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Pitt men’s basketball loses commitment from Aaron Thompson

Pitt men’s basketball loses commitment from Aaron Thompson

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 22, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team isn’t only suffering from an exodus of transfers — now, it’s losing recruits as well. According to a press release Friday night, the university granted incoming freshman point guard Aaron Thompson a release from his National Letter of Intent, which he signed Nov....

Former Pitt PG Justice Kithcart Transferring to Old Dominion

Former Pitt PG Justice Kithcart Transferring to Old Dominion

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 10, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Justice Kithcart is the first of the five departing players — not including the four graduating seniors — from last year’s Pitt men’s basketball team to find a new home. Kithcart announced Monday afternoon via Twitter he will be transferring to Old Dominion University, a member of Conference USA. “Moving to the 757 like I’m the answer...

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 3, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns, Women's Basketball

It started with a harmless announcement March 13. That’s when sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark revealed his intention to transfer from the Pitt men’s basketball team after missing the entire 2016-17 season with a torn MCL and meniscus. Clark could have provided some useful depth for the Panthers if health...

Leading returning scorer Cameron Johnson leaving Pitt

Leading returning scorer Cameron Johnson leaving Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After having three players transfer in the past three weeks, the Pitt men’s basketball team is now losing its leading returning scorer. Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson is pursuing his transfer from the university. Johnson’s father Gil confirmed the news to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette early Sat...

Pitt assistant Jeremy Ballard leaving to become associate head coach at VCU

Pitt assistant Jeremy Ballard leaving to become associate head coach at VCU

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt confirmed Thursday that assistant coach Jeremy Ballard is set to leave the Panthers to become an associate head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University next year. After dealing with three other departures from the Pitt basketball program in the last two weeks, Pitt head coach Kevin Stalli...

Damon Wilson transferring from Pitt men’s basketball team

Damon Wilson transferring from Pitt men’s basketball team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Another day, another player transferring away from the Pitt men’s basketball team. Sophomore Damon Wilson announced his intention to transfer from the team Wednesday, barely one week after true freshman Corey Manigault and sophomore Crisshawn Clark decided to leave the team. “I am grateful for my ...

Students fill out their brackets, with or without Pitt

Students fill out their brackets, with or without Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro and Bayard Miller | Contributing Editors

March 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

As the snow stopped falling Tuesday night, basketball fans on Pitt’s campus were just getting warmed up for the upcoming NCAA Tournament — despite Pitt’s now-deceased season. In the library at about 11 p.m., where students were cramming for next-day exams and working together on group project...

Clark, Manigault transfer from basketball team

Clark, Manigault transfer from basketball team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Say goodbye to the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class. All three members of the Panthers’ 2016 class are no longer with the team, as true freshman Corey Manigault followed sophomore Crisshawn Clark in announcing his intention to transfer next season. “We wish Corey and Crisshawn the best of luck as they look to continue their college...

True freshman Corey Manigault leaving Pitt

True freshman Corey Manigault leaving Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Say goodbye to the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class. All three members of the Panthers’ 2016 class are no longer with the team, as true freshman Corey Manigault followed sophomore Crisshawn Clark in announcing his intention to transfer next season. “We wish Corey and Crisshawn the best of luck as they look to continue their c...

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Only one of the three members of the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class remains, as sophomore Crisshawn Clark announced his intention to transfer next season. Following head coach Kevin Stallings’ dismissal of point guard Justice Kithcart prior to the team’s regular season f...

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

When the visitors’ locker room inside the Barclays Center opened to reporters moments after Pitt’s season-ending 75-63 loss to Virginia in the second round of the ACC Tournament, the room was silent. The post-game spread of food and drinks went mostly untouched. As the players sat side by side...

Five sleepers with a chance to make a splash in March Madness

Five sleepers with a chance to make a splash in March Madness

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Every year, shocking upsets in the NCAA Tournament force college basketball fans to throw their office pool brackets into the trash on the opening days of the tournament. No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State eliminated No. 2 seed Michigan State in the first round last year, while No. 15 seed Florida...

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Now that we know the season is over for Pitt’s men’s basketball team — with no postseason appearance and no winning record for the first time in 17 years — one question remains. Where do the Panthers go from here? Some have called for the axing of head coach Kevin Stallings after just one year on...

