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Big changes bring big hopes for men’s basketball team

Big changes bring big hopes for men’s basketball team

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Welcome Back 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

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns, Welcome Back 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.

Aiken basketball legacy to continue at Pitt

Aiken basketball legacy to continue at Pitt

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

May 4, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers men’s basketball team secured a legacy talent Thursday night when North Allegheny High School senior Curtis Aiken Jr. verbally committed to Pitt via Twitter. ✅ pic.twitter.com/o7KDwZkQec — Curtis Aiken Jr. (@caiken_14) May 4, 2018 Aiken will join the team next season as a preferred walk-on, meanin...

Pitt gains first top-100 basketball recruit since 2013

Pitt gains first top-100 basketball recruit since 2013

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s basketball team received its first verbal commitment of the 2018-2019 recruiting season today at noon when four-star recruit Trey McGowens announced his commitment to the Panthers via Twitter. McGowens, a senior 6-foot-3 guard at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., chose Pitt...

Capel rounds out assistant coaching staff with hiring of Milan Brown

Capel rounds out assistant coaching staff with hiring of Milan Brown

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

New men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel has officially rounded out his immediate coaching staff with the hiring of a third full-time assistant, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Capel hired College of Charleston assistant coach Milan Brown to join associate head coaches Tim O’Toole and Jason Capel, both of whom Pitt hired as assistant coaches last we...

Stevenson, Wilson-Frame plan to stay at Pitt

Stevenson, Wilson-Frame plan to stay at Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Two Pitt men’s basketball players who requested release from the program upon the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings are staying with program after Pitt hired Duke’s Jeff Capel Tuesday. According to a post on Instagram, first-year guard Shamiel Stevenson has no plans to leave the program, s...

Hurley takes coaching job at UConn, Pitt’s search continues

Hurley takes coaching job at UConn, Pitt’s search continues

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 22, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Update: Hurley took the coaching job at the University of Connecticut, the school confirmed Thursday.  Athletic Director Heather Lyke wants to make Dan Hurley one of the highest paid coaches in college basketball. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Pitt has offered the Rhode Island coach more th...

A year of firsts: Young team works to make change

A year of firsts: Young team works to make change

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features

Pitt first-year guard Marcus Carr is no stranger to rookie success. As a first-year at St. Michaels in his native Toronto, Carr once scored a season-high 49 points in one game — and was instrumental in leading his team to the quarterfinals of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association...

Slept on: 4 tournament teams you shouldn’t count out

Slept on: 4 tournament teams you shouldn’t count out

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Sleeper teams are the best part of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. Some will destroy your bracket, but if you bet big on the right school you may end up celebrating as much as the eventual champions. If there is one thing guaranteed about the tournament, it’s that nothing abou...

Uncertainty surrounds Stallings buyout

Uncertainty surrounds Stallings buyout

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton | TPN Staff

March 9, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Athletics announced Thursday that Kevin Stallings would no longer be Pitt’s men’s basketball coach, but details regarding his multi-million dollar buyout are still unclear. Stallings’ lawyers, Scott Tompsett and Jim Lieber of Tompsett Collegiate Sports Law, said Friday that Pitt offere...

Seminoles smother Panthers, 88-75

Seminoles smother Panthers, 88-75

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

February 18, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

For the fifth straight time this season, the Pitt men’s basketball set a school record — this time after an 88-75 road loss to Florida State on Sunday — extending the team’s record losing streak to 15. This time, the Panthers (8-20 overall, 0-15 ACC) kept it close — leading the Seminoles (19-8...

Column: Men’s basketball season one for the record books

Column: Men’s basketball season one for the record books

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

February 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Let’s party like it’s 1993. Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Meat Loaf top the Billboard Hot 100 nationwide. Michael Jordan is striking out in minor league baseball for the Birmingham Barons after his first three-peat and subsequent retirement from the NBA. Bill Clinton is named the 42nd pre...

Panthers fall to Tar Heels, 96-65, set losing streak record

Panthers fall to Tar Heels, 96-65, set losing streak record

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 3, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s basketball team struggled against No. 19 North Carolina Saturday night, but the Panthers didn’t leave Chapel Hill entirely empty-handed, taking home the record for longest losing streak in program history. Beating 10-game losing bouts during 1968-69 and 1992-93 seasons, the Panthers ...

