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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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...

TPN Picks: Top five Dixon replacements

TPN Picks: Top five Dixon replacements

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 23, 2016

Now that Jamie Dixon’s move to TCU is official, fans’ intrigue has shifted to rumors about who will replace the longtime Pitt basketball coach. Dixon, who had been at Pitt since 2003, officially accepted a position at his alma mater, Texas Christian University, early this week. Pitt Athletic Dir...

Pitt Twitter reacts to Jamie Dixon leaving for TCU

Pitt Twitter reacts to Jamie Dixon leaving for TCU

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 21, 2016

News broke Monday that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon would leave the program to accept the same job at Texas Christian University, his alma mater. Pitt Twitter reacted in various ways, with some congratulating the former coach and others lamenting the loss for Pitt. [<a href="//storify...

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 21, 2016

For Pitt and men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon, the 2015-2016 season was unlucky No. 13. After 13 seasons at the helm, Dixon has accepted an offer from Texas Christian University — his alma mater — to become its new head coach, Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes announced at a press con...

Panthers perform almost exactly as expected to end season

Panthers perform almost exactly as expected to end season

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 20, 2016

Pitt might’ve strayed from its usual formula once or twice on Friday, but its typical deficiencies cost it the tournament. In an absurdly slow-paced contest Friday, the team fell to the Wisconsin Badgers 47-43, closing Pitt’s season at 21-12. The game had all the markings of a routine loss for Pitt...

Reports: Jamie Dixon considering accepting TCU head coaching job

Reports: Jamie Dixon considering accepting TCU head coaching job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 20, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but intrigue surrounding the program is just heating up. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reports that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon is considering accepting the position of head coach at Texas Christian University, Dixon’s alma mater, according to...

Badgers kill Pitt NCAA hopes, 47-43

Badgers kill Pitt NCAA hopes, 47-43

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 18, 2016

With twelve seconds left in the game, Pitt guard James Robinson grabbed the defensive rebound with his team trailing Wisconsin 44-43. Rushing up the court and driving to the hoop,  Robinson tossed up a tough layup after bumping into his own teammate, Michael Young. The shot fell short, as did the...

Basketball preview: No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Pitt

Basketball preview: No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 18, 2016

STARTING LINEUPS PITT                                      WISCONSIN G- James Robinson             G- Bronson Koenig G- Chris Jones                      G- Zak Showalter F- Jamel Artis                       F- Nigel Hayes F- Michael Young ...

Pitt basketball notebook: Panthers prepare for challenge of Wisconsin

Pitt basketball notebook: Panthers prepare for challenge of Wisconsin

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 16, 2016

With madness impending, the Panthers are heading midwest. The Pitt men’s basketball team heaved their bags onto a Lenzner bus at the Petersen Events Center loading bay Wednesday afternoon, preparing for their impending flight to St. Louis to kickstart their 2016 NCAA Tournament journey. The team ...

Five first round matchups to watch

By Chad Cameron / For The Pitt News

March 16, 2016

In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, there’s enough March Madness to induce vertigo. To help sort through the 32 games on Thursday and Friday, we’ve selected some games that should more than warrant your viewership – aside from Pitt’s date with No. 7 Wisconsin: No. 8 Colorado (22-11) vs. No. 9 Conne...

Breaking down the East Region

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 15, 2016

In a year full of parity in college basketball, it’s been tough to scope out the elite versus the meek. That remains true in Pitt’s East Region of the NCAA Tournament, as it’s difficult to pick out the contenders in the grouping. There is an array of teams that can make noise in the corner of...

Selection Committee could tweak rules to curb surprises

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

March 15, 2016

Every Selection Sunday, some teams and fan bases will inevitably call foul on why their squad misses its shot to, well, take more shots. Part of this frustration likely comes from the NCAA Selection Committee’s explicit, yet complicated, method for selecting teams. While the committee has spruced...