No. 21 Virginia eliminates Pitt from ACC Tournament, 75-63

No. 21 Virginia eliminates Pitt from ACC Tournament, 75-63

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s first season under head coach Kevin Stallings — and first losing season in 17 years — appears to be over. The Panthers (16-17) fell to the No. 21 Virginia Cavaliers (22-9), 75-63, in the second round of the ACC Tournament Wednesday night at the Barclays Cen...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Virginia, ACC Tournament 2nd round

GALLERY: Pitt vs Virginia, ACC Tournament 2nd round

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized

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Pitt holds on for 61-59 win over Georgia Tech in first round of ACC Tournament

Pitt holds on for 61-59 win over Georgia Tech in first round of ACC Tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It wasn’t easy or pretty, but the Pitt men’s basketball team held on to extend its season for at least another day. The Panthers (16-16) survived a last-minute rally from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-15) to pull out a 61-59 win Tuesday night in the first round of the ACC Tournament at t...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Visual

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Young named to All-ACC Third Team, Artis earns honorable mention

Young named to All-ACC Third Team, Artis earns honorable mention

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team finished the regular season in next-to-last place out of 15 teams in the ACC, but the Panthers still had two players recognized as part of the All-ACC teams Sunday afternoon. Senior forward Michael Young repeated as a member of the All-ACC Third Team, while senior p...

Panthers drop regular season finale at No. 23 Virginia, 67-42

Panthers drop regular season finale at No. 23 Virginia, 67-42

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 4, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s streak of 16 straight winning seasons came to a crashing halt Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Panthers (15-16 overall, 4-14 ACC) put on their worst offensive performance of the season in the regular season finale against the No. 23 Virginia...

Stallings dismisses first-year PG Justice Kithcart from Panthers

Stallings dismisses first-year PG Justice Kithcart from Panthers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings dismissed first-year point guard Justice Kithcart from the team Friday morning, according to a Pitt Athletics press release. “It is a privilege to play basketball at the University of Pittsburgh and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct...

Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther named to All-ACC Academic Team

Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther named to All-ACC Academic Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s disappointing 2016-2017 season is almost at a close, but two Panthers earned recognition Wednesday for what they’ve accomplished off the court. Pitt redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson and junior forward Ryan Luther made it onto the All-ACC Academic Team ...

Pitt stung by Yellow Jackets, 61-52

Pitt stung by Yellow Jackets, 61-52

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

With one game left in the season, the Pitt men's basketball team is sitting at .500 and tied for 13th place in the conference after another loss Tuesday night. After the Panthers (15-15 overall, 4-13 ACC) won three of four games over a 10-day stretch in mid-February, the team has slipped, losing it...

Rozelle Nix: Big man on campus

Rozelle Nix: Big man on campus

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features

After years of rigorous work on various courts, Rozelle Nix finally saw his dedication pay off this season. Pitt trailed by five with seven minutes left in the game against the winningest coach of all-time, Mike Krzyzewski, and the No. 21 Duke Blue Devils. Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson missed a ...

No. 8 Tar Heels thrash Pitt on Senior Day, 85-67

No. 8 Tar Heels thrash Pitt on Senior Day, 85-67

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

A little less than a month ago, the Pitt men’s basketball team played one of its best games of the season in an 80-78 loss against the North Carolina Tar Heels. On Senior Day on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center, the Panthers (15-14 overall, 4-12 ACC) gave no such scare to the No. 8 Tar He...

Pitt suffers devastating 63-59 defeat at Demon Deacons

Pitt suffers devastating 63-59 defeat at Demon Deacons

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team had its fourth win in five games all but secured late in the first half Wednesday night in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Instead, the Panthers blew a 19-point lead to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in what might be the team’s most excruciating loss in a season fille...

How to sneak past the Deacs: Can Pitt beat Wake?

How to sneak past the Deacs: Can Pitt beat Wake?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Just when it seemed like the Pitt men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament chances were disappearing, the Panthers beat their second top-25 team of the season and kept some hope alive. Pitt’s 80-66 win over the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles Saturday was arguably the team’s most impressive all...

Shel-don Je-ter: Fans praise senior’s sensational showing vs. FSU

Shel-don Je-ter: Fans praise senior’s sensational showing vs. FSU

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It was happening again. The fans knew it. Pitt’s players knew it. Hell, even Florida State’s players probably knew it. The Pitt men’s basketball team had built a 15-point second-half lead against the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles after a 3-pointer by senior point guard Jamel Artis with 13:1...

