Duke will visit Pitt next season in basketball


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Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke Blue Devils are among nine teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference that will visit the Petersen Events Center next season, Pitt's first in the conference.

The other eight home opponents are Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

The Panthers will travel to Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and Syracuse.

Clemson, North Carolina State and Wake Forest will be playing in Pittsburgh for the first time, and Virginia (1976), Duke (1980), Maryland (1981) will be visiting for the first time in more than three decades. Florida State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech played at the Petersen Events Center in recent years.

"We're very excited about it," athletic director Steve Pederson said. "When you start looking at the names coming in here, it's just one great brand name after another. I think people will enjoy seeing all the new teams. It's going to create a whole new level of energy and excitement in our building."

The Panthers will play at Clemson for the first time and some other venues they haven't frequented in a generation. They'll play at Georgia Tech for the first time since 1971, at North Carolina State (1974)and at Maryland (1980). The Panthers played at North Carolina in 1996.

Pitt previously knew Maryland and Syracuse would be repeat opponents, but the Panthers found out Tuesday Clemson and North Carolina State also are on the schedule twice.

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Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rayfitt1. First Published April 24, 2013 4:00 AM


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