PITTSBURGH—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.
Pitt is making its third all-time appearance in the Jimmy V Classic as the Panthers defeated Memphis, 70-51, in 2004 and played Indiana in 2009. Madison Square Garden is Pitt’s “Home Away From Home” as the Panthers have played 89 all-time games and compiled a 30-16 record in the last 12 seasons at MSG. Pitt was named Madison Square Garden’s “Team of the Decade” after winning two Big East Championship titles (2003 and 2008) and advancing to seven league championship finals from 2000-10.
It was announced earlier that Pitt will also compete in the 2013 Legends Classic, November 25 and 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. against two of three opponents: Houston, Stanford and/or Texas Tech. Pitt will host two regional games as part of the Legends Classic, which will be played at the Petersen Events Center sometime between November 17-21. Tipoff times and matchups will be announced at a later date.
Pitt will also host Penn State as part of the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Pitt’s 2013-14 ACC opponents were released in late April. Pitt will play nine home ACC games at the Petersen Events Center including Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Syracuse. The Panthers’ 2013-14 road opponents are Clemson, Boston College, Maryland, Miami, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and Syracuse. Pitt’s four repeat opponents are: Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina State and Syracuse.
Pitt’s entire 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule, tipoff times and television appearances will be released at a later date. The Panthers return three starters from a team that finished 24-9 overall and advanced to their 11th NCAA Tournament in the last 12 seasons.