Jeter’s career-high 29 points power Panthers past No. 17 Florida State, 80-66

Jeter’s career-high 29 points power Panthers past No. 17 Florida State, 80-66

By Kevin Bertha | For The Pitt News

February 20, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

There must be something special about those throwbacks. “The shorts were a little short, but besides that, it’s all good,” Pitt senior forward Sheldon Jeter said. Rocking their retro royal blue jerseys, the Panthers (15-12 overall, 4-10 ACC) knocked off the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles (21-...

Feeling Retro: Top 5 hoopers to don the Pitt script

Feeling Retro: Top 5 hoopers to don the Pitt script

By Kevin Bertha | For The Pitt News

February 17, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Despite its overall fluctuating performance, the Pitt men’s basketball program has produced a litany of great basketball players throughout its illustrious history. Many have made their marks in the block Pitt font and infamous “Dinocat” Panther logo, but others have left their legacies in the ...

Feeling Pitted: Panthers find new way to blow sure thing

Feeling Pitted: Panthers find new way to blow sure thing

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For almost 28 minutes of game time Tuesday night, the Pitt men’s basketball team appeared on the verge of a much-needed third straight ACC win. Then, the Panthers’ 11-point lead against the Virginia Tech Hokies unraveled in a way some might have deemed impossible — but was all too familiar t...

Panthers fall prey to Hokies comeback, 66-63

Panthers fall prey to Hokies comeback, 66-63

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team entered its showdown with the Virginia Tech Hokies with a chance to extend its two-game winning streak and make a late-season tournament run. That momentum evaporated Tuesday night as the Hokies rallied to steal a 66-63 victory in front of a stunned Petersen Events...

Panthers stifle Syracuse for second straight win, 80-75

Panthers stifle Syracuse for second straight win, 80-75

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After ending a month-long, eight-game losing streak that prompted some to call for the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings, the Pitt men’s basketball team is now on a winning streak. The Panthers (14-11 overall, 3-9 ACC) won their second straight contest Saturday afternoon, beating the Syracuse Orange (16-10 ...

Panthers snap 8-game skid with 83-72 win at Boston College

Panthers snap 8-game skid with 83-72 win at Boston College

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After eight straight losses, the Pitt men’s basketball team is back in the win column — and for now, out of last place in the ACC. Thanks to a vintage performance by senior forward Michael Young and workmanlike contributions from fellow seniors Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones, the Panthers (13-11 ov...

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

The Pitt men’s basketball team has faced a grueling schedule this season, ranked eighth-toughest in the country by CBS Sports. So, after eight straight losses to quality conference opponents, Wednesday night’s game should provide a much-needed respite. If the last-place Panthers (12-11 overal...

Pitt basketball nets two more recruits

Pitt basketball nets two more recruits

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Amidst all the excitement of National Signing Day for prospective college football recruits last Wednesday, the Pitt men’s basketball team added to its own 2017 recruiting class. The Panthers received a pair of verbal commitments last week, one from small forward Shamiel Stevenson Tuesday then anoth...

Panthers’ woes continue in 72-64 loss at No. 21 Duke

Panthers’ woes continue in 72-64 loss at No. 21 Duke

By Varun Kumar | For The Pitt News

February 4, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the second straight game, the Pitt men’s basketball team gave one of college basketball’s most storied programs all it could handle. And for the second straight time, the Panthers (12-11 overall, 1-9 ACC) came up short. After an 80-78 loss at No. 12 North Carolina Tuesday night, Pitt lost anot...

Pitt almost shocks No. 12 UNC in 80-78 loss

Pitt almost shocks No. 12 UNC in 80-78 loss

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Expectations were low for the Pitt men's basketball team going into Tuesday night’s game on the road against the North Carolina Tar Heels. After losing six games in a row and falling to last place in the ACC, the Panthers (12-10 overall, 1-8 ACC) were 19-point underdogs against the No. 12-ranked Ta...

No end in sight for Panthers’ skid with trip to Carolina looming

No end in sight for Panthers’ skid with trip to Carolina looming

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Most teams would relish the opportunity to travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for a chance to knock off one of the most storied programs in college basketball on national television. But the way the Pitt men’s basketball team is playing, they might be wishing Tuesday night’s clash with No...

