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Pittsburgh guard Jamarius Burton (11) drives to the basket for his game-winning shot against St. Johns during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in New York. Burton’s runner with 0.4 seconds left lifted Pittsburgh over St. John’s 59-57 in the showcase game of the Gotham Classic.

Burton buzzer-beater carries Pitt over St. John’s, 59-57, at the Garden

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor December 18, 2021
Often this season, victory slipped through the fingers of Pitt men’s basketball when the team had a win within its grasp. Finally, it was time for the Panthers to deliver a gut-punch instead of take one in a 59-57 win over St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) looks to throw the ball at the Pitt vs. Miami game.

Pickett opts out of Peach Bowl to prepare for NFL Draft, ending Pitt career

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 17, 2021
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett announced Thursday night that he would forgo Pitt’s Peach Bowl matchup and instead begin preparing for the NFL Draft, confirming his record-breaking career at Pitt was over.
Pitt’s Leketor Member-Meneh, left, and teammate Serena Gray react following a semifinal loss to Nebraska in the NCAA womens college volleyball tournament Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

Pitt’s National Championship bid ends with loss to Nebraska in Final Four

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer December 17, 2021
Pitt volleyball’s longest NCAA Tournament run in program history ended with a 3-1 loss in the National Semifinal to Nebraska early Friday morning at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
Pitt volleyball players celebrate after defeating Purdue and earning a spot in the Final Four of the NCAA womens volleyball championships.

Pitt defeats No. 6 Purdue, advances to first Final Four in program history

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer December 11, 2021
Pitt volleyball has now gone further in the NCAA Tournament than any past Panther team, after a four-set victory vs. Purdue at the Fitzgerald Field House on Saturday. The Panthers have now earned their first trip to the Final Four in program history.
Heisman trophy finalists, from left, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, and Alabama quarterback Bryce Young stand for a photo with the Heisman Trophy before attending the award ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in New York.

Alabama’s Bryce Young wins Heisman Trophy, Pickett places third

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 11, 2021
Despite embarking on a record-setting season, Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett finished behind Alabama sophomore quarterback Bryce Young, who won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday evening.
Heisman Trophy finalist Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett speaks during a news conference before attending the Heisman Trophy award ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in New York.

‘Not there yet’: Ahead of Heisman ceremony, Pickett looks to keep climbing after college

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 11, 2021
Scrolling down to the bottom of Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett’s Instagram, you’d find a post with a simple message — “One day, I want to honestly say, ‘I made it.’”
NC State womens basketball player Elissa Cunane (33) blocks Pitt player Mary Dunn (15) from catching a rebound during the Pitt vs. NC State game on Friday night.

Pitt overpowered by No. 2 NC State in ACC opener

By Will McGlynn, Staff Writer December 10, 2021
Pitt women’s basketball entered Friday night’s home game against No. 2 NC State riding its best start since 2009. But a blowout loss proved that the Panthers — despite their improvements — are still a long way from competing with the elite.
Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23) guards the ball during Thursday night’s game against Colgate at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt reverses trend, escapes with 71-68 win over Colgate

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor December 9, 2021
Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel said his team was “tired of almost” after two consecutive one-possession losses. But the Panthers didn’t let those gut-punch losses pile up, and instead escaped with a 71-68 win over Colgate on Thursday night.
Michigan States Kenneth Walker III (9) runs with the ball during the first quarter of a game against University of Michigan at Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. on Oct. 30.

Michigan State student newspaper breaks down Spartan strengths, weaknesses ahead of Peach Bowl

By Nick Aaron, For The Pitt News December 9, 2021
To learn more about the Panthers’ upcoming opponent, The Pitt News talked with Jared Ramsey, a sports writer at Michigan State’s student newspaper, The State News.
Pitt junior guard Emy Hayford (4) dribbles the ball at a Nov. 17 game against Long Island University at the Petersen Events Center.

Preview | Pitt looks to build on hot start against No. 2 NC State Wolfpack on Friday

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer December 9, 2021
Pitt's start will be put to the test on Friday, as the Panthers tip off their conference schedule with a home game against No. 2 North Carolina State (8-1, 0-0 ACC). This will be the two teams’ only meeting in the regular season.
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