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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel works the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College at the Atlantic Coast Conference mens tournament on March 8 in New York.

Panthers land commitment from four-star guard, No. 37 high school prospect in country Dior Johnson

By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer June 14, 2022
Dior Johnson — a four-star guard out of Southern California Academy — pledged to the Panthers just four days after backing out of his previous commitment to Oregon. 
Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23) scores during the men’s basketball exhibition versus Gannon at the Petersen Events Center in November.

Column | Recent additions put Pitt men’s basketball into ‘win now’ mode

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer May 24, 2022
Since April 1, Capel has finally started to show some of the recruiting prowess he was so highly touted for during his tenures at Duke and Oklahoma.
Head basketball coach Jeff Capel watches from the bench as a penalty call dashes the Panthers’ hopes to upset Louisville in January 2020.

Column | Jeff Capel’s portal to a winning 2022-23 season

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer April 5, 2022
The road to constructing a winning roster will be long for Pitt men’s basketball, but early commitments and interests have shown that the road does exist. Senior staff writer Kyle Saxon outlines how he believes Jeff Capel can turn things around in one offseason.
Lyke discusses future of men’s basketball program

Lyke discusses future of men’s basketball program

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor March 22, 2022
Pitt athletic director Lyke fielded questions Tuesday from select local media, about the direction of the men’s basketball program, and the job that fourth-year head coach Jeff Capel has done.
Citadel sophomore forward Owen Spencer (23), left, and Pitt sophomore forward John Hugley (23) attempt to catch a rebound on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at the Petersen Events Center.

‘We have to win’: Pitt men’s basketball season in review

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor March 16, 2022
As the men’s NCAA Tournament begins in earnest this week, Pitt will watch it from home. Its postseason drought has spanned six years and two head coaches. After completing his fourth losing season in a row, Jeff Capel has his back against the wall.
Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel works the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference mens tournament, Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in New York.

Pitt bounced by Boston College in ACC Tournament’s first round, 66-46

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor March 8, 2022
Pitt men’s basketball went out with a whimper Tuesday afternoon. The team closed its 2021-22 campaign with a 66-46 loss to Boston College in the ACC Tournament’s opening game — a contest that was over long before the clock ran out.
Sophomore William Jeffress takes a shot at the Pitt mens basketball game vs. Duke Tuesday night.

Pitt outclassed by No. 4 Duke, 84-54, in Krzyzewski’s final ACC road game

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor March 2, 2022
It didn’t matter what Pitt did or how it did it on Tuesday night — Duke was better. The Blue Devils shot with deadly accuracy and showcased their talent and athleticism to their fullest extent in an 84-54 win over the Panthers at the Pete.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, talks with guard Trevor Keels (1), left, and Theo John (12) during a game against the University of Virginia on Wednesday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Panthers to welcome No. 7 Duke for Krzyzewski’s final ACC road game

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor February 28, 2022
Pitt men’s basketball has a Goliath standing in between it and a strong end to the season. The Panthers will welcome No. 7 Duke on Tuesday night for renowned Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last ACC road game of his career.
Pitt forwards Mouhamadou Gueye (15) and John Hugley (23) fight for the ball with a Miami player during the Pitt vs. Miami mens basketball game on Tuesday night.

Hurricanes roll over Pitt, 85-64, in penultimate Panthers home game

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor February 23, 2022
Miami stormed into Pittsburgh and dismantled Pitt on both ends — to the tune of 20 turnovers, 55% shooting for the game and a 21-point road victory that was not even as close as the lopsided final score would indicate.
Senior guard Nike Sibande dribbles the ball down the court during the Pitt vs. Gannon men’s basketball exhibition game on Nov. 1, 2021.

Column | Capel, Pitt need to win at UNC to instill belief in hints of progress

By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer February 16, 2022
When Pitt men’s basketball heads to Chapel Hill for a Wednesday date with UNC, senior staff writer Frankie Richetti argues it will have a chance to inspire belief that this season’s incremental progress is a step toward something bigger.
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