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Rozelle Nix (25) became the fifth player to transfer from the mens basketball team this offseason, announcing his decision Tuesday. Evan Meng | Staff Photographer

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor May 9, 2017

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...

Center Rozelle Nix became a fan favorite during the 2016-17 season despite playing sparingly. TPN File Photo

Pitt center Rozelle Nix announces transfer

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor May 8, 2017

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...

Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson is transferring from the Pitt mens basketball team. Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

Leading returning scorer Cameron Johnson leaving Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor April 1, 2017

After having three players transfer in the past three weeks, the Pitt men’s basketball team is now losing its leading returning scorer. Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson is pursuing his transfer...

Redshirt junior Rozelle Nix has seen increased playing time, and enthusiasm from the fans, this year. Jordan Mondell | Layout Editor

Rozelle Nix: Big man on campus

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer February 28, 2017

After years of rigorous work on various courts, Rozelle Nix finally saw his dedication pay off this season. Pitt trailed by five with seven minutes left in the game against the winningest coach of all-time,...

John Collins tries to block Ryan Luther during a game last February. John Hamilton | Visual Editor

How to sneak past the Deacs: Can Pitt beat Wake?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor February 21, 2017

Just when it seemed like the Pitt men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament chances were disappearing, the Panthers beat their second top-25 team of the season and kept some hope alive. Pitt’s 80-66...

Senior forward Sheldon Jeter (21) scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in Pitts 80-66 win Saturday over No. 17 Florida State. John Hamilton | Visual Editor

Jeter’s career-high 29 points power Panthers past No. 17 Florida State, 80-66

By Kevin Bertha | For The Pitt News February 20, 2017

There must be something special about those throwbacks. “The shorts were a little short, but besides that, it’s all good,” Pitt senior forward Sheldon Jeter said. Rocking their retro royal...

6-foot-11 center Rozelle Nix is much-beloved by the Oakland Zoo. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor February 7, 2017

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...

Alonzo Nelson-Ododa attempts a close range shot. 
Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer November 6, 2015

It might not have counted, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surged on Friday night. With the season opener against Gonzaga approaching next week, the Panthers took the court for their first and...

Alonzo-Nelson Ododa goes up for the shot.  Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor November 4, 2015

As leaves fall and the air chills, the attention of Pitt fans shifts from the resurgent Panther football team to the promising campaigns of the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams. Hitting the...

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

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...

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