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Highs and lows of Pitt’s time in the tournament

Ben Howland took over as Pitt’s Men’s Basketball head coach in 1999 and built the Panthers into a contending team on the national stage.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 18, 2019

With no Pitt basketball to look forward to, we can only look back — so let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on the highs and lows of Panther tournament yore.

Return to greatness: basketball alums compete in annual tournament

Former point guard Levance Fields handles the ball in Pitt's 78-76 loss to Villanova in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT)

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

July 4, 2017

More than seven years after Pitt’s memorable run to the Elite Eight came up just short against Villanova, then-Panthers point guard Levance Fields got another chance to reach a different Final Four — this time with $2 million on the line. But just like that loss in the 2009 Regional Final, Fields and h...

Feeling Pitted: Panthers find new way to blow sure thing

Pitt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson misses a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds against Virginia Tech. Donny Falk | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 15, 2017

For almost 28 minutes of game time Tuesday night, the Pitt men’s basketball team appeared on the verge of a much-needed third straight ACC win. Then, the Panthers’ 11-point lead against the Virginia Tech Hokies unraveled in a way some might have deemed impossible — but was all too familiar t...

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