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The Zoo is Ready!

We're less than an hour from tipoff, but the Oakland Zoo has been at the Petersen Events Center waiting much, much longer.

Jamie Dixon Visits the Oakland Zoo

The Oakland Zoo started getting ready for Pitt's Monday night matchup with Duke by arriving at the Petersen Events Center early on Sunday. This morning, head coach Jamie Dixon stopped by to thank them for the support and offer a little nourishment. Tonight's game will serve as a Gold Out and all fans in attendance will receive a "This Is Our House" gold t-shirt.

Special Message to the Oakland Zoo

Cameron Wright Trick Shot

The Pitt men's basketball team opens the season tomorrow night against Savannah State at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.

 Pitt junior guard Cameron Wright had a message for the Oakland Zoo on Wednesday. By Wednesday night, his trick shot video had landed as the No. 1 Play of the Day on SportsCenter. Here's a look from all angles of the shot. Great stuff, Cam! 

Zoo... we'll see you in full force Friday night! Hail to Pitt!

Vote for the Oakland Zoo!

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The Oakland Zoo needs your help. They are competing for the Naismith Student Section of the Year and are looking for your votes. At last count, the Oakland Zoo sits in second place overall and first in the Big East. Vote daily and share the contest with friends for a chance to win a gift card.

Gold Out on Saturday

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Saturday's men's basketball game against No. 6 Syracuse is obviously a big game for the Panthers. Join us as we Gold Out the Petersen Events Center for the noon tipoff. Upon arrival to the arena, every fan will be handed a gold shirt. Please plan accordingly in order to be able to wear the shirt and cheer on Pitt to a victory over the Orange.

The following letter is from the Oakland Zoo, the Nation's top student section, to all fans that will be in attendance.

We appreciate your participation and your support of Pitt basketball!

Hail to Pitt!

Fellow Pitt Fans,

This Saturday, February 2nd, is another huge game on the Big East slate. Pitt needs to assert its home court advantage, and we as fans have to do our part to help. The game will be a Gold Out, and each fan in attendance will receive a free gold shirt to wear. As a result, we hope each of you prepare accordingly and are ready to don the gold.

The Zoo needs your help and we ask each of you to join us in guiding the Panthers to the win and defending our home court. Don't hesitate to join in on the cheers or get on your feet during any part of the game. Look around and implore the other Pitt fans to join you, because we need all of the help we can get. Wear the gold, be loud, stand up, and cheer with us as we re-introduce Syracuse to the Oakland Zoo! This won't be the normal Zoo, it will be one that fills the entire Petersen Events Center!

Thank you and Hail to Pitt,

The Oakland Zoo (Twitter: @OaklandZoo)

Pitt Family

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It's difficult to imagine a stronger bond between a student section and the team it cheers for than the Oakland Zoo and its Pitt Panthers men's basketball team. That bond grew even closer recently. Read Jeff Eisenberg's article on Yahoo! Sports here:
Pittsburgh guard grateful after student section's touching show of support 

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The Oakland Zoo is teaming up with the Pitt basketball team this weekend for their first-ever 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament. Tipoff for the tournament is set for noon at the Petersen Events Center with all proceeds going to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club of Greater Pittsburgh.

Head Coach Jamie Dixon and current Panther players will be present for the tournament, which will consist of 32 teams in a double elimination bracket format. The two teams advancing to the championship game will play in the title during halftime of a Pitt men's basketball game with the date still to be determined.

Doors open to the public (students and non-students) at 11 a.m. on Sunday. General admission for the event is $1 per ticket. All collected admission fees will be donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. The Oakland Zoo will also be there to collect any other donations to the charity.

Come out and support your Oakland Zoo and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh in this fun event. Additional details to be released on PittsburghPanthers.com later today.

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