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Dixon: Pitt must focus on rebounding against Florida State

Dixon: Pitt must focus on rebounding against Florida State

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 13, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a 71-62 loss to Clemson on Saturday afternoon, the Pitt men’s basketball team had one of its worst rebounding performances under head coach Jamie Dixon. Now, Dixon and his team will try to rebound and redeem themselves on Wednesday evening in a home contest against Florida State.The 2014-2015 Se...

Rebounding an ongoing shortcoming for Panthers

Rebounding an ongoing shortcoming for Panthers

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 11, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After an underwhelming start to the 2014-2015 season and a disappointing 1-2 record to begin ACC play, the Pitt men’s basketball team has a big problem — literally.Under head coach Jamie Dixon, the Panthers program has been noted for the team’s physical play, and it almost always had a large, ...

Poor rebounding, inconsistent offense Pitt’s detriment in 71-62 loss to Clemson

Poor rebounding, inconsistent offense Pitt’s detriment in 71-62 loss to Clemson

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 10, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The cold front that has gripped Pittsburgh for the last week extended inside the Petersen Events Center when the Pitt men’s basketball team returned there for its first conference home game of the season.Unable to overcome numerous, lengthy scoreless stretches throughout the game on Saturday after...

Panthers ready for sputtering Clemson offense

Panthers ready for sputtering Clemson offense

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 9, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Clemson men’s basketball team isn’t very good at offense.The proof is in the statistics — the Tigers (8-6, 0-2 ACC) rank last in the ACC in scoring, second-to-last in scoring margin, last in field goal percentage with .425 — but Clemson head coach Brad Brownell also hestitantly admitted the...

Making adjustments: A look back on Pitt’s season so far

Making adjustments: A look back on Pitt’s season so far

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

January 7, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Just before the start of the college basketball season, I looked at the Panthers’ schedule, took the optimistic approach to a few games and decided that 25-7 would be an achievable mark. Fifteen games, a loss to Hawaii and a homecourt nail-biter against Oakland University later, I would like to am...

Furious comeback earns Pitt overtime win at Boston College

Furious comeback earns Pitt overtime win at Boston College

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 7, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team played Hyde to the football team’s Jekyll Tuesday night as it rallied back to defeat Boston College in overtime.Pitt came back from a late nine-point deficit to send the game into extra time. With time dwindling, a blocked shot secured a 61-60 Panthers win to even its ...

Pitt looks to rebound against BC in second straight road game

Pitt looks to rebound against BC in second straight road game

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

As the Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball team readies for its second consecutive ACC road game to begin conference play, starting forward Jamel Artis knows that the team needs to play with an increased sense of urgency.“When you play on the road, you’ve got to play with more energy,” Artis ...

Shortened rotation contributes to Pitt’s first ACC loss

Shortened rotation contributes to Pitt’s first ACC loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Sports

All season, the rotation for the Pitt men’s basketball team has featured fewer contributions than expected.Multiple factors contributed to the line-up shrinkage. First came Cameron Wright’s broken foot in September on the eve of the start of practice, which sidelined him until December. Durand Joh...

What you may have missed: Winter break rundown

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Students are just returning from break, about to begin the spring semester, but Pitt varsity sports have continued to compete during the intermission. Men’s and women’s basketball played a handful of home games each, preparing for the upcoming ACC schedule. The football team played its last game of ...

Stagnant offense contributes to loss in first ACC game

Stagnant offense contributes to loss in first ACC game

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 3, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

RALEIGH, NC — A complete lack of offense doomed the Pitt men’s basketball team to its worst-ever ACC defeat in terms of margin as it began conference play.“When you play on the road, you gotta play with more energy, you gotta play with more intensity, you gotta execute that much better than you ...

Late push leads Panthers to comeback win over Oakland

Late push leads Panthers to comeback win over Oakland

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After seven ties and 23 lead changes, the Pittsburgh Panthers’ men’s basketball team was able to escape the Petersen Events Center with an 81-77 overtime victory over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon.Taking on an Oakland team that going into the contest had allowed an average of...

Artis, Wright lead Pitt to a 65-56 victory over Manhattan

Artis, Wright lead Pitt to a 65-56 victory over Manhattan

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 18, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a game that the team controlled from opening tip, the Pitt Panthers’ men’s basketball team defeated the Manhattan Jaspers by a score of 65-56 at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday evening.        The Panthers’ defense thrived early on in the game, as the team forced 10 turnovers within the fir...

Defense key as Panthers survive in 58-54 victory over Bonnies

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 13, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a hard-fought contest in which neither team could pull away, the Pitt Panthers’ men’s basketball team was able to eke out a victory against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, securing a 58-54 win on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore forward Jamel Artis kicked off the scoring for the Pitt by nailing a contested three-pointer for...