The Orange beat Panthers to a pulp, 59-45

The Orange beat Panthers to a pulp, 59-45

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Coming off a five-game losing streak, Pitt was looking for redemption in a matchup against Syracuse on a snowy Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome. Instead, the streak extended to six, as the Panthers (8-11, 0-6 ACC) fell to the Orange (13-6, 4-2 ACC), 59-45. The Panthers are still winless in the ACC, l...

Weekend sports: Panthers flip out, fall short

Weekend sports: Panthers flip out, fall short

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

January 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While most of Oakland hunkered down because of the winter weather, three teams were in action on campus over the weekend. The track and field squad traveled to an equally snowy State College. The women’s basketball team earned its first ACC win, and the track and field team secured 22 top-five fi...

Panthers fall to Hokies, 81-67, in third-straight ACC loss

Panthers fall to Hokies, 81-67, in third-straight ACC loss

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 6, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Despite shooting an impressive 46 percent from three-point range, Pitt men’s basketball fell to Virginia Tech on the road, 81-67, marking the team’s third consecutive ACC loss. The Panthers (8-8 overall, 0-3 ACC) came into Saturday’s game as a team looking to prove that they could be compet...

Pitt narrowly beats Delaware State, 74-68

Pitt narrowly beats Delaware State, 74-68

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

December 19, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball survived a Delaware State comeback Tuesday attempt to avoid losing to a team without a Division I win this year. The Panthers (7-5) had doubled the Hornets (2-11) by halftime and led by as many as 27, but won by just six, with final score of 74-68 at the Peterson Events Cent...

Panthers top McNeese State by double-digits, 72-51

Panthers top McNeese State by double-digits, 72-51

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

December 16, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

After a sluggish start, the Panthers basketball team found their momentum late in the first half and pulled away from the McNeese State Cowboys, winning 72-51. With senior forward and de facto team leader Ryan Luther out for the game due to a right foot injury, the panthers looked to other top seas...

Carr leads Pitt to victory over High Point, 71-63

Carr leads Pitt to victory over High Point, 71-63

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Led by first-year point guard Marcus Carr’s perfect shooting performance, the Pitt men’s basketball team managed to avoid another home upset — escaping with a 71-63 win over High Point University Tuesday night. The Pitt Panthers (3-4 overall) did not score a field goal in the final four min...

Navy sinks Pitt, 71-62, in season opener

Navy sinks Pitt, 71-62, in season opener

By Kevin Bertha / Staff Writer

November 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

It took the Panthers more than 10 minutes into the second half to score a field goal, a disastrous drought that was too much to overcome as Pitt men’s basketball dropped its season opener to Navy. Pitt fell to the Navy Midshipmen 71-62 Friday night in the Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Maryland — ...

Pitt shoots for bigger basketball crowds

Pitt shoots for bigger basketball crowds

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Tanisha Brown is a longtime college basketball fan — she started watching with her dad growing up. When she began attending Pitt, the Panthers quickly earned a place in her heart and her presence at the Petersen Events Center. “I really got into it when I came to Pitt,” Brown said. “I began root...

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

It was a busy couple of weeks for Pitt athletics, as the spring teams’ seasons come to a close and the football team had players up for the NFL draft. Here’s a rundown of everything that you might have missed since the spring semester ended. Football The Pitt football program had five players selected...

Men’s basketball adds two recruits to 2017 class

Men’s basketball adds two recruits to 2017 class

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt basketball landed two commits this week as coach Kevin Stallings begins to fill in his roster for next season. St. John’s transfer Malik Ellison pledged to Pitt Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. 6-foot-4 guard Khameron Davis followed suit Wednesday, becoming the seventh member of...

Men’s basketball signs small forward Shamiel Stevenson

Men’s basketball signs small forward Shamiel Stevenson

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball added another player to its 2017 recruiting class after forward Shamiel Stevenson signed his Letter of Intent Sunday morning. Stevenson played at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona this past year, averaging 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He shot 43 percent from the field an...

Men’s basketball hires Sam Ferry as assistant coach

Men’s basketball hires Sam Ferry as assistant coach

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 26, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings finalized his coaching staff for the upcoming season with the addition of Sam Ferry as an assistant coach. Ferry will replace former Pitt assistant Jeremy Ballard, who left in March to become the associate head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University. Stallings and Ferry previously worked together at Vanderbilt, where Ferry was ...

