Despite finishing with a 17-16 regular season record, the Pitt basketball team will continue its season this week, hosting the opening round of the CBI tournament with Wofford 19-13, 12-6). According to a bracket released by the Gazelle Group—the chief sponsor behind the CBI (College Basketball Invitational) tournament, the two teams will face each other Wednesday night at 7 pm.
"We are excited about the opportunity to play and excited to be a host school," head coach Jamie Dixon said. "We have a young team and we are looking forward to continue playing."
Pitt last faced Wofford in the 2009-10 opener at the Petersen Events Center—a 63-60 Pitt win. Wofford led at halftime of that game, 31-24. Pitt was led by Brad Wanamaker and then freshman Dante Taylor in that game, who finished with 15 and 13 points respectively.
Other games for the CBI include Princeton at Evansville, Washington State at San Francisco and Milwaukee at TCU. All three of those games will be played on March 13. Should Pitt win, they would get the winner of the Princeton-Evansville matchup.
Games to be played on March 14, in addition to the Pitt-Wofford matchup, include Delaware at Butler, Quinnipiac at Penn, Western Illinois at Oregon State and North Dakota State at Wyoming. The Delaware-Butler and Quinnipiac-Penn matchups are on the same half of the bracket as Pitt's. With that said, If Pitt and Butler win their first two games, the teams could see each other in the postseason for a second year in a row.
TCU—head coach Jamie Dixon's alma mater—is on the other half of the bracket. If the Panthers and Horned Frogs each win three games, Dixon will get the first chance of his career to coach against his alma mater.
This marks the first year that Pitt has not been invited to the NCAA Tournament since 2001. That season, Pitt was invited to the NIT where they defeated St. Bonaventure in the first round before bowing out to Mississippi State in the second round. The Panthers also played in the 1997 NIT Tournament, defeating New Orleans before being knocked out by Arkansas.