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ACC officially cancels spring season

ACC Commissioner John Swofford issued a statement  regarding the conference's cancellation of athletic activities.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 17, 2020

With the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommending that gatherings of 50 or more people not occur for the next eight weeks, it became clear that no timeline in the near future would work for the conference’s spring athletes.

The Pitt News NFL Mock Draft 2.0

 LSU’s Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow will likely be claimed as the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

Each year, the NFL Combine has massive implications for the upcoming NFL Draft — which won’t be held in Las Vegas as originally scheduled, but should still be held in some capacity on April 23.

Xavier Johnson quashes transfer rumors

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) announced he plans to continue playing for Pitt for his junior season.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 16, 2020

Johnson dispelled any notion that he’ll be wearing another jersey next season, tweeting Sunday that he plans to stay at Pitt.

Predicting the canceled men’s basketball postseason

There will not be an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this year.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

March 16, 2020

In a season that featured thrilling upsets and widespread parity, this year’s tournament was shaping up to be unforgettable. Using Lunardi’s bracket, I will highlight what I believe to be the best March moments that never were for the 2020 college basketball season.

Women’s basketball beginning to build on program lows

First-year guard Dayshanette Harris was placed on the All-ACC Freshman team. Harris ended up averaging 16.9 points in the seven games she played in after redshirt senior guard Aysia Bugg was injured.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

March 16, 2020

Pitt women’s basketball’s 2019-20 season was one of the worst in program history. But despite the lows, the Panthers have plenty to build on as they enter an offseason lengthened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Men’s basketball navigates frustrating second year of rebuild

First-year guards Gerald Drumgoole Jr. (4) and Justin Champagnie (11) celebrate after a 63-61 victory over Florida State.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

March 15, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts the entire world, March Madness fans across the country are suffering from withdrawal after the college basketball season came to an abrupt finish ahead of schedule. But the cancellations and adjustments don’t impact Pitt fans much, as the Panthers’ exhausting season came to an end the day before the NCAA’s did.

Ryan Murphy to enter transfer portal

Ryan Murphy shoots a corner three against Boston College.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 15, 2020

Pitt basketball junior guard Ryan Murphy is entering the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer with one year of remaining eligibility.

ACC to suspend all athletic activities

ACC Commissioner John Swofford issued a statement  regarding the conference's cancellation of athletic activities.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

The ACC announced Thursday that it will suspend all athletic related activities in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sluggish second half stops Pitt’s ACC Tournament run

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) scored 16 points during Pitt’s 59-56 loss to Virginia on Saturday.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

But in their second game in 24 hours, Pitt (16-17 overall, 6-14 ACC) looked like the same worn-out, beat-up team that they had been since conference play began. They ran out of gas in the second half against NC State (20-12 overall, 11-10 ACC), losing 73-58 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Champagnie’s 30 propels Pitt past Wake in ACC Tournament

First-year forward Justin Champagnie’s layup is blocked by Syracuse.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 10, 2020

But at their most desperate, the Panthers were efficient, tenacious and energetic at the end of a dragging ACC schedule. And after trailing for most of the game, Pitt unearthed a new level of emotion. A 13-4 run in the twilight of the second half propelled the Panthers (16-16 overall, 7-14 ACC) to a 81-72 victory over Wake Forest (14-17 overall, 6-15 ACC) in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Tuesday evening. 

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