BIG EAST men’s basketball tips-off this evening as preseason favorite Pittsburgh hosts Rhode Island at the Petersen Events Center at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The Panthers start the season at No. 5 in the AP poll and No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. This is the seventh meeting all time between the Panthers and the Rams, with Pitt holding a 5-1 advantage in the series.