The Pitt News

Redemption and Rosie O’Grady’s: Pitt’s 2008 Big East Title from the stands

Archival photos of Pitt’s 2008 Big East Tournament win.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2020

New York has a distinctive basketball culture. It is blue-collar, born from pick-up games on blacktops and manifested through moxie. So when the Big East basketball tournament moved to New York City in 1983, member teams embraced the natural fit — and no one embodied the host city’s gritty personality more than the 2008 Pitt Panthers.

March 26, 2009: Levance Fields cements Pitt legacy

Senior guard LeVance Fields scored five points in the last minute to lift Pitt over Xavier in the 2009 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Exactly 11 years ago today, senior Pitt guard Levance Fields ensured that Pitt would not suffer another Sweet 16 disappointment.

Staff picks: Pitt athletics Hall of Fame

Tony Dorsett was a running back for Pitt from 1973 to 1976 and is the only Panther to have received the Heisman Trophy Award. (Photo courtesy of ULS Archives)

By The Pitt News Staff

April 4, 2018

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in January that Pitt will be implementing its own Hall of Fame, with the inaugural class to be inducted Sept. 7. We’ll have to wait a few months to find out who will make the first Hall of Fame class — in the meantime, The Pitt News sports staff has ...

Return to greatness: basketball alums compete in annual tournament

Former point guard Levance Fields handles the ball in Pitt's 78-76 loss to Villanova in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT)

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

July 4, 2017

More than seven years after Pitt’s memorable run to the Elite Eight came up just short against Villanova, then-Panthers point guard Levance Fields got another chance to reach a different Final Four — this time with $2 million on the line. But just like that loss in the 2009 Regional Final, Fields and h...

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper
Levance Fields