Pitt's first ACC season includes home games against Duke, Syracuse
By Kevin Gorman
Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 3:09 p.m.
While traveling to recruit and speak at coaching clinics this summer, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon experienced the enthusiasm for the expanded ACC as the nation's best.
“The thing I recognize is the excitement around here but also nationally,” Dixon said. “It's clearly the No. 1 basketball league in excitement. There is great interest in it, no question.”
Seeing the ACC schedule only reinforced that feeling.
Pitt's inaugural men's basketball season in the ACC will see the Panthers play an 18-game conference schedule and face each of the 14 possible league opponents at least once. Pitt will play Clemson, Maryland, N.C. State and Syracuse both home and away.
Sixteen games will be on national television.
As if playing an ACC schedule isn't challenging enough, Pitt has three short turnarounds that add to its difficulty. It follows a noon Saturday game at N.C. State with a 7 p.m. Monday game against Maryland; a 6 p.m. Saturday game at Maryland with a 7 p.m. Monday game against Duke; and a 2 p.m. Saturday game at Notre Dame with a 9 p.m. Monday game against N.C. State.
“You're going to have some of those,” Dixon said. “A while back, I recognized that this isn't going to be easy. ... We're in the best conference in the country. That's a good thing to be part of.”
After enduring criticism of its nonconference schedule amid a 24-9 campaign that saw the Panthers finish fourth in the Big East only to draw a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Pitt also upped the ante in its non-ACC schedule.
The Panthers play Texas Tech and either Houston or Stanford in the Legends Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and then against former Big East rival Cincinnati in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Pitt also plays Duquesne in the annual City Game Nov. 30 at Consol Energy and hosts Penn State on Dec. 3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
It opens with exhibition games against UC-San Diego and Slippery Rock. The Panthers play nonconference home games against Savannah State, Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Youngstown State, Cal-Poly and Albany. Pitt also plays host to Howard and Lehigh in the Legends Classic.
Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pitt defensive lineman Donald brings home Bronko Nagurski Award
- Pitt to face MAC champ Bowling Green in Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
- Donald wins ACC Defensive Player of Year
- With Pitt men ahead, gauntlet continues for Loyola Marymount
- Pitt’s Dixon discusses local signees
- Pitt rallies to beat Penn State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge