The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

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

Pitt band members celebrate during Pitt men’s basketball’s game against Boston College on Tuesday night.

Preview | Pitt looks to continue tournament run against Iowa State

By Matthew Scabilloni, Staff Writer March 17, 2023
Pitt men’s basketball isn’t done yet. The Panthers defeated Mississippi State, earning themselves in the round of 64 and a chance to continue their tournament run. But in their way is Iowa State — a scrappy, defensive-minded team out of the Big-12.
Pittsburghs Blake Hinson (2) celebrates after Pittsburgh defeated Mississippi State in a First Four game in the NCAA mens college basketball tournament Tuesday, March 14, 2023, in Dayton, Ohio.

‘It’s a dogfight’: Pitt men’s basketball edges out Mississippi State 60-59 in NCAA tournament First Four

By Brian Sherry, Assistant Sports Editor March 15, 2023
After a seven-year hiatus, the Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the NCAA tournament in dramatic fashion. The Panthers narrowly defeated Mississippi State 60-59, earning their first tournament win since 2014.
A basketball at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt students embrace excitement, unpredictability of team’s first NCAA tournament in seven years

By Richie Smiechowski, Sports Editor March 14, 2023
Students in Oakland were buzzing about Pitt’s first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years. For all students from first years to seniors, there was plenty of excitement and support behind the team heading into the Panthers First Four game on Tuesday night.
Mississippi State forward Tolu Smith (1) loses the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Thursday, March 9, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn.

Mississippi State student newspaper breaks down the Bulldogs ahead of First Four match-up

By Brian Sherry, Assistant Sports Editor March 14, 2023
Who better to talk about an opponent than the opponent themselves? The Pitt News talks with Mississippi State’s student newspaper, The Reflector, ahead of first four matchup.
Pittsburgh forward Jorge Diaz Graham (31) shoots against Miami forward Norchad Omier (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 4, 2023, in Coral Gables, Fla.

Pitt men’s basketball earns No. 11 seed, draw Mississippi state in first four matchup

By Anthony Speciale, Staff Writer March 12, 2023
Pitt men’s basketball earned their first NCAA tournament berth since the 2015-16 season on Selection Sunday, drawing an 11-seed and first four matchup against Mississippi State.
Pitt scores during the men’s basketball game against West Virginia on Nov. 11, 2022.

Column | Pitt basketball is poised for tournament berth, but must avoid low-quadrant losses

By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer January 31, 2023
With just a few weeks left before March Madness begins, Senior Staff Writer Frankie Richetti argues that Pitt men’s basketball is in a great position to make the tournament, barring any more blemishes against Quadrant 3-4 teams.
Sports Podcast | March Madness

Sports Podcast | March Madness

By Brian Sherry, Jermaine Sykes, and Sinead McDevitt March 29, 2022
Brian Sherry and Jermaine Sykes discuss upcoming March Madness games and their predictions on who will win it all. This podcast was recorded on Friday.
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.
Former Pitt player Lamar Patterson (21) goes for a basket at a game in the Petersen Events Center in 2014.

Pitt fans, observers recall lackluster 2012 CBI Tournament run

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer March 16, 2022
The 2011 Pitt men’s basketball season began with promise and ended with disappointment. Those Panthers won the College Basketball Invitational, but it’s a feat that some fans would rather forget.
Ohio State sophomore guard Eugene Brown (3), right, vies for a rebound during a game against Michigan State on Thursday, March 3, in Columbus, Ohio.

Preview | Pittsburgh welcomes Sister Jean, Collin Gillespie and more for March Madness

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer March 15, 2022
While none of the Division I programs from the Pittsburgh area will be participating in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the City will still be majorly involved in the beloved madness of March.
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