Virginia Basketball: Tearing through the ACC

Life has been good for the #9 University of Virginia men’s basketball team (19-4, 8-3) in the recent weeks. The Wednesday 61-47 win over Boston College pushed their current home winning streak to 16 as they venture into the thick of their ACC schedule. On Saturday, the Hoos travelled up to the Steel City to face a solid ACC opponent in the Pitt Panthers (17-5, 6-4). Through the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 9 Virginia pulls away from Pitt 64-50

PITTSBURGH (AP) Malcolm Brogdon scored 21 points and No. 9 Virginia pulled away from Pittsburgh in the second half of a 64-50 victory on Saturday. London Perrantes added 14 for the Cavaliers (19-4, 8-3 ACC), who have won six straight and remain unbeaten (4-0) against the Panthers since Pitt moved to the ACC in 2013. Virginia took control after the Panthers tied it early in the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

FSU succumbs to 2nd-half rally in loss to Pittsburgh

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jamel Artis' 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining helped Pittsburgh rally for a 74-72 victory over Florida State on Saturday.Ryan Luther missed a layup but grabbed his own rebound and kicked it out to Artis, who nailed a 3-pointer near the top of the key from the left side.Artis and Sterling Smith led the Panthers (16-3, 5-2 ACC) with 16 points each while...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh rallies for 74-72 victory at Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jamel Artis' 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining helped Pittsburgh rally for a 74-72 victory over Florida State on Saturday. Ryan Luther missed a layup but grabbed his own rebound and kicked it out to Artis, who nailed a 3-pointer near the top of the key from the left side. Artis and Sterling Smith led the Panthers (16-3, 5-2 ACC) with 16 points each while...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Smacked About

Pitt football recruiting target Damar Hamlin was there and even ventured into the Oakland Zoo to mingle in the second half. So that was good. After that… I’ll leave it to the players and coach to sum it up. Panthers forward Jamel Artis said containing Barber was tough, but he explained that the larger issue was how the Wolfpack pushed them around and did whatever they wanted...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

NC State races by Pitt 78-61 to earn first ACC win

PITTSBURGH (AP) Anthony Barber bounced back from his worst game of the season to score 31 points and N.C. State stunned Pittsburgh 78-61 on Tuesday night. Barber, held to nine points in a loss to North Carolina last Saturday, made 8 of 18 shots and all 14 of his free throws while adding seven rebounds and eight assists. Abdul Malik-Abu had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 20 Pittsburgh rolls by Boston College 84-61

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis scored 22 points and No. 20 Pittsburgh recovered from a forgettable loss at No. 21 Louisville by pulling away from struggling Boston College 84-61 on Saturday. Michael Young added 13 points, five rebounds and nine assists for the Panthers (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Cameron Johnson scored a career-high 17 points off the bench for Pitt, which...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston College-Pittsburgh Preview

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon seems less concerned with how poorly his team played in their most recent defeat and more focused on making sure they're able to bounce back. A visit from Boston College should help. The No. 20 Panthers can rebound from one of the worst losses in Dixon's 13 years at the helm with a 10th straight victory over the visiting Golden Eagles on Saturday....
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Young scores 25, No. 24 Pittsburgh beats Notre Dame 86-82

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Michael Young scored a season-high 26 points and No. 24 Pittsburgh held on after wasting a big lead for an 86-82 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday. The Irish used a 9-0 run to cut a 16-point deficit to 79-77 on a 3-pointer by Demetrius Jackson and layup by Steve Vasturia. James Robinson ended a 1-of-9 shooting streak for the Panthers with a basket inside...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh-Notre Dame Preview

Pittsburgh and Notre Dame don't have much room to improve offensively, so both teams have turned their focus to playing consistently good defense. Maybe that will start happening next week. Lock-down defense doesn't figure to be in the cards Saturday in South Bend, where the 24th-ranked Panthers play their first true road game against the Fighting Irish in a battle of two of the...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

No. 24 Pittsburgh holds off Georgia Tech 89-84

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Robinson and Jamel Artis scored 18 points apiece and No. 24 Pittsburgh held off Georgia Tech 89-84 victory on Wednesday night. Robinson added eight assists for the Panthers (13-1, 2-0 ACC), who won their ninth straight behind a balanced attack even with second-leading scorer Michael Young limited early by foul trouble. Young finished with 17 points in just...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh Preview

After briefly stepping away from the ACC schedule, Pittsburgh is ready to shift its focus back to the league full-time. Ranked for the first time in nearly two years, the No. 24 Panthers can record a ninth straight victory by extending Georgia Tech's conference road struggles Wednesday night. Pittsburgh (12-1, 1-0) opened ACC play with a 72-61 win over Syracuse last Wednesday...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Big second half helps Pitt rout Maryland-Eastern Shore 92-58

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis and Michael Young scored 14 points apiece and Pittsburgh dominated the second half to beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 92-58 on Saturday. Pitt led by six at halftime, but shot 73 percent in the second half and outscored the Hawks 53-25 to notch a blowout victory. Sheldon Jeter added 13 off the bench for Pitt (12-1, 1-0 ACC), and Sterling Smith had 12. ...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Wearing Down a Zone

Syracuse has never played with a deep bench. They have always relied heavily on a starting five, with maybe two — three if lucky — players off the bench. This year, Syracuse only goes about seven deep after Moustapha Diagne failed to qualify academically (Pitt is now actively pursuing the power forward). Pitt forgot for large swaths of the game to exploit the lack of depth, and...
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December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Syracuse Take Down Pittsburgh on the Road?

