Valparaiso will be among the preseason favorites to win the Horizon League and is well known for Bryce Drew’s last-second shot to beat Mississippi State in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
In his blog, Katz reports that:
Pitt is still trying to fill a major home date after not getting an expected home game in the Big East-SEC Challenge. The Panthers would be wise to lock in a home game with Horizon League favorite Valparaiso. There have been talks between the two and Pitt may not get a better RPI game on the non-conference home schedule.
The Pitt Panthers basketball program needs to fill a void in its schedule after not receiving a spot in the annual Big East-SEC Challenge.
With most power conference teams having full schedules, Valparaiso could be one of the best options left for Pitt.
Valparaiso finished its season 22-12 overall and 14-4 in the Horizon League.
The Crusaders bring back all but two players for the 2012-13 season including scoring leaders Ryan Broekhoff and Kevin Van Wijk.
Last season, Pitt finished 27-12 overall and 5-13 against Big East opponents. The Panthers' season ended on a high note by beating Washington State in the College Basketball Invitational Championship.
Led by senior guard Tray Woodall and five-star forward recruit Steven Adams, Pitt basketball may end up in the preseason Top 25 and contend for a Big East Conference Championship.