Pitt hoops unveils 2011-12 schedule
Pitt will open its Big East schedule at Notre Dame on Dec. 27 and wrap up the regular-season with its first trip to Connecticut’s on-campus Gampel Pavilion since 2006.
Pitt’s entire 2011-12 men’s basketball schedule was released today, highlighted by an 18-game Big East slate that includes home-and-home games with Louisville, USF and West Virginia.
Top games at Petersen Events Center include Louisville (Jan. 21), Georgetown (Jan. 28), Villanova (Feb. 5), West Virginia (Feb. 16) and St. John’s (Feb. 29).
Notable road games are Syracuse (Jan. 16), West Virginia (Jan. 30), Louisville (Feb. 26) and Connecticut (March 3).
The 2011-12 schedule, which opens Nov. 11 against visiting Albany, features 15 national television appearances, highlighted by an ESPN College GameDay telecast on Jan. 21 for the Louisville game at Petersen Events Center.
The non-conference schedule, released in mid-August, includes nationally televised games at Tennessee (Dec. 3) as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge and against Oklahoma State on Dec. 10 at Madison Square Garden.
Pitt also will travel to play Penn on Nov. 25 as part of the Philly HoopGroup Classic and meet Duquesne at Consol Energy Center on Nov. 30 for the annual City Game.
The Penn game – Pitt’s first trip to the legendary Palestrea since 1986 – is the same day the Pitt football team plays at West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl. Times have yet to be announced for either game.
Pitt returns two starters from a 28-6 team that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, its 10th consecutive trip to March Madness.
2011-12 Pitt men’s basketball schedule
Date Opponent Time
Saturday, Oct. 22 BLUE-GOLD SCRIMMAGE TBA
Saturday, Oct. 29 LA ROCHE (Exh.) TBA
Monday, Nov. 7 KENTUCKY WESLEYAN (Exh.) TBA
Friday, Nov. 11 ALBANY TBA
Sunday, Nov. 13 #RIDER TBA
Wednesday, Nov. 16 LONG BEACH STATE TBA
Tuesday, Nov. 22 #La SALLE TBA
Friday, Nov. 25 #at Penn TBA
Sunday, Nov. 27 #ROBERT MORRIS TBA
Wednesday, Nov. 30 vs. Duquesne (CBS-CS) 7 p.m.
at Consol Energy Center
Big East/SEC Challenge
Saturday, Dec. 3 at Tennessee (ESPN) 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6 VMI
Madison Square Garden Classic (New York City))
Saturday, Dec. 10 vs. Oklahoma State (ESPN2) 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 20 ST. FRANCIS, Pa. TBA
Friday, Dec. 23 WAGNER TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 27 at *Notre Dame (ESPN2) 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 1 *CINCINNATI TBA
Thursday, Jan. 5 at *DePaul (ESPN2) 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 11 *RUTGERS TBA
Saturday, Jan. 14 at *Marquette (ESPN-U) 2 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16 at *Syracuse (ESPN) 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21 *LOUISVILLE (ESPN) 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 *PROVIDENCE TBA
Saturday, Jan. 28 *GEORGETOWN (ESPN/ESPN2) 4 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 30 at *West Virginia (ESPN) 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5 *VILLANOVA (ESPN) 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 at *USF TBA
Sunday, Feb. 12 at *Seton Hall TBA
Thursday, Feb. 16 *WEST VIRGINIA (ESPN/ESPN2) 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19 *USF (ESPN2) 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26 at *Louisville (CBS) 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 29 *ST. JOHN’S (ESPN-U) 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 at *Connecticut (ESPN/ESPN2) Noon
Tue.-Sat., March 6-10 at Big East Championship (ESPN)` TBA
#Philly HoopGroup Classic .
*indicates Big East Conference games.
All home games played in the Petersen Events Center.