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Preview: Pitt ready to face tough test at Clemson

Preview: Pitt ready to face tough test at Clemson

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 26, 2016

The Panthers (16-3) will take on Clemson (12-7) on the road Wednesday. PREDICTION: PITT 77 CLEMSON 68 Pitt is 1-1 against Clemson since joining the ACC, suffering a 62-71 loss at the Petersen Events Center in their most recent meeting last January. In that matchup, Clemson outrebounded Pitt by 15,...

Roller coaster ACC tough to call

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

January 26, 2016

After No. 24 Duke lost to Miami on Monday, there’s a good chance the Blue Devils will lose their ACC ranking for the first time since 2007. Duke’s struggles after dropping three out of four games since mid-January, coupled with winning records by usually weak teams like Clemson and Virginia Tec...

Pitt basketball notebook: Jeter nears return

Pitt basketball notebook: Jeter nears return

By Dan Sotek / Sports Editor

January 25, 2016

Riding high off a comeback victory on the road against the Florida State Seminoles Saturday, the Pitt men’s basketball team heads south once again. In preparation for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. contest against Clemson University in Greenville, head coach Jamie Dixon, Sterling Smith and Jamel Artis met w...

Pitt’s formulaic play barely topples FSU, 74-72

Pitt’s formulaic play barely topples FSU, 74-72

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 24, 2016

Nineteen games into the season, the Pitt men’s basketball team is a team that wins with offense and trips up when it can’t find rhythm on that end. On Saturday, the Panthers lived up to that reputation again with a wobbly win over Florida State on the road. The 74-72 win wasn’t pretty — a bett...

Late three by Artis helps Pitt sneak out of Tallahassee with win

Late three by Artis helps Pitt sneak out of Tallahassee with win

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 23, 2016

Pitt only led for 33 seconds of the second half. That was enough though, as one of those seconds occurred when the clock ticked from one to double zeroes. One game after failing to protect its own home court, the Pitt men’s basketball team stole a game at Florida State. defeating the Seminoles...

Jamie Dixon putting NC State loss in rearview mirror

Jamie Dixon putting NC State loss in rearview mirror

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 21, 2016

With frigid temperatures and possible snowfall looming, the Pitt men’s basketball team will escape the tundra and memories of a loss earlier than expected. The Panthers will travel to Tallahassee Friday morning, hoping to move past a tough loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack as they prepare t...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Writer

January 21, 2016

JAMEL ARTIS- Forward, men’s basketball Despite a tough couple of games for the Pitt men’s basketball team, junior Jamel Artis has remained consistent, averaging a career-high 16.1 points per game. He has scored double figures in eight straight games, including 22 points against Boston College Satur...

Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs. NC State 1/19

Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs. NC State 1/19

By John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

January 20, 2016

Athletic Director Scott Barnes talks strategy

Athletic Director Scott Barnes talks strategy

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

January 20, 2016

Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes said he already knows Pitt’s fans and alumni care more than Utah State fans — now he’s asking them to prove it. The former Utah State athletic director spoke to more than 150 Pitt fans and alumni about the Athletic Department’s six strategic goals in Alumni H...

Pitt fails to recover from early deficit in 78-61 loss

Pitt fails to recover from early deficit in 78-61 loss

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 19, 2016

  Just under two minutes into Tuesday’s game, North Carolina State guard Anthony “Cat” Barber knocked down a jumper that Pitt guard James Robinson could not match after missing an open shot. What seemed like an innocuous sequence early in the game would foreshadow what was to come. NC State t...

Pitt basketball notebook: Dixon, Robinson speak on NC State

Pitt basketball notebook: Dixon, Robinson speak on NC State

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 18, 2016

Sporting a 2-0 record at the Petersen Events Center since Pitt joined the ACC, North Carolina State won’t quiver in fear against the 14-2 Pitt Panthers. Head coach Jamie Dixon and James Robinson talked to the press on Monday, discussing NC State players Anthony “Cat” Barber and BeeJay Anya as well ...

Pitt jumps back in win column with 84-61 win over Boston College

Pitt jumps back in win column with 84-61 win over Boston College

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 16, 2016

For a moment, it was easy to question if the Panthers weren’t quite the offensive team they appeared to be, as a slow start against Boston College piled onto their sluggish effort against Louisville two days earlier. But 84 points later, it was apparent that the Pitt men’s basketball team can still...

