Oct. 26, 2009
PITTSBURGH--Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2009-10 Pitt men's basketball team when it hosts its annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Tuesday evening 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 at the OC Lot.
Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon uses the scrimmage to simulate a typical game day schedule. The 14-player team will be split into two squads. Pitt will play two 16-minute halves with normal media timeouts and a five-minute halftime break.
Pitt returns one starter in senior guard Jermaine Dixon. Pitt also returns four other letterwinners including juniors Brad Wanamaker and Gary McGhee, along with sophomores Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson. Freshmen Dwight Miller and Travon Woodall are both back after redshirting the 2008-09 campaign. Pitt also welcomes five scholarship newcomers in senior transfer Chase Adams and freshmen Lamar Patterson, J.J. Richardson, Dante Taylor and Talib Zanna.
Pitt is coming off a historic 2008-09 season that saw it accumulate a 31-5 record, advance to the NCAA Regional Final/Elite Eight for the first time since 1974, ascend to the nation's No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history and earn a No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Pitt hosts its first exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 1, when it plays Slippery Rock at 4 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.
PRESEASON PITT BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(all events held at the Petersen Events Center)
Men's Blue-Gold Scrimmage, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Men's Exhibition Game One, Pitt vs. Slippery Rock, Sunday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m.
Men's Exhibition Game Two, Pitt vs. Coker College (S.C.), Sunday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.
Men's Regular Season Game One: Pitt vs. Wofford, Friday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
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