Pitt's Durand Johnson dunks in front of Duquesne's Desmond Ridenour during a game last season.
By Alex Nieves / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pitt men's basketball team will make its first appearance in the nationally televised EA Sports Maui Invitational this season, part of a 14-game non-conference schedule that also features a road game against Indiana.
Pitt is one of the headliners Nov. 24-26 in Maui, which includes a couple of teams that won 30-plus games last season -- Arizona and San Diego State -- and perennial Top-25 contenders Missouri and Kansas State.
The bracket for the tournament has yet to be announced.
A road trip Dec. 2 to Bloomington, Ind., part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, is another highlight of the non-conference schedule. Indiana is coming off a 17-15 season.
Pitt will meet Duquesne in the 83rd annual City Game Dec. 5 at Consol Energy Center.
The non-conference schedule also features home games against Niagara (Nov. 14), Samford (Nov. 16), St. Bonaventure (Dec. 13), Manhattan (Dec. 17), Oakland (Dec. 20), Holy Cross (Dec. 23), Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 30) and Bryant (Feb. 2).
The other non-conference road game will be Nov. 21 at Hawaii. Because of an NCAA rule under which programs with a game against a school in Hawaii are granted an extra game, Pitt will play 14 non-conference games rather than the usual 13.
Pitt's ACC schedule will feature four home-and-home series, including a matchup with Syracuse, the team with the conference's second-best record last season. The other three series are against Florida State, Boston College and ACC newcomer Louisville.
Other ACC home games will be against Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Notre Dame. Other conference road games will be against Duke, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Dates and game times for the ACC schedule will be released at a later date.
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