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September 24, 2012

2012-13 hoops schedule released

The University of Pittsburgh announced its complete 2012-13 men's basketball on schedule on Monday with tipoff times, additional national, ESPN Regional/Big East Network and local television games. Each event on Pitt's basketball schedule will be televised nationally or regionally in some form. Updates include:

*ESPN announced on Monday that Pitt's Outdoor Midnight Madness/Basketball on Bigelow event on Friday, Oct. 12 will be televised in its entirety on ESPN3 along with live updates on its national Midnight Madness Show, which airs on ESPNU. ESPN reporter Bob Picozzi and a color analyst to be named later will be on site that evening to provide live updates and highlights from Bigelow Boulevard.

*Pitt will host its annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair (noon) and Blue-Gold Scrimmage (2 p.m.) on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Petersen Events Center. The Blue-Gold Scrimmage will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast Network Channel 188 or 210).

*ESPN Regional released its five-game viewing schedule. Contests slated for ROOT Sports include DePaul (Jan. 26), at St. John's (Feb. 24), South Florida (Feb. 27) and Villanova (March 3), while the March 9 contest at DePaul will be nationally syndicated as the Big East Game of the Week and aired locally on WTAE (Channel 4). ESPN3 will also broadcast Pitt's season opener at the Petersen Events Center against Mount St. Mary's (Nov. 9), Detroit (Dec. 1), the City Game vs. Duquesne at Consol Energy Center (Dec. 5), North Florida (Dec. 8) and Bethune Cookman (Dec. 15).

*Pitt Panthers Television also announced its seven-event live viewing schedule which includes coverage of the Blue-Gold Scrimmage (Oct. 14), exhibition games vs. Indiana, Pa. (Oct. 26) and Hawaii-Hilo (Nov. 2), Oakland (Nov. 17), Howard (Nov. 27), Delaware State (Dec. 19) and Kennesaw State (Dec. 23).

*Two road contests were also finalized. Pitt will play at Villanova's Pavilion on Jan. 16 and the Panthers' contest at Cincinnati on Feb. 9 has been slated as a potential ESPN College GameDay broadcast. Tipoff times for that date are either 6 p.m. (ESPN2) or 9 p.m. (ESPN) if selected for ESPN College GameDay.

2012-13 PITT BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Friday October 12 - Midnight Madness/Basketball on Bigelow Blvd (ESPN3) 10 pm
Sunday October 14 - Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Blue-Gold Scrimmage (PPTV) Noon/2 pm
Friday October 26 - INDIANA, Pa. (Exh.) (PPTV) 7 pm
Friday November 2 - HAWAII-HILO (Exh.) (PPTV) 7 pm
Friday November 9 - MOUNT ST. MARY'S (ESPN3) 6 pm

NIT SEASON TIP-OFF (PITTSBURGH, Pa.)
Monday November 12 - FORDHAM (ESPN3) 6 pm (RMU vs. Lehigh 8:30 pm)
Tuesday November 13 - RMU OR LEHIGH (ESPNU) 9 pm (Fordham vs. RMU or Lehigh 6 pm)
Saturday November 17 - OAKLAND (PPTV) 7 pm
(Note: Pitt must win in order to advance to New York. If it does not advance, it will host two NIT Season Tipoff games on both Monday Nov. 19 and Tuesday Nov. 20 at the Petersen Events Center.)

NIT SEASON TIP-OFF (NEW YORK, NY)
Wednesday November 21 - Semifinal Game One (ESPNU) 7 pm; Semifinal Game Two (ESPN2) 9:30 pm
Friday November 23 - Consolation Game (ESPN) 2:30 pm; Championship Game (ESPN) 4:30 pm
Host schools: Pitt, Michigan, Virginia, Kansas State

Tuesday November 27 - HOWARD (PPTV) 7 pm
Saturday December 1 - DETROIT (ESPN3) 7 pm
Wednesday December 5 - Duquesne at Consol Energy Center (ESPN3) 7 pm
Saturday December 8 - NORTH FLORIDA (ESPN3) 7 pm
Saturday December 15 - BETHUNE COOKMAN (ESPN3) 7 pm
Wednesday December 19 - DELAWARE STATE (PPTV) 7 pm
Sunday December 23 - KENNESAW STATE (PPTV) 5 pm
Monday December 31 - *CINCINNATI (ESPN2) Noon
Saturday January 5 - at *Rutgers (ESPN2) 11 am
Tuesday January 8 - at *Georgetown (ESPNU) 9 pm
Saturday January 12 - *MARQUETTE (ESPNU) Noon
Wednesday January 16 - at *Villanova (ESPNU) 7 pm
Saturday January 19 - *CONNECTICUT (ESPN2) Noon
Tuesday January 22 - at *Providence (ESPN2) 7 pm
Saturday January 26 - *DEPAUL (ESPN-R/ROOT) 4 pm
Monday January 28 - at *Louisville (ESPN) 7 pm
Saturday February 2 - *SYRACUSE (ESPN) Noon
Monday February 4 - *SETON HALL (ESPNU) 9 pm
Saturday February 9 - at *Cincinnati (ESPN2/ESPN) 6/9 pm
Saturday February 16 - at *Marquette (CBS) 1 pm
Monday February 18 - *NOTRE DAME (ESPN) 7 pm
Sunday February 24 - at *St. John's (ESPN-R/ROOT) Noon
Wednesday February 27 - *SOUTH FLORIDA (ESPN-R/ROOT) 7 pm
Sunday March 3 - *VILLANOVA (ESPN-R/ROOT) Noon
Saturday March 9 - at *DePaul (ESPN-R/WTAE) 2 pm
Tue.-Sat. March 12-16 - Big East Championship (ESPN)





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