Pitt-WVU To Extend The Basketball Backyard Brawl

Series extended through 2022-23 season

Jeff Hathhorn
June 18, 2020 - 12:47 pm
Petersen Events Center

Pitt Athletics

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Pitt is extending its series with its biggest basketball rival as both the Panthers and West Virginia announce Thursday, games through the 2022-23 season.

“The Pitt-West Virginia rivalry is one of the best in the country,” said Pitt head coach Jeff Capel. “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.” 

“The Pitt game has been our biggest rival,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “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 series actually began in 1904, before basketball was a sport at Pitt.  Pitt won the first game on February 17, 1906, the final was 30-25.

The schools have played 187 times with the Mountaineers winning 99 of them.

“We are certainly pleased to extend the men’s basketball series between West Virginia and Pitt,” West Virginia Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. “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 (Bob) Huggins and coach (Jeff) Capel for their efforts in extending the basketball series. The fans are the real winners because this series is great for college basketball.”

This year’s game is scheduled for November 13 in Morgantown.​

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