Pitt Basketball Announces Home Game Promotions

Pittsburgh – Promotional dates and themes for the 2022-23 Pitt Men’s Basketball schedule have been announced for the Panthers’ home board at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt rebuilt his roster for Capel’s fifth season by retaining core players from a year ago in Honorable Mention All-ACC Big Man John Hugley IVexperienced guards Jamarius Burton and Nike Sibandealong with talented young wings William Jeffress and Nate Santos.

The Panthers used the transfer portal, as well as the late spring contract signing, to land several new signings ready to fight for the early season. Degree Transfer Guards Nelly Cummings and Greg Elliott as well as bank transfer Blake Hinson Bring experience, basketball IQ, scoring pop, and three-point shooting to the rotation while JUCO centers Federico Federico adds size, rebounds and central defense to the team.

Pitt will host Clarion (Oct. 22) and Edinboro (Nov. 2) in plays before opening the season against Tennessee Martin on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers also host West Virginia (Nov. 11) in the 189thth Meeting the Backyard Brawl before traveling to Brooklyn to face off against last season’s top 25 opponent Michigan in the opening round of the Legends Classic (Nov. 16).


  • The 2022-23 version of the Panthers has played 631 career games, 159 games more than last season’s roster and 300 games more than Capel’s first-season roster in Pitt.
  • Cummings, Burton, Sibande and Elliott have each played over 100 career games.
  • Cummings, Burton, and Sibande have each started at least 75 career games.
  • Pitt goes into the season with five players who have had 70 or more three-point field goals in their careers.
  • Sibande (203), Cummings (149), Elliott (94), Hinson (91) and Burton (70) have combined 607 career three-pointers.
  • Last season, Pitt’s roster started the season with just 203 career 3-point field goals (not counting Sibande, who missed the season with a knee injury).
  • Hugley IV is one of two returning players in the ACC (along with Armando Bacot, North Carolina) to average 14.5 or more points and 7.5 or more rebounds per game a year ago.
  • Sibande (1,570 points) returns from injury to combine with Cummings (1,112) and Burton (1,003) to give Pitt three 1,000-point scorers in backcourt.
  • Hinson returns to the action after missing the last two seasons. He averaged 9.1 points and made 91 three-point field goals while starting 58 of 60 career games with Ole Miss.


  • Season passes start at $280 and can be purchased HERE.
  • Mini plans start at $95 and can be secured HERE.
  • Tickets for single games will be available from October 18th.
  • Fans interested in group ticket orders for all matches and theme nights are encouraged to submit their information HERE. A Pitt Athletics representative will be in touch with you shortly.

Game-by-Game Actions
Saturday October 22 at 2:00 p.m. – Clarion (exhibition)

  • Oakland Zoo shirt distribution – This is the first game where student season ticket holders can collect their Oakland Zoo shirts!

Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. – Edinboro (Exhibition)

  • Oakland Zoo scrimmage – Free post-game pizza for Oakland Zoo members!

Monday, November 7 @ 7:00 p.m. – Tennessee Martin

  • Oakland Zoo hats – Free Gold Oakland Zoo Hats for the first 1,000 students at Pete!
  • Poster raffle – 2022-23 MBB schedule poster and schedule card giveaway at Hall A marketing desk

Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. – West Virginia

  • Brawl in the backyard – The rivalry between Pitt and WVU is back in the Petersen Events Center! After an exciting football duel in September, the two Backyard Brawl rivals will face off in an important non-conference competition on the Hardwood.
  • Military Appreciation Day
    • Free Pitt Camo Rally towels for fans and students
    • Veterans are invited to attend the game for FREE by pre-purchasing their tickets through VetTix.org. For more information, contact the Panthers Ticket Office: (800) 643-7488.

Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. – State of Alabama

  • Boy Scout Day – All local Boy Scout troops in western Pennsylvania are invited to attend the game with discounted tickets

Tuesday, November 22 at 8:30 p.m. – FDU

  • International Student Thanksgiving – All international students unable to go home for Thanksgiving Break are invited to attend the game in the club suites

Friday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. – William & Mary

  • The price is the right night – It’s Black Friday and to celebrate, Pitt will be hosting various Price Is Right games during media breaks. Plinko, Dice, Any Number and more classic Price is Right games are available for fans!

Saturday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m. – Sacred Heart

  • Say goodbye to the Oakland Zoo – This is the last home game before the Oakland Zoo leaves campus for winter break, so Pitt will be throwing one last party for the zoo to thank them for their support!

Saturday, December 17 @ 1:00 p.m. – North Florida

  • holiday tires – It’s the last men’s basketball game in Pittsburgh before the holiday season, and we’re giving away Pitt mugs to early fans to keep them warm this winter
  • education day – All local educators are invited to come to the game together as Pitt recognizes the great work they are doing for the Pittsburgh community. Educators coming in groups can get ticket discounts. For more information, contact the Panthers Ticket Office: (800) 643-7488.

Friday 30th or 31st December TBA – North Carolina

  • College ID night – Students with any university ID are invited to come to Pitt and watch a zoo game with discounted tickets! So, even if you’re not going to Pitt but are home for the holidays, you can join us at the Petersen Event Center for some of our biggest games of the year!

Tuesday, January 3 @ 9:00 p.m. – Virginia

  • College ID night – Students with any university ID are invited to come to Pitt and watch a zoo game with discounted tickets! So, even if you’re not going to Pitt but are home for the holidays, you can join us at the Petersen Event Center for some of our biggest games of the year!

Saturday, January 7 at 4:00 p.m. – Clemson

  • Healthcare Day – The Pitt Ticket Sales team invites all Pittsburgh Healthcare employees to the game to highlight their efforts in our community. For more information, contact the Panthers Ticket Office: (800) 643-7488.
  • Faculty and Staff Day – All Pitt faculty and staff are invited to attend the game at a discounted rate by showing their Pitt ID at the ticket booth!

Saturday, January 21 3:00 p.m. – State of Florida

  • Rock the king – We already have Roc the Royal on campus every Friday, but Pitt will also show off his royal uniforms in our matchup against Florida State. The team will be in Royal. The zoo will be royal. Make sure YOU are in Royal when you get to the game! Official Roc the Royal merch is available now at https://shoppittpanthers.com/catalog/roc-the-royal.

Wednesday, January 25 @ 7:00 p.m. – Wake Forest

  • Send it to Jerome! – It’s 35th Anniversary of Jerome Lane’s Famous Backboard Shattering Dunk! Come to our game against Wake Forest, where early fans can get an exclusive Jerome Lane-themed giveaway!

Saturday, January 28 @ 4:00 p.m. – Miami

  • gold rush – Oakland Zoo gets FREE Gold Rush Zoo Flags!
  • Panther Club Appreciation – We celebrate our Panther Club members by offering free giveaways and meal vouchers at the Panther Club concourse and lobby kiosks. To join the Panther Club, visit HailToPitt.com.

Tuesday, February 7 @ 7:00 p.m. – Louisville

  • night of the city – We’re celebrating the city of Pittsburgh with music by Pittsburgh artists and videos highlighting the connection between the Steel City and Pitt Basketball.

Tuesday, February 21 @ 7:00 p.m. – Georgia Tech

  • Oakland Zoo Blackout game – For one game per year, the Oakland Zoo will receive FREE Black Out Zoo shirts.
  • carnival – It’s Mardi Gras and Pitt Basketball is bringing the Bourbon Street Party up north!
  • Pitt Day of Giving

Saturday February 25 @ 5:00 p.m. – Syracuse

  • seniors night – In our last home game in Pete for this season, we will honor our retiring class of Pitt basketball players.
  • Varsity Letter Club Night

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