Pitt bounces back with blowout victory over Boston College

Pitt bounces back with blowout victory over Boston College

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 16, 2016

For a brief moment, it was easy to question if the Panthers weren’t quite the offensive team they appeared to be, as a slow start against Boston College piled onto their sluggish effort against Louisville. 84 points later, it was apparent that the Panthers can still score efficiently on just about...

Hapless offense dooms Pitt at Louisville

Hapless offense dooms Pitt at Louisville

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 15, 2016

At the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday evening, the Pitt offense never tasted success. The No. 20 Panthers shot an abysmal 26.1 percent from the field, falling to the No. 20 Louisville Cardinals 59-41 in an ugly performance on the road. Pitt won the tip, and Michael Young quickly nailed a long two...

Preview: No. 20 Panthers prep to take on No. 21 Louisville Cardinals

Preview: No. 20 Panthers prep to take on No. 21 Louisville Cardinals

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 14, 2016

PREDICTION: PITT 88 LOUISVILLE 81 Pitt has surrendered 80-plus points to opponents in its last two contests, and after Louisville suffered through a poor shooting performance in its loss to Clemson Sunday, it’s unlikely that the Cardinals will lay another egg. Pitt hasn’t won at Louisville since 2007, ...

Dixon, Pitt ready for road test at No. 21 Louisville

Dixon, Pitt ready for road test at No. 21 Louisville

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 13, 2016

While the Pitt men’s basketball team won its first and only road game of the season Saturday, its next opponent should prove a more formidable test. On Thursday, the No. 20/17 Panthers face their toughest test of the season when they travel to the KFC Yum! Center to face the No. 21/20 Louisville Card...

Pitt basketball jumps in both polls following road win

Pitt basketball jumps in both polls following road win

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 11, 2016

Following an impressive road win in South Bend, Indiana, the Pitt men’s basketball team saw its rankings jump Monday afternoon. The Panthers’ (14-1, 3-0 ACC) placing spot in the USA Today Sports coaches poll improved from No. 21 to No. 17, while their spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll went ...

Offensive efficiency carrying Pitt to conference success

Offensive efficiency carrying Pitt to conference success

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 10, 2016

When the No. 24 Pitt men’s basketball team was averaging more than 80 points per game in December, it was tempting to attribute its success to the lesser competition. With the team’s first two conference wins coming at home against bottom-tier teams in Syracuse and Georgia Tech, a road game again...

Young, Panthers continue roll in hard-fought road win over Notre Dame

Young, Panthers continue roll in hard-fought road win over Notre Dame

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 9, 2016

Even with a frenzied comeback effort by the Fighting Irish, the Pitt men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire on Saturday in South Bend. The No. 24 Panthers defeated Notre Dame at the Edmund P. Joyce Center 86-82,bolstered by a 25 point game by junior forward Michael Young. The Panthers came out...

Artis, Pitt prepared for first road game of season

Artis, Pitt prepared for first road game of season

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 7, 2016

Sitting at No. 24 in the AP poll and 13-1 overall, the Pitt men’s basketball team appears ready for the road. Leaving the Petersen Events Center for the first time since Dec. 20, the Panthers will enter South Bend, Indiana, with a nine-game winning streak and confidence. Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon ...

No. 24 Panthers hold against Georgia Tech to remain undefeated in ACC

No. 24 Panthers hold against Georgia Tech to remain undefeated in ACC

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 6, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team gave up 84 points. The Panthers were outrebounded. They only shot 36.7% in the second half. Yet somehow, they won by five. The No. 24 Pitt men’s basketball team defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center 89-84, improving...

Young, offense highlight five keys of Pitt men’s basketball

Young, offense highlight five keys of Pitt men’s basketball

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 6, 2016

It’s January, and Pitt men’s basketball is ranked — but, it’s still hard to predict this team’s future. Even after playing 13 games this season, a light non-conference slate and new team contributions have kept the No. 24 Panthers looking like a bit of an enigma. A 34-point win Saturday ove...

