Jamie Dixon Remains The Right Man for the Job at Pitt

The Panthers aren't accustomed to making deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, but that doesn't mean that Jamie Dixon hasn't been the right man for the job. Expectations drive how one elevates a myriad of things.  If you expect a prime rib but you get a hot dog, it's probably a letdown.  If you expect a car for your 16th birthday but get a bus pass, well you're...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

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

Game Notes: Duke @ Pittsburgh

Duke at Pittsburgh 1/27/2014 7:00:00 PM |  TV:ESPN | LIVE Simulation StatsThis game has been simulated 186 times.PI (2014) has won 80 times (43.0% of the time), won by > 20 pts 5 times (2.7% of the time)DU (2014) has won 106 times (57.0% of the time), won by > 20 pts 23 times (12.4% of the time)The average score is PI (2014): 67.8 - DU (2014): 71.6...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

What Happened at MSG?

If I had to lay odds, I would have had Ron Cook as the prohibitive favorite among Pittsburgh newspaper columnists penning the “Pitt’s weak schedule is the reason for the loss” column this morning. But, no. Dejan Kovacevic grabs the superficial brass ring. Oh, he’s not coming and saying it’s the reason. He’s just saying the question is still out there. You’d better believe...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Pitt better off without Steven Adams?

Are the Pittsburgh Panthers better off without their former center Steven Adams? There is a growing sentiment that the Pittsburgh Panthers are better off without Steven Adams, a Big East All-Rookie Selection just one year ago. Personally, I don't give much credence to this kind of conjecture, but of course I am a hypocrite, hence, I am writing an article about it. The one anecdotal...
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December 13, 2013  |  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

Not Better, Not Necessarily Worse, Just Different

Fine I’ll do this quickly. The column by Dejan Kovacevic is a classic, “I’m just asking questions,” thing. It is meant to provoke debate and little else. “Wow, that’s a hard one. Not sure how to answer,” Jamie Dixon was telling me Sunday after practice at the Pete. “I mean, what we have going is smaller and quicker, and it does change how you play. And some guys individually...
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December 02, 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

Panthers look to push the pace in ACC debut

Jamie Dixon means it this time. No, really, he does. The Pittsburgh coach insists he's not kidding when he says it might be time to loosen the reins as the Panthers move from the bruising and brutal Big East to the more wide open ACC. ''We'll run a little better and be a little bit more skilled on the floor,'' Dixon said. ''I think we've got...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh 2013-14 Basketball Preview

Our ACC Basketball previews continue with one of our newcomers, the Pittsburgh Panthers. Note: Our preview below is missing a few of the preview features since Pittsburgh is new to the league. ACC Season Previews Boston College |  Clemson |  Duke |  FSU |  Georgia Tech Maryland |  Miami |  North Carolina |  NC State |  Notre Dame Pittsburgh ...
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October 25, 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

Q&A with ESPN's Sean Farnham about Pitt basketball

Taking a welcome break from football season, I had the chance to do a Q&A with ESPN's Sean Farnham about the upcoming basketball season for Pitt. Farnham played at UCLA, so I of course had to ask the obligatory Ben Howland question. See his thoughts below on the upcoming ACC season for the Panthers. After missing the tournament in 2011-12, Pitt rebounded last season and made...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

#42 Pitt Panthers: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt loses out on Isaiah Whitehead to Seton Hall

Pitt's basketball program lost out on another highly-touted recruit for next season - this time it was five-star shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead spurning the Panthers. Whitehead chose Seton Hall over Pitt and others on Thursday. The loss is just the latest one for head coach Jamie Dixon as he tries to land his first player for the 2014 class. Whitehead was a bit of a long shot...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Basketball Items, 8/23

I know, I know. College football starts in less than a week. In nine days Pitt’s season begins. But yesterday was a rather busy day for basketball stuff so it’s time to put it out there along with some other things in the tabs. In player news, Rutgers transfer Derrick Randall got NCAA clearance for immediate eligibility at Pitt. This was considered a mere formality since other...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Clearing Links, 7/15

I know some other heartwarming stuff. A new recruit. I’ll get to the football side, but I have a bunch of basketball links I just want to get off the browser. Steven Adams has been playing in Orlando in the NBA Summer League. Coach Jamie Dixon has been down there to watch him a couple times in between hitting the various AAU Tournaments. Good puff piece on Adams. Adams understands...
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July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Thunder acquire draft rights to Jerrett

In addition to their three draft picks Thursday night, the Thunder also acquired the draft rights to Grant Jerrett. Jerrett was selected No. 40 overall by Portland. Oklahoma City traded with the Trail Blazers and gave up cash considerations for the 6-foot-10, 235 Jerrett, who played one season at Arizona. Oklahoma City used its No. 12 pick on Steven Adams of Pitt. Adams, a 7-foot...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Adams One of Few Correct Calls

The NBA Draft was more than a little unpredictable this year. Starting with the Cleveland Cavaliers picking Anthony Bennett out of UNLV (my pick would have been Georgetown’s Otto Porter). That set off a lot of changes up and down the draft. Plenty of trades. But at the number 12 spot, Oklahoma stood pat and took Steven Adams as many expected. Adams, the 7-foot center who spent...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Thunder select Pittsburgh's Adams with 12th pick

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City went with some much-needed size with its first pick of the NBA draft. The Thunder selected Pittsburgh center Steven Adams with the 12th pick on Thursday night, hoping to add a complementary piece to play alongside stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The 7-foot Adams played just one season for the Panthers, averaging 7.2 points and 6.3 points...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Steven Adams in the Lottery

This is not a strong draft. If you have been following the NBA draft chatter since April, you have been hearing this. Expect to hear plenty more of it in the next 36 hours (leading up to and after the draft). As such, Steven Adams is sitting at the end of the lottery. Most projections have him going anywhere from 7 to 14. 10-12 being the most reasonable zone. Depending on who you...
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June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The Future is Now: Breaking Down Potential Celtics Draftee Steven Adams

With 15 days left until the NBA Draft, it's time to kick it into overdrive with draft prospect analysis. In previous installments of our 'Future is Now' series, we've looked at big men Jeff Withey of Kansas, Gorgui Dieng of Louisville, and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk as well as UCLA one-and-done swingman Shabazz Muhammad. Today's installment of the series...
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June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

2016 guard Maverick Rowan commits to Pitt basketball

So, Pitt hasn't traditionally gotten super early commitments from guys. Steven Adams got in early, but as we saw with Chandler Kincade on the football side, they don't always work out. But Jamie Dixon may have gotten a significant find in local guard Maverick Rowan. Rowan committed to the Panthers, but there's only one thing ... it's for 2016. In case your math is...
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June 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Boston Celtics hold draft workout

The Boston Celtics held draft workouts in Waltham, and several potential draftees spoke about their experience, including Shane Larkin (Miami Hurrianes, point guard) Steven Adams (Pittsburgh Panthers, center), and Phil Pressley (Missouri Tigers, point guard). Related: Celtics to host four centers for pre-draft workouts; which is the best fit? Celtics to have six point guards in...
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May 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Celtics to host four centers for pre-draft workouts; which is the best fit?

Yesterday we talked a bit about the six point guards the Celtics were going to have in for a visit, as Danny Ainge and the C's are clearly targeting backup guard to help spell Rajon Rondo. However, point guard isn't the only position the Celts are looking at, as the team will also host four big men for visits this weekend. From the Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes. Beginning...
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May 24, 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
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