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Penn State Set to Renew Hoops Rivalry With Pitt

Nittany Lions and Panthers have met 145 times all-time.
STATE COLLEGE, PA - Penn State and Pittsburgh will rekindle the most prolific series in Nittany Lion basketball annals as part of the 2013 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK's Sporting Goods.

The Nittany Lions and Panthers will meet for the 145th time, and first since 2005, when they collide Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center on the first of two days of the 2013 Challenge. Pittsburgh, which begins competition in the ACC in the 2013-14 season, will be the Lions' eighth different opponent in the Challenge, which is entering its 15th season. Penn State has won four of their last six Challenge contests, including its last three Challenge road games, and has a 5-7 record overall in 12 Challenge appearances.

"We are excited to continue a tremendous rivalry with such a long and storied tradition between our two Universities," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "It's great that we can be a part of an event that also matches the top two basketball conferences in the nation."

All 12 games in the 15th annual staging of the Challenge between two of the most successful college basketball conferences will be televised by a combination of ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Tip times and television arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Pitt leads the all-time series with Penn State, which began in 1906, by a count of 76-68 and has won the last five meetings. Penn State's last win in the series came with an 88-74 victory in the Bryce Jordan Center in 2000. The teams last met in 2005 with Pitt claiming a 91-54 victory in Pittsburgh to complete a series of meetings in six straight seasons. The programs met at least once a year every season from 1935 through 1982 and every season except for two between 1913 and 1982.

Pitt returns three starters and six of its top 10 scorers from a team that finished 24-9 overall and advanced to its 11th NCAA Tournament over the last 12 seasons in 2012-13.

Pitt, Notre Dame and Syracuse will join the Challenge in their first seasons in the ACC. The 2013 Challenge involves eight teams ranked in the ESPN.com early preseason top 25, including six of the top 11 teams: No. 3 Michigan State, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 8 Syracuse, No. 9 Michigan, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 20 Indiana and No. 25 Iowa. Fourteen teams between the two conferences played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

--PSU Athletic Communications--
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