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Pitt is it

December 20, 2007 - Neil Rudel

Unbeaten Pitt plays Duke tonight at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

What a perfect appetizer for the Steelers-St. Louis Rams game at 8:15 p.m. (NFL Network)

Pitt's rise in basketball from also ran in the 1970s has been impressive. No, the Panthers haven't cracked the Final Four, but the fact that they're banging on the door every year and play to sellout crowds at the plush Peterson Events Center overshadows that. Or should.

If you don't believe that, be sure to get a ticket to Sunday's Penn State-Colgate game at the Jordan Center. You won't have to stand in line.

Scheduling games against programs like Duke speaks to Pitt's vision for its basketball program. Penn State, meanwhile, will go head-up with the NFL this Sunday, then play a 1 p.m. game against Lehigh on New Year's Eve.

I'm not kidding.




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