The Pitt men’s basketball team will play 14 games against NCAA Tournament teams, nine non-conference opponents with top-100 RPI ratings and make at least 11 national television appearances.
The Panthers, who released their 31-game schedule this afternoon, will play Connecticut, West Virginia and DePaul twice and everyone else once in their 18-game Big East schedule. Pitt will play ESPN Monday night home games against Syracuse (Jan. 19), West Virginia (Feb. 9) and at Connecticut (Feb. 16) and an FSN national game on Dec. 21 at Florida State.
“Overall, we will face one of the nation’s most challenging schedules,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “Once again, we have positioned ourselves to have one of the highest-rated strength of schedules and RPI ratings in the nation.”
Pitt opens with exhibition games against Seton Hill (Nov. 4) and LaRoche (Nov. 9) at Petersen Events Center, and will play host to Legends Classic games against Akron and Indiana (Pa.) Nov. 21-22 before facing Texas Tech, Washington State or Mississippi State, Nov. 28-28 in Newark, N.J.
Pitt’s schedule also features visits by Atlantic Sun champion Belmont (Nov. 25), Duquesne (Dec. 3) in the City Game, America East contender Vermont (Dec. 6) and Metro Atlantic champion Siena, which beat Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, in an ESPN/ESPN2 game on Dec. 17.