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Pitt basketball notebook: Panthers prepare for challenge of Wisconsin

John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 16, 2016

With madness impending, the Panthers are heading midwest. The Pitt men’s basketball team heaved their bags onto a Lenzner bus at the Petersen Events Center loading bay Wednesday afternoon, preparing for their impending flight to St. Louis to kickstart their 2016 NCAA Tournament journey. The team ...

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Robinson going for a layup.  Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

March 15, 2016

Here’s to you, Mr. RobinsonJeremy Tepper | Senior Staff WriterA pint-sized, 3-year-old James Robinson plops himself in front of the television. His parents, Rayna and James Jr., sit on the sofa.With the remote in Dad’s hand, perhaps the toddler has a suggestion — maybe cartoons? Nope, the kid knows exactly...

Pitt basketball earns No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 13, 2016

The Pitt men's basketball team earned a No. 10 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, as they will take on the No. 7 seed Wisconsin Badgers in St. Louis, Missouri. The team finished the season with a 21-11 record, going 9-9 in conference play. The tournament berth is Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon's 11th...

Panthers stung by Yellow Jackets in regular season finale

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 5, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s resume just got a little flimsier. Fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth, the Panthers fell in Atlanta to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 63-59. Pitt jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage, thanks to a pair of buckets by Michael Young and a layup by Chris Jones. A...

Slaying Devils: Panthers upend No. 15 Duke 76-62

Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2016

No one in the history of Pitt basketball has started more games than James Robinson. And, on Senior Day, his last contest at the Petersen Events Center, he was going to come out on top. After the Panthers fell to the Louisville Cardinals Wednesday, redshirt junior Chris Jones, who was a member of the ...

Unsung heroes Levitch, Luther shine in Pitt-Louisville

Emily Klenk | Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 25, 2016

In a game featuring star players like Damion Lee, Chinanu Onuaku, Jamel Artis and Michael Young, one would expect the usual suspects to dominate. But in this season’s second meeting between Pitt and Louisville Wednesday, it was a pair of unsung players that came up big for their respective teams. I...

No. 11 Louisville utilizes late run to down Panthers

Emily Klenk | Staff Photographer

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 25, 2016

While Pitt opened both halves of Wednesday’s matchup strong, its opponent heated up when it mattered most — at the end of the game. Despite leading for more than 23 minutes and receiving a career performance from forward Ryan Luther, Pitt men’s basketball dropped a home matchup to No. 11 Louisv...

Pitt basketball notebook: Improved Pitt defense readies for challenge in Louisville

Pitt's defense improved against Syracuse on Saturday.  Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 23, 2016

One game after squashing the Syracuse Orange to a pulp, head coach Jamie Dixon and the Pitt men’s basketball team have Cardinals in their crosshairs. At a press conference Monday, Dixon and junior forward Jamel Artis discussed their defensive performance Saturday, what went wrong in their last outing...

Artis, Panthers take bite out of Orange in 66-52 road win

Jamel Artis led Pitt with 21 points

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 20, 2016

Apparently all the Pitt men’s basketball team needed was a dose of Vitamin C. Thanks to a late run of stifling defense, the Panthers (19-7, 8-6 ACC) picked up a key road win on the road, defeating the Syracuse Orange 66-52. Michael Gbinije opened up scoring in the game, nailing a deep three late...

After fast start, Pitt basketball looks for answers

Jamie Dixon looks on as his team struggles.  Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 16, 2016

After a 14-1 start to the season, the Pitt men’s basketball team seemed like a shoo-in selection for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. That record came against a soft schedule, but the Panthers looked good, playing top-level offense with not completely inept defensive work. Ten games later, and t...

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