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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

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.
Senior guard Nike Sibande dribbles the ball down the court during the Pitt vs. Gannon men’s basketball exhibition game on Nov. 1, 2021.

Column | Capel, Pitt need to win at UNC to instill belief in hints of progress

By Frankie Richetti, Senior Staff Writer February 16, 2022
When Pitt men’s basketball heads to Chapel Hill for a Wednesday date with UNC, senior staff writer Frankie Richetti argues it will have a chance to inspire belief that this season’s incremental progress is a step toward something bigger.
The skyline of Charlotte, North Carolina in fall 2007.

Traveling to the ACC Championship Game? Visit the Queen city’s cultural gems

By Mera D'Aquila, Staff Writer December 3, 2021
The indisputable highlight of a visit this weekend to Charlotte, North Carolina will be watching our very own Panthers win an ACC title. But while you’re there, try to venture off the beaten path that leads from your hotel room to the stadium.
Pitt tight end redshirt senior Lucas Krull (7) runs with the ball during Thursday evening’s game against UNC at Heinz Field.

Column | Panther defense weathers the storm, survives against UNC, 30-23

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer November 15, 2021
Despite uncharacteristic struggles by Pitt’s offense, the defense stepped up when needed most, leading the Panthers to a 30-23 win and setting up an opportunity to clinch the Coastal Division next weekend.
The Panthers swept both games they played this weekend in North Carolina, knocking off the UNC Tar Heels in Chapel Hill and the NC State Wolfpack in Raleigh to continue their undefeated start to the season.

Pitt volleyball begins ACC with wins against UNC and NC State

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer September 27, 2021
No. 4 Pitt volleyball continued their dominant start to the 2021 season by beating North Carolina and North Carolina State this weekend. The Panthers struggled at times, but still returned home with a pair of 3-1 wins under their belts.
No. 17 Pitt baseball (20-11, 14-10 ACC) took two of three games over the weekend against the North Carolina Tar Heels (19-15, 13-12).

No. 19 Pitt tops Tar Heels in double-header, wins weekend series

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer April 19, 2021
No. 19 Pitt baseball took two of three games over the weekend against the North Carolina Tar Heels in a series that saw a little bit of everything. From a rain-induced postponement, to a pitchers duel on Saturday and a slugfest on Sunday, there was no shortage of action in the pivotal ACC matchup.
Pitt returned to form at the Fitzgerald Field House on Sunday, increasing its win streak to 10 with a 3-0 blowout against UNC.

Panthers overwhelm UNC 3-0 in final home match, extend win streak to 10

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 29, 2021
“We still feel like we did have a home-court advantage.” Despite limited attendance, Pitt returned to form at the Fitzgerald Field House on Sunday, sweeping UNC for its 10th straight victory.
Pitt women’s basketball lost 81-72 against North Carolina at home this afternoon.

Death by fouls and free throws: Women’s basketball drops close contest

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer February 15, 2021
Pitt women’s basketball (4-9, 2-8 ACC) continued its recent cold-streak futility with its fifth loss in a row, this time against North Carolina (10-8, 5-8 ACC) with a score of 81-72. This comes on the heels of a matchup where Pitt surrendered a late lead to Wake Forest and lost in overtime.
Sophomore forward Justin Champagnie scored 23 of Pitt’s 65 points against UNC Tuesday night. Pitt lost 75-65.

Pitt outmuscled by UNC, drops second straight game, 75-65

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor January 27, 2021
On Tuesday night, just one week removed from the Duke win, the mood had completely flipped. Pitt (8-4 overall, 4-3 ACC) was maddeningly sloppy against North Carolina (11-5 overall, 6-3 ACC) and lost 75-65 in deflating fashion at the Pete.
The Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the Petersen Events Center Wednesday for their first official practice of the 2020 season.

Pitt men’s and women’s basketball postpone games for COVID protocols

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor December 31, 2020
Both the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball programs postponed games due to COVID-19 protocols on Thursday.
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