Full Schedule Available at PittsburghPanthers.com
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Conference, released its 2016-17 men’s basketball conference schedule Mondayafternoon. The Panthers’ ACC slate features 10 games against teams ranked in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, including home tilts with Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia.
Pitt opens conference play with a late December home contest for the second consecutive season, welcoming Notre Dame to the newly revamped Petersen Events Center on New Year’s Eve. The Panthers’ remaining home schedule consists of Virginia (Jan. 4), Miami (Jan. 14), Louisville (Jan. 24), Clemson (Jan. 28), Syracuse (Feb. 11), Virginia Tech (Feb. 14), Florida State (Feb. 18) and North Carolina (Feb. 25).
The road schedule for Pitt begins with trips to Syracuse (Jan. 7) and Louisville (Jan. 11) in early January. The Panthers also have road contests at NC State (Jan. 17), North Carolina (Jan. 31), Duke (Feb. 4), Boston College (Feb. 8), Wake Forest (Feb. 22), Georgia Tech (Feb. 28) and Virginia (March 4) to navigate this season.
All 18 conference games for the Panthers will be broadcast nationally through the ACC’s television affiliates. Pitt will play Duke Saturday, Feb. 4 on CBS and will also have six games on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU). The Panthers have six games on the ACC’s regional sports network (RSN) with the remaining five games being broadcast on the ACC Network. RSN consists of FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Sun, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, YES Network, NESN, Root Sports Pittsburgh and CSN Mid-Atlantic.
The 2017 ACC Tournament will be held March 7-11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Every game of the ACC Tournament will be telecast by ESPN and the ACC Network.
Pitt returns six of its top seven scorers from a year ago, including 2016 All-ACC performer Michael Young (15.7 ppg., 6.9 rpg.) and 2015 All-ACC selection Jamel Artis (14.4 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 3.0 apg.). The Panthers went 21-12 last season and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in the past 15 years. Head coach Kevin Stallings enters his first year at the helm of the program after spending the previous 17 seasons at Vanderbilt. He is 455-283 with 16 postseason appearances in 23 seasons as a Division I head coach.