Finally. Finally. Finally.
As expected, the press release wants to emphasize the Big East portion of the schedule. Especially to sell season tickets. The Pre-Season NIT Kickoff thing, is going to be where Pitt will sink or swim with RPI.
As we all knew, the home non-con slate is horrid. The best Pitt could land to replace what it had assumed was a SEC team was Detroit on December 1. The season opener is November 9 with Mount St. Mary’s. Then Pitt jumps right into the Pre-Season NIT with Lehigh, Robert Morris and/or Fordham in the next two games.
The Big East schedule is going to be heavily nationally televised. Fourteen of the first fifteen Big East games are going to be televised on ESPN channels (real ones, not ESPN3) and CBS. Only a home game with DePaul gets excluded from TV for the first 15 Big East games. The remaining 3 Big East games will be on ESPN3 or the syndicated Big East Network.
But that non-con. Ugh. Howard, North Florida, Kennesaw St., Delaware St., Bethune-Cookman, Oakland are on the home slate. It’s not pretty for November and December.
Pitt has only two Big Monday appearances this year. At Lousiville on January 28 and Notre Dame on February 18. These are the final Big Mondays. Let’s make them count.
Well, here’s the full schedule.
2012-13 PITT MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(as of September 5, 2012; schedule subject to change)
Date Opponent (TV) Location Time
|Friday, Oct. 12||MIDNIGHT MADNESS EVENT||Cathedral of Learning||9 p.m.|
|TBA||BLUE-GOLD SCRIMMAGE||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|TBA||FAN FEST/MAGGIE DIXON HEART||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Friday, Oct. 26||INDIANA, Pa. (Exh.)||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Friday, Nov. 2||HAWAII-HILO (Exh.)||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Friday, Nov. 9||MOUNT ST. MARY’S||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
Preseason NIT (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
|*Monday, Nov. 12||TBA||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|*Tuesday, Nov. 13||TBA||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Saturday, Nov. 17||OAKLAND||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
Preseason NIT (New York, N.Y.)
|*Wednesday, Nov. 21||Semifinal (ESPN2/ESPNU)||TBA-Madison Square Garden||TBA|
|*Friday, Nov. 23||Championship/Consolation (ESPN)||TBA-Madison Square Garden||TBA|
Host schools: Pitt, Michigan, Virginia, Kansas State
(*Note: Pitt must win in order to advance to New York. If it does not advance, it will host two Preseason NIT games
on both Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Petersen Events Center)
|Tuesday, Nov. 27||HOWARD||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Saturday, Dec. 1||DETROIT||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
City Game (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
|Wednesday, Dec. 5||vs. Duquesne||Consol Energy Center||TBA|
|Saturday, Dec. 8||NORTH FLORIDA||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Saturday, Dec. 15||BETHUNE-COOKMAN||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Wednesday, Dec. 19||DELAWARE STATE||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Sunday, Dec. 23||KENNESAW STATE||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Monday, Dec. 31||*CINCINNATI (ESPN2)||Petersen Events Center||Noon|
|Saturday, Jan. 5||at *Rutgers (ESPN2)||Piscataway, N.J./RAC||11 a.m.|
|Tuesday, Jan. 8||at *Georgetown (ESPNU)||Washington, D.C./Verizon Center||9 p.m.|
|Saturday, Jan. 12||*MARQUETTE (ESPNU)||Petersen Events Center||Noon|
|Wednesday, Jan. 16||at *Villanova (ESPNU)||TBA||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Jan. 19||*CONNECTICUT (ESPN2)||Petersen Events Center||Noon|
|Tuesday, Jan. 22||at *Providence (ESPN2)||Providence, R.I./Dunkin Donuts Center||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Jan. 26||*DEPAUL||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Monday, Jan. 28||at *Louisville (ESPN)||Louisville, Ky./KFC Yum! Center||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 2||*SYRACUSE (ESPN)||Petersen Events Center||Noon|
|Monday, Feb. 4||*SETON HALL (ESPNU)||Petersen Events Center||9 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 9||at *Cincinnati (ESPN/ESPN2)||Cincinnati, Ohio/Fifth Third Arena||TBA|
|Saturday, Feb. 16||at *Marquette (CBS)||Milwaukee, Wis./Bradley Center||1 p.m.|
|Monday, Feb. 18||*NOTRE DAME (ESPN)||Petersen Events Center||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, Feb. 24||at *St. John’s||New York, N.Y./Madison Square Garden||TBA|
|Wednesday, Feb. 27||*SOUTH FLORIDA||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Sunday, March 3||*VILLANOVA||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Saturday, March 9||at *DePaul||Rosemont, Ill./AllState Arena||TBA|