Men’s basketball signs 6-foot-10 center Peace Ilegomah

Men’s basketball signs 6-foot-10 center Peace Ilegomah

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a plethora of defects to start the offseason, the Pitt men’s basketball program received a recruit on Monday with the signing of 6-foot-10 center Peace Ilegomah. Ilegomah played at Montverde Academy in Florida this past year and averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds per game. His team finishe...

Students fill out their brackets, with or without Pitt

Students fill out their brackets, with or without Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro and Bayard Miller | Contributing Editors

March 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

As the snow stopped falling Tuesday night, basketball fans on Pitt’s campus were just getting warmed up for the upcoming NCAA Tournament — despite Pitt’s now-deceased season. In the library at about 11 p.m., where students were cramming for next-day exams and working together on group project...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Visual

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GALLERY: Men’s Basketball vs. Florida State

February 20, 2017


Filed under Visual

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GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

By John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized, Visual

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Pitt men’s basketball clinches third place in 2K Classic against Marquette, 78-75

Pitt men’s basketball clinches third place in 2K Classic against Marquette, 78-75

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Panthers captured third place in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden after barely managing a 78-75 victory against Marquette on Friday afternoon. Pitt (3-1) gave up a dominating lead to Marquette (2-2) in the first half, but senior Michael Young came back to pull the Panthers ahead in the s...

Pitt men’s basketball slips up against SMU, 76-67

Pitt men’s basketball slips up against SMU, 76-67

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s lack of depth has proven to be a big problem so far this season — and it showed on Thursday night. The Panthers (2-1) fell to the Southern Methodist Mustangs (3-0), 76-67, in the semifinals of the 2016 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warriors Project, an annual ...

TPN Plays: NBA 2k vs. Pitt Men’s Basketball

TPN Plays: NBA 2k vs. Pitt Men’s Basketball

By Produced by Stephen Caruso

November 13, 2016


Filed under Video

Pitt men’s basketball manages double-OT victory against Eastern Michigan, 93-90

Pitt men’s basketball manages double-OT victory against Eastern Michigan, 93-90

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

November 11, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It wasn’t pretty, but in his first game, Kevin Stallings wasn’t looking for pretty. “This isn’t an art contest, it’s a math contest, baby,” Stallings said. “And we added up more than they did.” In a game that took two extra periods to decide, the Pitt men’s basketball team d...

From ‘doughboy’ to ‘sculpted’: Chris Jones’ evolution

From ‘doughboy’ to ‘sculpted’: Chris Jones’ evolution

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

At 6-foot-6, Pitt senior guard Chris Jones has dunked over taller defenders. He’s scored 20 points in games against the best college basketball teams in the country. And he’s locked down the stars, like Duke’s Grayson Allen. But this summer at a Pitt basketball practice, Jones achieved something th...

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

John Enright has been a Pitt fan through and through. He started watching Pitt football at the age of 10 in the 1970s. He cherished Pitt’s basketball teams, starting with the 1978-1979 team, and eventually went on to cover the squad for this very paper in 1989. Enright has been a season ticket hol...

Pitt basketball jumps in both polls following road win

Pitt basketball jumps in both polls following road win

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 11, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Following an impressive road win in South Bend, Indiana, the Pitt men’s basketball team saw its rankings jump Monday afternoon. The Panthers’ (14-1, 3-0 ACC) placing spot in the USA Today Sports coaches poll improved from No. 21 to No. 17, while their spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll went ...

Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs. Georgia Tech

Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs. Georgia Tech

By Nikki Moriello | Visual Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Visual

Late run pushes Pitt past Syracuse for first ACC win, 72-61

Late run pushes Pitt past Syracuse for first ACC win, 72-61

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 31, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men's basketball team will enter the new year with some momentum, with its first ACC win already in the books. The Panthers (11-1, 1-0 ACC) used a late surge to pull past Syracuse in the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night. Early on, Pitt struggled to find open looks and push the ball...

Pitt survives close call against Western Carolina 79-73

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 23, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

It was a closer game than expected, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surmounted the Western Carolina Catamounts Wednesday evening. The Panthers edged out Western Carolina by a score of 79-73 at the Petersen Events Center, boosted by a season-best 29 points by junior forward Jamel Artis. Pitt’s...