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 8, 2014


Filed under Specials / Fallfinals2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With most students going home for the winter holidays, some Pitt students may forget about the sports that still compete over break. With that said, here are what different Pitt sports will be up to over the winter break.Men’s basketballThe Pitt men’s basketball team (5-3, 0-0 ACC) will be active ov...

For all the Primanti’s: Pitt and Duquesne face off in City Game

For all the Primanti’s: Pitt and Duquesne face off in City Game

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 4, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt students and players might not be overlooking Friday’s annual game as much as they might have in years past.The Pitt men’s basketball team (4-3, 0-0 ACC) takes the court at Consol Energy Center against Duquesne (3-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) in this year’s edition of The City Game, an annual cross-city ...

Panthers’ offense falls flat in road loss to Hoosiers

Panthers’ offense falls flat in road loss to Hoosiers

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

December 3, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In its first true road game of the season, the Pitt men’s basketball team got off to a good start, scoring the game’s first points before then going up 4-2. Pitt wouldn’t lead again.Playing Indiana University as part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge Tuesday night, the Panthers...

Robinson, Panthers continue road trip at Hoosiers

Robinson, Panthers continue road trip at Hoosiers

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 1, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a weeklong break to recover from its tournament in Hawaii, the Pitt men’s basketball team faces its second consecutive Power 5 conference team in Indiana Tuesday night.The Panthers (4-2, 0-0 ACC) will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten) as part of the ACC...

Panthers beat Chaminade to advance in Maui

Panthers beat Chaminade to advance in Maui

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 25, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It came down to one of Jamie Dixon’s coaching pillars: rebounding.After a rocky start on its trip to Maui, the Pitt men’s basketball team recovered to beat Chaminade 82-68in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Monday night as it outrebounded the Silverswords rebounds.Playing in it...

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

Just desserts: Pitt teams continue to compete over break

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 25, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

While most students return to their respective homes for Thanksgiving break, the athletes on varsity sports still continue their business as usual. The break for Pitt sports will be highlighted by the football team’s game at Miami on Saturday, in which the team plays a big game with postseason ramificatio...

Pitt begins Maui Invitational with Chaminade

Pitt begins Maui Invitational with Chaminade

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 23, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team prepares to kick off the tournament portion of the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational beginning on Monday. This is a breakdown of the rest of the field.Chaminade: Serving as the host school for the invitational, the Division II Chaminade Silverswords are Pitt’s first-round ...

Pitt stumbles in tune-up before Maui Invitational

Pitt stumbles in tune-up before Maui Invitational

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt fans woke up Saturday morning to see the men's basketball team lost its first game this year in Hawaii.In a tune-up game before the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Monday, Pitt lost to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 74-70 in a game played at midnight EST.Chris Jones led Pitt (2-1) in scoring with 19 po...

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Joseph Uchebo, a 6-foot-10-inch junior center for the Pitt men’s basketball team, has been rehabilitating for more than a year since having microfracture surgery at Chipola Junior College. He hasn’t made a full recovery, handicapping himself at 60-70 percent currently. Doctors have told him that he...

It’s a trap (game)! Pitt ekes out close win over Samford

It’s a trap (game)! Pitt ekes out close win over Samford

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 16, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a contest much closer than expected, the Pitt men’s basketball team defeated the Samford Bulldogs by a final score of 63-56 in the first leg of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.Pitt struggled in the first half, adjusting to Samford’s tenacious, in-your-face defense and full-court press, and tra...

Panthers handle Niagara for first win of season

Panthers handle Niagara for first win of season

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In a game that the team dominated from the very start, the Pitt Panthers' men's basketball team easily defeated the Niagara Purple Eagles, winning by a final score of 78-45.Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon went with a starting lineup of James Robinson, Chris Jones, Jamel Artis, Mike Young and Joseph Uchebo...

Men’s basketball to open 2015-2016 season in Japan

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt Panthers’ men’s basketball team will open its 2015-2016 season in Japan, according to a press release sent out Friday morning.The team will square off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Okinawa, Japan on Friday, November 13th of 2015, participating in the fourth annual Armed Forces Classic. T...

Pitt tips off hoops season against Niagara

Pitt tips off hoops season against Niagara

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After almost seven months removed from its third-round loss to Florida in the 2014 March Madness tournament, Pitt basketball is preparing to play another meaningful game.That game comes in the team’s season opener against Niagara this Friday at 7 p.m.Sophomore forward Michael Young said Pitt played...

Upcoming basketball season looks promising for Panthers

Upcoming basketball season looks promising for Panthers

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As I prepare myself for college basketball to start on Friday, a number of questions run through my mind. Most of them involve Arizona and whether or not they can find a way to blow the Pac-12 title, which they’ve basically already been handed. But, above all, I’ve been trying to figure out where Pit...