Pitt men’s basketball enters AP poll at No. 24

Pitt men’s basketball enters AP poll at No. 24

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 4, 2016

For the first time since Feb. 10, 2014, Pitt's men's basketball team has cracked the AP Top 25 poll. The Panthers (12-1, 1-0 ACC) entered at No. 24 in the poll released Monday after knocking off Syracuse and Maryland Eastern Shore last week. Pitt is the sixth-highest ACC team in this week's polls,...

Late run pushes Pitt past Syracuse for first ACC win, 72-61

Late run pushes Pitt past Syracuse for first ACC win, 72-61

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 31, 2015

The Pitt men's basketball team will enter the new year with some momentum, with its first ACC win already in the books. The Panthers (11-1, 1-0 ACC) used a late surge to pull past Syracuse in the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night. Early on, Pitt struggled to find open looks and push the ball...

Pitt survives close call against Western Carolina 79-73

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 23, 2015

It was a closer game than expected, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surmounted the Western Carolina Catamounts Wednesday evening. The Panthers edged out Western Carolina by a score of 79-73 at the Petersen Events Center, boosted by a season-best 29 points by junior forward Jamel Artis. Pitt’s...

Young dominant in 94-69 Gotham Classic win against Davidson

Young dominant in 94-69 Gotham Classic win against Davidson

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 2015

NEW YORK -- Under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, Michael Young spent most of his Sunday afternoon victimizing its baskets. A couple first-half slam dunks mixed into a consistent flow of easy jump hooks and layups made his opponents, Davidson's big men, mostly irrelevant in that effort. "With...

Foul line efficiency helps push Pitt past Morehead State, 72-62

Foul line efficiency helps push Pitt past Morehead State, 72-62

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 13, 2015

Pitt’s offensive formula has remained steady so far, with effective ball movement and smart shot selection spearheading the way, but on Sunday, converting from the foul line prevailed. Led by 29-36 shooting on free throws, Pitt (8-1) shook off a slow shooting start to topple Morehead State Univer...

Panthers dominate offensive boards, Eastern Washington in 84-51 rout

Panthers dominate offensive boards, Eastern Washington in 84-51 rout

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 11, 2015

While Pitt’s 7-1 record indicates the team knows how to close out games, its true strength lies in opening them. The Pitt men’s basketball team entered Friday night ranked second in the country (trailing only No. 7 Oklahoma) in first-half scoring differential at +15.5. After outscoring Eastern ...

Pitt prepares for 3-point barrage in Eastern Washington

Pitt prepares for 3-point barrage in Eastern Washington

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 11, 2015

The Pitt men’s basketball team has earned its 6-1 record this season through its versatile and deep roster. But that depth can only prepare the Panthers so much for their upcoming game against Eastern Washington (5-3). The Eagles implement a three-point heavy offense from top to bottom, having made 87...

Pitt women’s basketball roll over Mount St. Mary 74-57

Pitt women’s basketball roll over Mount St. Mary 74-57

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015

On Tuesday night, the Pitt women’s basketball team peaked well above the Mountaineers. In a young season of disappointing offensive performances, the Pitt women’s basketball team wasted no time disposing of Mount St. Mary’s University, 74-57, thanks to an efficient offense and a stifling defense...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 9, 2015

JAMES ROBINSON — Guard, Men’s basketball Robinson has been a steadying presence for the Panthers in his senior season at Pitt, starring on both ends of the floor. The point guard surged in the City Game against Duquesne University last Friday, totalling 18 points, eight assists and two steals on the e...

Wilson leads scorers as Pitt topples Central Arkansas, 100-47

Wilson leads scorers as Pitt topples Central Arkansas, 100-47

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2015

After watching his team lose by 53 points, Central Arkansas coach Russ Pennell was blunt about their performance. “We just ran into a buzzsaw today,” Pennell said. “Everything they did was good, and everything we did was bad.” With a wide talent gap over a now 1-7 Central Arkansas team, the Pit...

Gallery: Pitt Men’s Basketball vs. Duquesne 12/4/2015

Gallery: Pitt Men’s Basketball vs. Duquesne 12/4/2015

By Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

December 4, 2015

Pitt cruises in City Game rout of Duquesne

Pitt cruises in City Game rout of Duquesne

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 4, 2015

In the annual battle between Pittsburgh’s two Division I basketball teams, the Panthers feasted. Despite trailing before the opening tip even occurred the Pitt men’s basketball rolled in the annual city game, defeating the crosstown Duquesne Dukes 96-75 Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center. “That’s...