Foul line efficiency helps push Pitt past Morehead State, 72-62

Foul line efficiency helps push Pitt past Morehead State, 72-62

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 13, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s offensive formula has remained steady so far, with effective ball movement and smart shot selection spearheading the way, but on Sunday, converting from the foul line prevailed. Led by 29-36 shooting on free throws, Pitt (8-1) shook off a slow shooting start to topple Morehead State Univer...

Gallery: Pitt Men’s Basketball vs. Eastern Washington 12/11/15

Gallery:  Pitt Men’s Basketball vs. Eastern Washington 12/11/15

By Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

December 11, 2015


Filed under Visual

Pitt prepares for 3-point barrage in Eastern Washington

Pitt prepares for 3-point barrage in Eastern Washington

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 11, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team has earned its 6-1 record this season through its versatile and deep roster. But that depth can only prepare the Panthers so much for their upcoming game against Eastern Washington (5-3). The Eagles implement a three-point heavy offense from top to bottom, having made 87...

Wilson leads scorers as Pitt topples Central Arkansas, 100-47

Wilson leads scorers as Pitt topples Central Arkansas, 100-47

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

After watching his team lose by 53 points, Central Arkansas coach Russ Pennell was blunt about their performance. “We just ran into a buzzsaw today,” Pennell said. “Everything they did was good, and everything we did was bad.” With a wide talent gap over a now 1-7 Central Arkansas team, the Pit...

Pitt, Duquesne renew annual City Game matchup Friday

Pitt, Duquesne renew annual City Game matchup Friday

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

On the outside, the yearly Pitt-Duquesne basketball series — dubbed the City Game — seems to have all the qualities of a legitimate rivalry. They’ve played each other since 1932, the two programs are in close vicinity — just down the street from each other — and the matchups are often inte...

Men’s Basketball vs. Detroit 11/20/15

Men’s Basketball vs. Detroit 11/20/15

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

November 20, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, This Week In Photos, Visual

Pitt men’s basketball adds three in early signing period

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

With the early recruit signing period coming to a close, the Pitt men’s basketball team announced the three newest members of the Panther Hoops program. A University release announced that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon signed three out-of-state recruits —Justice Kithcart, Crisshawn Clark and Corey Manig...

Jamel’s journey: Junior forward steps into leadership role

Jamel’s journey: Junior forward steps into leadership role

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

High school projections say Jamel Artis’ basketball career wasn’t supposed to go this way — becoming the team’s offensive focal point by his sophomore year and earning NBA draft mentions. Artis showed flashes of promise as a freshman, and those flashes flared longer at the start of his secon...

Dixon, staff find hidden benefits in advanced analytics

Dixon, staff find hidden benefits in advanced analytics

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Trailing by one point with less than 15 seconds left against Notre Dame last season, James Robinson took the ball to his right, spun and hit the game-winning floater. The point guard’s basket may have began with his natural ability and strength, but head men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon’s love of a...

Trio of transfers prepare for final season at new school

Trio of transfers prepare for final season at new school

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Rafael Maia, Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and Sterling Smith aren’t going to set school career records for Pitt men’s basketball — but it’s not for lack of talent. Their Pitt careers will only last one year, as head coach Jamie Dixon brought in the three players as graduate transfers for this upcoming sea...

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 25, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Though he hasn’t appeared in an official contest yet for the Pitt men’s basketball team, Alonzo Nelson-Adoda can check one accomplishment off his season list: make a game-winning shot. With seconds left in Pitt’s Blue-Gold Scrimmage event on Sunday, Nelson-Adoda’s side trailed by one point as...

After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features, Uncategorized

With the NCAA questioning his academic eligibility following graduation, Pitt basketball commit Damon Wilson was angry. Before the NCAA eventually deemed him eligible for collegiate play in September, it challenged the freshman guard and his teammates’ high school course loads. “When we heard they w...

Wiz Khalifa to perform at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event Friday

Wiz Khalifa to perform at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event Friday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 8, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt basketball's Midnight Madness event will have Panther fans seeing black and yellow. The University announced Pittsburgh native and Grammy-nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa will perform at the event, dubbed #ZooAfterHours, Friday evening. Khalifa joins a guest list that also includes former Duke...

Jay Williams to host Pitt’s #ZooAfterHours

Jay Williams to host Pitt’s #ZooAfterHours

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 30, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt’s men’s and women’s basketball teams’ first official outing of the season, Midnight Madness, will host a surprising emcee. The University announced Tuesday that Jay Williams, ESPN college basketball analyst and former Duke University point guard, will preside over the Oct. 9, Midnight Madne...

