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Pitt star forward Justin Champagnie announced on Tuesday that he will

Champagnie will “test the NBA Draft process;” final decision awaits

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 23, 2021
The Pitt star announced that he will “test the NBA Draft process” this offseason.
Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel has a heated exchange with the referees during the Panthers’ game against NC State on Feb. 17.

Column | After three years under Jeff Capel, Pitt left with more questions than answers

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer March 17, 2021
At what point does Capel’s infallibility wear off? After a tumultuous 2020-21 season, the answer is now.
Senior center Terrell Brown plays against NC State on Feb. 17.

In four rocky years with sweeping changes, Terrell Brown embraces role in Pitt’s rebuild

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer March 10, 2021
Among it all, Brown has stood as a soft-spoken 6-foot-10 figure among the Pitt men’s basketball program, working quietly to serve as a brick in the foundation laid by the coach who did not recruit him.
Pitt star forward Justin Champagnie announced on Tuesday that he will

Column | Champagnie has earned his status among ACC’s elite

By Zack Gibney, For The Pitt News February 19, 2021
Historically, the conference gives ACC Player of the Year to an outstanding player on an exceptional team primed for a deep tournament run in March — where Champagnie has a problem.
Au’Diese Toney pictured against Virginia Tech on Feb. 4.

Takeaways from Pitt’s road loss against Georgia Tech

By Zack Gibney, For The Pitt News February 17, 2021
Pitt’s 71-65 loss to Georgia Tech on Sunday marked their fifth in six games, and showcased many of the consistent struggles that have doomed them throughout the skid.
Xavier Johnson, pictured here against Virginia Tech on Feb. 3, contributed 10 of Pitt’s 66 points against Virginia on Saturday.

Panthers doomed by short Cavalier burst, lose to UVA 73-66

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor February 8, 2021
Pitt men’s basketball was in control for most of the game, but a short run early in the second half cemented UVA’s 73-66 win over the Panthers on Saturday afternoon.
Shifted starting lineup provides spark in 83-72 upset of No. 16 Hokies

Shifted starting lineup provides spark in 83-72 upset of No. 16 Hokies

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor February 3, 2021
Xavier Johnson’s career-best 32 points was supported by a suffocating defensive effort as Pitt topped No. 16 Virginia Tech, 83-72, for their first win over a ranked opponent in more than two years.
Pitt embarrassed at home by Notre Dame, 84-56

Pitt embarrassed at home by Notre Dame, 84-56

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor January 31, 2021
Pitt (8-5 overall, 4-4 ACC) put forth a performance that head coach Jeff Capel called “deplorable” and “embarrassing” in an 84-58 beat down at the hands of Notre Dame (6-9 overall, 3-6 ACC). The Panthers were unable to keep the Irish’s dribble penetration contained and were buried by their blistering 54% shooting mark on 3-point shots.
Pitt men’s basketball missed the services of second-leading scorer Au’Diese Toney in the Louisville loss and had two games postponed for COVID-19 protocols.

Column | Time for Pitt men’s basketball to prove it can get off the mat — and stay up

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer January 29, 2021
After two ugly losses and a daunting schedule looming ahead, the Panthers need another bounce-back response, and they need it fast.
Sophomore forward Justin Champagnie scored 23 of Pitt’s 65 points against UNC Tuesday night. Pitt lost 75-65.

Pitt outmuscled by UNC, drops second straight game, 75-65

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor January 27, 2021
On Tuesday night, just one week removed from the Duke win, the mood had completely flipped. Pitt (8-4 overall, 4-3 ACC) was maddeningly sloppy against North Carolina (11-5 overall, 6-3 ACC) and lost 75-65 in deflating fashion at the Pete.
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