Clemson sends Pitt to bottom of ACC standings, 67-60

Clemson sends Pitt to bottom of ACC standings, 67-60

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 28, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team is now all alone in the cellar. In a matchup of the two last-place teams in the ACC, the Clemson Tigers (12-8 overall, 2-6 ACC) defeated the Panthers (12-9 overall, 1-7 ACC) at the Petersen Events Center Saturday afternoon, 67-60. Tigers forward Jaron Blossomgame showe...

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

If you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Pitt men’s basketball team, think again. Last time the Panthers played at home, they suffered their worst loss in the 14-year history of the Petersen Events Center: a 72-46 pounding against Miami. They more than doubled that 26-point defeat in...

No. 13 Cardinals crush Pitt, 106-51

No. 13 Cardinals crush Pitt, 106-51

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team is making history for all the wrong reasons. Just 10 days after suffering the worst loss in Petersen Events Center history — a 26-point defeat against the Miami Hurricanes — the Panthers shattered their own record in a 55-point home loss to the No. 13 Louisville Card...

Panthers prep for crucial conference showdown with Cardinals

Panthers prep for crucial conference showdown with Cardinals

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Forget making the NCAA Tournament — the Pitt men’s basketball team will need to pull off an upset on Tuesday just to stay out of the ACC’s cellar. Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings said he wasn’t “up in arms” after the Panthers dropped back-to-back games on the road against the Syracuse O...

Panthers drop fourth straight at NC State, 79-74

Panthers drop fourth straight at NC State, 79-74

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 17, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Although the Pitt men’s basketball team received a strong performance by Michael Young, it wasn’t enough for the Panthers Tuesday night. In a close game, the Panthers fell to the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Raleigh, 79-74. Pitt’s senior forward Young rebounded from the worst game of his college career w...

Miami thrashes Pitt for 72-46 victory

Miami thrashes Pitt for 72-46 victory

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a pair of disappointing losses on the road, the Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the Petersen Events Center looking to bounce back against the Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon. Instead, the Hurricanes (12-4 overall, 2-2 ACC) humiliated the Panthers (12-6 overall, 1-4 ACC) on their home ...

Pitino’s praise for Artis not as crazy as it sounds

Pitino’s praise for Artis not as crazy as it sounds

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 13, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, the only head coach to lead two different programs to national championships and the only coach to lead three different programs to the Final Four, knows a good player when he sees one. Moments after his No. 14 Cardinals overcame Pitt senior point guard Jamel Arti...

Artis’ career-high 43 points not enough in Pitt’s 85-80 loss at Louisville

Artis’ career-high 43 points not enough in Pitt’s 85-80 loss at Louisville

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt senior point guard Jamel Artis nearly had a record-setting night Wednesday. If he had just a bit more help from his teammates, his historic performance would also have been enough to pull of a win. Artis racked up a career-high 43 points on only 22 shots, going 15-for-22 from the field and 7-for-1...

Panthers fall flat in 77-66 loss at Syracuse

Panthers fall flat in 77-66 loss at Syracuse

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

January 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Any lasting euphoria from the Pitt men’s basketball team’s overtime win against the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers on Wednesday quickly vanished Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The Panthers (12-4 overall, 1-2 ACC) fell to the Syracuse Orange (10-6 overall, 2-1 ACC), 77-66, i...

Beating UVA helps ease sting of last-second losses for Pitt

Beating UVA helps ease sting of last-second losses for Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

As the clock ticked down Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s New Years Eve meltdown had to be fresh in the players’ minds. For Pitt’s seniors, who had yet to defeat Virginia in four tries, another haunting memory seemed to be replaying itself. ...

Panthers knock off No. 11 Virginia in OT, 88-76, for first ACC win

Panthers knock off No. 11 Virginia in OT, 88-76, for first ACC win

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It wasn’t a full house at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night, but it sure sounded like it when the Pitt men’s basketball team started pulling away in overtime against No. 11 Virginia. The game was almost a repeat performance from the Panthers’ ACC opener on New Year’s Eve, when No. 24 Notre...

Notre Dame stuns Pitt in OT on Vasturia’s game-winner, 78-77

Notre Dame stuns Pitt in OT on Vasturia’s game-winner, 78-77

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

December 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Saturday’s game had the makings of a special start to conference play under the new regime for the Pitt men’s basketball team. Instead, it turned into a heart-wrenching ending for the Panthers at the Petersen Events Center on New Year’s Eve. Pitt (11-3 overall, 0-1 ACC) dropped its ACC opener to the No. 2...

