Pitt Basketball Releases 2010-11 Schedule

Pitt will begin it season on Monday November 8 against Rhode Island--the first of 13 non-conference games. The Panthers open Big East play early this year, December 27 against Connecticut.

A quick look at Pitt's 2010-11 schedule, and one thing that is very apparent, is how travel friendly the schedule is. With the exception of the Coaches vs. Cancer games in New York, Pitt will not play outside of Pittsburgh until January 4, when they travel to Providence.

Of Pitt's 31 games on the schedule, only nine will be road games. The Panthers will play against Maryland on November 18, in the opening game of the Coaches vs. Cancer, which will be held at New York‘s Madison Square Garden. The consolation and championship game will be played Friday night November 19, also at The Garden. In the game opposite Pitt and Maryland, is Texas-Illinois.

Pitt has two other games in Pittsburgh in December that will both be considered neutral site games. The Panthers renew their rivalry with Duquesne in this year's City Game, this time at the newly opened Consol Energy Center, on December 1. Pitt takes on Tennessee 10 days later at Consol, in a game that will be part of the DIRECTV SEC/Big East Invitational.

Over the holidays, the Panthers will host two games at the Petersen Events Center on the week of Thanksgiving; Tuesday November 23 against Robert Morris and Saturday November 27 against Penn.

Pitt‘s longest stretch between games this year will be an eight-day stretch between that conference-opener against Connecticut, and its first conference road game, at Providence on January 4. The Panthers have a week off in conference play. After playing at Rutgers on January 29, they resume play at home against Cincinnati the following Saturday.

The Panthers will also host a pair of games during winter break; against American University on December 22, followed by the conference opener against Connecticut, two days after Christmas. Outside of games at Providence on January 4, DePaul on January 22 and South Florida on March 2, every other game is within a six-hour drive of Pittsburgh. Of the nine conference road games, only four will be played on weeknights, which includes the February 7 game at West Virginia, which is on a Monday.

As far as strength of schedule, Pitt plays 21 games against opponents who advanced to postseason play last year, 13 of which were in the NCAA Tournament field of 64.

The Panthers return four of five starters, including seven of the eight top scorers from a team that went 25-9 last season, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Before opening on November 8, the men's basketball team--combined with the women's team, will host a FanFest at the Petersen Events Center, next Saturday afternoon, September 25. Pitt will hold its annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Friday October 22.

Both scrimmages have an interesting flavor, as far as coaching matchups. Pitt's first scrimmage will be against a Rollie Massimino-led Northwood University, out of Florida. Massimino is a former head coach at Villanova, who led the Wildcats to the national championship in 1985. Pitt's second scrimmage will be against Indiana of Pennylvania, coached by former Jamie Dixon assistant, Joe Lombardi.

Saturday, Sept. 25 : FAN FEST/MAGGIE DIXON HEART, Petersen Events Center, 1-3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22: BLUE-GOLD SCRIMMAGE, Petersen Events Center, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31:NORTHWOOD UNIV. (Fla.) (Exh.)Petersen Events Center, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 4: INDIANA, Pa. (Exh.)Petersen Events Center, 7 p.m.

2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Monday, Nov. 8RHODE ISLAND (ESPN-U)Petersen Events Center, TBA
Wednesday, Nov. 10ILLINOIS-CHICAGOPetersen Events Center, TBA

Saturday, Nov. 13NORTH FLORIDAPetersen Events Center, TBA

2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer (New York, N.Y.)
Thursday, Nov. 18: vs. Maryland (ESPN2), Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.
Texas vs. Illinois (ESPN2), Madison Square Garden, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19Consolation Game (ESPN2), Madison Square Garden, 5 p.m.
Championship Game (ESPN2), Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 23: ROBERT MORRIS, Petersen Events Center, TBA
Saturday, Nov. 27: PENN, Petersen Events Center, TBA
Wednesday, Dec. 1: vs. DuquesneConsol Energy Center, TBA
Saturday, Dec. 4: RIDER, Petersen Events Center, TBA
Wednesday, Dec. 8: DELAWARE STATE, Petersen Events Center, TBA

DIRECTV SEC/Big East Invitational (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Saturday, Dec. 11: vs. Tennessee (ESPN)Consol Energy Center, 3:15 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 18, MARYLAND EASTERN SHOREPetersen Events Center, TBA
Wednesday, Dec. 22, AMERICAN, Petersen Events Center, TBA

Monday, Dec. 27: *CONNECTICUT (ESPN2)Petersen Events Center, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 4: at *ProvidenceProvidence, R.I./Dunkin Donuts Cntr, TBA
Saturday, Jan. 8: *MARQUETTEPetersen Events Center, TBA
Wednesday, Jan. 12: at *Georgetown (ESPN/ESPN2)Washington, D.C./Verizon Center, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 15: *SETON HALLPetersen Events Center, TBA
Monday, Jan. 17: *SYRACUSE (ESPN)Petersen Events Center, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22: at *DePaulRosemont, Ill./Allstate Arena, TBA
Monday, Jan. 24: *NOTRE DAME (ESPN)Petersen Events Center, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29: at *Rutgers (ESPN2)New Brunswick, N.J./RAC, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 5: *CINCINNATIPetersen Events Center, TBA
Monday, Feb. 7at *West Virginia (ESPN)Morgantown, W.Va./WVU Coliseum, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12: at *Villanova (ESPN)Villanova, Pa./The Pavilion, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 16: *SOUTH FLORIDAPetersen Events Center, TBA
Saturday, Feb. 19: at *St. John's (ESPN)New York, N.Y./MSG, Noon
Thursday, Feb. 24: *WEST VIRGINIA (ESPN)Petersen Events Center, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27: at *Louisville (CBS)Louisville, Ky./Yum! Center, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2: at *South Florida (ESPN-U)Tampa, Fla./Sun Dome, 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 5: *VILLANOVA (CBS)Petersen Events Center, 4 p.m.
Tue.-Sat., March 8-12: at Big East Championship (ESPN)New York, N.Y./MSG, TBA
March 17-20: NCAA First & Second Rounds (CBS)TBA, TBA
March 24-27: NCAA Regionals (CBS)TBA, TBA
April 2-4NCAA Final Four: (CBS)Houston, Texas, TBA

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