Pitt to play Indiana in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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Pitt's basketball team will play at Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge series next season, it was announced today by both conferences.

The game will be Dec. 2. Time and television information will be determined.

The Panthers are 4-4 all-time against the Hoosiers, but the two teams have played each other only twice since 1941, which is also the last time the Panthers visited Bloomington.

Pitt beat Indiana, 74-52, in an NCAA Tournament second-round game in 2003 in Boston, but lost to them in 2009, 74-64, in a Jimmy V. Classic game at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“I’m excited about the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and I am really looking forward to playing a great Indiana program,” Coach Jamie Dixon said. “When I looked at the teams that were on the road and the teams who were home last year [in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge] I anticipated this may be the matchup we got, so it is great to be a part of this event because I think it is a great thing for college basketball.”

Dixon also said that it is good for future nonconference scheduling that he knows what cycle they are on (home odd years, away even years) with regards to the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

He said it will enable him to schedule home-and-homes with major conference foes in order to balance out the schedule each year and ensure there are at least nine home games.

With this road game against Indiana, a trip to the Maui Classic -- where possible matchups with Arizona, BYU, Kansas State and Missouri loom -- and another possible trip to New York City, for a neutral site game, the Panthers' nonconference schedule figures to be much stronger than it was last season.

Pitt played host to Penn State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last year while the two conferences played to a 6-6 draw.

This year’s event will be highlighted by a matchup between Duke playing at Wisconsin, Syracuse at Michigan, Ohio State at Louisville (which is joining the ACC after this season), Iowa at North Carolina and Maryland (which is joining the Big Ten after this season) playing host to Virginia.

Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1720 and Twitter @paulzeise

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