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Marshall for 112-106 win

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Marshall for 112-106 win

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 29, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team wrapped up its nonconference schedule by continuing a familiar trend for the 2016 season — jumping out to an enormous lead, then barely scraping by for a win. The Panthers (11-2) led by 29 points with less than 15 minutes to play, but the Thundering Herd (7-6) storm...

Pitt men’s basketball routs Omaha in second half for 94-75 win

Pitt men’s basketball routs Omaha in second half for 94-75 win

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 21, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Michael Young again led the Pitt men's basketball team with 24 points Wednesday night, but the senior forward offered a simple two-word response for how the Panthers took control of the game against the Omaha Mavericks: Ryan Luther. After scoring a career-high 20 points on perfect 8-of-8 shooting Satu...

Artis scores 31 to guide Panthers to 83-73 win over Rice

Artis scores 31 to guide Panthers to 83-73 win over Rice

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 17, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team had a new name atop the scoring sheet Saturday night, but the result was familiar: a hard-fought, back-and-forth victory over a supposedly inferior opponent. The Panthers (9-2) defeated the Rice Owls (8-3) at the Petersen Events Center, 83-73, behind a game-high 31...

Pitt men’s basketball ekes out 81-73 win over Penn State

Pitt men’s basketball ekes out 81-73 win over Penn State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team picked up another win Saturday afternoon, but again the Panthers made it much harder on themselves than it needed to be. Pitt (8-2) allowed only 22 points in the first half against the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-5) while jumping out to a 20-point halftime lead. The...

Pitt men’s basketball scrapes by Buffalo for 84-79 win

Pitt men’s basketball scrapes by Buffalo for 84-79 win

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team appeared to be headed for a much-needed blowout win over the underwhelming Buffalo Bulls Wednesday night. Instead, it turned into another ugly nail-biter for the Panthers. After Pitt jumped out to a 26-point lead, the Bulls (4-5) completely outplayed the Panthers ...

Panthers suffer first City Game defeat to Duquesne in 16 years, 64-55

Panthers suffer first City Game defeat to Duquesne in 16 years, 64-55

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

December 3, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the first time in 16 years, the Pitt men’s basketball team left the annual City Game against Duquesne with a loss instead of a trophy. The Panthers (6-2) fell to their crosstown rival Duquesne Dukes (4-5) by a final score of 64-55 Friday evening at the PPG Paints Arena, their first loss in t...

GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

By John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized, Visual

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Michael Young cherishing his final City Game matchup vs. Duquesne

Michael Young cherishing his final City Game matchup vs. Duquesne

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Kevin Stallings is still getting acclimated to life as head coach of the Pitt men's basketball team, so he isn’t all that familiar yet with the program’s traditions and rivalries. But how much does he know about the history of the Panthers' annual crosstown showdown with Duquesne, also known ...

Artis savors Pitt’s big win over Maryland back in his home state

Artis savors Pitt’s big win over Maryland back in his home state

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s 73-59 win over the University of Maryland Tuesday night made a statement, and not just for the team. For senior point guard Jamel Artis, the win was a little more meaningful. Artis, who put together another solid all-around performance with 22 points, six rebo...

Panthers storm out to huge lead, hold off Terps’ rally for 73-59 win

Panthers storm out to huge lead, hold off Terps’ rally for 73-59 win

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 29, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a game the Pitt basketball team led by as much as 25, a 14-point victory might not look like the most impressive of results for the Panthers. Still, the Panthers (6-1) will take it. They secured the program’s second-ever victory in the ACC/Big Ten challenge, defeating the Maryland Terrapins (7-1) i...

Stallings prepares Panthers for first road game at Maryland

Stallings prepares Panthers for first road game at Maryland

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the first time under new head coach Kevin Stallings, the Pitt men’s basketball team will step onto an opposing team’s court for a true road game. Stallings and the Panthers (5-1) will travel to College Park, Maryland, Tuesday night to take on the Maryland Terrapins (7-0) as part of the ACC/Big T...

Pitt men’s basketball stifles Morehead State, 76-63

Pitt men’s basketball stifles Morehead State, 76-63

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 26, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Three was the Pitt men’s basketball team’s lucky number Friday night. The Panthers (5-1) utilized a season-high 11 made 3-pointers to defeat the Morehead State Eagles at the Petersen Events Center, 76-63. Senior forward Michael Young led the way for Pitt once again with 20 points on eight-of-14 sh...

