PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Big East Conference announced league opponents and game sites for the 2010-11 University of Pittsburgh men's basketball season on Thursday.
For the fourth consecutive year since 2007-08, Pitt will play an 18-game conference regular season schedule, facing each of the 15 league opponents at least one time during the year. Additionally, Pitt will play three of those schools two times apiece. All 144 regular season conference games will again be televised, either by CBS Sports, the ESPN family of networks or ESPN Regional Television. The decisions regarding opponents are based on natural interest, geography, rivalries, television contractual obligations and competitive balance.
Pitt will play nine home games and nine away contests during league regular season competition. Home opponents at the Petersen Events Center will include Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, South Florida, Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia.
Pitt's three repeat opponents are South Florida, Villanova and West Virginia.
The Big East Championship is scheduled for March 8-12 at New York's Madison Square Garden.
NCAA Tournament First and Second Round games are scheduled for March 17-20, 2011. First and Second Round sites include: Denver, Colo., Tampa, Fla., Tucson, Ariz., Washington, D.C., Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Ill., Cleveland, Ohio and Tulsa, Okla. NCAA Regionals will be played from March 24-27 at four Regional sites including Anaheim, Calif. (West), New Orleans, La. (Southeast), Newark, N.J. (East) and San Antonio, Texas (Southwest). The 2011 Final Four will be played April 2-4 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.Pitt has already released several of its non-conference game dates and opponents. The Panthers will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 18-19 against two of three opponents: Maryland, Texas and/or Illinois. The Panthers will play Tennessee in the DIRECTV SEC/Big East Invitational at Pittsburgh's new Consol Energy Center on Dec. 11. Pitt will also host Rhode Island (Nov. 8) and Illinois-Chicago (Nov. 10) in the Coaches vs. Cancer.
For the 2010-11 season, Pitt returns four of five starters, seven of its top eight scorers, 86 percent of its scoring and 91 percent of its rebounding. In various preseason rankings, Pitt is already listed as a consensus top-10 nationally ranked team. Pitt concluded its 2009-10 season with a 25-9 overall record, a second consecutive second place finish in the Big East Conference with a 13-5 slate, the school's ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and a No. 3 seed upon entering the tourney.
PITT'S 2010-11 BIG EAST OPPONENTS
HOME GAMES (9) Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, South Florida, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia.
AWAY GAMES (9) DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, South Florida, Villanova, West Virginia.
REPEAT OPPONENTS (3) South Florida, Villanova, West Virginia.