Pitt announces addition of Milligan to 2015-2016 roster

Pitt announces addition of Milligan to 2015-2016 roster

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 1, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team picked up a last-minute addition to its 2016 class on Tuesday, as it officially announced the signing of former Kilgore College point guard Jonathan Milligan. Milligan, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard, averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last y...

Pitt men’s basketball aims to fix rebounding woes with added frontcourt depth

Pitt men’s basketball aims to fix rebounding woes with added frontcourt depth

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For junior center Michael Young, every basketball season comes down to three words: tournament or bust. Last season, the team’s season ended with a whimper, losing in embarrassing fashion to George Washington 60-54 in the first round of the NIT Tournament. The team had failed to reach the NCAA To...

Newkirk to transfer from Pitt following offseason knee injury

Newkirk to transfer from Pitt following offseason knee injury

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Following a May microfracture surgery on his left knee, junior point guard Josh Newkirk will transfer from Pitt, the school announced Sunday. According to head basketball coach Jamie Dixon, Newkirk is hoping to get in closer proximity to his home state of North Carolina. “Josh is looking to get...

Dixon talks changes, expectations for Pitt basketball roster

Dixon talks changes, expectations for Pitt basketball roster

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Change isn’t always good — but as is the case of the 2015 Pitt basketball team, change was necessary. Following a 19-15 record and a first-round NIT exit last season, head coach Jamie Dixon has seen the makeup of his Pitt basketball roster change drastically, losing Cameron Wright and Durand Johnson...

Trio of new bigs will be key for a Pitt basketball turnaround year

Trio of new bigs will be key for a Pitt basketball turnaround year

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 26, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

After a 2014-2015 season in which the Pitt men’s basketball team struggled to establish a strong presence in the paint, head coach Jamie Dixon is making a big gamble heading into the upcoming season.With former Richmond forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa announcing his transfer to Pitt this past weekend, t...

Brown University big man Maia transferring to Pitt

Brown University big man Maia transferring to Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 4, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt’s men’s basketball team received a much-needed addition to its frontcourt, as Brown University graduate transfer Rafael Maia committed to the program for the upcoming school year, Pitt announced on Monday.Head coach Jamie Dixon said the program is excited about bringing in Maia.“Over his th...

Durand Johnson to leave Pitt men’s basketball program

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 14, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt announced on Tuesday that redshirt junior Durand Johnson would not be a member of the men's basketball program moving forward.“We wish Durand only the best in his future pursuits and will try to assist him any way we can as he moves forward,” head coach Jamie Dixon said in a release.Johnson sat ...

Great expectations: TPN looks back on men’s basketball predictions

Great expectations: TPN looks back on men’s basketball predictions

By Chris Puzia and Dan Sostek / The Pitt News staff

March 25, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Although the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament begins Thursday, and the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) have just finished, Pitt’s men’s basketball team is absent from both tournaments.The Panthers, who lost their first NIT game to George Washington University on Ma...

Top-seeded Kentucky faces strongest region in NCAA Tournament

Top-seeded Kentucky faces strongest region in NCAA Tournament

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Usually, the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament is rewarded for its success in the regular season and given the easiest path to the final four. In this year’s case, however, the selection committee gave Kentucky the top seed after going undefeated, though it is tasked with the toughest region....

Petersen Events Center sees unusually sparse crowd for NIT game

Petersen Events Center sees unusually sparse crowd for NIT game

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

High above midcourt, in section 220 of the Petersen Events Center, a handful of people watched the Pitt men’s basketball team painfully slog through its National Invitational Tournament first round matchup against George Washington University. They were the only occupants in the arena’s entire darkened...

Pitt’s season ends with first-round NIT loss to George Washington

Pitt’s season ends with first-round NIT loss to George Washington

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 18, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The NIT run seemed to end as quickly as it began.The Pitt men’s basketball team’s run in the National Invitation Tournament was a short one, as the George Washington Colonials eliminated the Panthers 60-54 at the Petersen Events Center Tuesday evening, ending Pitt’s 2014-2015 campaign.The loss m...

Pitt’s disappointing end to season has team looking to future

Pitt’s disappointing end to season has team looking to future

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After trailing in a two-possession game versus the University of Miami on March 4 for several minutes, sophomore forward Sheldon Jeter knocked down a shot from behind the arc to pull Pitt within three with less than 30 seconds left. Head coach Jamie Dixon called a timeout, and the Panthers lined up in ...

