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Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

By Hannah Schneider | Sports Editor

June 2, 2018


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

Jeff Capel landed another highly rated recruit when Au’Diese Toney verbally committed to Pitt today — joining Xavier Johnson, Curtis Aiken and Trey McGowens in Pitt’s class of 2018. Committed pic.twitter.com/U08k1gsDaF — A.M.T (@thefuturetoney) June 2, 2018 The Fayetteville, North Carolina nat...

Improving Referees’ Experiences: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference joins Men’s Basketball Officiating Alliance

Improving Referees’ Experiences: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference joins Men’s Basketball Officiating Alliance

By ALEX LEHMBECK | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

While most of the attention in the college basketball offseason is given to the stars sporting the flashy uniforms, there’s some important action happening off the court. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will join the Men’s Basketball Officiating Alliance in July, expanding the coalition to te...

Players with promise: Capel welcomes 3 top-100 athletes to Pitt

Players with promise: Capel welcomes 3 top-100 athletes to Pitt

By Tessa Sayers | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The first things Trey McGowens noticed were the bridges. He had never been to Pittsburgh before — but everyone in Pittsburgh already knew who he was. Just 28 days after Jeff Capel was named the head coach of Pitt’s men’s basketball team in late March, he was about to officially sign McGowens, Pitt...

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The best way to build a strong athletic program involves consistency and a direction. It’s very difficult for schools to form their own identity with constantly changing leadership as Pitt has experienced over the past decade with seven different head football coaches. But Pitt now officially has...

Column: College sports deserve diverse leadership

Column: College sports deserve diverse leadership

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Not only is Pitt’s new men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel a star recruiter and successful tournament coach, he brings something to Pitt that the program has never seen before. Diversity. Specifically, Capel — a black man — is the first-ever head coach of any minority status to oversee ...

Report: seven Pitt basketball players request release from program

Report: seven Pitt basketball players request release from program

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 16, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Seven players from the Pitt men’s basketball team have requested their release from the program, according to a report from ESPN. The Panthers have now received nine total requests for release from either current players or committed recruits since the firing of former men’s basketball coach Kevin Sta...

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...

No. 4 Cardinals clobber Panthers, 81-49

No. 4 Cardinals clobber Panthers, 81-49

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team dropped its sixth straight — and final — regular season game, 81-49, at No. 4 Louisville Sunday, finishing with a 2-14 ACC record heading into the postseason conference tournament. A day after the men’s basketball team suffered a 29-point loss to the best team ...

No. 1 Virginia vanquishes Pitt, 66-37, in last home game of the season

No. 1 Virginia vanquishes Pitt, 66-37, in last home game of the season

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

February 24, 2018


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

The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers secured their third ACC regular season title in the last five years Saturday afternoon. The Panthers also continued to set records, extending their losing streak to 17 in a loss against the best team in the nation. Despite low attendance this season, fans filled the lower leve...

Gallery: No. 1 Virginia hands Pitt 17th straight loss

Gallery: No. 1 Virginia hands Pitt 17th straight loss

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

February 24, 2018


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

While the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers secured their 3rd outright ACC regular-season title in the last five years on Saturday afternoon, the Panthers also continued to make history books — extending their losing record streak to 17 in a loss against the best team in the nation. Despite low attendance...

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 ...

Women’s basketball falls to No. 18 Duke, 58-46

Women’s basketball falls to No. 18 Duke, 58-46

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

With more than 2,000 fans in a sea of pink in support of a cure for breast cancer, the Pitt women’s basketball team fell 58-46 to No. 18 Duke in the 11th annual Pink the Peterson game. “It’s fun when you have all those people there. And today it was bigger because it wasn’t just for us, it was...

Blue Devils best Panthers, 81-54, for the second time in two weeks

Blue Devils best Panthers, 81-54, for the second time in two weeks

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball suffered a major loss to Duke for the second time in 10 days, this time losing 81-54 on the road and falling to 0-7 in the ACC. The Panthers (8-12 overall, 0-7 ACC) committed 15 turnovers and made just four of their 16 three-point attempts while allowing four Blue Devils (17-2...

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...