Pitt, Duquesne renew annual City Game matchup Friday

Pitt, Duquesne renew annual City Game matchup Friday

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2015

On the outside, the yearly Pitt-Duquesne basketball series — dubbed the City Game — seems to have all the qualities of a legitimate rivalry. They’ve played each other since 1932, the two programs are in close vicinity — just down the street from each other — and the matchups are often inte...

It’s only December: Early season rankings are far from absolute

It’s only December: Early season rankings are far from absolute

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 2, 2015

When Pitt lost to Purdue — the No. 11 team in the country — they lost to a team that was seemingly one of the best in the nation. But the Boilermakers’ ranking doesn’t really say much, at least not yet. The NCAA Tournament selection committee won’t care what Purdue was ranked on Dec. 1, come ...

After early deficit, Pitt falls to No. 11 Purdue 72-59

After early deficit, Pitt falls to No. 11 Purdue 72-59

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 2, 2015

Despite clawing their way back into the game, the Pitt men’s basketball team finished Tuesday evening’s match with a whimper. Led by 24 points from A.J. Hammons, Purdue fought off Pitt’s sporadic comeback attempts to defeat the Panthers 72-59 at the Petersen Events Center. With 12:23 left in th...

Barrage of 3-pointers leads Pitt to 85-76 win over Kent State

Barrage of 3-pointers leads Pitt to 85-76 win over Kent State

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 28, 2015

Pitt men’s basketball came away with another early season win, but it came with no help from the offensive glass. Despite an early offensive rebounding deficit leading to multiple tie scores, Pitt (4-0) pulled away from Kent State Saturday at the Petersen Events Center by a final score of 85-76...

Second half run propels Pitt basketball past Detroit

Second half run propels Pitt basketball past Detroit

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 21, 2015

For a brief moment in the second half, Pitt’s chances of beating Detroit seemed in doubt, with the visitors taking a one point lead. A 25-5 run, though, would wipe away any shred of uncertainty, as the Panthers defeated the Titans 95-79 Friday night at the Petersen Events Center. Detroit coach...

Panthers open season — again — with 84-43 win over St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

Panthers open season — again — with 84-43 win over St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015

With a pristine, safe hardwood court under its feet, the Pitt men’s basketball team officially opened its season, avoiding a slipup Tuesday evening. After officials cancelled Pitt’s original season opener — a matchup in Okinawa, Japan, against No. 9 Gonzaga —  at halftime last Friday due to sli...

Pitt men’s basketball adds three in early signing period

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015

With the early recruit signing period coming to a close, the Pitt men’s basketball team announced the three newest members of the Panther Hoops program. A University release announced that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon signed three out-of-state recruits —Justice Kithcart, Crisshawn Clark and Corey Manig...

Slippery when wet: Pitt game against Gonzaga called due to floor conditions

Slippery when wet: Pitt game against Gonzaga called due to floor conditions

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 13, 2015

The Pitt men’s basketball team traveled 6600 miles for a game that didn’t even count. During the first intermission, the referees determined the Panthers’ game against the No. 9 Gonzaga Bulldogs would not continue due to slippery court conditions on the military base court in Okinawa, Japan. The...

Island Warriors: Pitt men’s basketball opens season in Japan

Island Warriors: Pitt men’s basketball opens season in Japan

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 13, 2015

Sheldon Jeter was ready to take on the 11-hour flight on Tuesday to Pitt’s men’s basketball season opener — as long as he got the right seat. “As long as I’m not stuck in the middle seat, I’m happy,” the junior forward said. “When we went to Hawaii, I got stuck in the middle seat in the m...

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2015

It might not have counted, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surged on Friday night. With the season opener against Gonzaga approaching next week, the Panthers took the court for their first and only exhibition game, defeating the Gannon Golden Knights 80-50 at the Petersen Events Center. Though...

