Rutgers men’s basketball to play at Pitt in Big Ten-ACC Challenge

Rutgers will renew another old Big East rivalry in this season’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

The Scarlet Knights will play at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 3, the leagues announced on Thursday.

It will be Rutgers’ first game against the Panthers since 2013, the last season in the Big East for both programs. Rutgers leads the all-time series between the schools, 25-23, and has won the last two meetings.

It will also be a homecoming for Rutgers assistant Brandin Knight, who was a star player for the Panthers.

The trip to Pitt is Rutgers’ second confirmed 2019-20 non-conference game away from home. The Scarlet Knights will play St. Bonaventure in Toronto on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Rutgers will have home games at the RAC against in-state rival Seton Hall and UMass. The Scarlet Knights are also expected to host Bryant, Niagara and NJIT, as well several more paycheck games at home.

Rutgers will also play 20 Big Ten games. The Scarlet Knights’ conference home-and-home series this coming season will be against Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Rutgers will also welcome Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern to the RAC next season and play road contests against Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State.

“I like this team a lot. I think this is the most versatile team that I’ve coached,” Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell recently told NJ Advance Media. I think now what I like the most about this group is that we finally have some experience. … I like our experience. This is the first time I feel experienced (at Rutgers). I like that a lot.”

James Kratch may be reached at jkratch@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JamesKratch. Find NJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook.

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