Pitt fans and the Oakland Zoo student cheering section will get their first glimpse of the 2014-15 Pitt Basketball team when the program hosts its annual Oakland Zoo Scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Petersen Events Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the scrimmage begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $5.00 in the OC Lot.

All Oakland Zoo members are encouraged to arrive early due to pre-scrimmage festivities. Oakland Zoo tee-shirts with the new logo will be on sale in the Team Store. All students in the arena by 6 p.m. will have the opportunity to take a photo with the Pitt Basketball team for the 2014-15 team poster and pre-game intro video. Zoo members must have their tee-shirts on and be in their seats at 6 p.m. Oakland Zoo members will receive loyalty points for attendance and will have the opportunity to be a guest coach on the benches with the team.

The scrimmage will tipoff at 7 p.m. The Panthers will likely play two 16 minute halves.

Immediately following the scrimmage, the Pitt Basketball team will hold its annual pizza party and meet and greet for the Oakland Zoo on the floor.

Friday, Oct. 3 marks the beginning of NCAA mandated practices for college basketball teams as they prepare for the upcoming 2014-15 season. On Thursday, Oct. 2, Pitt will host its annual Preseason Media Day.

Pitt returns three starters and 11 letterwinners from a team that finished 26-10 overall and advanced to its 12th NCAA Tournament in the last 13 seasons. For more information and updated news on Pitt Basketball, follow twitter.com/hailtopitthoops. For more information on the Pitt basketball team check out the 2014-15 Schedule, 2014-15 Pitt Prospectus and 2014-15 Roster.

Pitt will host its annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest and Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1-4 p.m. Pitt’s two exhibition games are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 31 (vs. Indiana, Pa. at 7 p.m.) and Friday, Nov. 7 (vs. Philadelphia at 7 p.m.). Pitt opens regular season play against Niagara on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

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