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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

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.
North Carolinas Justin McKoy goes up during practice for the NCAA mens college basketball tournament in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 24.

National championship game features iconic programs vying to renewed history

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer April 3, 2022
The two teams playing for the national title are a couple of familiar faces — Kansas and North Carolina. While the two blue bloods have been on the national stage before, their paths to New Orleans this season have been vastly different.
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.
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.
Duke University sophomore center Mark Williams (15) and his teammates walk off the court after losing to Virginia Tech at the Atlantic Coast Conference mens tournament on Saturday in New York.

Column | Previewing the ACC’s NCAA Tournament teams

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer March 15, 2022
Five ACC teams are in the men’s NCAA Tournament field, a surprisingly low total for the conference with the most wins in the history of the tournament. Senior staff writer Zack Gibney looks at the burning questions facing each team entering March Madness.
Duke sophomore center Mark Williams (15) struggles for the ball with Wake Forest graduate student forward Dallas Walton (13) during a game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Durham, North Carolina.

Staff Picks | Men’s basketball national championship

By The Pitt News Staff March 15, 2022
With the men’s NCAA basketball tournament set to begin in earnest on Thursday, The Pitt News sports staff predicts who will cut down the nets in New Orleans on April 4.
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.
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