Fresh off their “tune up” (a one point loss against the underdog Niagara Purple Eagles), the Panthers should be highly motivated for this one. The question is, can they win? West Virginia has two non-con losses on the season, and so I’m saying yes. #LetsGoPitt. Beat ‘them Hoopies!
Well it isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still the City Game. Here is the history of this storied rivalry, because those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it.
The basketball series was first played in 1932. The cross-town rivalry between the two schools intensified quickly, and the development of bad blood between the two schools on the basketball court and in the boxing ring led to the cessation of series following the 1939 game until it was renewed in 1953. The rivalry reached its peak when both schools again found themselves members of the same athletic conference, the Eastern 8 from 1976–1982. (It was renamed the Atlantic 10 Conference following the 1981–82 season). During this period, the head coaches of Pitt and Duquesne, Tim Grgurich and Mike Rice respectively, were alumni of their schools and had played against each other in the 1960s. There was genuine dislike between coaches and players, and during these contests fights frequently broke out between players, and sometimes among fans. Wikipedia
Lets Go Pitt! Beat Duquesne!
Well it’s our first power-five basketball opponent. Here are some interesting facts about the University of Iowa:
- Iowa has produced more Division I college football coaches than any other college or university across the country, according to “The Wall Street Journal.”
- The University of Iowa built the first law school west of the Mississippi
- A man with a moustache is not allowed to kiss a woman in public in Iowa City (which is where the University of Iowa is located).
I don’t make up the facts people, I just report them.
Hail to Pitt! Lets beat Iowa!