Navy sinks Pitt, 71-62, in season opener

Navy sinks Pitt, 71-62, in season opener

By Kevin Bertha / Staff Writer

November 10, 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 — ...

Luther leads young squad in senior season

Luther leads young squad in senior season

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


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

As Ryan Luther watched all but two members of the Pitt basketball team depart this off-season, his dedication to the Panthers never wavered. “I knew I wanted to be here,” the senior forward said. “I knew I made a commitment coming out of high school, and I didn’t really want to be somewhere els...

Pitt center Ilegomah may sit out this year because of NCAA rule

Pitt center Ilegomah may sit out this year because of NCAA rule

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt basketball center Peace Ilegomah may be forced to sit out this year because of an NCAA rule limiting the number of years student-athletes can spend in high school. According to Sam Ferry, an assistant coach on the team, the NCAA has a rule that states players miss a year of eligibility if they...

Pitt basketball lands Lafayette transfer Monty Boykins

Pitt basketball lands Lafayette transfer Monty Boykins

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The 2017-18 Pitt basketball roster is taking its final shape with head coach Kevin Stallings adding another player Monday in Lafayette transfer Monty Boykins. The 6-foot-5 guard played just one game this past year, missing nearly the entire season due to a shoulder injury he suffered against Villano...

Pitt center Rozelle Nix announces transfer

Pitt center Rozelle Nix announces transfer

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt basketball program suffered another defection Monday afternoon with the transfer of 6-foot-11 center Rozelle Nix. “I would like to take my time and say thank you to all of [the] University of Pittsburgh and basketball staff for helping me to get better everyday not only as a player but a...

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

The Pitt men’s basketball team has faced a grueling schedule this season, ranked eighth-toughest in the country by CBS Sports. So, after eight straight losses to quality conference opponents, Wednesday night’s game should provide a much-needed respite. If the last-place Panthers (12-11 overal...

Pitt almost shocks No. 12 UNC in 80-78 loss

Pitt almost shocks No. 12 UNC in 80-78 loss

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Expectations were low for the Pitt men's basketball team going into Tuesday night’s game on the road against the North Carolina Tar Heels. After losing six games in a row and falling to last place in the ACC, the Panthers (12-10 overall, 1-8 ACC) were 19-point underdogs against the No. 12-ranked Ta...

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

If you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Pitt men’s basketball team, think again. Last time the Panthers played at home, they suffered their worst loss in the 14-year history of the Petersen Events Center: a 72-46 pounding against Miami. They more than doubled that 26-point defeat in...

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

As a football fan, I tuned in to watch all four of this weekend’s NFL playoff games. Despite the NFL’s assurances of excitement that bombarded me, courtesy of their enormous advertising machine, I could not help but walk away from the latest slate of games dissatisfied. This weekend featured a game with the larges...

Hanging ’em up: A farewell to Pitt sports

Hanging ’em up: A farewell to Pitt sports

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

December 8, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

When I first arrived at Pitt in August of 2012, I knew a handful of truths about the school’s athletic programs. The football program was in perpetual turmoil. People didn’t seem to like this Todd Graham guy. A good running back in Ray Graham coming off an injury. A new, quiet head coach from ...

Local recruit Alayna Gribble feels right at home at the Pete

Local recruit Alayna Gribble feels right at home at the Pete

By Katie Cassidy / Staff Writer

August 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Welcome Back 2016, Women's Basketball

On Feb. 27, 2016, the undefeated Norwin High School Knights –– led by star junior Alayna Gribble –– trailed the North Allegheny Senior High School Tigers, 49-36, entering the fourth quarter of the WPIAL AAAA championship game at the Petersen Events Center. At 24-0, the reigning WPIAL champion Knights...

McConnell-Serio, Team USA bring home the gold from Chile

McConnell-Serio, Team USA bring home the gold from Chile

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

July 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

One week after Pitt volleyball head coach Dan Fisher led the United States to bronze medals at the Pan Am Cup, women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio upped the ante by guiding Team USA to gold. McConnell-Serio and the United States U18 Women’s National Team are coming home from Chile with gold ...

