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Pitt releases 2012-13 basketball schedule

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2012-13 Pitt schedule

Date Opponent (TV) Time

Oct. 26 INDIANA (PA.)^ TBA

Nov. 2 HAWAII-HILO^ TBA

Nov. 9 MOUNT ST. MARY'S TBA

Preseason NIT (Pittsburgh)

Nov. 12 TBA TBA

Nov. 13 TBA TBA

Nov. 17 OAKLAND TBA

Preseason NIT (New York)

Nov. 21 TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)@ TBA

Nov. 23 TBA(ESPN)@ TBA

Nov. 27 HOWARD TBA

Dec. 1 DETROIT TBA

Dec. 5 Duquesne# TBA

Dec. 8 NORTH FLORIDA TBA

Dec. 15 BETHUNE-COOKMAN TBA

Dec. 19 DELAWARE STATE TBA

Dec. 23 KENNESAW STATE TBA

Dec. 31 CINCINNATI* (ESPN2) Noon

Jan. 5 Rutgers* (ESPN2) 11 a.m.

Jan. 8 Georgetown* (ESPNU) 9 p.m.

Jan. 12 MARQUETTE* (ESPNU) Noon

Jan. 16 Villanova* (ESPNU) 7 p.m.

Jan. 19 CONNECTICUT* (ESPN2) Noon

Jan. 22 Providence* (ESPN2) 7 p.m.

Jan. 26 DEPAUL* TBA

Jan. 28 Louisville* (ESPN) 7 p.m.

Feb. 2 SYRACUSE* (ESPN) Noon

Feb. 4 SETON HALL* (ESPNU) 9 p.m.

Feb. 9 Cincinnati* (ESPN/ESPN2) TBA

Feb. 16 Marquette* (CBS) 1 p.m.

Feb. 18 NOTRE DAME* (ESPN) 7 p.m.

Feb. 24 St. John's* (MSG) TBA

Feb. 27 SOUTH FLORIDA* TBA

March 3 VILLANOVA* TBA

March 9 DePaul* TBA

March 12-16 Big East Tournament (ESPN) TBA

Note: All home games in CAPS

^ — Exhibition game

@ — Pitt must win to advance to Madison Square Garden. If it doesn't advance, it will host Preseason NIT games Nov. 19 and 20

# — at Consol Energy Center

* — Big East game

By John Grupp
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, 12:04 p.m.
 

The wait is over for thee 2012-13 Pitt men's basketball schedule.

Pitt's final season in the Big East features a possible Thanksgiving trip to Madison Square Garden and home games against Connecticut, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Villanova.

But the non-conference schedule could be without a major conference non-Big East opponent, and for the first time in 96 years, there's no Backyard Brawl.

As part of its 31-game slate, released Wednesday, the Panthers will play an 18-game Big East schedule, meeting each team once and Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette and Villanova two times each.

After that, there are few chances at RPI-building wins out of conference.

The ACC-bound Panthers, left out of the Big East/SEC Challenge, are competing in the Preseason NIT — its only opportunity for a marquee win outside the Big East. The semifinals and finals are Nov. 21 and 23 in New York against — provided the host schools advance — Michigan, Virginia or Kansas State.

But host schools aren't guaranteed a spot at the Garden. Pitt first must win two preliminary home games Nov. 12 and 13 against opponents that likely will come from a group including Fordham, Lehigh and Robert Morris. If Pitt fails to advance, they would host two additional Preseason NIT games Nov. 19 and 20.

Pitt will open its Big East schedule at noon on New Year's Eve against visiting Cincinnati at Petersen Events Center. Coach Jamie Dixon's Panthers host Connecticut on Jan. 19 and Syracuse, a likely top-10 preseason team, on Feb. 2.

Some of Pitt's top road games include Feb. 9 at Cincinnati in a potential ESPN College GameDay broadcast and Jan. 28 at Louisville.

For the first time since the 1916-17 season, Pitt won't play West Virginia. The Mountaineers are in their first season in the Big 12.

Pitt will open its regular season against Mount St. Mary's on Nov. 9 at Petersen Events Center.

The annual City Game against Duquesne is Dec. 5 at Consol Energy Center.

The Panthers have exhibition games against Indiana (Pa.) on Oct. 26 and Hawaii-Hilo on Nov. 2.

John Grupp is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jgrupp@tribweb.com or 412-320-7930.

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