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Preseason grades: How Pitt stacks up ahead of 2020 men’s basketball campaign

In his last season with the Panthers,  junior guard Xavier Johnson (1) averaged 11.7 points, making 37.3% of his shots from the field.
November 19, 2020
As Pitt approaches its men’s basketball season opener against Saint Francis (PA) next Wednesday, it’s time to break down the Panthers’ depth chart. 

VIDEO: PITT vs. CLEMSON: Men’s ACC Basketball (w/ Broadcast Audio)

February 18, 2020

Watch the highlights of the Pitt Panthers men's basketball team as they host the Clemson Tigers at the Petersen Events Center (with an accompanying audio broadcast). Final score: 72-52 Clemson. Wednesday,...

Hometown Heroes wanted: Pitt coming up short with local recruits

Former Houston Texans quarterback Matt Leinart (11) hands the ball to tight end Dorin Dickerson (19) in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sept. 1, 2011.
May 21, 2019
Many of Pitt’s great players have come through the WPIAL pipeline. Now, is Pitt struggling to win local stars to its football and basketball teams?

Take 5: Best of Pitt Athletics

Kenny Pickett (8) and Qadree Ollison (30) celebrate after a successful play during the team’s loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.
January 23, 2019
Pitt Athletics had some highs and lows this year, but in every situation there was a player or team that stood out above the rest. This week our writers talked about their “best of” moment in Pitt athletics.

Staff Picks: Much to be thankful for within Pitt Athletics

Staff Picks: Much to be thankful for within Pitt Athletics
November 19, 2018
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, The Pitt News Sports Staff took some time to reflect on what they are thankful for when it comes to Pitt Athletics.

Panthers to push the pace under new coach Capel

Head coach Jeff Capel spoke about his previous qualifications and excitement to begin working with the men’s basketball team in the 2018-19 season at a press conference in March.
November 5, 2018
Capel and his new coaching staff stressed strength and stamina. He wants his Pitt teams to play in the same mold of his teams at Oklahoma — force turnovers, get out in transition and play fast.

New Coaches allow Pitt fans to dream big

(Illustration by Sylvia Freeman | Staff Illustrator)
August 27, 2018
During her first year as athletic director, Heather Lyke hired seven coaches. Because of these additions, Pitt fans can optimistically look forward to the next season.

Big changes bring big hopes for men’s basketball team

The 2017-18 basketball team stands in a huddle at a photoshoot during pre-season. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Visual Editor)
August 20, 2018
Pitt is competing in one of the toughest conferences in men's college basketball, and new head coach Jeff Capel is doing everything to ensure the team is prepared.

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

Pitt basketball head coach Jeff Capel shouts instructions to his team during the first half of the men's Big 12 basketball Tournament in 2011 when he was head coach at Oklahoma. (Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/MCT)
August 20, 2018
Jeff Capel's impact on the men's basketball program is notable — but the Pitt community shouldn't expect his first team to take the college basketball world by storm.

Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

New men's basketball coach Jeff Capel received his first commitment for the 2018-2019 season with Trey McGowens, Pitt's first top-100 recruit since 2013. (Photo by Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor)
June 2, 2018

Jeff Capel landed another highly rated recruit when Au’Diese Toney verbally committed to Pitt today — joining Xavier Johnson, Curtis Aiken and Trey McGowens in Pitt’s class of 2018. Committed...

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