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Backyard Brawl Extended in Men’s Basketball for Next 4 Years



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West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh have agreed to extend the Backyard Brawl series in men’s basketball for the next four seasons, per release.

2024-25: @ Pitt

2025-26: @ West Virginia

2026-27: @ Pitt

2027-28: @ West Virginia

“There is no question that this is one of the best rivalries in college athletics and has produced some great games through the years,” WVU AD Wren Baker said. “The rivalry is not only good for the two universities but also their fans. I want to thank Heather Lyke and the Pitt administration for supporting the renewal of this series, which is a win for college basketball.”

West Virginia leads the all-time series 103-89 over Pitt. The Panthers recently broke a six-game losing streak to WVU by defeating the Mountaineers in Morgantown 80-63 on Dec. 6 behind a great performance by Blake Hinson.

“The Backyard Brawl is great for both schools, the fanbases and especially for college basketball,” Interim HC Josh Eilert said. “I have been at WVU for 17 of these games, and without question, they are our biggest rival. For the last six years, it’s been one of the highlights of our non-conference schedule and will certainly be for the next four years. I would like to thank Wren Baker, our administration and Pitt for extending the Backyard Brawl.”

Baker has talked about extending all Backyard Brawl series with Heather Lyke and Pitt. Men’s basketball is now off the board for the next four years.

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