Oct. 14, 2010
PITTSBURGH--Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2010-11 Pitt Basketball team when it hosts its annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 22 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission and fans are urged to move close to the court. Parking is available for $5.00 in the OC Lot.
For the first time in school history, the Blue-Gold Scrimmage will be televised live by Pitt Panthers Television on The Comcast Network (Channels 188 or 210, depending on where viewers reside). Voice of the Panthers Bill Hillgrove, along with Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon will call action.
Blue and Gold team rosters will be announced on Friday morning in the Pitt News, the University of Pittsburgh's school newspaper. The 15-player team will be split into two squads. Pitt will play two 16-minute halves with normal media timeouts and a seven-minute halftime break.
After the scrimmage, Pitt will stage a dunk contest featuring senior Gilbert Brown and freshmen J.J. Moore and Cameron Wright. Each player will get three dunks. The Oakland Zoo will judge the contest with its famous dry erase board.
The Oakland Zoo event, which is open to all Pitt students, will be held immediately following the scrimmage and dunk contest. Coach Dixon and women's basketball Coach Agnus Berenato will speak to the Zoo followed by the opportunity to meet players and coaches on the basketball court. Free pizza will also be provided to all students who attend the scrimmage and Oakland Zoo event. Tickets are free but students must request and claim their tickets online as they normally would for all home games. The registration period for the scrimmage and Oakland Zoo begins at noon on Friday, Oct. 15. For instructions on how to request and claim your ticket, visit pittsburghpanthers.com/studentsonly.
Pitt returns four of five starters, seven of its top eight scorers, 86 percent of its scoring and 91 percent of its rebounding from a 2009-10 team that concluded its season with a 25-9 overall record, a second consecutive second place finish in the Big East Conference, the school's ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and a No. 3 seed upon entering the tourney.
Pitt's first exhibition game is on Sunday, Oct. 31 against Northwood University, Fla. Tipoff has been moved back to 2 p.m.
Pitt men's basketball season tickets are sold out. Fans may join the basketball season ticket waiting list by contacting the University of Pittsburgh Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT or (412) 648-PITT or visiting www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
PRESEASON PITT BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(all events held at the Petersen Events Center)
Men's Blue-Gold Scrimmage, Friday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Men's Exhibition Game One: Pitt vs. Northwood Univ., Fla., Sunday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m.
Men's Exhibition Game Two: Pitt vs. Indiana, Pa., Thursday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Men's Regular Season Game One: Pitt vs. Rhode Island, Monday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. ESPN-U