The Oakland Zoo will get to see some good games at the Pete this season (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Last week the Big East released the conference match-ups and Pitt came out with a pretty even draw. It's still the Big East, so the automatic wins are limited, but it seems that Pitt got a good mix of compelling home games and tough road games.
Some first impressions of the schedule after the jump.
Without WVU as Pitt's semi-official annual opponent, Pitt will play twice against Marquette, Cincinnati, Villanova and Depaul. Not really a murderer's row there, but Cincinnati could be a top-30 type of team.
Pitt gets a nice slate of home games with Notre Dame, Syracuse and UConn all coming to the Pete. Without a marquee non-conference game, Pitt desperately needed quality home conference games and the Big East delivers. Syracuse and Notre Dame should both be ranked, if not top-15 caliber teams this season. UConn, well, will be UConn and Pitt will have one final shot to avenge the 2011 Big East Tournament loss.
The road slate will provide a challenge as well. Louisville is a lock to be a preseason top-5 team and the Cardinals enjoy a fantastic home court advantage at the stupidly names Yum! Center. Going to D.C. to play Georgetown is always tough and Mike Rice may finally have Rutgers on the upswing.