May 1, 2014

Well, the rumor this morning was that Pitt might get Ohio State. Really, though, that didn’t make sense since Pitt hosted last year and so did Ohio State. Pitt had to be going on the road for the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. My main concern was another dog game where Pitt ends up with Rutgers.

Instead Pitt gets a team that has a blue-blood reputation and a still hateable coach in Tom Crean.

The refurbished ACC and Big Ten will stage some high-profile matchups in their annual challenge series in the coming season, highlighted by national championship contenders Duke and Wisconsin clashing in Madison on the second night of the event.

In other notable matchups, Syracuse will visit Michigan, Ohio State will travel to Louisville, Indiana will host Pittburgh and North Carolina will welcome Iowa to Chapel Hill, sources confirmed to Maryland, which left the ACC at the end of this past season to join the Big Ten, will face longtime rival Virginia to College Park.

Pitt’s non-con schedule is definitely taking a step up this year. With Indiana (who should at least be a fringe NCAA Tournament team) on the road and the Maui Classic. Plus you know Coach Jamie Dixon will find a game in NYC or nearby as he likes to do.

The downside is that the home non-con will probably remain lackluster with that many neutral court and a solid road opponent.

Bad news is in 15 I bet we get stuck hosting Maryland thus continuing our lousy home schedule in the noncom.

Comment by spiritofsection22 05.01.14 @ 1:27 pm

Love it. Now, Jamie, out of 10 OOC home games,

just one. That’s all I’m askin’ for. Just 1.

Not asking for you to play Kansas and Kentucky five times each.

Just one game for the fans. That’s all. ONE!!

Comment by Dan 05.01.14 @ 1:34 pm

Dan — Seems like a reasonable request to me. As a basketball season ticket holder, I’d love to see anything in the pre-season. Ped State was the closest we got to a good game in the home non-con last year.

Can we get ONE!! Please!!

Comment by Hank the Tank 05.01.14 @ 1:54 pm

@Hank , and that’s 1 more close to a good game than you are going to see at the Pete this year.

Comment by spiritofsection22 05.01.14 @ 1:59 pm

Is Indiana gonna be any good this year?

Comment by Keith 05.01.14 @ 4:11 pm

Keith, it probably will be no cakewalk at Indiana but they finished 7-11 in the league last year, and 17-15 overall. Their leading scorer returns but they are losing the 2nd and 3rd best scorers and 2nd rebounder.

I have no idea about redshirts or how could their incoming class in … but I expect a good test

Comment by wbb 05.01.14 @ 6:15 pm

IU has a 5 and 4 star coming in .. both shooting guards

Comment by wbb 05.01.14 @ 6:23 pm

With a much tougher non-con, glad to see JD out ‘beating the bushes’ for some more talent on the roster…. immediately.

And yes concur with Chas, Crean is certainly a good coach … hate on. ha 🙂

Comment by Emel 05.01.14 @ 6:59 pm

One question still remains, if RMU can beat KU and SJU in the first round of the NIT every year, what does it hurt to play them? If you lose, it’s not like local recruits are big time and would go there as opposed to Pitt. Easy and cheap buy game plus the Pete gets sold out by a combination of fans if anything.

Comment by tedsptman 05.01.14 @ 7:52 pm

tedstman, selling out the Pete is not a factor as every game is sold out to season ticket holders.

Comment by spiritofsection22 05.01.14 @ 7:54 pm

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