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June 6, 2013

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.





Rev. George, Great sense of humor! They must line up outside the church when you are preaching. Of course in Columbus they might be lined up with pitchforks and torches!

Comment by OPFIM 06.09.13 @ 4:21 pm

Doesn’t look like any commits the 1st weekend of prospect camp.
If Pitt doesn’t have 5 commits by June 17, then one can assume it will be another MAC-like class.
I have no clue how he will win 8 games in 2014 to save his job with what he is recruiting.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.09.13 @ 4:24 pm

SINCE WHEN IS 85 DEG FOOTBALL WEATHER??

Shame on all of you!

Comment by wbb 06.09.13 @ 4:45 pm

Wbb, when you pay 3k a ticket and you have a family that wants to enjoy the area. Not run store to store just to warm up. Whoever said 85 has never been in miami in Feb. its 72 as a high and 60 as a low. You can have cold snow and ice.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.09.13 @ 8:03 pm

when you pay 3k for a ticket, you’re an idiot

Comment by wbb 06.09.13 @ 8:22 pm

I AM PULLING FOR PAUL CHRYST TO DO WELL. HE SEEMS LIKE A GOOD GUY. BUT NO MATTER HOW GOOD A COACH HE MIGHT BE, IF HE DOESN’T HAVE THE PLAYERS IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK. I AM STARTING TO THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE A USED CAR SALESMAN PERSONALITY TO RECRUIT THESE DAY’S. LIE THROUGH YOUR TEETH TO RECRUITS AND TELL THEM ANYTHING THEY WANT TO HEAR. I DON’T THINK DIXON OR CHRYST ARE THAT KIND OF COACH. I AM NOT SURE IT IS IN THEIR DNA TO PUT ON THE HARD SELL TO MODERN DAY RECRUITS. TIME WILL TELL.

Comment by Wayne 06.10.13 @ 6:37 am

wayne,
you don’t have to lie to land recruits and you don’t need a used car salesman personality.
However, you do need to have a personality and able to close. Chryst doesn’t know how to close.
Dixon was told by Pederson to bring back Slice. Slice knows how to recruit and close!

But, 1st weekend of prospect camp came and went and no new committs. It’s tough to support this new regime. Without good players, Chryst will not win. He will be gone after next season.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.10.13 @ 6:57 am

Don’t you get tired of reading on Scout and Rivals how so and so is high on Pitt after a visit but no one commits. Frustrating at least. could somone close for once!

Comment by JP 06.10.13 @ 7:22 am

JP,
Didn’t you get the memo on Scout and Rivals.
They are only allowed to say positive things about Pitt. Even their forums, they will delete any negative comments or threads.
Chryst has a “grand experiment” regarding how to go about recruiting. No other HC recruits like Chryst.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.10.13 @ 7:49 am

Almost all of the recruits immediately after visiting a place will say something positive about it …. whther it be Pitt or anywhere else. They were jut treated very well, saw all the positive things the place offers, and most were told how important they are for if they join on.

Comment by wbb 06.10.13 @ 8:03 am

@ wbb You are absolutely correct. However, in addition, Pitt’s prospect camps seem to provide recruits with an excellent experience so that these comments are probably reasonably sincere ones. I say that based on personal experience from last weekend. one of my nephews attended the Pitt camp on Saturday and his dad and I were along to watch. The nephew thought the camp was terrific and his dad was very impressed and this wasn’t their first camp experience having done a Notre Dame camp last summer as well as a number of others including elite 11 QB camps. They were particularly impressed by how well organized and efficiently run the camp was compared to other camp experiences. And that was in addition to being very well impressed by the South Side practice facilities Pitt shares with the Steelers.

Comment by pitt1972 06.10.13 @ 8:37 am

agree — I know these camps have resulted in commits in the past. If not, maybe someone should do an exit survey.

Comment by wbb 06.10.13 @ 8:50 am

Wbb – I don’t fault anyone for spending 3k on Super Bowl tickets if they have the money. You can sit in your Mom’s basement and watch the game if you prefer.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.10.13 @ 9:19 am

wbb,
Not to stir the pot, but everyone was saying wait until after camps when comparing number of Pitt commits versus PSU, Rutgers, etc.
Frankly, I’m not holding my breath.
If Pitt doesn’t have 5 commits by June 17, then it would be time to be highly concerned. Pitt will probably give out 20 scholarships knowing a few current players will leave the program.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.10.13 @ 9:20 am

Interesting graph on recruits at other schools.

link to insider.espn.go.com

Comment by Frank MD 06.10.13 @ 9:38 am

I repeat, if you pay 3k for a ticket, you’re an idiot .. rich or not! just provides justification for taxing the rich!

FWIW, I did attend a Super bowl — 1st one Steelers were at in New Orleans in Jan 1975. It was at old Tulane Stadium .. what a dump! Pitt Stadium with an upper deck. I sat in that upper deck an my ticket price was $20 (not making that up!)

Comment by wbb 06.10.13 @ 10:19 am

Upittbb, if I was rich, I’d have at least a hundred better places to go than a Super Bowl. Commercialized Bunch of Fluff!!

Comment by wbb 06.10.13 @ 10:22 am

Webb I agree but I don’t fault others for going. My wife and I had 5k in cash when the steelers played the Packers and couldn’t smell a ticket so we went home.

Comment by Upittbaseball 06.10.13 @ 12:01 pm

I’d rather be in Bermuda watching (maybe) the Super Bowl at a great Hotel Beach bar. If I remembered it was even on.

Call me strange.

Comment by EMel 06.10.13 @ 7:39 pm

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