This year’s March Madness features expected intrigue

This year’s March Madness features expected intrigue

By The Pitt News Staff

March 17, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

With a field of 68 teams, the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament always provides countless players and storylines to track. Here are some that The Pitt News Sports Desk are looking at heading into the Big Dance.Cinderella teamStephen F. Austin State University’s “sharing is caring” motto, and ...

Dixon’s extended tenure should not go unappreciated

Dixon’s extended tenure should not go unappreciated

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 17, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Jamie Dixon could have gotten out of dodge, if the slew of reports two springs ago gained any credence.The then-48-year-old Pitt men’s basketball head coach could have escaped the frigid winters of western Pennsylvania for the warm coastline of the University of Southern California, a short drive from his birthplace in Nort...

Pitt adds 2016 basketball commit

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 16, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

While Pitt fans may have been disappointed by Sunday’s NIT selection for the men’s basketball team, an recruitment announcement helped ease that pain one day later. Head coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers will welcome Corey Manigault, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound 2016 forward who announced his commitment ...

Pitt to face George Washington in National Invitation Tournament

Pitt to face George Washington in National Invitation Tournament

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 15, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the second time in Jamie Dixon’s 12 years as Pitt’s head men’s basketball coach, the Panthers will not compete in the NCAA Tournament.Pitt will, however, play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), beginning with a game on Tuesday at 7 p.m., according to the NIT Selection Show announcement...

March Sadness: Panthers fall to NC State in first ACC tournament game

March Sadness: Panthers fall to NC State in first ACC tournament game

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

March 11, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

GREENSBORO, NC- The Pitt men’s basketball team was outmatched Wednesday evening in the second round of the ACC tournament, as the North Carolina State Wolfpack devoured the Panthers in Greensboro by a final score of 81-70.NC State was led by sophomore guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, who tallied a ...

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

Litany of Pitt teams hope to return to winning ways this weekend

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

Several Pitt teams are looking toward this weekend as a chance to catch fire and end some recent disappointing runs.The men’s basketball team enters Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak, the baseball team had a losing record in each of its three weekend series so far and Pitt’s wrestling team ...

Senior moment: Young’s 22 not enough as Pitt loses second straight game

Senior moment: Young’s 22 not enough as Pitt loses second straight game

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 4, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In Pitt’s final home game of the year, the team honored three seniors before facing off against the Miami Hurricanes. It was a sophomore, however, who spearheaded Pitt’s offense, as Michael Young collected 22 points off of 9-13 shooting.Young’s effort couldn’t carry the team, as the Hurricanes...

Pitt hosts Miami as both teams fight for March Madness spot

Pitt hosts Miami as both teams fight for March Madness spot

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 3, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

As March Madness approaches, all eyes turn to Joe Lunardi.ESPN’s “bracketology” expert, who predicts which teams will make the NCAA Tournament weeks and months before Selection Sunday, updates his rankings after each night’s games.After Pitt (19-11, 8-8 ACC) lost to Wake Forest on Sunday night 69-...

Road loss wrinkles NCAA Tournament picture

Road loss wrinkles NCAA Tournament picture

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 1, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Most analysts said Pitt would have to finish its season 3-0 to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament. With a loss at Wake Forest on Sunday night, the Panthers will have to hope the analysts were wrong.A couple of sloppy turnovers in the final minute of the game by junior guard James Robinson and sop...

Five factors are key to Pitt’s finishing season strong

Five factors are key to Pitt’s finishing season strong

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 26, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

As Pitt (19-10, 8-7 ACC) enters the homestretch of the regular season, the team is hoping to avoid any blemishes on its resumé before traveling to Greensboro for the ACC tournament. With a manageable remaining three games – at Wake Forest (12-16, 4-11 ACC), against Miami (18-10, 8-7 ACC) at home ...

Young playing up to bigger competition

Young playing up to bigger competition

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 25, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

At 6-foot-9, Michael Young is a large human being by most standards.But on the basketball court, Pitt’s sophomore center seems tiny, constantly going up against behemoths one to four inches taller than him.This was the case on Tuesday evening against Boston College, when Young faced 7-foot Dennis ...

