Sept. 26, 2013
PITTSBURGH—With the start of practice beginning on Friday, the University of Pittsburgh Basketball program has announced dates for its Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest/Blue-Gold Scrimmage (Oct. 6) and an Oakland Zoo Blue-Gold Scrimmage (Oct. 18). Admission is free and open to the public for all preseason events.
On Sunday, Oct. 6, Pitt will host its annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest and Blue-Gold Scrimmage beginning at 1 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. The Heart Health Fair will include free blood pressure health screenings and educational heart health displays, while fans will also have the opportunity to obtain autographs from the Pitt men’s and women’s players and coaches from 1-2 p.m. Fans will then have the opportunity to watch the annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage beginning at 3 p.m. In addition, the Oakland Zoo will conduct its second annual 3v3 tournament at the Petersen Events Center beginning at 9 a.m. All proceeds for the tournament will benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters Club of Greater Pittsburgh.
The fifth annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair is held in the honor of the late Maggie Dixon, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon’s younger sister, who was the vibrant, passionate and successful head coach of the Army Black Knights women’s basketball team. In 2006, she guided her team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Just weeks later, Maggie died suddenly due to a heart arrhythmia. She was only 28 years old.
Pitt will host a second open scrimmage, the Oakland Zoo Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the general public. Following the scrimmage, the Oakland Zoo will sponsor a courtside pizza party for attending students. The contest will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast Channel 188 or 210 in the Pittsburgh area).
Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2013-14 Pitt Basketball Team when it hosts a “Morning Madness” event at Stage AE prior to the Pitt-Virginia Homecoming Football game on Saturday, Sept. 28. Tipoff for that event is at 10:30 a.m. 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.
The Pitt basketball team begins its NCAA mandated practices 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.
PRESEASON PITT BASKETBALL EVENTS
Morning Madness at Stage AE, Saturday, Sept. 28, Stage AE at Heinz Field, 10:30 a.m.
Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest/Blue-Gold Scrimmage, Sunday, Oct. 6; Petersen Events Center; 1-4 p.m.
Oakland Zoo 3v3 Tournament, 9 a.m.
Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest, 1-4 p.m.
Blue-Gold Scrimmage, 3 p.m.
Oakland Zoo Blue-Gold Scrimmage, Friday, Oct. 18, Petersen Events Center, 7 p.m., TV: Pitt Panthers Television
Men’s Exhibition Game One: Pitt vs. UC-San Diego, Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Men’s Exhibition Game Two: Pitt vs. Slippery Rock, Friday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
Men’s Regular Season Game One: Pitt vs. Savannah State, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., TV: ESPN3