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The Oakland Zoo celebrates the first basket of the Pitt men’s basketball game versus West Virginia in November with the traditional tossing of newspaper shreds.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

July 20, 2020

New students, welcome to the Panther family. As students of an Atlantic Coast Conference school and residents of the city of Pittsburgh, you will quickly find that sports are an integral part of life on Pitt’s campus

March 26, 2009: Levance Fields cements Pitt legacy

Senior guard LeVance Fields scored five points in the last minute to lift Pitt over Xavier in the 2009 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Exactly 11 years ago today, senior Pitt guard Levance Fields ensured that Pitt would not suffer another Sweet 16 disappointment.

Toney, Coulibaly display growth despite Duke loss

Sophomore guard Au’Diese Toney looks for his next move between Boston College’s defense.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

While Pitt had its downfalls in Tuesday's Duke loss, a double-digit margin of defeat does not adequately tell the whole story.

Conference Power Rankings: ACC is Duke’s domain

Coach Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils currently lead the midseason ACC basketball rankings.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

January 7, 2020

As the halfway mark of the college basketball season approaches, ushering in the marathon of conference play across the nation, one thing is clear –– parity is this year’s defining trait.

Panthers stifled at No. 1 Louisville, 64-46

Xavier Johnson (1), pictured here against Robert Morris, led Pitt with eight assists against Canisius.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

December 7, 2019

Though the Panthers came in with confidence and a five-game win streak, they left as just another victim to the Cardinals’ buzzsaw, scoring a season-low points total in the 64-46 loss. 

Column: Pitt’s best player is … Justin Champagnie?

First-year forward Justin Champagnie (11) leads the Panthers in points and rebounds per game.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

Justin Champagnie has done more than just contribute as a newcomer — he has perhaps become the Panthers’ best player.

Agree to disagree: Gauging the take meter after Pitt-FSU

Junior guard Ryan Murphy (24) scored 13 points on Florida State during the Panthers' 63-61 over the Seminoles.

By Sean Tierney and Kyle Saxon, Staff Writers

November 8, 2019

Two TPN staff writers break down which of the emerging takes from Pitt's first game are valid and which are simply bogus.

Takeaways from Pitt basketball’s SRU scrimmage

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) attacks the hoop during Pitt’s 98-47 victory over Slippery Rock.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

A 51-point exhibition win against a lesser opponent might seem above analysis, but Pitt men’s basketball showed some strengths — and weaknesses — that could carry over into the regular season.

ACC Basketball Preview: Duke poised to repeat as champs

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils are poised to win the 13th ACC title of his tenure.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

While the top four basketball teams in the ACC are abundantly clear, the rest of the conference is largely up for grabs.

McGowens, Panthers poised to take next step

Trey McGowens (2) was the highest-rated player from head coach Jeff Capel's first recruiting class

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

October 1, 2019

Pitt men’s basketball is still in the middle of a massive rebuild and that means their young stars will have to grow up quick. Sophomore guard Trey McGowens and his team are ready to take that next step.

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