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Pitt's Lamar Patterson: Focus on performance, not Wooden snub

Have you met Lamar Patterson? Passionate followers of the Pitt Panthers, and there are more of those than there once were, found themselves a bit vexed by the release of a Wooden Award midseason top 25 list that omitted young Mr. Patterson. We have told you before the Wooden Award is the least trustworthy of the three major ballot-based player of the year awards — the Naismith...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers can make ACC statement against Duke

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon has his team well drilled. The next game is the most important of the season, regardless of what name is stitched across the front of the jersey. Still, junior guard Cam Wright allows things will be different Monday night when the 20th-ranked Panthers face No. 18 Duke. Thought Pitt has already swept Maryland and won on the road at Georgia Tech and...
Via AP on Fox
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Donald Interview

Our interview with Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Via Walter Football
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 20 Pittsburgh defeats Maryland 83-79

Lamar Patterson scored 28 points, and No. 20 Pittsburgh beat Maryland 83-79 Saturday night to complete its first regular-season sweep as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Pittsburgh (18-2, 6-1) never trailed in the second half against the struggling Terrapins, who lost by 20 to the Panthers on Jan. 6. Although this game was significantly closer than the first one, Maryland...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Donald impresses at the Senior Bowl

In a year when the Senior Bowl is lacking in top-level talent, the best college player who chose to attend was Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who won the Outland Trophy as the best college lineman, the Lombardi Award as the best lineman or linebacker and the Bednarik and Nagurski awards as the best defensive player. The best college players don’t always turn out to be...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Breakdown: Pitt Commit Jamal Davis

The Pittsburgh Panthers landed a commitment from Canton (OH) McKinley linebacker Jamal Davis over the weekend following an official visit. What are the Panthers getting with the three-star athlete?
Via recruiting.scout.com
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt breezes by Clemson, 76-43

Pitt center Talib Zanna said the Panthers were "mad" after their loss Saturday against Syracuse and wanted to "take it out" on Clemson, who happened to be their first opponent after the Orange. Panthers coach Jamie Dixon said the Panthers "practiced angry" because they knew they let that game slip away and wanted to prove they could play a lot better...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 20 Pittsburgh bounces back from loss with rout of Clemson

Talib Zanna scored 22 points on near flawless shooting and No. 20 Pittsburgh drilled Clemson 76-43 on Tuesday night. Zanna connected on 9 of 10 shots, most of them dunks or layups, as the Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) bounced back from a loss to No. 2 Syracuse by crushing the upstart Tigers. Lamar Patterson added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists for Pitt as the Panthers put...
Via AP on Fox
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekend homework: Pitt perceptions

The following is true of the Pittsburgh Panthers: They average 1.18 points per possession. They allow just .94. The Panthers’ average margin of victory in 2013-14 is 17.2 points. They have 16 wins. They have one loss. This week, when Ken Pomeroy unveiled his 2013-14 player of the year rankings (his “kPOY”), senior Pitt forward Lamar Patterson was the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jamie Dixon lays out plan for Durand Johnson's minutes

Pitt basketball head coach Jamie Dixon was dealt a blow this week when it was announced sixth man Durand Johnson would be out for the season with an ACL injury. Johnson had been the Panthers' best scorer off the bench and there was a lot of speculation on who would get his minutes. As expected, Dixon said that one guy alone wouldn't be called upon ... several will get more...
Via SCACC Hoops
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 22 Pitt dispatches Georgia Tech, eyes Syracuse

ATLANTA -- As the Pittsburgh Panthers' bus idled on a side street outside of McCamish Pavilion Tuesday night, the team's tough-guy image had mellowed into laughs among players and their visitors. Another win in the books, its 16th of a still-young campaign, the pressure of walking into a new hostile environment and keeping the plan all together was lifted. This was relief...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 22 Pitt dispatches Georgia Tech, eyes Syracuse

ATLANTA -- As the Pittsburgh Panthers' bus idled on a side street outside of McCamish Pavilion Tuesday night, the team's tough-guy image had mellowed into laughs among players and their visitors. Another win in the books, its 16th of a still-young campaign, the pressure of walking into a new hostile environment and keeping the plan all together was lifted. This was relief...
Via Fox Sports South
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Lamar Patterson named ACC Player of the Week

Over the weekend, Chris gave Lamar Patterson our site's Panther of the Week award as the top Pitt player for this past week. On Monday, he got a slightly bigger honor when he was named the ACC's Player of the Week. That's the second time Patterson has won the award and he's the first Pitt player to win a conference Player of the Week award since Sam Young back in...
Via SCACC Hoops
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking down the impact of Durand Johnson's injury