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 5, 2015

As leaves fall and the air chills, the attention of Pitt fans shifts from the resurgent Panther football team to the promising campaigns of the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams. Hitting the court Nov. 13, for their season openers, the men’s team is prepping its suitcases for a trip to Japan,...

Fearsome foes: Pitt men’s basketball’s five toughest teams

Fearsome foes: Pitt men’s basketball’s five toughest teams

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015

After a difficult season one year ago, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s road to rebounding won’t get any easier. With the 2015-16 college basketball season imminent, the Panthers will return to the hardwood trying to improve upon a 19-15 overall finish last season. Pitt will feature several new f...

Jamel’s journey: Junior forward steps into leadership role

Jamel’s journey: Junior forward steps into leadership role

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2015

High school projections say Jamel Artis’ basketball career wasn’t supposed to go this way — becoming the team’s offensive focal point by his sophomore year and earning NBA draft mentions. Artis showed flashes of promise as a freshman, and those flashes flared longer at the start of his secon...

Dixon, staff find hidden benefits in advanced analytics

Dixon, staff find hidden benefits in advanced analytics

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2015

Trailing by one point with less than 15 seconds left against Notre Dame last season, James Robinson took the ball to his right, spun and hit the game-winning floater. The point guard’s basket may have began with his natural ability and strength, but head men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon’s love of a...

Trio of transfers prepare for final season at new school

Trio of transfers prepare for final season at new school

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2015

Rafael Maia, Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and Sterling Smith aren’t going to set school career records for Pitt men’s basketball — but it’s not for lack of talent. Their Pitt careers will only last one year, as head coach Jamie Dixon brought in the three players as graduate transfers for this upcoming sea...

After season abroad, Patterson striving to stick with Hawks

By Jasper Willson / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2015

During his one season abroad, Lamar Patterson never talked about hanging around Europe for another campaign. He was going to come home to America to play and stay for good. Last season, the former Pitt basketball player spent his rookie professional season playing for Tofaş Bursa, a top-level Turk...

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 25, 2015

Though he hasn’t appeared in an official contest yet for the Pitt men’s basketball team, Alonzo Nelson-Adoda can check one accomplishment off his season list: make a game-winning shot. With seconds left in Pitt’s Blue-Gold Scrimmage event on Sunday, Nelson-Adoda’s side trailed by one point as...

After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2015

With the NCAA questioning his academic eligibility following graduation, Pitt basketball commit Damon Wilson was angry. Before the NCAA eventually deemed him eligible for collegiate play in September, it challenged the freshman guard and his teammates’ high school course loads. “When we heard they w...

Kilgore kid: Jonathan Milligan a late find for Dixon, Pitt

Kilgore kid: Jonathan Milligan a late find for Dixon, Pitt

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2015

When junior point guard Josh Newkirk decided to transfer from Pitt in early August, Pitt basketball head coach Jamie Dixon didn’t panic. Instead, he looked to a small junior college in Texas. Though options are scarce that late in the process, Dixon stuck to an old adage of recruiting. “There’s...

Khalifa brings down the Pete at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event

Khalifa brings down the Pete at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event

By Chris Puzia and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

October 10, 2015

Pitt’s basketball teams worked hard and played hard at their #ZooAfterHours event to prepare fans for the upcoming season. Following team introductions and a shooting competition, rap star and Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa took center stage to deliver a brief but hit-filled performance to students...

Wiz Khalifa to perform at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event Friday

Wiz Khalifa to perform at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event Friday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 8, 2015

Pitt basketball's Midnight Madness event will have Panther fans seeing black and yellow. The University announced Pittsburgh native and Grammy-nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa will perform at the event, dubbed #ZooAfterHours, Friday evening. Khalifa joins a guest list that also includes former Duke...

Gaining ground: Cameron Johnson bulks up in offseason

Gaining ground: Cameron Johnson bulks up in offseason

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 6, 2015

Most students fear the “freshman 15.” Pitt shooting guard Cameron Johnson embraced all that and more with open, growing arms this offseason. Johnson, an unheralded 2014 recruit from Moon Township, arrived at Pitt as a slender 6-foot-8, 185 pounds  boy — taller and lighter than the average colle...

