Pitt Still Non-Committal About Playing West Virginia In Basketball ... But Why?

Pitt isn't scheduled to play West Virginia this season (Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)

Pitt released its basketball schedule last week and for the first time in a while, West Virginia won't be on it because of their early move to the Big 12.

With so many non-conference games on college basketball schedules, you'd think the Panthers could find some room on their slate for the Mountaineers. But head coach Jamie Dixon doesn't appear ready to say it will definitely happen in the future.

Speaking about Pitt's schedule, Dixon was mostly non-committal about playing West Virginia:

Dixon said he did not discuss a game with West Virginia coach Bob Huggins for this season because most of his non-conference schedule had already been filled by the time the news came down this winter that West Virginia would be leaving for the Big 12 this fall.

As for future games with the Mountaineers, Dixon was non-committal.

"It’s something where many factors go into it," Dixon said. "When all of the factors come together and it makes it so we can play, we’ll play. There are so many factors involved and they don’t just revolve around our program."

Barring a meeting in the postseason, this is the first time in nearly 100 years that Pitt and West Virginia won't play each other.

I've been over this probably a dozen times, but I understand not being able to find room to play the Mountaineers in football. With only three non-conference games once the Panthers move to the ACC and Penn State, Notre Dame, and cupcakes all in play, there's not a ton of room. But basketball is a different story. Using vague excuses about not being able to play each other makes little sense when your team decides to suit up against Bethune-Cookman, Kennesaw State, and Delaware State.

I don't profess to know all the ins and outs of scheduling, but if there really are reasons why Pitt can't give up one of those games to continue a long-standing series against a local rival, I'd love to hear them.

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