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Yale, 75-70

Pitt men’s basketball holds off Yale, 75-70

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings admitted Monday that his team could use a third scoring option to go with seniors Michael Young and Jamel Artis. Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson was that third scoring threat in Pitt’s win over Yale on Tuesday, providing Young and Artis with just...

Stallings sees positives in 2K Classic trip ahead of Yale matchup

Stallings sees positives in 2K Classic trip ahead of Yale matchup

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 22, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Kevin Stallings’ debut season as the Pitt men’s basketball head coach almost got off to a disastrous start, but the Panthers have managed to scrape their way to a 3-1 record to start a season that very easily could be 1-3. Pitt will return home to host the Yale Bulldogs at the Petersen Events Cent...

Pitt men’s basketball clinches third place in 2K Classic against Marquette, 78-75

Pitt men’s basketball clinches third place in 2K Classic against Marquette, 78-75

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Panthers captured third place in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden after barely managing a 78-75 victory against Marquette on Friday afternoon. Pitt (3-1) gave up a dominating lead to Marquette (2-2) in the first half, but senior Michael Young came back to pull the Panthers ahead in the s...

Pitt men’s basketball slips up against SMU, 76-67

Pitt men’s basketball slips up against SMU, 76-67

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s lack of depth has proven to be a big problem so far this season — and it showed on Thursday night. The Panthers (2-1) fell to the Southern Methodist Mustangs (3-0), 76-67, in the semifinals of the 2016 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warriors Project, an annual ...

Pitt men’s basketball waxes Gardner-Webb, 99-80

Pitt men’s basketball waxes Gardner-Webb, 99-80

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Despite his team’s easy 99-80 win over the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings was disgruntled after the game. “With all due respect to Gardner-Webb, I think we missed an opportunity to get better tonight,” Stallings said. “I was disappointed in our...

Pitt men’s basketball manages double-OT victory against Eastern Michigan, 93-90

Pitt men’s basketball manages double-OT victory against Eastern Michigan, 93-90

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 11, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It wasn’t pretty, but in his first game, Kevin Stallings wasn’t looking for pretty. “This isn’t an art contest, it’s a math contest, baby,” Stallings said. “And we added up more than they did.” In a game that took two extra periods to decide, the Pitt men’s basketball team d...

Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams sign 2017 recruits

Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams sign 2017 recruits

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

Even though the 2016-2017 basketball seasons are just days away, both Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings and women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio solidified their rosters for next year on Thursday. Stallings officially inked four players to the Panthers’ 2017 recruiting class...

Who will jump in for Clark?

Who will jump in for Clark?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The regular season hasn’t even started yet, and the Pitt men’s basketball team is already dealing with adversity. When sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark suffered a season-ending knee injury Monday –– just four days before the Panthers’ season officially gets underway –– it forced new ...

Pitt G Crisshawn Clark suffers season-ending knee injury

Pitt G Crisshawn Clark suffers season-ending knee injury

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 8, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark is officially out for the second straight season after suffering a left knee injury at the Pitt men’s basketball team’s practice Monday, Nov. 7. According to Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings, doctors diagnosed Clark with a torn MCL and a torn meniscus, and he ma...

Panthers rout Pitt-Johnstown in exhibition matchup, 95-65

Panthers rout Pitt-Johnstown in exhibition matchup, 95-65

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 5, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

While the Pitt men's basketball team's record still sits at 0-0, the Panthers looked ready for regular season play on Saturday. In Pitt’s only exhibition game of the season, the Panthers crushed the Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats, winning by a final score of 95-65 at the Petersen Events Center....

Q&A: Kevin Stallings settles in

Q&A: Kevin Stallings settles in

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It feels like an eternity since March 21, when Jamie Dixon’s resignation forced the Pitt men’s basketball team to find a new head coach for the first time in 13 years. The Panthers hired Kevin Stallings away from Vanderbilt to replace him — a move that was met with immediate and widespread ...

Zimba: Give Stallings a chance

Zimba: Give Stallings a chance

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

New Pitt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings knows his first season won’t be easy. When the Panthers’ ACC schedule came out Sept. 12, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Craig Meyer, “It looks almost comically difficult.” But as challenging as the Panthers’ schedule may be — with two matchups against Virginia, wh...

Pitt Men’s Basketball Season Preview: A New Era

Pitt Men’s Basketball Season Preview: A New Era

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

If Kevin Stallings were still in the Southeastern Conference, his roster — featuring an arsenal of returning talent and multiple all-conference performers — would rank among the best, a definite contender to make the title game in the conference tournament. But Stallings, the new head coach of the men...