Dixon, Pitt basketball need to up recruiting game to compete in ACC

Dixon, Pitt basketball need to up recruiting game to compete in ACC

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

There was a time when Pitt basketball could compile northeastern-focused recruiting classes. Unfortunately for Jamie Dixon and the Panthers, that time has passed. For the majority of Dixon’s tenure as Pitt’s head basketball coach, becoming a regular season force and faltering in the postseason w...

Jay Williams to host Pitt’s #ZooAfterHours

Jay Williams to host Pitt’s #ZooAfterHours

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 30, 2015

Pitt’s men’s and women’s basketball teams’ first official outing of the season, Midnight Madness, will host a surprising emcee. The University announced Tuesday that Jay Williams, ESPN college basketball analyst and former Duke University point guard, will preside over the Oct. 9, Midnight Madne...

Catching up with Tray Woodall

Catching up with Tray Woodall

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 21, 2015

After seeing the court for 139 games over his Pitt career that spanned from 2008 to 2013, former star point guard Tray Woodall left the University and trekked the globe. Since leaving Oakland, Woodall has played professionally in Turkey, Greece, Kosovo and Mexico, serving as a role player throughout his...

Damon Wilson cleared academically, eligible immediately

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 10, 2015

The NCAA has cleared Pitt freshman point guard Damon Wilson academically, Pitt confirmed on Thursday. "We had great confidence that Damon was going to be fine academically, and we got the word yesterday [that he was cleared]," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said at a press conference Thursday. "It's...

Pitt announces addition of Milligan to 2015-2016 roster

Pitt announces addition of Milligan to 2015-2016 roster

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 1, 2015

The Pitt men’s basketball team picked up a last-minute addition to its 2016 class on Tuesday, as it officially announced the signing of former Kilgore College point guard Jonathan Milligan. Milligan, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard, averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last y...

Pitt men’s basketball aims to fix rebounding woes with added frontcourt depth

Pitt men’s basketball aims to fix rebounding woes with added frontcourt depth

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015

For junior center Michael Young, every basketball season comes down to three words: tournament or bust. Last season, the team’s season ended with a whimper, losing in embarrassing fashion to George Washington 60-54 in the first round of the NIT Tournament. The team had failed to reach the NCAA To...

Newkirk to transfer from Pitt following offseason knee injury

Newkirk to transfer from Pitt following offseason knee injury

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015

Following a May microfracture surgery on his left knee, junior point guard Josh Newkirk will transfer from Pitt, the school announced Sunday. According to head basketball coach Jamie Dixon, Newkirk is hoping to get in closer proximity to his home state of North Carolina. “Josh is looking to get...

Dixon talks changes, expectations for Pitt basketball roster

Dixon talks changes, expectations for Pitt basketball roster

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015

Change isn’t always good — but as is the case of the 2015 Pitt basketball team, change was necessary. Following a 19-15 record and a first-round NIT exit last season, head coach Jamie Dixon has seen the makeup of his Pitt basketball roster change drastically, losing Cameron Wright and Durand Johnson...

New in town

New in town

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 30, 2015

Scott Barnes overlooks his new stomping grounds as Pitt's athletic director.

Not-so-happy feet

Not-so-happy feet

By Meghan Sunners / Senior Staff Photographer

June 16, 2015

James Robinson underwent successful surgery on his right foot, Pitt announced onTuesday.

June 17 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

June 17 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 16, 2015

BOYD CHARGED: The Jefferson Hills District Court officially chargedPitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd with driving under the influence and other summary offenses following a Friday morning incident. According to a court representative, the preliminary hearing is “temporarily” set for Aug. 5. Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi called the si...

Litany of rule changes in place for upcoming men’s, women’s basketball seasons

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 9, 2015

On Monday, the NCAA announced the implementation of significant rule changes in both men’s and women’s basketball. Highlighted below are some of the key developments, as well as the NCAA’s rationale for doing so.MEN’S BASKETBALL30-second shot clockWHAT: In a move that has been in the making for som...

Trio of new bigs will be key for a Pitt basketball turnaround year

Trio of new bigs will be key for a Pitt basketball turnaround year

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 26, 2015

After a 2014-2015 season in which the Pitt men’s basketball team struggled to establish a strong presence in the paint, head coach Jamie Dixon is making a big gamble heading into the upcoming season.With former Richmond forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa announcing his transfer to Pitt this past weekend, t...