The Pitt Panthers have always been weirdly-connected to the Orange and the schools’ transition to the ACC only strengthened this connection between the two.  Jamie Dixon and Jim Boeheim have always been entrenched in a coaching battle, but for one night, it’s Mike Hopkins’ turn to lead the Orange through this very tough road game. Coming off of a win against Texas Southern...
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt's Sheldon Jeter dunks over defenders' head

Pitt forward Sheldon Jeter cleared a defender on Wednesday night.With the Panthers leading Western Carolina 68-66 with only 66 seconds to go, Jeter took a feed from Jamel Artis and flushed a two-handed slam. Marc Gosselin, Western Carolina's 6-foot-7 forward, didn't contest, but still got in Jeter's way. It didn't matter, as the Pitt junior went right over Gosselin's head for the...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh holds off Western Carolina 79-73

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis scored a season-high 29 points and Pittsburgh used a late rally to survive an upset bid by Western Carolina with a 79-73 victory Wednesday. The Catamounts took a seven-point lead with five minutes to play but the Panthers outscored them 25-12 down the stretch to take control of the game. Artis shot 10 of 14 from the field and made 8 of 8 free throws...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh rolls over Central Arkansas 100-47

PITTSBURGH (AP) Damon Wilson scored a career-high 20 points for Pittsburgh and the Panthers never trailed in a 100-47 victory against Central Arkansas Sunday. Jamel Artis added 17 points for Pitt (6-1) and Chris Jones chipped in 13 points off the bench. The Panthers reserves scored 51 points and Pitt assisted on 29 of its 37 baskets. Jordan Howard scored nine points to lead Central...
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December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitt rips Duquesne 96-75 for 15th straight win in City Game

PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Young scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Pittsburgh crushed Duquesne 96-75 on Friday night to run its winning streak in the annual City Game to 15. James Robinson added 18 points and eight assists and graduate transfer Sterling Smith had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers (5-1), who took control early and never let the Dukes into the game...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Open Thread: City Game 2015

Basketball will still be played tonight. 7pm on something called CBS Sports Network. It’s a real channel, I’m told. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Duquesne may have a chance this year. They pounded on Penn State a week or so ago. They don’t suck as bad as they have. They have even started running a bit of smack for this game. It enters this City Game with some...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Duquesne looking to end long skid vs. Pitt in City Game

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jim Ferry's painstakingly methodical rebuilding project at Duquesne finally appears to be gaining traction. The Dukes (6-1) are off to their best start in eight years heading into Friday night's annual City Game against crosstown rival Pittsburgh. Ferry isn't much for proclamations, so forgive him if he demurs when pressed on whether the Panthers (4-1) offer a...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Young scores 23, Pittsburgh beats Kent State 85-76

PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Young scored 23 points and Pittsburgh shot 56 percent from the field in an 85-76 victory over Kent State Saturday. Jamel Artis added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting for Pitt (4-0) while James Robinson scored 18 points with 10 assists. Xavier Pollard led Kent State (3-2) with 23 points and Jimmy Hall scored 21. Pitt took an early 15-8 lead but Kent State...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Artis' 21 points leads Pittsburgh by Cornell 93-49

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis scored 21 points and Pittsburgh held Cornell to 30 percent shooting in a 93-49 victory on Wednesday night. Chris Jones came off the bench to score 15 points for Pitt (3-0). Michael Young had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Damon Wilson added 10 points. Artis and Jones combined to score 30 points in the first half as the Panthers took...
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November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Protecting the Interior

Pitt’s frontcourt is in far better shape than last year. The additions of Nelson-Ododa and Maia are to replace Uchebo and Randall are obvious. Nelson-Ododa and Maia are better shot blockers. They are more aggressive on defense, more consistent rebounders and they are better on offense. That isn’t to say they are all-ACC caliber players. They are simply better than what was. The...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh smothers Detroit down the stretch in 95-79 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Young led four Pittsburgh players in double-figures with a game-high 21 points and the Panthers dominated Detroit in the second half of a 95-79 victory Friday night. Detroit opened the second half on a 12-6 run to take its first lead of the game with 15:23 to play. After the Titans took a 53-52 lead, the Panthers responded with a 22-3 spurt in the next...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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