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The Narduzzi Build

Pro Day for Pitt seniors. Plenty of snippets on Twitter regarding it. One of the themes that constantly emerges from the recent spate of articles on Pitt and new football coach Pat Narduzzi is that Pitt is not in for a rebuild or a complete remaking of itself with a new head coach. In the open workout that the media got to attend on Friday, Strength and Conditioning Coach Dave Andrews...
Via Pitt Blather
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch intense tug-of-war battle at Pittsburgh football practice

New Pittsburgh Panthers head football coach Pat Narduzzi posted video this morning showing a pair of freshman locked in a fierce tug-of-war battle at a spring practice. The competitors appear to be linebacker Reggie Green (gold shirt, left) against wide receiver Jordan Jones (navy shirt, right), who both weigh about 220 pounds. As is true of most football matchups, the low man wins...
Via Fox Sports
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Players, They will Come and They Will Go….

(Yes, Fleetwood Mac) No PITT fan likes it when a young man, who mutually agreed with PITT to enroll as a student athlete leaves the program. Whether it is on his own, he gets moved on by the staff or can’t handle the disciplinary requirements and are dismissed before they have a chance to complete their full four years toward a degree, it always seems a disappointment to all...
Via Pitt Blather
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh holds off Boston College 71-65

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis added 24 points and Michael Young had 22 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh overcame another terrific performance by Boston College's Olivier Hanlan in a 71-65 win on Tuesday night. Cameron Wright added 10 for the Panthers (19-10, 8-7 ACC), who have won six of eight to keep their hopes of a third straight NCAA tournament appearance alive. Pitt led...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

That Was Oddly Dominating

If I told you Jamel Artis would be held to 11 points on 3-6 shooting. That Pitt would only go 7-13 from the free throw line. That Derrick Randall played 18 minutes, while Josh Newkirk only played 6 and was 0-2 shooting. That the Tar Heels would shoot a single basket under 50% (29-59). That UNC would hold the edge in rebounding for the game and turned the ball over less than Pitt...
Via Pitt Blather
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh dominates No. 12 North Carolina in wire-to-wire win

PITTSBURGH -- Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 22 points and hot-shooting Pittsburgh dominated No. 12 North Carolina 89-76 on Saturday. Cameron Wright added 15 points for the Panthers (17-9, 6-6 ACC), who shot 65 percent from the field (37 of 67) and never trailed while winning for the fourth time in five games. Two of those victories have come at home against ranked opponents...
Via AP on Fox
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Fun With Numbers: Close Losses

Offseason football stuff means digging around the numbers. Earlier in the week, ESPN.com writer David Hale started tweeting out some stuff about close losses. Surprise, Pitt was one of the hardest luck teams when it came to that. The number is already engrained in the minds of every player at Pitt: 20. That’s how many points separated the Panthers, who finished 6-7, from being...
Via Pitt Blather
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Open Thread: Pitt-Louisville, if you can find it

It blows my mind that a conference game that involves a top-10 team gets this kind of regional distribution (not simply Pittsburgh, but all over the country). 8pm on a Wednesday, and this is it? The game is also on ESPN3.com (subject to blackout) and on the ESPN FullCourt package. This is the kind of coverage that makes it imperative that the ACC gets its own channel in the next...
Via Pitt Blather
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking at the Panthers Through Different Eyes

I’m not going to put much up this evening but want to direct your attention to some excellent pieces that Chris Dokish is posting up his on Blog Panther’s Prey. He’s now looking at and writing about the Panther’s offensive positions going into the fall camp, not spring practices, because he includes some recruits in the 2015 class.  At the end of each piece he rates the...
Via Pitt Blather
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

T.J. Clemmings Breakdown

T.J. Clemmings, RT, Pittsburgh Height: 6’5″ (From Senior Bowl, Rounded) Weight: 307 lbs (From Senior Bowl) Year: rSr Trait Notes:Footwork – B-Hand Useage – C+Awareness – C+Strength and Leverage – B-Run Blocking – B-Pass Blocking – CConsistency – C+Overall Current Grade – C+Overall Ceiling Grade – B+ Footwork and movement skills: To understand how and why...
Via The Bay Cave
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt rallies for 83-77 win over Syracuse

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis scored 20 points including the clinching 3-pointer with a minute to play and Pittsburgh rallied past Syracuse 83-77 on Saturday. Sheldon Jeter added a season-high 18 points for Pitt (16-8, 5-5 ACC) while filling in after senior guard Cam Wright left in the first half with a left ankle injury as the Panthers won their third straight while ending a three...
Via AP on Fox
February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Narduzzi focuses on quality for inaugural class at Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pat Narduzzi had less than six weeks to cobble together his first recruiting class at Pittsburgh. And while the former Michigan State defensive coordinator and his staff raced across the eastern half of the country at breakneck pace through January, Narduzzi's most important job might have been keeping the Panthers' biggest verbal commitment in house after Paul Chryst...
Via AP on Fox
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Artis scores 32, Pittsburgh slips past Bryant 72-67

