Charles LeClaire

Pitt and WVU renew basketball rivalry

Pitt gets a crack at evening up the 96-88 lead West Virginia has all-time in the series.

OAKLAND--Pitt and West Virginia have inked a four-year deal renewing the Backyard Brawl on the hardwood, both schools announced Thursday. Pitt will host the Mountaineers next year and in 2019 and will play at the West Virginia Coliseum in 2018 and 2020.


“We are extremely excited to announce the renewal of this great rivalry,” said Athletic Director Scott Barnes. “Coach Stallings and his staff did an outstanding job working with their counterparts at West Virginia to help make this happen. The Pitt-West Virginia games will serve as marquee non-conference matchups that will garner heavy interest in the area and on the national stage.”


The last time Pitt played West Virginia was in the 2011-12 season.


“I saw the passion and intensity of the Pitt-West Virginia series from afar and felt it was important that we work to renew the series,” said head coach Kevin Stallings. “Our goal in scheduling is to put together games that will generate great interest from our amazing fan base as well as prepare our team for conference and postseason play. Bob Huggins is an outstanding coach and competing against his program enables us to accomplish both of those things. I can’t wait to witness this rivalry firsthand.”


Pitt vs. West Virginia Series History

All-Time Record:                               88-96

Home:                                                  56-44

At Petersen Events Center:         7-2

Away:                                                   30-61

At WVU Coliseum:                           10-25

Last 20 Games:                                  Pitt leads 13-7

Last 10 Games:                                  Pitt leads 6-4     

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