Pitt's chances for statement win slipping through the team's fingers

In the offseason, Pitt lost Steven Adams to the NBA Draft, J.J. Moore and Trey Zeigler to transfers, and Tray Woodall and Dante Taylor to graduation. That was reason enough for most voters to leave the Panthers off their ballots early in the season and it was easy to see why. Pitt had a slew of questions heading into this year and with so many freshmen expected to play key roles...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Strength of schedule hurting Pitt ... but should it be?

So, lots has been made of Pitt's basketball schedule so far, right? Truth be told, while the Panthers have played some competitive teams such as Stanford, Penn State, and Texas Tech, Pitt's current Strength of Schedule isn't all that good. Heading into Friday's game, the team's SOS was a very pedestrian No.161 out of 349 teams. Could be worse, but could be better...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt opens season with 88-55 win over Savannah State

In case you missed it, Pitt's basketball season got underway on Friday with an 88-55 beatdown over Savannah State. The good news? It was a comfortable win for a basketball team in a great deal of transition. I've mentioned this before but this is a very different team than last year. Steven Adams, Tray Woodall, J.J. Moore, Dante Taylor, four guys that played big minutes last...
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November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt will throw Mike Young and Jamel Artis into the fire

Pitt has a couple of talented incoming freshman at power forward in Mike Young and do-everything forward Jamel Artis ... and it's a good thing. With the losses of starting center Steven Adams and backup center Dante Taylor to the NBA and graduation, respectively, (along with the unplanned transfer of Malcolm Gilbert earlier) the Panthers' frontcourt suddenly got real thin...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Projected 2013-14 Lineup: Pittsburgh Panthers

It’s been one interesting off-season for the Pittsburgh Panthers. Players leaving early for the NBA, players heading elsewhere, transfers coming in, transfers coming in and then maybe changing their minds, other transfers being blocked, every day there is something new in the news. The fact is, over half of Pittsburgh’s roster will consist of players who have never stepped on...
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May 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt Lands Former Wolfpack Recruit

Now we have a reason to care about Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina State…not that I personally needed a reason. Joseph Uchebo, a 6-10 junior college player, has committed to play for Jamie Dixon and the Panthers. The Enugu, Nigeria native was originally committed to Sidney Lowe (I miss those red jackers) and NC State, but later backed out. Why? Some argued he didn’t have the grades...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitts suffers another breakdown in NCAAs

This was supposed to be a comeback season for Pittsburgh after failing to make the NCAA tournament last year. But a quarterfinal loss to Syracuse in the Big East tourney and a 73-55 thumping at the hands of Wichita State on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament had coach Jamie Dixon feeling bad for his players. ''I'm sorry for our seniors to go out this...
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March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Wichita St. 73, No. 20 Pittsburgh 55

Wichita State's Tekele Cotton didn't just shut down Pitt's leading scorer, he had him in tears after the game. The Shockers' guard held Tray Woodall to two points while coming up with five steals and a key 3-point basket in helping ninth-seeded Wichita State to a 73-55 win over eighth-seeded Pitt on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. At the news...
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March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Open Thread: Wichita St-Pitt, 1st Round Action

The game is at 1:40. It’s on TBS. On the bright side, it isn’t a noon tip. The downside (for me) is picking up the kids from school roughly as the second half is getting underway. Will Pitt be able to avoid yet another slow start to their game? They are definitely aware of it. I’m not sure that it makes a difference or not — the being aware of it part. The fact is, this Pitt...
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March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Open Thread: Pitt-DePaul, Finish The Regular Season

Last Big East regular season game. Forever. Considering Pitt doesn’t do much in the way of Chicagoland recruiting, there’s not going to be much of an interest in future scheduling with DePaul. After a brief glimmer of hope at not finishing in dead last in the Big East, they are right there for a 5th straight year. Clemson just hasn’t been the same since Oliver Purnell left...
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March 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Villanova falls to No. 23 Pitt 73-64 in overtime

Villanova coach Jay Wright couldn't have drawn it up any better. Heading into the final minute against No. 23 Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Wildcats needed either a defensive stop or a basket in the final minute of regulation to win at a place where they never had in five previous trips. Only Villanova got neither in a 73-64 overtime loss that put a dent in the program's NCAA...
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March 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt rallies to beat Villanova in OT

Talib Zanna scored nine of his 14 points in overtime and No. 23 Pittsburgh rallied past Villanova 73-64 on Sunday. Zanna added a career-high 19 rebounds for the Panthers (23-7, 11-6 Big East), who trailed by as much as nine in the second half. James Robinson also had 14 points for Pitt, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 33 seconds left in regulation and another in overtime that...
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March 03, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 23 Pittsburgh 73, Villanova 64

Talib Zanna scored nine of his 14 points in overtime and No. 23 Pittsburgh rallied past Villanova 73-64 on Sunday. Zanna added a career-high 19 rebounds for the Panthers (23-7, 11-6 Big East), who trailed by as much as nine in the second half. James Robinson also had 14 points for Pitt, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 33 seconds left in regulation and another in overtime that...
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March 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Villanova-Pittsburgh Preview

