On Monday, Pitt announced that it would be taking on Vanderbilt in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons, kicking off this season with a matchup in Pittsburgh.
The two teams have not faced each other since Vanderbilt took down the Panthers in the 1988 NCAA Tournament.
“As we put together our non-conference schedule, we are always looking for opponents who will help us prepare for ACC play,” Jeff Capel said in the release. “I have known Stack [Jerry Stackhouse] since we were AAU teammates as teenagers back in North Carolina. He teaches a fast-paced, aggressive style of basketball and his teams compete at a high level. This matchup will be a great test for our team and will help ready us for conference play.”
Vanderbilt finished last season, its second under Stackhouse, with a record of 9-16. The commodores were led by Scotty Pippen Jr., who recently withdrew has name from the NBA Draft. Pippen, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 20.8 points per game last season while shooting 43% from the field.
Vanderbilt has not finished a season in the top half of the SEC since the 2016-17 season, when the Commodores finished fifth. That year, head coach Bryce Drew’s squad made the NCAA tournament as a No. 9 seed and fell to Northwestern in the first round.
In addition to Vanderbilt, Pitt is also slated to play West Virginia, St. Johns, The Citadel, and Minnesota this season as of now.