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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...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pitt basketball: How Pitt can beat Duke

Pitt basketball has been good defensively this year, anchored on that end by senior wing Cameron Wright and sophomore big man Michael Young. Despite their success, tonight’s matchup against Duke is a serious cause for concern. The Blue Devils are an absolute basketball factory that presents a challenge on the order that the Panthers have not faced yet this season. Duke could send...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt: Stopping Jahlil Okafor a (nearly) impossible task

Pitt faces Duke tonight and, without a doubt, the Panthers' biggest issue on defense is finding a way to limit center 6'11" freshman center Jahlil Okafor. One immediate issue is Okafor's bulk. We all know his 6'11" height can cause problems, but he's just bigger than Pitt's big men at 270 pounds. Pitt's tallest player, Joseph Uchebo, is 6'11" (or 6'10", depending on where you look...
Via SCACC Hoops
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Backcourt inconsistencies hurting Pitt basketball

On Saturday, Pitt got a big game from senior guard Cameron Wright. But the fact is, that consistent offensive play from the Panthers' backcourt has been hard to come by. Wright has been the epitome of that. Against Clemson and Georgia Tech, he averaged 19 points per game, shooting a blistering 68% from the field. In Pitt's other three ACC games, though, he not only took a step back...
Via SCACC Hoops
6 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt effort, not talent/youth most problematic for Panthers' basketball team

Pitt's most recent basketball loss came to Clemson this week. While the game was disappointing, I've tried to point out the team's youth as being a problem. That, of course, is true. The Panthers are regularly playing two upperclassmen and only one senior. In addition, that senior, Cameron Wright, missed much of the season recovering from an injury. Pitt has been forced to play mostly...
Via SCACC Hoops
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt Basketball: First week of ACC play

Pitt basketball finished their first week of ACC play with one win out of three games. They faced NC State and Boston College on the road and Clemson at home. The Panthers now have a record of (11-5, 1-2). They will face Florida State this week. The Panthers have been struggling to score this season, they average 66 points per game which is ranked 203rd in the nation. However they...
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13 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cameron Wright heating up for Pitt heading into ACC play

For most of this season, the Pitt men's basketball team has played without Cameron Wright in the lineup as he was recovering from offseason foot surgery. Wright returned for the team's game against Duquesne, but struggled early on. He recorded only one minute in that game and scored a single point in 21 minutes against St. Bonaventure. Since then, however, Wright has started to get...
Via SCACC Hoops
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh breaks away from Holy Cross 58-39

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Panthers used a 15-0 run in the middle of the first half to take control of their contest against the Holy Cross Crusaders and coasted to a 58-39 victory Tuesday night. Michael Young and Jamel Artis led Pitt (9-3) with 13 points apiece while Artis pulled in a game-high nine rebounds. Malcolm Miller led Holy Cross (5-5) with 11 points. Pitt scored the...
Via AP on Fox
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt basketball edges past St. Bonaventure

Coming into Saturday’s game Pitt Basketball was an eight point favorite. The Panthers defeated St. Bonaventure 58-54, a score that is too close for some fans liking’s. The Bonnies (6-2) are a decent team from the Atlantic 10 Conference and you cannot take the day off against them. In Cam Wright’s first game of the season he played 21 minutes and only scored one point. He is...
Via isportsweb.com
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Everything Old Is New Again

Team loses two key senior players to graduation. One of the team’s best defensive players out with an injury. A redshirt junior wing player moving up from reserve to starter suspended before the season starts.  A complete decimation by a top-20 team in a pre-season classic. And now, Indiana? Oh, man, it is 2009 all over again. Only instead of Jermaine Dixon, Gil Brown and a Texas...
Via Pitt Blather
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt Basketball: Analysis of Trip to Hawaii

The Pitt Basketball traveled to Hawaii after winning their first two games verse Niagara and Samford. The Panthers would face the University of Hawaii before facing Chaminade in the Maui Invitational. Pitt was without senior guard Cam Wright, who broke his foot before the season. They were also missing forward Durand Johnson, who has been suspended for the entire season. The Panthers...
Via isportsweb.com
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers roll over Swords 81-68

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Michael Young had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and Pittsburgh rode a dominating performance on the glass to beat host Chaminade 81-68 Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. Pittsburgh (3-1) used its size to a big advantage, out-rebounding the Silverswords 51-17, while scoring 34 points on 27 offensive boards. Derrick Randall had 11 points and set...
Via AP on Fox
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh forward Johnson suspended for season

