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Pitt sophomore guard Femi Odukale (2) and Virginia sophomore guard Reece Beekman (2) chase the ball at Wednesday’s game at the Petersen Events Center.

Column | Capel’s inability to manage games continues to hamstring already depleted Panthers

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer January 21, 2022
While the offense struggled down the stretch in the second half, the Panthers’ defense had struggles of its own. Despite a rough start, the Cavaliers offense got better looks in the second half and capitalized on them. Head coach Jeff Capel’s defense had no answer for Virginia’s offense late in the first half and beyond.
Pitt senior guard Onye Ezeakudo (31) takes a shot during the Pitt vs. Colgate men’s basketball game on Dec. 9.

Ezeakudo rewarded for impact on Pitt basketball with scholarship

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor January 19, 2022
One of the highest honors that a college basketball walk-on can earn is, ironically, ceasing to be a walk-on. Onye Ezeakudo did just that last week — the highlight of a career at Pitt where he’s achieved what few walk-ons are able to.
Pitt graduate forward Mouhamadou Gueye (15) makes a difficult layup during the Pitt men’s basketball exhibition game against Gannon on Nov. 1.

Gueye’s emergence gives Pitt men’s basketball a ‘different look’

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer January 18, 2022
Mouhamadou Gueye has been one of the biggest contributors to recent successes for Pitt men’s basketball. His role was limited early on, but now the rangy big man is doing it all for the improving Panthers.
Coaches and staff look on as senior guard Jamarius Burton dribbles the ball at Saturday afternoons game vs. Louisville.

Pitt handily beats Louisville, 65-53, for second conference win

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor January 15, 2022
In the rematch of a Jan. 5 barn-burner, Pitt thoroughly beat Louisville to earn its second conference win of the season, one that serves as further proof of the team’s holistic improvement.
Pitt head coach Jeff Capel calls to his team as they play against Boston College during the second half of the game on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in Pittsburgh.

Pitt flounders in second half, losses 77-61 at Syracuse

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor January 11, 2022
Pitt men’s basketball followed up its first conference win of the season by laying an egg in the second half at Syracuse. The Panthers got outscored by 13 in the second half and suffered their third loss by double-digits.
Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23), left, dunks the ball during Pitt’s game against Boston College at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday.

Column | Pitt has begun a slow but steady climb back from the bottom

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor January 9, 2022
Pitt men’s basketball is showing signs of hope. After having to take moral victories from close losses at the beginning of conference play, Stephen Thompson argues the Panthers are playing their best ball with a wide-open conference schedule ahead.
Pittsburgh guard Jamarius Burton (11) shoots over Louisville forward Matt Cross (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.

Panthers suffer another late letdown, fall 75-72 at Louisville

By Will McGlynn, Staff Writer January 5, 2022
Another day, another one-possession loss for Pitt men’s basketball. The Panthers faltered down the stretch of Tuesday night’s conference contest against Louisville before ultimately falling 75-72 at the KFC Yum! Center.
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.
Head basketball coach Jeff Capel watches from the bench as a penalty call dashes the Panthers’ hopes to upset Louisville in January 2020.

Column | It’s starting to look like Jeff Capel’s final season in Pittsburgh

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer December 8, 2021
When Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel accepted his job in 2018, he was widely labeled a home-run hire. For his first two seasons, he looked the part, which makes his tenure’s sudden turn for the worse all the more surprising and disappointing.
Pittsburghs Daniel Oladapo (4) passes the ball as Towsons Cameron Holden defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pittsburgh.

Pitt reserves spark winning run in 63-59 win over Towson

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor November 19, 2021
Led by the bench, Pitt men’s basketball pulled out a narrow — but nonetheless “huge” in Jeff Capel’s words — 63-59 win over Towson on Friday night at the Pete.
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