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Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

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

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 have missed since the spring semester ended. Football The Pitt football program had five players selected...

Pitt center Rozelle Nix announces transfer

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

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 of Pittsburgh and basketball staff for helping me to get better everyday not only as a player but a...

Leading returning scorer Cameron Johnson leaving Pitt

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

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 from the university. Johnson’s father Gil confirmed the news to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette early Sat...

Rozelle Nix: Big man on campus

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

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, Mike Krzyzewski, and the No. 21 Duke Blue Devils. Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson missed a ...

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

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

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 22, 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 win over the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles Saturday was arguably the team’s most impressive all...

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

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

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 blue jerseys, the Panthers (15-12 overall, 4-10 ACC) knocked off the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles (21-...

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

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

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 8, 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 night’s game should provide a much-needed respite. If the last-place Panthers (12-11 overal...

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

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

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 only exhibition game, defeating the Gannon Golden Knights 80-50 at the Petersen Events Center. Though...

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

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

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 5, 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 court Nov. 13, for their season openers, the men’s team is prepping its suitcases for a trip to Japan,...

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 former Richmond forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa announcing his transfer to Pitt this past weekend, t...

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