Brown University big man Maia transferring to Pitt

Brown University big man Maia transferring to Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 4, 2015

Pitt’s men’s basketball team received a much-needed addition to its frontcourt, as Brown University graduate transfer Rafael Maia committed to the program for the upcoming school year, Pitt announced on Monday.Head coach Jamie Dixon said the program is excited about bringing in Maia.“Over his th...

Durand Johnson to leave Pitt men’s basketball program

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 14, 2015

Pitt announced on Tuesday that redshirt junior Durand Johnson would not be a member of the men's basketball program moving forward.“We wish Durand only the best in his future pursuits and will try to assist him any way we can as he moves forward,” head coach Jamie Dixon said in a release.Johnson sat ...

Michael Young

Michael Young

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

March 25, 2015

Sophomore forward Michael Young has stepped up to help lead Pitt this season.

Great expectations: TPN looks back on men’s basketball predictions

Great expectations: TPN looks back on men’s basketball predictions

By Chris Puzia and Dan Sostek / The Pitt News staff

March 25, 2015

Although the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament begins Thursday, and the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) have just finished, Pitt’s men’s basketball team is absent from both tournaments.The Panthers, who lost their first NIT game to George Washington University on Ma...

Jamie Dixon

Jamie Dixon

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

March 18, 2015

Pitt lost its final five games of the season, culminating in Tuesday's NIT loss.

Petersen Events Center sees unusually sparse crowd for NIT game

Petersen Events Center sees unusually sparse crowd for NIT game

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 18, 2015

High above midcourt, in section 220 of the Petersen Events Center, a handful of people watched the Pitt men’s basketball team painfully slog through its National Invitational Tournament first round matchup against George Washington University. They were the only occupants in the arena’s entire darkened...

Michael Young

Michael Young

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

March 18, 2015

Michael Young scored eight points in Tuesday's loss.

Pitt’s season ends with first-round NIT loss to George Washington

Pitt’s season ends with first-round NIT loss to George Washington

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 18, 2015

The NIT run seemed to end as quickly as it began.The Pitt men’s basketball team’s run in the National Invitation Tournament was a short one, as the George Washington Colonials eliminated the Panthers 60-54 at the Petersen Events Center Tuesday evening, ending Pitt’s 2014-2015 campaign.The loss m...

Rozelle Nix ready for big impact on Pitt frontcourt

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015

Down in Florida’s Pensacola State swimming pool, a huge man swims laps, slimming his body to prepare for an impending trip to Pittsburgh.The figure swimming up and down the pool is Rozelle Nix, Pensacola’s 7-foot, 308-pound star center and incoming Pitt recruit.Evening swims, along with laps around t...

Pitt’s disappointing end to season has team looking to future

Pitt’s disappointing end to season has team looking to future

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015

After trailing in a two-possession game versus the University of Miami on March 4 for several minutes, sophomore forward Sheldon Jeter knocked down a shot from behind the arc to pull Pitt within three with less than 30 seconds left. Head coach Jamie Dixon called a timeout, and the Panthers lined up in ...

This year’s March Madness features expected intrigue

This year’s March Madness features expected intrigue

By The Pitt News Staff

March 17, 2015

With a field of 68 teams, the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament always provides countless players and storylines to track. Here are some that The Pitt News Sports Desk are looking at heading into the Big Dance.Cinderella teamStephen F. Austin State University’s “sharing is caring” motto, and ...

Pitt adds 2016 basketball commit

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 16, 2015

While Pitt fans may have been disappointed by Sunday’s NIT selection for the men’s basketball team, an recruitment announcement helped ease that pain one day later. Head coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers will welcome Corey Manigault, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound 2016 forward who announced his commitment ...

NIT bound

NIT bound

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 15, 2015

Jamel Artis will lead Pitt on Tuesday against George Washington in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Pitt to face George Washington in National Invitation Tournament

Pitt to face George Washington in National Invitation Tournament

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 15, 2015

For the second time in Jamie Dixon’s 12 years as Pitt’s head men’s basketball coach, the Panthers will not compete in the NCAA Tournament.Pitt will, however, play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), beginning with a game on Tuesday at 7 p.m., according to the NIT Selection Show announcement...