Pitt football and men’s basketball receive new verbal commitments

Pitt football and men’s basketball receive new verbal commitments

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 27, 2016


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

Even though the Pitt football season is far from over and the basketball season isn’t even underway yet, both teams each picked up a new verbal commitment to their 2017 recruiting classes on Wednesday. The Panthers received their 16th verbal commitment to next year’s football recruiting class from...

Michael Young named to Karl Malone Award watch list

Michael Young named to Karl Malone Award watch list

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 21, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Senior forward Michael Young has accomplished a lot in his first three years at Pitt, but expectations are even higher entering his senior season. Young earned the first preseason award nomination of 2016 for the Pitt men’s basketball team Thursday afternoon when he was selected to the Karl Malone Award ...

From ‘doughboy’ to ‘sculpted’: Chris Jones’ evolution

From ‘doughboy’ to ‘sculpted’: Chris Jones’ evolution

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

At 6-foot-6, Pitt senior guard Chris Jones has dunked over taller defenders. He’s scored 20 points in games against the best college basketball teams in the country. And he’s locked down the stars, like Duke’s Grayson Allen. But this summer at a Pitt basketball practice, Jones achieved something th...

Sheldon Jeter encourages team about Kevin Stallings

Sheldon Jeter encourages team about Kevin Stallings

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In late March — after Pitt head basketball coach Jamie Dixon left for Texas Christian University, and the Panthers replaced him with Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings — whispers began to spread. Sheldon Jeter is gone! Michael Young and Jamel Artis are going to enter the NBA Draft! Chris Jones can l...

Point blank: “I’m the point guard”

Point blank: “I’m the point guard”

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

While dribbling around the court during a workout this offseason, Pitt forward Jamel Artis decided to pitch an idea to his new head coach, Kevin Stallings. “Hey, Coach,” Artis said. “I need to play point guard.” To Artis’ surprise, an intrigued Stallings replied with the one word the Panthers...

Pitt women’s basketball releases 2016 ACC schedule

Pitt women’s basketball releases 2016 ACC schedule

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio unveiled the team’s full 2016-2017 schedule Thursday, with nine consecutive home games scheduled at the Petersen Events Center to start the season. The Panthers’ season starts Nov. 12, with a home game against Mount St. Mary’s, and featu...

Pitt’s newest basketball recruits for 2017 class

Pitt’s newest basketball recruits for 2017 class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team received a verbal commitment to its recruiting 2017 class on Monday from Angelique Rodriguez, a 6-foot shooting guard from Capital Prep Magnet High School in Hartford, Connecticut, who averaged 16.5 points per game last season. Rodriguez announced her decision on Monday v...

Pitt men’s basketball releases 2016 ACC schedule

Pitt men’s basketball releases 2016 ACC schedule

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

September 12, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pitt released dates and times for its 2016 men’s basketball conference schedule on Monday afternoon. All 18 of the Panthers’ ACC contests will be televised nationally, and this year’s conference schedule should be one of Pitt’s most chall...

Pitt releases 2016-17 men’s basketball non-conference schedule

Pitt releases 2016-17 men’s basketball non-conference schedule

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 28, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team released its 2016-2017 non-conference schedule Tuesday in an announcement from head coach Kevin Stallings. In addition to the Panthers’ loaded ACC schedule, which includes 12 games against 2016 postseason qualifiers, Pitt’s non-conference schedul...

Pitt Twitter reacts to the Pitt Script reveal

Pitt Twitter reacts to the Pitt Script reveal

By Amanda Reed | Social Media Editor

May 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

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Stallings winning fans over with strong string of moves

Stallings winning fans over with strong string of moves

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Kevin Stallings might not be who I thought he was. I thought he had peaked and certainly wasn’t fit to replace Jamie Dixon as the new Pitt men’s basketball head coach. Plus, with his seemingly testy personality, I thought he’d lose players to transfers. The first month of the Stallings era, though...

Former Pitt assistant Knight accepts job at Rutgers

Former Pitt assistant Knight accepts job at Rutgers

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Former assistant men’s basketball coach Brandin Knight has accepted a position as an assistant coach at Rutgers University. An assistant coach under Jamie Dixon for eight seasons at Pitt and Dixon’s top assistant this past season, Knight previously declined new head coach Kevin Stallings’s of...