And just as things were clicking along for Pitt, the team was dealt a big blow with the news of Durand Johnson's injury. DJ, if you haven't yet heard, will be out for the season with a torn ACL. Injuries are sometimes the only thing that can derail a team that is playing pretty good ball. And unfortunately for Pitt, this one's not a minor one. An injury to a starter like...
Via SCACC Hoops
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt's Durand Johnson out for season with torn ACL

Pittsburgh sophomore forward Durand Johnson will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee in Saturday's win over Wake Forest. The 6-foot-6 Johnson was injured while driving to the basket with 5:30 remaining in Pittsburgh's 80-65 victory. He was fouled on the play and made two free throws before leaving. He is expected to undergo surgery...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt's Durand Johnson out for the season with a torn ACL

Pitt is playing like one of the top teams in the ACC, but the Panthers suffered some bad news on Sunday.  Sophomore, Durand Johnson is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Tough break for Pitt hoops: Sophomore G/F Durand Johnson out for the year with torn ACL, torn meniscus — Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) January 12, 2014 Johnson had scored in double-figures in...
Via SCACC Hoops
January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

New Blood Atop the ACC

After years of being top teams in the Big East Conference, the Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers basketball programs joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) this season. How will they hold up in their new surroundings? So far, so good. After drubbing visiting North Carolina today, Syracuse sits atop the ACC standings with a 3-0 record. Overall the Orange is 16-0 and ranked...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh beats Wake Forest 80-65

Pittsburgh shot out to an early lead Saturday against Wake Forest and didn't look back as they notched their third straight Atlantic Coast Conference win by a score of 80-65. Lamar Patterson led all scorers with 27 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season. Talib Zanna anchored Pitt's frontcourt presence as he scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to earn his...
Via AP on Fox
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Young Panthers off to hot start in ACC

Durand Johnson caught the ball on the wing and rather than take an open shot, decided to dribble to the top of the key. When a Maryland defender closed in, the freewheeling Pittsburgh sophomore swingman threw up a contested 3-pointer that splashed through the net. Rather than peek over his shoulder at Jamie Dixon to see if he'd violated one of the coach's rules about shot...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh beats NC State 74-62 in 1st ACC game

Lamar Patterson scored 22 points to help Pittsburgh beat North Carolina State 74-62 on Saturday in the Panthers' first Atlantic Coast Conference game. Talib Zanna added 15 points for the Panthers (13-1, 1-0 ACC), who won their third straight overall in their first road game of the season. Pitt fell behind 17-2 and trailed by eight at halftime, but dominated the second half by...
Via AP on Fox
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mustapha Heron Gives Pittsburgh its Second Commitment of 2016

Less than a month after making headlines for his transfer from Wilbraham and Monson Academy (MA) to Sacred Heat High School (CT), Mustapha Heron is back in the news again after verbally committing to Jamie Dixon and the Pittsburgh Panthers. Currently ranked No. 17 in the TCT Top 50, Heron is a versatile point guard prospect with the size and skill to be a top ten recruit in the class...
Via In The Neutral Zone
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers ease past Albany 58-46

Cameron Wright scored 14 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists as Pittsburgh held off Albany 58-46 on Tuesday afternoon. Lamar Patterson added 14 points to become the 42nd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points as the Panthers (12-1) wrapped up their nonconference schedule with a workmanlike victory. Talib Zanna chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds...
Via AP on Fox
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Boyd, Voytik, and Conner bring optimism for 2014 Pitt offense

Pitt was without Devin Street in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl game. Quarterback Tom Savage played, but only for a half. The team's starting running back, Isaac Bennett, was a non-factor with only five carries. Had you told me all of that would happen yesterday, it would have difficult to see a Pitt win. But that's exactly what happened as some offensive players had huge...
Via SCACC Hoops
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Conner leads Pittsburgh over Bowling Green

DETROIT -- James Conner was almost out of gas by the end of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, but he knew his team needed a couple more plays. So. in the final minute, he shrugged off an offensive lineman's hold and chased Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson out of bounds. On the next play, his pressure helped Pittsburgh All-American Aaron Donald sack Johnson -- a play that clinched...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Scouting the Little Caesars Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green

The Pittsburgh Panthers had a nice year under second-year head coach Paul Chryst. This team features several intriguing NFL prospects looking to finish their career on a positive note. As for Bowling Green, safety Jerry Gates is the only one gaining any real NFL attention. Jon Dove looks at the top pro-prospects in this contest...
Via draftinsider.net
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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