Strong RPI gives Pitt basketball reason for March optimism

Strong RPI gives Pitt basketball reason for March optimism

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 23, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Turn on ESPN in March, and one thing is sure: there will be more talk of “bubbles” than in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.“The bubble”refers to teams that are either just inside or just outside of the NCAA Tournament, and it drives some fans crazy hearing whether their team is or is not “on...

Jones’ production off bench sparks Pitt

Jones’ production off bench sparks Pitt

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 22, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Chris Jones apparently did not take his role off the bench lightly.Jones, the sophomore guard who started earlier in the year when senior guard Cameron Wright was still recovering from a foot injury, hit five of his six 3-point attempts and scored 19 total points. The effort helped the Pitt men’s ...

Pitt hopes to limit explosive Syracuse offense

Pitt hopes to limit explosive Syracuse offense

By Jasper Wilson / Assistant Sports Editor

February 20, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

When Pitt’s and Syracuse’s men’s basketball teams face off this weekend, it will be just two weeks after they last met.In that span, not much has changed for either team, besides the fact that Pitt’s Cameron Wright was injured in the opening minutes of the game that took place at the Petersen Ev...

Cheaters sometimes win: Oakland Zoo ups distraction tactics

Cheaters sometimes win: Oakland Zoo ups distraction tactics

By Jessica Boddy / For The Pitt News

February 17, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features

“Joel! Joel! Joel! Joel, how’s Shannon? Joel!”“Hey, Marcus! Retweet me after the game! OK? Marcus!”“Meeks, you suck! You look like the Pillsbury Doughboy!”Anyone who has ever been in the Oakland Zoo during a pregame warm up knows that strangely personal shouts to opposing players, like these exclamations heard at Sa...

Torrent of 3-pointers helps guide Pitt over No. 12 North Carolina

Torrent of 3-pointers helps guide Pitt over No. 12 North Carolina

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 15, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It was a surprise in and of itself that the Pitt men’s basketball team put forth its best offensive performance of the season against then-No. 12 University of North Carolina over the weekend. One particular key to the success in the 89-76 upset made the feat even more impressive. Coming into Saturda...

Panthers punish No. 12 Tar Heels in 89-76 upset victory

Panthers punish No. 12 Tar Heels in 89-76 upset victory

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Following a game in which the team’s offense went over 10 minutes without a field goal last Wednesday at Louisville, the Pitt men’s basketball team felt some pressure mounting to improve offensively.“Our toughness and manhood got questioned after that Louisville game,” sophomore forward Sheldon Jeter sa...

Late 22-2 run guides No. 9 Louisville over Pitt

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 12, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

A late offensive drought doomed Pitt men’s basketball at Louisville on Wednesday night.The Panthers (16-9, 5-6 ACC) hung with the No. 9 Cardinals early, leading as late as midway through the second half, but Louisville used an extended 22-2 run over an eight-minute span to seal the 69-56 win for the...

Uphill battle: Pitt faces gauntlet in upcoming schedule

Uphill battle: Pitt faces gauntlet in upcoming schedule

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

February 10, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Six days, three games against top-ranked opponents.That’s what awaits the Pitt men’s basketball team over the course of the next week. The Panthers get a rematch with No. 9 Louisville on the road before a home tilt with No. 12 North Carolina in the Petersen Events Center’s final marquee matchup o...

Artis named ACC Player of the Week after two-game outburst

Artis named ACC Player of the Week after two-game outburst

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 9, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the first time this season, a Pitt men’s basketball player has taken home an ACC weekly honor.Sophomore forward Jamel Artis was named ACC Player of the Week for his performances against Bryant and Syracuse.As it’s Pitt’s second year in the conference, Artis is only the second Panther recognized as ACC Playe...

RE21PECT: Jeter sparks Pitt off bench in win over Syracuse

RE21PECT: Jeter sparks Pitt off bench in win over Syracuse

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 8, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon described the sea of fresh, black Oakland Zoo T-shirts as “as good as we’ve ever had.” But the novel concept of a “blackout” crowd wasn’t what stuck out the most following Pitt’s 83-77 home victory over Syracuse this weekend.Instead, Sheldon ...

Jeter’s 18 points off the bench vaults Pitt to 83-77 victory over Syracuse

Jeter’s 18 points off the bench vaults Pitt to 83-77 victory over Syracuse

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 7, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

When Cameron Wright fell to the floor of Petersen Events Center after having his layup attempt blocked from behind, the tumble seemed innocuous. Then the redshirt senior took time to get up before limping back on defense.  Suddenly, on its first possession of Saturday evening’s game against Syracuse, it...

