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Premier Panthers push Pitt to win over Drexel, 83-74

Carolyn Pallof | Senior Staff Photographer
November 28, 2020
Pitt’s “Big 3” of Junior guards Xavier Johnson and Au’Diese Toney, plus sophomore forward Justin Champagnie, came through early and often on Saturday. They combined for 66 points to power the Panthers (1-1 overall) to an 83-74 win over Drexel (0-1 overall).

Panthers fall to St. Francis in season opener, 80-70

Carolyn Pallof | Senior Staff Photographer
November 25, 2020
An empty arena, socially distant benches, coaches and staff in masks — college basketball is back and, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, looks wildly different. But for Pitt men’s basketball, opening night on Wednesday was like deja vu.

Preseason grades: How Pitt stacks up ahead of 2020 men’s basketball campaign

In his last season with the Panthers,  junior guard Xavier Johnson (1) averaged 11.7 points, making 37.3% of his shots from the field.
November 19, 2020
As Pitt approaches its men’s basketball season opener against Saint Francis (PA) next Wednesday, it’s time to break down the Panthers’ depth chart. 

Column┃Nike Sibande and the NCAA’s transfer problem

Pitt senior guard Nike Sibande transferred from Miami (Ohio) to the University of Pittsburgh this past summer.
November 13, 2020
The NCAA's system for obtaining immediate eligibility goes against the best interest of the student-athletes who it's meant to protect.

ACC announces 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule

The ACC released a full conference schedule Tuesday morning with 20 games for each basketball-playing member school.
November 10, 2020
Pitt men’s basketball has been practicing for well over a month, but without a full schedule. But on Tuesday morning the ACC released a full conference schedule with 20 games for each basketball-playing member school.

Two Pitt athletes play for the Steel City that raised them

Dixon Veltri moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh and joined Pitt’s women’s soccer team after transferring from University of North Carolina Wilmington.
October 20, 2020
Homecoming normally presents an opportunity to travel back to one’s home to relive distant memories. But Pitt athletes Curtis Aiken Jr. and Dixon Veltri have chosen to stay in the city that raised them for their college careers.

Men’s basketball returners eagerly prepare for a season in limbo

The Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the Petersen Events Center Wednesday for their first official practice of the 2020 season.
October 15, 2020
Jeff Capel revamped his Pitt men’s basketball roster this offseason. Now he opens a season like no other with expectations weighing heavier and heavier.

Former Panther Eric Hamilton signs with British professional team

Former Pitt men’s basketball player Eric Hamilton has signed with British professional team Cheshire Phoenix, the team announced Tuesday.
August 21, 2020
Former Pitt men’s basketball player Eric Hamilton has signed with British professional team Cheshire Phoenix, the team announced Tuesday.

Capel’s best newcomers are ready for the spotlight

The 2020 Pitt men’s basketball recruiting class is Pitt’s highest rated recruiting class since 2012.
July 23, 2020
The 2020 Pitt men’s basketball recruiting class enters Oakland ahead of one of the most highly anticipated seasons in recent memory. From sharpshooters to high flyers, this season welcomes a plethora of must-watch talent.

Former Panther Artis comes up empty in TBT championship, despite strong performance

Former Pitt guard Jamel Artis took the court Tuesday Night in The Basketball Tournament championship game.
July 14, 2020
As professional sports leagues prepare for tightly monitored seasons, former Pitt guard Jamel Artis has taken the court this July in one of the first returns to organized basketball.
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