At long last the ACC released its full basketball schedule. All the conference games (PDF).
This also means individual ACC teams could put out their full schedules. Including Pitt. Obviously we knew bits and pieces. Some have been announced. Others assumed.
Time to see the full picture.
2013-14 PITT MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(as of August 22, 2013/All tipoff times are subject to change)
|Friday, Oct. 25||UC-SAN DIEGO (Exh.)||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Friday, Nov. 1||SLIPPERY ROCK (Exh.)||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Friday, Nov. 8||SAVANNAH STATE||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Tuesday, Nov. 12||FRESNO STATE||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
Legends Classic (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
|Sunday, Nov. 17||HOWARD||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Wednesday, Nov. 20||LEHIGH (ESPNU)||Petersen Events Center||7:30 p.m.|
Legends Classic (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
|Monday, Nov. 25||vs. Texas Tech (ESPN2)||Barclays Center||7:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Nov. 26||Consolation Game (ESPN3)||Barclays Center||7 p.m.|
|Championship Game (ESPNU)||Barclays Center||9:30 p.m.|
|(vs. Stanford or Houston)|
|Saturday, Nov. 30||vs. Duquesne||Consol Energy Center||TBA|
Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
|Tuesday, Dec. 3||PENN STATE (ESPNU)||Petersen Events Center||7:30 p.m.|
|Friday, Dec. 6||LOYOLA MARYMOUNT||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Saturday, Dec. 14||YOUNGSTOWN STATE||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
Jimmy V Classic (New York, N.Y.)
|Tuesday, Dec. 17||vs. Cincinnati (ESPN)||Madison Square Garden||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Dec. 21||CAL-POLY||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Tuesday, Dec. 31||ALBANY||Petersen Events Center||TBA|
|Saturday, Jan. 4||at *North Carolina State (ACCN)||Raleigh, N.C./PNC Arena||Noon|
|Monday, Jan. 6||*MARYLAND (ESPN2)||Petersen Events Center||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Jan. 11||*WAKE FOREST (ACCN)||Petersen Events Center||Noon|
|Tuesday, Jan. 14||at *Georgia Tech (ESPNU)||Atlanta, Ga./McCamish Pavilion||9 p.m.|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||at *Syracuse (ESPN/ESPN2)||Syracuse, N.Y./Carrier Dome||4 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Jan. 21||*CLEMSON (ACCN)||Petersen Events Center||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, Jan. 25||at *Maryland (ESPN2)||College Park, Md./Comcast Center||6 p.m.|
|Monday, Jan. 27||*DUKE (ESPN)||Petersen Events Center||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, Feb. 2||*VIRGINIA (ESPNU)||Petersen Events Center||12:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Feb. 5||at *Miami (ESPN-R)||Coral Gables, Fla./BankUnited Center||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 8||*VIRGINIA TECH (ESPN-R)||Petersen Events Center||Noon|
|Wednesday, Feb. 12||*SYRACUSE (ESPN/ESPN2)||Petersen Events Center||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 15||at *North Carolina (CBS)||Chapel Hill, N.C./Smith Center||1 p.m.|
|Sunday, Feb. 23||*FLORIDA STATE (ESPNU)||Petersen Events Center||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Feb. 26||at *Boston College (ACCN)||Chestnut Hill, Mass./Conte Forum||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 1||at *Notre Dame (ESPN/ESPN2)||South Bend, Ind./Purcell Pavilion||2 p.m.|
|Monday, March 3||*NORTH CAROLINA STATE (ESPNU)||Petersen Events Center||9 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 8||at *Clemson (ACCN)||Clemson, S.C./Littlejohn Coliseum||4 p.m.|
Okay, let’s look closer.
Season ticket holders will complain about the non-con. Unfortunately this is the reality these days for major programs. Most of the good non-con match-ups take place in tournaments at neutral sites. Pitt has 12 non-con games (not including exhibitions). Only 8 are actually at the Pete.
Penn State is the highlight of the non-con at the Pete. There’s the City Game at the Con. Not even Robert Morris this year.
By my quick count I see 15 games that will get national broadcast (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or CBS).
Then there is the conference schedule. Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland and NC State are the best of the bunch at home. I can’t say that the conference schedule is particularly hard or easy. The ACC does not have the same level of putridness at the bottom (DePaul and USF) that the Big East often had.
Pitt only faces Duke and UNC once, but gets Syracuse, NC State, Maryland and Clemson twice.
Hardest conference games: At Syracuse, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, At ND, At NC St.
Easiest conference games: VT, Wake Forest, Clemson, At BC, At Clemson.