Stallings finalizes staff with hiring of assistant Kevin Sutton

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

New Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings finalized his coaching staff on Wednesday afternoon, as the school announced the hiring of Kevin Sutton as its third and final assistant coach. Sutton most recently served as an assistant at Georgetown University from 2013 until this past season. His pas...

Q+A: Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks team, conference and moving

Q+A: Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks team, conference and moving

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

New Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings only knows how to get to three places in Oakland. He knows how to get to the Wyndham Hotel. He knows how to get to his office. And, recently, he learned how to get to the Panera Bread on Forbes Avenue. Stallings, along with longtime assistant coach Tom Richa...

Sean Miller reveals elaborate ruse: He’s been at Pitt all along

Sean Miller reveals elaborate ruse: He’s been at Pitt all along

By Jeremy Tepper | Senior Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

In an elaborate scheme inspired by a Nicolas Cage movie, Sean Miller revealed Thursday that he’s the new Pitt basketball coach. Three days after Pitt held a press conference to introduce former Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings as the new coach, the administration shocked Pitt fans by unmasking anot...

Justice Kithcart, Crisshawn Clark re-confirm commitment

By Phoebe Gilmore and Dan Sostek | Sports Desk

March 31, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Thursday evening, Virginia Episcopal point guard Justice Kithcart and Crisshawn Clark, who’s currently attending Cañada College, both confirmed that they will re-commit to Pitt for next year’s basketball season. Kithcart reopened his recruitment process after former Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon lef...

Brandin Knight declines Stallings’ offer

By Elizabeth Lepro | Assistant Sports Editor

March 31, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Former assistant basketball coach Brandin Knight announced Thursday that he will not return to Pitt’s court next season. A few days after new Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings Knight a position on his staff, Knight announced over Twitter Thursday that he would not accept the position. Knigh...

Point/Counterpoint: Kevin Stallings

Point/Counterpoint: Kevin Stallings

By Chris Puzia and Jeremy Tepper / The Pitt News Staff

March 30, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt fanbase had a loud, pointed — and mostly unanimous — reaction when Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced the hiring of Kevin Stallings as Pitt’s men’s basketball head coach. With rumors and reports of potential candidates flying around in the days leading up to the hiring of Stallin...

Knight considering Stallings’ offer

Knight considering Stallings’ offer

By Steve Rotstein | Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

New Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings confirmed Tuesday morning that he offered Brandin Knight the opportunity to stay on as assistant coach next year. On a TribLIVE radio broadcast Tuesday, Stallings said he offered Knight the position earlier that morning. Knight, former head coach Jami...

Manigault will stay at Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dan Sostek | Sports Desk

March 30, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Paul VI Catholic High School (VA) forward Corey Manigault confirmed to The Pitt News on Tuesday he will stay committed to Pitt, despite former Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon’s move to Texas Christian University. After Dixon’s decision to leave Pitt for his alma mater, three big commits were in...

Stallings attempts to ease concerns at opening press conference

Stallings attempts to ease concerns at opening press conference

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The beginning of the Kevin Stallings era started noisily, in more ways than one. Pitt’s band played the University’s fight song as Stallings, Pitt’s new basketball coach, and Scott Barnes, Pitt’s athletic director, walked toward the podium for the coach’s introductory press conference. Stallings, who left ...

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

John Enright has been a Pitt fan through and through. He started watching Pitt football at the age of 10 in the 1970s. He cherished Pitt’s basketball teams, starting with the 1978-1979 team, and eventually went on to cover the squad for this very paper in 1989. Enright has been a season ticket hol...

Pitt Twitter implodes over Stallings rumors

Pitt Twitter implodes over Stallings rumors

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 27, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

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Pitt announces Kevin Stallings as 15th head coach in program history

Pitt announces Kevin Stallings as 15th head coach in program history

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

Sunday morning, the Easter Bunny didn’t bring eggs or candy to the Pitt community. Instead, it brought a coach. The University of Pittsburgh confirmed various reports, officially announcing the hiring of Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings as the program’s new head basketball coach. Stallings has s...

With TCU job, Jamie Dixon receives deserved appreciation

With TCU job, Jamie Dixon receives deserved appreciation

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 23, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

At Texas Christian University’s press conference-pep rally hybrid introducing Jamie Dixon as its next head basketball coach, the school’s chancellor dusted off an old fact about the new hire. It was one that Pitt fans have heard broadcasters use as a talking point for the past 13 years. “But...

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