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June 29, 2012

It was a very busy day for Pitt yesterday, which is why I am only getting to this now.

The actual dates still need to be set. The home, away and home-and-home opponents are announced.

Home only games:

UConn, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USF and Syracuse

Road only games:

Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers and St. John’s

Home-and-home games:

Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette and Villanova

Still an 18-game schedule. Aside from the extra home-and-home because there are 15 teams in the conference for the season, there is one other little tweak to the schedule.

Pitt has to go on the road to Louisville rather than get them at home. Last season the two played a home-and-home. The year before, Pitt was on the road at Louisville. Usually this would mean Pitt gets them at home this time, but it didn’t work out that way. Given the overall fairness of the schedule, I’m ascribing it to just the break of the schedule and the extra home-and-home. Not malice from the Big East (unlike the SEC/Big East challenge). It seems Pitt is seeing it that way as well.

Based on the schedule, my guess is the Big East expects Pitt to be somewhere in the vast middle of the conference. Maybe the upper-middle. Maybe the lower middle. Cinci, Marquette and Villanova all have similar profiles. Capable of finishing the season anywhere from 4 to 10 in the conference.

That’s really what you have to hope for in the home-and-home. Getting 2-3 teams with similar expectations. Then, depending on your expectations (middle or low) you will have home-and-homes with opponents who may be below your expectations.

I really think the Big East did a good job with the schedule for this year, overall. At least based on present expectations. Normally, I would say UConn got a gift with home-and-homes of Cinci, DePaul, Providence and USF. However, given the state of UConn for the upcoming season and that USF should be decent (I know, weird to read. Even weirder to type), it’s not that much of a present.

In way too early preseason expectations Louisville is expected to win the conference. Then it’s teams like Syracuse, Georgetown and Notre Dame likely believed to round out the top-4 teams.

The middle should be wide open as always. Pitt, Marquette, Cinci, USF, Villanova, St. John’s and even Rutgers should be in some jumble for 5 to 11. Then it could be expected to see Seton Hall, UConn, Providence, DePaul in the bottom.

Now, if only Pitt can finish its non-con schedule by finding a good team to come to the Pete.

IMO, since UConn is ineligble for post-season, they should have givven them the toughest schedule

Comment by wbb 06.29.12 @ 11:16 am

The home schedule isn’t too bad. Strange not seeing the hoopies, will certainly miss that rivalry. How about talking the Hoopies into coming to the Pete for a non-con? I would even be willing to hold my nose and go there next year in return.

Would like to see us get a chance to beat Georgetown one more time in the Pete. Similar to us last year, they lost their three best players, clark, thompson and sims. I expect them to be lower-middle this season.

Glad the ND game is at the Pete, I expect that will be a critical game in determining who gets one of the double bye’s in the BE tourney. Pitt has traditionally struggled in ND.

Even though they just had three players drafted by the NBA, two in the first 22 picks, Syracuse will be loaded again next year. Boeheim doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his recruiting. Glad to keep that rivalry going.

Glad we get to kick UConn when they’re down.

Home and home with Marquette, Cinci and Nova seems fair. They all (along with Pitt) are upper middle BE teams. Marquette lost a lot in Johnson Odam and Crowder. Many people think Cinci will be good, not sold on them or their coach.

Also glad we get two games in the NYC metro area and one in DC. Jamie will still be recruiting there.

All in all, not too bad, certainly expected worse treatment from the morons in Providence.

Guess I’ll be renewing my season tickets! 🙂

Comment by boubacar aw 06.29.12 @ 12:05 pm

bobacar–read somewhere that BE is prohibiting any of its members from scheduling WVU non-Con. If true, any rescheduling of WVU will probably need to wait until Pitt is in the ACC officially.

Comment by pitt1972 06.29.12 @ 1:56 pm

this quote from a story on espn about psu officials sending e-mails about the sandusky shower situationn..

The CNN report cites an email from Schultz to Curley on Feb. 26, 2001, 16 days after graduate assistant Mike McQueary told Paterno about the shower assault. Schultz suggests bringing the allegation to the attention of Sandusky, Sandusky’s charity and the Department of Welfare, which investigates suspected child abuse, according to the report.

But the next night, Curley sent an email to Spanier, saying that after thinking about it more and talking to Paterno, he was “uncomfortable” with that plan and wanted to work with Sandusky before contacting authorities, the report said.

Comment by rhyno527 06.30.12 @ 1:19 pm

Paterno protected his program and turned his back and considerable influence on helpless kids.

Rot in hell Joe.

Comment by SFPitt 07.01.12 @ 12:58 am

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