Pitt/WVU extend backyard brawl after postponement this season

The rivalry that goes back to 1904 will extend through 2023-24
Pittsburgh Panthers guard Justin Champagnie (11) handles the ball against West Virginia Mountaineers forward Oscar Tshiebwe
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After the Backyard Brawl was postponed this year due to shortened schedules as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University have announced the annual basketball matchup will be extended through 2023-24.

This year’s game was scheduled for November 13 but the NCAA announced last month the season will start on November 25 with a reduced number of games.

This season’s game was originally scheduled to be the last Backyard Brawl series that started four years ago, but in June, a two-year extension was announced.

That means a least three more showdowns between the Panthers and Mountaineers.

Pitt has played WVU 187 times in school history, the most played series for the Panthers of all-time.

Pitt’s all-time record against WVU is 88-99 with a home record of 56-35.

WVU beat Pitt last season 68-53.