Brilliant Barber

Brilliant Barber

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 11, 2015

Pitt had no answer for Cat Barber, who scored 34 Wednesday night.

NC State’s Barber proves to be cut above Pitt defense

NC State’s Barber proves to be cut above Pitt defense

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 11, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cats are known for being fast, and Cat Barber is no exception.North Carolina State’s starting point guard, whose given name is Anthony, proved as much when he used his speed to great effect on Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 34 points, 21 of which came in the first half,...

Bench blues

Bench blues

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 11, 2015

The Pitt bench watches the team's 81-70 loss to NC State.

March Sadness: Panthers fall to NC State in first ACC tournament game

March Sadness: Panthers fall to NC State in first ACC tournament game

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 11, 2015

GREENSBORO, NC- The Pitt men’s basketball team was outmatched Wednesday evening in the second round of the ACC tournament, as the North Carolina State Wolfpack devoured the Panthers in Greensboro by a final score of 81-70.NC State was led by sophomore guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, who tallied a ...

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 5, 2015

Several Pitt teams are looking toward this weekend as a chance to catch fire and end some recent disappointing runs.The men’s basketball team enters Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak, the baseball team had a losing record in each of its three weekend series so far and Pitt’s wrestling team ...

Three seniors

Three seniors

By Heather Tennant, Nate Smith and Theo Schwarz / The Pitt News staff

March 5, 2015

Cameron Wright, Derrick Randall and Aron Phillips-Nwankwo played their final home games on Wednesday.

Senior moment: Young’s 22 not enough as Pitt loses second straight game

Senior moment: Young’s 22 not enough as Pitt loses second straight game

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 4, 2015

In Pitt’s final home game of the year, the team honored three seniors before facing off against the Miami Hurricanes. It was a sophomore, however, who spearheaded Pitt’s offense, as Michael Young collected 22 points off of 9-13 shooting.Young’s effort couldn’t carry the team, as the Hurricanes...

Final outing

Final outing

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

March 3, 2015

Senior Cameron Wright will play his final game at the Petersen Events Center on Wednesday.

Pitt hosts Miami as both teams fight for March Madness spot

Pitt hosts Miami as both teams fight for March Madness spot

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 3, 2015

As March Madness approaches, all eyes turn to Joe Lunardi.ESPN’s “bracketology” expert, who predicts which teams will make the NCAA Tournament weeks and months before Selection Sunday, updates his rankings after each night’s games.After Pitt (19-11, 8-8 ACC) lost to Wake Forest on Sunday night 69-...

Close loss

Close loss

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

March 1, 2015

Michael Young scored 22 points in Pitt's loss on Sunday night.

Road loss wrinkles NCAA Tournament picture

Road loss wrinkles NCAA Tournament picture

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 1, 2015

Most analysts said Pitt would have to finish its season 3-0 to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament. With a loss at Wake Forest on Sunday night, the Panthers will have to hope the analysts were wrong.A couple of sloppy turnovers in the final minute of the game by junior guard James Robinson and sop...

Young guns

Young guns

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

February 26, 2015

Center Michael Young will be a huge key for Pitt down the stretch.

Five factors are key to Pitt’s finishing season strong

Five factors are key to Pitt’s finishing season strong

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 26, 2015

As Pitt (19-10, 8-7 ACC) enters the homestretch of the regular season, the team is hoping to avoid any blemishes on its resumé before traveling to Greensboro for the ACC tournament. With a manageable remaining three games – at Wake Forest (12-16, 4-11 ACC), against Miami (18-10, 8-7 ACC) at home ...

Center stage

Center stage

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

February 25, 2015

Michael Young scored 22 points on the 7-foot Dennis Clifford on Tuesday night.

Young playing up to bigger competition

Young playing up to bigger competition

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 25, 2015

At 6-foot-9, Michael Young is a large human being by most standards.But on the basketball court, Pitt’s sophomore center seems tiny, constantly going up against behemoths one to four inches taller than him.This was the case on Tuesday evening against Boston College, when Young faced 7-foot Dennis ...

Going up strong

Going up strong

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

February 25, 2015

Michael Young finished with 22 points in Tuesday's win over Boston College.

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