Sept. 18, 2013
PITTSBURGH--Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2013-14 Pitt Basketball Team when it hosts a "Morning Madness" event at Stage AE beginning at 10:30 a.m. prior to the Pitt-Virginia Homecoming Football game on Saturday, Sept. 28.
As part of Pitt's "Super Saturday" slate of Homecoming events, a basketball court will be constructed inside Stage AE. "Morning Madness" will highlight the 2013-14 Pitt Basketball team and feature player introductions, various skits, promotional activities and a slam dunk contest. Admission is free and open to the public for the event. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Last year, Pitt hosted "Midnight Madness on Bigelow Boulevard" as part of the university's 225-year anniversary celebration. An outdoor court was constructed on Bigelow Boulevard between the Cathedral of Learning and the William Pitt Union. Televised on ESPN, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon surprised fans when he emerged from a bus dressed as the Jackie Moon character from the movie SemiPro. In addition, members of the Pitt basketball team performed skits recounting great Pitt basketball moments. The event concluded with a slam dunk contest.
The Pitt basketball team begins its NCAA mandated practices one day earlier on Friday, Sept. 27. Pitt returns three starters and two of its top three scorers from a team that finished 24-9 overall and advanced to its 11th NCAA Tournament in the last 12 seasons.
Pitt will also host the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair and Blue Gold Scrimmage. Those dates will be announced at a later date. Pitt's first exhibition game is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 at the Petersen Events Center against UC-San Diego.
PRESEASON PITT BASKETBALL SCHEDULE/EVENTS
Morning Madness at Stage AE, Saturday, Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.
Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair, TBA
Blue-Gold Scrimmage, TBA
Men's Exhibition Game One: Pitt vs. UC-San Diego, Friday, Oct. 25, TBA
Men's Exhibition Game Two: Pitt vs. Slippery Rock, Friday, Nov. 1, TBA
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