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh junior forward Durand Johnson has been suspended for the entire 2014-15 season, with no reason given. The Panthers made the announcement on Friday before the season opener against Niagara. Johnson averaged 13.0 points in two exhibitions this season after recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee in January. Johnson will remain with the program and can...
Via AP on Fox
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-15 Pittsburgh Panthers Basketball Preview

A strong (16-1) start and a strong finish sandwiched a weak stretch through the middle of the ACC season for the Pitt Panthers in 2013-2014. After losing Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna, ups and downs may occur again for Jamie Dixon's squad. Last season's secondary players will need to take the next step in their development if Dixon is to guide an 11th team to the NCAA Tournament...
Via SCACC Hoops
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt's Durand Johnson one of ESPN.com's top reserves

Pitt guard/forward Durand Johnson is ready to make his comeback to Pitt's basketball program this season. After missing most of last year with a knee-injury, Johnson is slated to return by the beginning of this season. Johnson's return is particularly good news for the Panthers in light of Cameron Wright's recent injury, expected to sideline him for approximately ten weeks. ESPN...
Via SCACC Hoops
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt: No Cameron Wright, no problem

Why not having Cameron Wright in the lineup for the beginning of the season may not be as bad as you think. The Pitt basketball team suffered a devastating blow when senior guard Cameron Wright had surgery for a fractured left foot last week. The injury will leave Wright out of the lineup for at least 10 weeks as he attempts to be ready for the ACC schedule. Presuming that Wright...
Via SCACC Hoops
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking For Something Positive

Maybe there’s some good news from Pitt basketball. Senior guard Cameron Wright, Pitt’s leading returning scorer, had surgery Friday after breaking his left foot a week before the team’s first practice, a team source said. Wright, who broke his foot Thursday, is expected to miss 10 weeks. The Panthers’ first practice is scheduled for Friday. /sigh
Via Pitt Blather
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt's Cam Wright out 10 weeks with fractured left foot

Senior guard Cam Wright underwent surgery for a fractured left foot. He is expected to miss 10 weeks. Senior shooting guard Cam Wright reportedly had surgery on a fractured left foot and will be out for the next 10 weeks. Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette broke the news via twitter on Friday evening: #Pitt basketball: Cam Wright out ten weeks with a fractured left foot....
Via SCACC Hoops
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt's Durand Johnson working on game and rehab

Durand Johnson is fighting his way back in hopes of being ready to start the season with the Panthers in November. Johnson is on track to do just that and when he gets back on the court, he wants to be more than just an outside shooter: "Last year, before I went down, I was trying to mix up my game, not just be a spot-up shooter and get out in transition, but also take guys off...
Via SCACC Hoops
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Jamie Dixon experiments with Pitt rosters in The Bahamas

As I wrote earlier, Pitt's international trip to The Bahamas really came during a good season. The Panthers not only have a young team as they expect to rely heavily on several underclassmen for the second straight season, but the team has some new faces as well. With Pitt still in a bit of a transition as a program, Jamie Dixon has some work to do in the configuration of a...
Via SCACC Hoops
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh: Piecing together a starting five

Based on Tuesday's practice, the Panthers best starting five might surprise you. With less than three months remaining before the start of the 2014-15 basketball season, it is time to begin looking at possible starting fives. Tuesday's practice allowed us to see a lot of what the Panthers plan to do and are capable of. Who will start for the Panthers? And, is that any different than...
Via SCACC Hoops
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Durand Johnson expected to be healthy for Pitt to start the season

Following a torn ACL, Durand Johnson is expected to be healthy by the start of the season One main offensive weapon for the Panthers was not practicing with the team at the Pitt men's basketball practice on Tuesday - Durand Johnson. Johnson tore his ACL in early January in a game with Wake Forest and has not been cleared to practice. At first, many analysts pegged him to be out till...
Via SCACC Hoops
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt basketball: Filling the voids left by Patterson and Zanna

The departure of Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson from the Pitt basketball program has left many holes for the team. The two accounted for more than 40 percent of the teams production last season. Patterson was drafted in the middle of the second round by the Atlanta Hawks. Zanna went undrafted and played for the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team. Zanna’s hole was supposed to...
Via isportsweb.com
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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