Former Panther basketball players continuing careers in various countries

Former Panther basketball players continuing careers in various countries

By Dan Sostek and Chris Puzia / The Pitt News Staff

February 6, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

When Travon Woodall finished his Pitt basketball career in 2013, he may not have known where his professional aspirations would take him.The answer, apparently, is Estonia.Woodall, who graduated from Pitt in 2013, has reportedly signed with Estonian team Rakvere Tarvas after playing in two games with B...

Memories of Ennis shot in the past for Artis, Pitt

Memories of Ennis shot in the past for Artis, Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Jamel Artis doesn’t seek it out. He saw the replay on SportsCenter once and then immediately turned his TV off. Cameron Wright doesn’t talk about it, even when asked.“I’m kinda mad you just brought it up,” Wright said. The last time Pitt’s and Syracuse’s men’s basketball teams met, a ...

Artis’ 32 points propels Pitt past Bryant

Artis’ 32 points propels Pitt past Bryant

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

February 3, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Behind 32 points from forward Jamel Artis, Pitt held on against underdog Bryant to pick up a 72-67 win.The game was a sly trap for the Panthers, a non-conference matchup smacked in between their win against top-10 Notre Dame this past weekend and their upcoming game versus ACC rival Syracuse on Saturda...

Pitt win keeps NCAA tourney hopes alive

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 1, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

A few eyebrows raised after Pitt’s men’s basketball team triumphed over No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday. Yet, a bold prediction from Fighting Irish’s head coach Mike Brey was the real surprise of the night.“They’re an NCAA tournament team,” Brey said of Pitt at his postgame press conference. “I...

Pitt stuns No. 8 Notre Dame with late basket by Robinson

Pitt stuns No. 8 Notre Dame with late basket by Robinson

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 31, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After playing arguably its worst game of the season against Virginia Tech last time out, the Pitt men’s basketball team responded with its best.Hosting No. 8 Notre Dame at Petersen Events Center on Saturday afternoon,  the Panthers used a balanced scoring attack to nullify the visitors’ potent offen...

The game before the game: Pitt’s basketball student managers compete in ACC games of their own

The game before the game: Pitt’s basketball student managers compete in ACC games of their own

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 27, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

As student managers from the Pitt men’s basketball team begin to warm up at Petersen Events Center, people stop what they’re doing and watch. Something looks off.  “Y’all play for the team, bruh?” someone cleaning the building asks.It approached 10 p.m. last Saturday, the night before the...

Pitt suffers setback in overtime loss at Virginia Tech

Pitt suffers setback in overtime loss at Virginia Tech

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 27, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

A late 17-7 run by Virginia Tech over the final two minutes of the game gave the Hokies their first conference win over the Pitt men's basketball team on Tuesday night.The Panthers (13-8, 3-5 ACC) surrendered game-tying and game-winning 3-pointers at the end of regulation and overtime, respectively, to t...

Panthers not overlooking Tuesday’s challenge of Virginia Tech

Panthers not overlooking Tuesday’s challenge of Virginia Tech

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 26, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino wasn’t afraid to say what was on the mind of countless Pitt fans following the Panthers’ 80-68 loss to the Cardinals Sunday at the Petersen Events Center.“This [Pitt] team is not as good as other Pitt teams,” the esteemed coach Rick Pitino said in his postgame press confer...

Rozier’s 26 points push Louisville past Young, Pitt

Rozier’s 26 points push Louisville past Young, Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 25, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

A sell-out crowd resembling a sea of gold didn’t translate to great fortune for the Pitt men’s basketball team against a highly ranked opponent.Facing No. 10 Louisville on Sunday afternoon during a “Gold Out” promotion at the Petersen Events Center, the Panthers contained and stayed with the visit...

Storify: Students camp out for Louisville game

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 24, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

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Pitt bedeviled by Duke in 79-65 road loss

Pitt bedeviled by Duke in 79-65 road loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 20, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

DURHAM, N.C. — Early on, the chant seemed prophetic, a curt premonition of what was to come. “We’re gonna beat the hell out of you.” Delivering the pregame message, en masse, were the Cameron Crazies, the famed student section of the Duke men’s basketball team. While it is, no doubt, a g...

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