Pitt was already scheduled to play in Brooklyn on November 25 and 26 as part of the Legends Classic. Now Pitt will add a trip to Madison Square Garden.
The University of Pittsburgh basketball team will play Cincinnati as part of the 2013 Jimmy V Classic doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday, December 17 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, ESPN announced on Wednesday. The Pitt-Cincinnati contest will be played at 7 p.m. ET as part of a doubleheader that will be followed by a Florida-Memphis matchup at 9 p.m. ET. Both contests will be televised on ESPN.
In a way it is something of a coup for the newly named American to stick two teams in this situation. Especially in Madison Square Garden where the basketball-centric Big East still considers it their Tournament home.
It will be more than a little odd to play Cinci in a non-con game. After this many years of seeing them regularly. Probably has a shot to be a topic of conversation leading up to and during the game. Definitely one that will help the non-con strength of schedule.
Pitt’s non-con now has three neutral site games. Plus the City game at the Con. There is the Big Ten/ACC Challenge that has Penn State coming to the Pete. Presumably there will be a game against Robert Morris. The Legends Classic also has two games slated played at the Pete — teams unknown — to be played the week before the trip to Brooklyn. That leaves maybe 4 or 5 games left for the non-con.
I doubt there will be a marquee home-and-home that is in the mix of those remaining non-cons. Not with the turnover of the roster, so many question marks about the team and heading into the ACC for the first year.