Forgive Jamie Dixon if he's not in the mood to wax nostalgic. The Pittsburgh coach is well aware the 23rd-ranked Panthers are playing their final Big East home game on Sunday against cross-state rival Villanova. After 31 seasons, a handful of conference titles - and one famously shattered backboard courtesy of Jerome Lane - Pitt is heading to the ACC this summer. Just don&...
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March 02, 2013  |  Discuss

In the End, They Covered

The 17-pooint point spread may have seen a bit high, but after a sluggish shooting (and at times defending) first 25 minutes Pitt put the Bulls in the ground. At the end of the week this will be viewed as another blowout win. Aside from Victor Rudd, there doesn’t seem to be much to this USF team. Not sure what happened to the Anthony Collins that killed Pitt in two games last year...
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February 28, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 23 Pittsburgh 64, South Florida 44

Struggling mightily on offense against what should have been an overmatched opponent, No. 23 Pittsburgh was finally turned loose. For the first time in years, players said, coach Jamie Dixon allowed them to ''freelance.'' The result was a big second half and a 20-point win. Tray Woodall scored 14 points and Pitt beat South Florida 64-44 on Wednesday night to hand...
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February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Open Thread: Pitt-St. John’s, Please Stop Calling it Home Away From Home

Any chance of that? Please? Pitt has come to call Madison Square Garden its home away from home. It’s not something St. John’s probably likes to hear, but the Panthers have enjoyed a lot of success on the home court of the Red Storm over the years. “We like to think that way,” Dixon said. “It’s St. John’s home court. It is different. I don’t know if you call it a...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

In The Midst of the Big East Muddle

  Hope everyone had a nice MLK/Inauguration Day. I spent mine looking at cars and dealing with various used car salesmen. In my mind I’m pretending that this ordeal is me being recruited by colleges and the car is the scholarship offer. Kind of makes it a little more fun, even if there were points where I kind of forgot that the game was only in my head. There was even a salesman...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Finishing UConn

It seemed like it could have slipped away in the second half. Adams was in foul trouble and didn’t play the final 6+ minutes. And while the box score might suggest that Taylor wasn’t much of a drop-off (fewer rebounds and blocks but more points and less turnovers), Adams’ defensive impact was huge. His blocks had the effect of keeping UConn wary of going inside as much as they...
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January 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Open Thread: Pitt-Nova

The game is on ESPNU at 7pm. Work schedule is out of whack at the moment. Heading in for the night, which means DVR delay and shunning all media to avoid anything on the game. While there is no official word, Travon Woodall pronounced himself all ready to play tonight’s game. Woodall, however, doesn’t get the final say. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon knew when Woodall went down that...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt hopes romp over Georgetown ignites turnaround

Durand Johnson has only been at Pitt a few months. Yet the freshman forward is a quick study on how the Panthers like to play. And getting pushed around by the likes of Cincinnati and Rutgers is not part of the brand coach Jamie Dixon has built over the last decade. That's why Dixon didn't need to give any table-flipping speeches after a stunning 67-62 upset loss to the...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Never A Good Time To Be Struggling

And it’s even worse when you have to go on the road and play a top-15 team coming off their own loss. I was probably more upset by the loss to Rutgers in basketball than the BBVA Bowl game. I was conditioned to expect bad things in Birmingham. Just did not expect to see that mess in Piscataway. Unlike the other two losses, Pitt didn’t blow it in the second half. No, they made...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt Panthers – #7 Big East college basketball power rankings

Pitt Coach: Jamie Dixon (9 seasons at Pitt 238-77) 2011-12: Record 22-17 overall, 5-13 in Big East(tie 13th) Starters Returning (3) Dante Taylor, Lamar Patterson, Tray Woodall Preseason Tournament: Preseason NIT Top Non-Conference Games: None Transfer Out: Isaiah Epps Transfer In: Trey Zeigler (Central Michigan- Eligible right away) Well, at least Pitt wasn’t a major disappointment...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Open Thread: Kennesaw St.-Pitt

So this one is a patsy’s patsy. Kennesaw State — which is not named for MLB Commissioner Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis — is a former JUCO college that only moved up to D-1 sports in 2009. The Owls are 1-10. Their only win has come against South Carolina State. Dante Taylor is expected to miss his second straight game with a heel injury. Durand Johnson is unknown with some...
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December 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh 89, North Florida 47

Tray Woodall scored 14 points and tied a season-high with nine assists, and Pittsburgh pulled away in the second half of an 89-47 win over North Florida on Saturday night. Dante Taylor led Pitt with 16 points and Talib Zanna added 15 for the Panthers (9-1). Lamar Patterson scored 13, and Cameron Wright had 10 points off the bench as Pitt won its fifth straight. The Ospreys, giving...
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December 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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