WVU and Pitt to renew rivalry in men’s basketball


MORGANTOWN—Back by popular demand, West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons announced on Thursday that WVU and Pitt have agreed to an additional two-game series in men’s basketball starting next year.

The two teams will play at the Coliseum in Morgantown during the 2021-22 season before returning to the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh for the 2022-23 season. This year’s edition of the Backyard Brawl will take place in Morgantown on November 13th and will be the final game of the four-game agreement originally announced in 2016.

“We are certainly pleased to extend the men’s basketball series between West Virginia and Pitt,” stated Lyons. “I’ve said numerous times that one of my first goals as athletic director was to renew the football and basketball series with Pitt because it is good for both schools. I want to thank Heather Lyke (Pitt

Director of Athletics), Coach Huggins, and coach Capel for their efforts in extending the basketball series. The fans are the real winners because this series is great for college basketball.”

The Mountaineers have won the last four meetings in the series, including the most recent, a 68-53 win in Pittsburgh last season. The two teams will meet for the 188th time this upcoming season with WVU leading the overall head-to-head, 99-88, in a feud that began in 1906.

“The Pitt game has been our biggest rival,” said WVU head coach Bob Huggins, who will be entering his 14th season at his alma mater. “We are thrilled to add another two games to the series. During the last three months or so, I’ve seen numerous WVU-Pitt games being replayed on ESPN. In addition to both fan bases, there is always a national interest in the Backyard Brawl.”

“The Pitt-West Virginia rivalry is one of the best in the country,” said Pitt head coach Jeff Capel, who is entering his third season at the school after previously serving as head coach at Oklahoma for five seasons before taking an assistant position at Duke in 2011. “”Backyard Brawl” says all you need to know about the intensity and energy around these games. Coach Huggins is an outstanding coach and has built a terrific program in Morgantown. We look forward to continuing the rivalry and building on the great tradition of the Backyard Brawl.”

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