Pitt will host Drexel as part of its non-conference schedule for the 2020-21 season, Pittsburgh Sports Now has confirmed.
Drexel, which plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, has never played Pitt. The Panthers are 11-6 all-time against CAA opponents.
The Dragons went 14-19 in 2019-20 and finished eighth in the CAA with a 6-12 conference record. After wrapping their season with a loss to eventual champs Hofstra in the CAA tournament, Drexel finished No. 244 in adjusted efficiency, according to KenPom.com, and was ranked No. 237 in the NCAA’s NET Rankings.
Drexel will return leading scorer and facilitator Camren Wynter (15.7 points per game, 5.1 assists per game) and top rebounder James Butler (13.2 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game.) amongst four projected returning starters. The Dragons also feature Quaker Valley alum Coletrane Washington, who averaged 5.1 points per game as a sophomore in 2019-20.
Drexel is the third non-conference opponent to be revealed for Pitt in 2020, joining a trip to West Virginia on Nov. 13 and a home date against Morgan State on Nov. 25.
The game between Pitt and Drexel will be played at Petersen Events Center. The date of the game has been reported on a Drexel message board to be Dec. 15. That could not be independently verified by PSN.
Pitt will also play three games as part of the Myrtle Beach Invitational Nov. 19-22, potentially facing Charlotte, Dayton, Loyola, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn and/or Utah State. The Panthers also are expected to be part of the 2020 ACC-Big Ten Challenge, with an opponent and date to be determined.
That leaves four additional games to be released from Pitt’s 2020-21 scheduled. Pitt head coach Jeff Capel told the Tribune-Review earlier this month that all but one of his team’s games had already been scheduled. Pitt will not have City Game rival Duquesne on its schedule for the second consecutive season.