CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Pitt was selected by media members to finish sixth out of 15 schools at its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Operation Basketball preseason media day held Wednesday at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Charlotte. Over 300 writers, television broadcasters, radio producers and other assorted media members attended the ACC's 52nd annual event.
In a vote of the league's attending media members, Pitt finished sixth with 477 total points. Duke was selected to capture first place with 805 points and 50 first place votes, followed by No. 2 Syracuse (753 points/three first place votes), No. 3 North Carolina (668/one first place vote), No. 4 Virginia (612), No. 5 Notre Dame (608) and then Pitt. Syracuse's C.J. Fair was selected the preseason player of the year, while Duke's Jabari Parker was named preseason rookie of the year.
In preparation for its inaugural season in the ACC, Pitt was making its first appearance at the event. Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon and seniors Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna represented the Panthers in Charlotte.
The two-day event began with a coaches' reception on Tuesday night at the Ritz-Carlton and player dinner at BLT Steakhouse. On Wednesday, coaches and players went through interview sessions with national, regional and local writers, along with television and radio stations. The day also included a visit to ESPNU studios in Charlotte where Dixon was taped breaking down successful plays from the previous year and Zanna and Patterson were videoed on several items.
Pitt will host the Oakland Zoo Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Petersen Events Center at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public for Pitt's second scrimmage of the preseason. Pitt played its first Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 6 as junior Cameron Wright hit a halfcourt 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Blue Squad a 68-67 win over the Gold Team. Wright led all scorers with 27 points.
Pitt plays its first competitive game on Friday, Oct. 25 when it hosts UC-San Diego for an exhibition game at the Petersen Events Center beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The scrimmage will be televised live on ESPN3 and on pittsburghpanthers.com.
Pitt began 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-