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis scored a career-high 32 and Pittsburgh clamped down late to escape with a 72-67 win over Bryant on Monday night. Artis made 11 of 17 field goals and knocked down the clinching free throws with two seconds left as the Panthers (15-8) avoided a major letdown in a rare February nonconference game. Chris Jones hit a baseline jumper with 1:12 to go to put...
Via AP on Fox
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Robinson hits late runner, helps Pitt knock off No. 8 Notre Dame

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh guard James Robinson hit a runner with 12 seconds remaining to give the Panthers the lead for good in a 76-72 upset of No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday. Robinson finished with 14 points and 10 assists for his first career double-double, including a twisting basket in traffic after Notre Dame's Jerian Grant gave the Irish a 72-71 lead on two free throws with...
Via AP on Fox
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Robinson hits late runner, Pitt tops No. 8 Notre Dame 76-72

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh guard James Robinson hit a runner with 12 seconds remaining to give the Panthers the lead for good in a 76-72 upset of No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday. Robinson finished with 14 points and 10 assists for his first career double-double, including a twisting basket in traffic after Notre Dame's Jerian Grant gave the Irish a 72-71 lead on two free throws with...
Via AP on Fox
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Smith's 3 lifts Virginia Tech over Pitt in OT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Adam Smith's 3-pointer with four seconds left lifted Virginia Tech to a 70-67 overtime victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Smith scored 26 points, hitting 9-of-17 from the field and tying a career high with six 3-pointers. Virginia Tech (9-11, 1-6 ACC) snapped a seven-game losing streak and a five-game losing streak to the Panthers. In overtime, the Panthers...
Via AP on Fox
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Panthers looking to toughen up for brutal stretch

PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Young isn't a numbers cruncher. The Pittsburgh sophomore center admits he didn't even understand what the Ratings Percentage Index was until given a crash-course in the formula recently. What Young does understand, however, is simple addition. The more victories, the less math required by the NCAA tournament selection committee when it considers Pitt in March...
Via AP on Fox
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Ga. Tech falls to Pitt late, slumps to 0-5 in ACC play

PITTSBURGH -- In a contest featuring 10 ties and seven lead changes with no clear momentum shifts, Pittsburgh began to edge away on a Jamel Artis three-point play with 6:23 remaining. After Georgia Tech's Robert Sampson and Marcus Georges-Hunt tied the game on back-to-back scores with 6:40 to play, Pitt made its move with a defensive switch. The Panthers allowed just two points in...
Via AP on Fox
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Ga. Tech falls to Pitt late, slumps to 0-5 in ACC play

PITTSBURGH -- In a contest featuring 10 ties and seven lead changes with no clear momentum shifts, Pittsburgh began to edge away on a Jamel Artis three-point play with 6:23 remaining. After Georgia Tech's Robert Sampson and Marcus Georges-Hunt tied the game on back-to-back scores with 6:40 to play, Pitt made its move with a defensive switch. The Panthers allowed just two points in...
Via Fox Sports South
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

‘Noles Remain Winless on Road with Loss at Pittsburgh

A career-night from freshman forward Phil Cofer was not enough for Florida State to nab its first road win of the season as the Seminoles dropped to 9-8 on the season and 1-3 in ACC play with a 73-64 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Cofer became just the second Seminole this season to record a double-double, going for a career-high 21 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Still...
Via Noled Out
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt regroups, pulls away from Florida State 73-64

PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Young scored 16 points to go with 12 rebounds and Pittsburgh received a big lift off the bench from forward Aron Phillips-Nwankwo in the second half to pull away from Florida State 73-64 on Wednesday night. Phillips-Nwankwo, a senior walk-on who is playing on an academic scholarship, scored a career-high seven points and sparked a decisive 16-3 run as the...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida State can't hold off Pittsburgh in second half, falls on road

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Michael Young scored 16 points to go with 12 rebounds and Pittsburgh received a big lift off the bench from forward Aron Phillips-Nwankwo in the second half to pull away from Florida State 73-64 on Wednesday night. Phillips-Nwankwo, a senior walk-on who is playing on an academic scholarship, scored a career-high seven points and sparked a decisive 16-3 run as the...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida State can't hold off Pittsburgh in second half, falls on road

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Michael Young scored 16 points to go with 12 rebounds and Pittsburgh received a big lift off the bench from forward Aron Phillips-Nwankwo in the second half to pull away from Florida State 73-64 on Wednesday night. Phillips-Nwankwo, a senior walk-on who is playing on an academic scholarship, scored a career-high seven points and sparked a decisive 16-3 run as the...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

One To Forget

Pitt won because BC is not good. There’s no pretending that Pitt overcame any adversity other than what they inflicted upon themselves. The Panthers struggled in all facets of the game at various points or for the almost the entire time — depending on the particular facet. Pitt had three stretches of over 3 minutes without scoring a point. One in particular lasted 8:44 from the...
Via Pitt Blather
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt rallies for 61-60 OT win over BC

BOSTON (AP) Josh Newkirk had a pair of clutch baskets in the final 2 1/2 minutes of overtime and finished with 15 points, lifting Pittsburgh to a 61-60 comeback win over Boston College on Tuesday night. Michael Young added 15 points and Sheldon Jeter 11 with eight rebounds for the Panthers (11-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Pitt overcame deficits in regulation and OT. Olivier...
Via AP on Fox
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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