Penn State, Pitt men’s basketball to play in December

The Penn State men’s basketball team will take on Pittsburgh in the Never Forget Tribute Classic this season, the program announced in a press release Wednesday.

It will be part of a doubleheader, with the first game featuring Villanova and Notre Dame, on Dec. 10 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., according to the report. The first game will be at noon. Penn State will face Pitt at about 2:30 p.m.

Penn State last played Pitt in December 2013, a game the Panthers won 78-69. Pitt will be led by first-year head coach Kevin Stallings, who was hired in March after 17 years at Vanderbilt.

The Never Forget Tribute Classic will support the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund provides financial assistance to help children of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks continue their education.

“It is an incredible honor for our program to be a part of this inaugural event in helping to honor the families of Sept. 11 victims, especially the Penn State alums who lost their lives in the attacks,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in the release. “We also look forward to facing Pitt, as it is always an exciting matchup for our fans, and I hope to see many of them at Prudential Center in support of the Never Forget Tribute Classic.”

According to a report by Jon Rothstein, of CBS Sports, on Wednesday, Penn State is set to play a home-and-home series against George Washington. The first game will be this season in Washington, D.C., with a rematch hosted by the Nittany Lions during the 2017-18 season, according to the report.