Season Tip-Off Schedule




Sept. 11, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS--The NIT selection committee released the University of Pittsburgh's complete four-game 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off men's basketball schedule on Tuesday.

Pitt will play four total games in the NIT Season Tip-Off event, including two games at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt will host Fordham on Monday, Nov. 12 (6 p.m. on ESPN3), then play either Robert Morris or 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Lehigh on Tuesday, Nov. 13 (9 p.m. on ESPNU). The entire schedule is listed below.

The NIT Season Tip-Off is organized in a bracket format. Should Pitt win both preliminary games, it would advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinal and Championship Rounds held over Thanksgiving weekend at New York's Madison Square Garden (Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 23). Both of those games would be played on national television. Potential opponents include other host schools: Michigan, Virginia and Kansas State.

Should Pitt not advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals in New York, it would host two more NIT Season Tip-Off games at the Petersen Events Center on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20.

For more information and to access the entire bracket and updated coverage on the NIT Season Tip-Off, please visit www.nit.org.


 

 

Tickets for the Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 games are included in the season ticket package. Fans interested in attending Semifinal and Championship play in New York City can request tickets by calling the Panthers Ticket Office at 1-800-643-7488.

Pitt is now slated to play 17 potential games on national television in 2012-13. Additional national, ESPN Regional/Big East Network and local television games will be announced at a later date.

Pitt's first basketball event of the year is an outdoor Midnight Madness on Friday, Oct. 12 at 9:45 p.m. Immediately following a fireworks and laser show and held in conjunction with Homecoming activities at the Cathedral of Learning, Midnight Madness will feature the Pitt men's and women's teams along with several contests and promotional activities. Admission is free and open to the public.

PITT'S NIT SEASON TIP-OFF SCHEDULE

                                              NIT Season Tip-Off (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

*Monday, Nov. 12

PITT vs. Fordham (ESPN3)

Petersen Events Center

6 p.m.

 

Robert Morris vs. Lehigh

Petersen Events Center

8:30 p.m.

*Tuesday, Nov. 13

Fordham vs. RMU or Lehigh

Petersen Events Center

6 p.m.

 

PITT vs. RMU or Lehigh (ESPNU)

Petersen Events Center

9 p.m.

                                              NIT Season Tip-Off (New York, N.Y.)

*Wednesday, Nov. 21

Semifinal Game One (ESPNU)

Madison Square Garden

7 p.m.

 

Semifinal Game Two (ESPN2)

Madison Square Garden

9:30 p.m.

*Friday, Nov. 23

Consolation Game (ESPN)

Madison Square Garden

2:30 p.m.

 

Championship Game (ESPN)

Madison Square Garden

4:30 p.m.

Host schools: Pitt, Michigan, Virginia, Kansas State

(*Note: Pitt must win in order to advance to New York. If it does not advance, it will host two NIT Season Tip-Off games on both Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Petersen Events Center) 

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