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

March 15, 2016

Here’s to you, Mr. RobinsonJeremy Tepper | Senior Staff WriterA pint-sized, 3-year-old James Robinson plops himself in front of the television. His parents, Rayna and James Jr., sit on the sofa.With the remote in Dad’s hand, perhaps the toddler has a suggestion — maybe cartoons? Nope, the kid knows exactly...

Pitt takes 10 on Selection Sunday

Pitt takes 10 on Selection Sunday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 13, 2016

Although the Panthers' odds for an NCAA Tournament berth heading into Selection Sunday seemed positive, an Internet mishap calmed any lingering fears of a surprise snub. Thanks to the bracket leaking on Twitter Sunday evening, the Pitt men’s basketball team discovered early that it earned a No. 10 s...

Social media reactions to Pitt’s NCAA Tournament selection

Social media reactions to Pitt’s NCAA Tournament selection

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 13, 2016

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Pitt basketball earns No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

Pitt basketball earns No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 13, 2016

The Pitt men's basketball team earned a No. 10 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, as they will take on the No. 7 seed Wisconsin Badgers in St. Louis, Missouri. The team finished the season with a 21-11 record, going 9-9 in conference play. The tournament berth is Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon's 11th...

Gallery: ACC Tournament: Pitt vs. UNC

Gallery:  ACC Tournament:  Pitt vs. UNC

By John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

March 10, 2016

Tar Heels utilize second half spurts to pummel Pitt

Tar Heels utilize second half spurts to pummel Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 10, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team will return from Washington D.C. feeling optimistic and disappointed. The Panthers fell to the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels by a final score of 88-71 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Verizon Center Thursday. The loss came one day after defeating...

Gallery: ACC Tournament – Pitt vs. Syracuse

Gallery:  ACC Tournament – Pitt vs. Syracuse

By John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

March 9, 2016

Robinson, Johnson carry Pitt over Syracuse to advance in ACC Tournament

Robinson, Johnson carry Pitt over Syracuse to advance in ACC Tournament

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C --- Wednesday could have been the last game of James Robinson’s career. The senior point guard and his Panthers needed a win, sitting on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament field of 64 and Pitt's accepting an NIT invitation no guarantee. And with Pitt on the ropes, he did what...

Panthers stung by Yellow Jackets in regular season finale

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 5, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s resume just got a little flimsier. Fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth, the Panthers fell in Atlanta to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 63-59. Pitt jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage, thanks to a pair of buckets by Michael Young and a layup by Chris Jones. A...

Men’s basketball stumbles at Virginia Tech

Men’s basketball stumbles at Virginia Tech

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 3, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team was riding high Sunday, fresh off a victory over a ranked Duke team and looking like a comfortable lock for an NCAA Tournament game berth. But Wednesday night, it may have undone all of its goodwill earned against the Blue Devils. With only two players reaching double...

Pitt stays proud

Pitt stays proud

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 1, 2016

Pitt junior forward Jamel Artis rarely lacks confidence, on or off the court. His pride was glaringly apparent following the Panthers’ beatdown of No. 15 Duke University Sunday, in his postgame press conference. “Duke is a good team, but we’re a better team,” Artis said. “We showed it to...

Slaying Devils: Panthers upend No. 15 Duke 76-62

Slaying Devils: Panthers upend No. 15 Duke 76-62

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2016

No one in the history of Pitt basketball has started more games than James Robinson. And, on Senior Day, his last contest at the Petersen Events Center, he was going to come out on top. After the Panthers fell to the Louisville Cardinals Wednesday, redshirt junior Chris Jones, who was a member of the ...

Unsung heroes Levitch, Luther shine in Pitt-Louisville

Unsung heroes Levitch, Luther shine in Pitt-Louisville

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 25, 2016

In a game featuring star players like Damion Lee, Chinanu Onuaku, Jamel Artis and Michael Young, one would expect the usual suspects to dominate. But in this season’s second meeting between Pitt and Louisville Wednesday, it was a pair of unsung players that came up big for their respective teams. I...