Panthers pull away from Philadelphia in final exhibition

Panthers pull away from Philadelphia in final exhibition

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 8, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the second straight game, albeit one that doesn’t count, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s subpar defensive performance allowed a lesser team to stay competitive with it longer than expected.A week after Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Pitt were tied late in the first half,  D-II Philadelphia...

TPN predicts Pitt men’s basketball

TPN predicts Pitt men’s basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

November 5, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Here are some of our staff's predictions for the upcoming Pitt men's basketball season:Dan Sostek, Assistant Sports EditorThe Panthers face one of their tougher non-conference schedules in recent memory, traveling to Bloomington to take on Indiana, while a potential matchup with either BYU or San Diego S...

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

This story is a continuation of a story published on Monday. Read part one here.After he tore his ACL on Jan. 11, Durand Johnson’s spirits were low. But encouraging words from his family and friends helped him recuperate.“I had so much positive feedback and so many positive people around me that kept me with a ...

Brother and sister share relationship with Pitt basketball

Brother and sister share relationship with Pitt basketball

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports, Sports Features

Talk to siblings Jason and Lindsay Richards, and they’ll describe their relationship over the years as close. For the last year and a half, that adjective has described the proximity of their workplaces, too. Sitting inside the Petersen Events Center recently, Lindsay put the distance in perspect...

Taking charge: Mike Young taking leadership role for Pitt

Taking charge: Mike Young taking leadership role for Pitt

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports

During the summer of 2013, the Pitt men’s basketball team faced a glaring hole at the center position after losing three key players. Steven Adams went to the NBA, reserve center Dante Taylor graduated and third-stringer Malcolm Gilbert transferred to Fairfield.But head coach Jamie Dixon didn’t fre...

Road to recovery: Durand Johnson returns to court after major injury

Road to recovery: Durand Johnson returns to court after major injury

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports

As the younger brother of a highly successful athlete, Durand Johnson always felt pressure to keep up with his sibling. After seeing his brother, Derrell Johnson, sign with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent from Eastern Carolina University, Durand became especially motivated.“That just ad...

Dixon experiments with lineup in exhibition win

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

College basketball exhibition games are generally played before sub-1,000 crowds, and they don’t entail much excitement. One attraction to exhibition games, however, is that teams will reveal some type of their starting lineup.In Pitt’s 72-58 win over IUP Friday at the Petersen Events Center, coa...

Dixon lands 2015 center commit

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 27, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Rozelle Nix, a 7-foot-tall center from Pensacola State College (Fla.), committed to play for the Pitt basketball team on Sunday.Nix committed two days after visiting the school on Oct. 24 during the team’s Spike and Slam Madness, Pitt’s basketball season kick-off on Friday night. He was also conside...

Randall sprains ankle during scrimmage

Randall sprains ankle during scrimmage

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt senior center Derrick Randall sprained his left ankle during the first half of Pitt’s Blue-Gold Scrimmage Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.While running down the court during a change in possession, Randall collided with point guard James Robinson and fell to the ground, where he...

Welcome Back: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

Welcome Back: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports

Durand Johnson penetrated the right side of the lane, heaved a running jumper, got fouled and landed awkwardly on his right leg. He cringed for a minute, clutching his knee on the floor, then stood up and sank two free throws.Pitt fans inside the Petersen Events Center sighed in relief. Johnson was the...

Pitt men’s basketball recruits eager to contribute

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Columns

In the last few years, Jamie Dixon has had to bring in larger recruitment classes than he anticipated, and likely wanted to. This has been mostly due to transfers. For his 2014 recruitment class, Dixon has voluntarily brought in a large class, signing five players to letters of intent.The first of those...

Men’s Basketball: Steven Adams receives NBA rookie honor

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 22, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Former Pitt men’s basketball player Steven Adams has been named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced.Adams, who played at Pitt as a freshman during the 2012-2013 season before declaring for the NBA Draft, received a place on the five-person list on Thursday,  after garnering nine F...

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson to attend NBA Combine

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson to attend NBA Combine

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 13, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Lamar Patterson will be among the 60 professional prospects attending the NBA Draft Combine, the league announced on Monday.The event begins Wednesday in Chicago with interviews involving team personnel, while drills and other physical activities will happen Thursday and Friday.One of two Pitt players ...

Men’s Basketball: Former Panther Khem Birch declares for NBA Draft

Men’s Basketball: Former Panther Khem Birch declares for NBA Draft

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

April 24, 2014


Filed under Archives

Former Pitt men’s basketball player Khem Birch announced Thursday on Twitter that he will forego his senior season at University of Nevada-Las Vegas to enter the NBA Draft.Birch, a McDonald’s All-American and a five-star recruit in the 2011 Rivals.com high school class, transferred with abruptness ...

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