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Pitt Basketball Team Heading To Ireland

The Pitt men's hoops team will play six games in Ireland beginning in late July and will have a reception with Dan Rooney while they're there, the Post-Gazette reports:

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"As a lifelong Pittsburgher, it will be very special for me personally to host the Pitt basketball team here in Dublin during its tour to Ireland," Rooney said in a statement. "Coach Dixon, his staff and players will also visit the UPMC Children's Hospital here in Dublin as well as spend time with the Peace Players, who have used the game of basketball as a vehicle toward achieving peace and understanding in Belfast and universally. It is an honor to represent President Obama and the American people here in Ireland. It will be such a pleasure having these fine young men from Pittsburgh and all of their traveling party be a part of all things 'Irish.'"

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According to Pitt's website, they'll be playing the Irish and English national teams as well as an Australian pro team, the Melbourne Tigers. 

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The idea of playing the English national team brings this to mind, but in reverse:

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Of course, England's soccer team only managed a tie against the U.S., so we can't take anything for granted here.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.