No. 11 Louisville utilizes late run to down Panthers

No. 11 Louisville utilizes late run to down Panthers

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 25, 2016

While Pitt opened both halves of Wednesday’s matchup strong, its opponent heated up when it mattered most — at the end of the game. Despite leading for more than 23 minutes and receiving a career performance from forward Ryan Luther, Pitt men’s basketball dropped a home matchup to No. 11 Louisv...

Pitt falters late, cannot topple No. 11 Louisville, 67-60

Pitt falters late, cannot topple No. 11 Louisville, 67-60

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 24, 2016

Despite leading for more than 23 minutes and receiving a career performance from Ryan Luther, Pitt dropped a home matchup to Louisville on Wednesday night, 67-60. Luther finished with a game-high 17, including some key 3-pointers, but Louisville made its final nine baskets to lock up its second win o...

Pitt v. Louisville: By the numbers

Pitt v. Louisville: By the numbers

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

February 24, 2016

Coming off of two crucial wins before the ACC Tournament, Pitt men’s basketball (19-7, 8-6 ACC) will take on the No. 11 Louisville Cardinals (21-6, 10-4 ACC) at home Wednesday. Here are some numbers to keep in mind before the 8 p.m. tipoff. 18.3: The average number of rebounds Pitt has over its past thr...

Panthers face uncertain ACC future

Panthers face uncertain ACC future

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 24, 2016

A week ago, Pitt basketball was craving a win anywhere possible. The Panthers had lost three straight games heading into a home matchup with Wake Forest, and their NCAA Tournament hopes were dwindling. After bringing home a double overtime win over the Demon Deacons and a statement road victory against S...

Pitt basketball notebook: Improved Pitt defense readies for challenge in Louisville

Pitt basketball notebook: Improved Pitt defense readies for challenge in Louisville

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 23, 2016

One game after squashing the Syracuse Orange to a pulp, head coach Jamie Dixon and the Pitt men’s basketball team have Cardinals in their crosshairs. At a press conference Monday, Dixon and junior forward Jamel Artis discussed their defensive performance Saturday, what went wrong in their last outing...

Artis, Panthers take bite out of Orange in 66-52 road win

Artis, Panthers take bite out of Orange in 66-52 road win

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 20, 2016

Apparently all the Pitt men’s basketball team needed was a dose of Vitamin C. Thanks to a late run of stifling defense, the Panthers (19-7, 8-6 ACC) picked up a key road win on the road, defeating the Syracuse Orange 66-52. Michael Gbinije opened up scoring in the game, nailing a deep three late...

James Robinson ends an ugly streak for Pitt

James Robinson ends an ugly streak for Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 17, 2016

Before Tuesday’s contest against Wake Forest began, Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon challenged point guard James Robinson. Dixon told Robinson, who had been struggling over the past three games, that he wanted 11 assists from the senior, to match his total against Virginia Tech on Jan. 31. “In that re...

Pitt overtakes Wake Forest 101-96 in double overtime

Pitt overtakes Wake Forest 101-96 in double overtime

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 16, 2016

With 1:34 left in an unexpected double overtime Tuesday night, Jamel Artis rose up and knocked down a mid-range jumper. Shortly after, Sheldon Jeter matched Artis with a jumper of his own to give Pitt a 92-89 lead over Wake Forest. The two buckets effectively won Pitt the game and saved its season, as the Panthers (1...

After fast start, Pitt basketball looks for answers

After fast start, Pitt basketball looks for answers

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 16, 2016

After a 14-1 start to the season, the Pitt men’s basketball team seemed like a shoo-in selection for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. That record came against a soft schedule, but the Panthers looked good, playing top-level offense with not completely inept defensive work. Ten games later, and t...

Despite Dixon’s switch, Tar Heels dominate, 85-64

Despite Dixon’s switch, Tar Heels dominate, 85-64

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 14, 2016

At this point, Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon will try anything. One game after implementing a 3-2 zone in a loss to Miami, Pitt’s head coach shook up his starting lineup, choosing not to start Michael Young — for the first time in the player’s career — and Sterling Smith in favor...