Pitt releases 2016-17 men’s basketball non-conference schedule

Pitt releases 2016-17 men’s basketball non-conference schedule

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 28, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team released its 2016-2017 non-conference schedule Tuesday in an announcement from head coach Kevin Stallings. In addition to the Panthers’ loaded ACC schedule, which includes 12 games against 2016 postseason qualifiers, Pitt’s non-conference schedul...

Stallings & Son: Two paths to Pittsburgh

Stallings & Son: Two paths to Pittsburgh

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Features

The Stallings family was sitting around one day in 2012, casually discussing plans for their eldest son Jacob’s upcoming wedding. Who would they invite? Who were the groomsmen? Then came the big one, a position that Jacob’s parents Kevin and Lisa had previously thought to be unassigned. “An...

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Columns

Although the gray Pittsburgh winter has passed, the fog surrounding the University of Pittsburgh’s sports teams remains. After several major changes in the University’s big-name sports, including record-setting receiver Tyler Boyd’s departure to the NFL and Kevin Stallings taking over as the new...

Stallings finalizes staff with hiring of assistant Kevin Sutton

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 13, 2016


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

New Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings finalized his coaching staff on Wednesday afternoon, as the school announced the hiring of Kevin Sutton as its third and final assistant coach. Sutton most recently served as an assistant at Georgetown University from 2013 until this past season. His pas...

After fast start, Pitt basketball looks for answers

After fast start, Pitt basketball looks for answers

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 15, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a 14-1 start to the season, the Pitt men’s basketball team seemed like a shoo-in selection for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. That record came against a soft schedule, but the Panthers looked good, playing top-level offense with not completely inept defensive work. Ten games later, and t...

Second half run propels Pitt basketball past Detroit

Second half run propels Pitt basketball past Detroit

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 20, 2015


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

For a brief moment in the second half, Pitt’s chances of beating Detroit seemed in doubt, with the visitors taking a one point lead. A 25-5 run, though, would wipe away any shred of uncertainty, as the Panthers defeated the Titans 95-79 Friday night at the Petersen Events Center. Detroit coach...

Fearsome foes: Pitt men’s basketball’s five toughest teams

Fearsome foes: Pitt men’s basketball’s five toughest teams

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After a difficult season one year ago, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s road to rebounding won’t get any easier. With the 2015-16 college basketball season imminent, the Panthers will return to the hardwood trying to improve upon a 19-15 overall finish last season. Pitt will feature several new f...

Pitt looks to build momentum Saturday against Georgia Tech

Pitt looks to build momentum Saturday against Georgia Tech

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 15, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Aron Phillips-Nwankwo might have known that his opportunity was coming on Wednesday night. His head coach had, after all, hinted at it earlier in the week.After a few big plays during Wednesday night’s 73-64 win over Florida State, the senior walk-on could have predicted the spark he would provide his Pitt...

Heartbreak a perpetual constant of late for Pitt basketball

Heartbreak a perpetual constant of late for Pitt basketball

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

January 12, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Academics, party life, location and tuition are just a few factors that teenagers consider when choosing a college or university. Although I took all of these into account, Panther basketball was also a major reason I chose Pitt. As a freshman, I couldn’t wait to rep blue and gold, heckle opposing tea...

Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

This is the second installment of a two- part story on Pitt basketball player Joe Uchebo. The first installment appeared in the Nov. 18 edition of The Pitt News.Trust would also be paramount in Pitt center Joe Uchebo making an optimal recovery. He’d have to trust his right knee, something he wasn’...

Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 15, 2014


Filed under Specials / Summerguide2014, Sports

After Ronald Ramon finished his first season as a pro basketball player, he knew where he wanted to spend his offseason. The former Panther men’s basketball player from the Bronx, N.Y., who graduated in 2008, came back to Pitt after finishing his first season with his team in Argentina and spent the ...

New-look PBC Pro-Am looks to improve, uphold tradition

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Features

They say the best things in life are free. Some are free because they’re products of nature, whereas others are free, well, because they’re NCAA-regulated.Pittsburgh Basketball Club’s summer Pro-Am  (Professional-Amateur) league is the latter, and for eight years, it has been one of college basketbal...

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