Players and politicians: Dynamic duos in the stretch

Players and politicians: Dynamic duos in the stretch

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 10, 2016

While basketball teams are jockeying for positions in the NBA playoffs, an entirely different race to knock off competition is unfolding across the country. Few have ventured to link the two competitions, but there’s enough big personalities — and certainly equal national attention — in both are...

Miami cinches a last second win against Pitt, 65-63

Miami cinches a last second win against Pitt, 65-63

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 10, 2016

Hitting one last-second shot in a game is uncommon enough — on Tuesday night, Miami hit two. Angel Rodriguez’s game-winning tip-in with 1.4 seconds left in regulation downed Pitt against No. 12 Miami on the road, 65-63. Hardly a slow game, Miami guard Sheldon McClellan’s running two-point basket ...

Sheldon on the sideline: Jeter enjoying stint as managers’ head coach

Sheldon on the sideline: Jeter enjoying stint as managers’ head coach

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 8, 2016

Although he would soon get revenge against Georgia Tech, Sheldon Jeter left the Petersen Events Center defeated by the Yellow Jackets Monday night in January. Jeter, a forward on the men’s basketball team, hadn’t played a secret game against Pitt’s ACC foes. Instead, his loss came from the sideline...

All dark at the Zoo

All dark at the Zoo

By Phoebe Gilmore / For The Pitt News

February 8, 2016

For hardcore Panther fans, blackout prep is a two-day event. More than 24 hours before the Pittsburgh men’s basketball team faced off with the University of Virginia Cavaliers, fans from the Oakland Zoo were already lined up for the game in the Petersen Events Center, wielding sleeping bags, air mat...

Panthers are running out of time

Panthers are running out of time

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 7, 2016

There were multiple reasons for Panthers fans to be positive leading up to Pitt men’s basketball’s Saturday afternoon game against No. 9 Virginia. The Panthers boast a 14-3 record at the Petersen Events Center against Top 10 teams. They were coming off an impressive, bounce-back blowout of Virgin...

Panthers blacked out by No. 9 Virginia 64-50

Panthers blacked out by No. 9 Virginia 64-50

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2016

Going into halftime, the Pitt basketball team held all of the momentum. After facing varying deficits, the Panthers pulled within two at the break. But four minutes into the second half, it was clear that all momentum was lost, as the Virginia Cavaliers (19-4, 8-3 ACC) constructed a game deciding ...

Sheldon Jeter comes in hot from the start

Sheldon Jeter comes in hot from the start

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 31, 2016

When the Petersen Events Center PA system bellowed out the Pitt men’s basketball team’s starting lineup, the first name called probably surprised the majority of Panthers faithful. The announcer roared Sheldon Jeter's name over the pre-game hype music blaring in the background. Jeter hadn’t...

Panthers pummel Virginia Tech at home, 90-71

Panthers pummel Virginia Tech at home, 90-71

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 31, 2016

With his team struggling to stop the Pitt men’s basketball offense, Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams must’ve been sweating through his suit. Williams shed layers down to a button-up in the first half and settled on a long-sleeve purple Dri-FIT after halftime. But the game didn’t cool down, as no...

Pitt defense must improve to ensure consistent success

Pitt defense must improve to ensure consistent success

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 29, 2016

Twenty games into Pitt men’s basketball’s 2015-2016 campaign, and one thing is abundantly clear: the team will have to win games with offense. The Panthers are a weak defensive team right now, surrendering open shots and points in the paint too frequently, allowing their opponents to consistently sh...

Panthers can’t catch Tigers on the road, 73-60

Panthers can’t catch Tigers on the road, 73-60

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

January 28, 2016

For the second time this week, Pitt trailed by double digits at halftime on the road — but unlike its Saturday win at Florida State, the Pitt men’s basketball team never came back. Doomed by another slow start, the Panthers (16-4, 5-3 ACC) dropped a 73-60 decision Wednesday night at Clemson (13-...

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