Consistency from Gilbert Brown a key to Pitt advancing to the Round of 16


Brown stars in First Round win Unlike some of their Big East rivals, the No. 3 Pittsburgh Panthers took care of business in their first round matchup with No. 14 Oakland. The Panthers shook off a slow start to rout No. 14 seed Oakland 89-66 in the West Regional. Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown led the Panthers with 17 points each, as the Panthers had a total of six Panthers players who scored in double figures. I liked the balanced scoring,” head coach Jamie Dixon said. “Once we were able to get going, we could find some guys for open shots, and things started rolling.” A key to Pitt’s victory was a strong performance off the bench from Gilbert Brown.

NCAA Tournament March Madness Updates


Day 1 Updates March Madness is underway and it’s been a thrilling first day. Notre Dames falls to Old Dominion **Despite a strong finish to the season, many thought No. 6 Notre Dame was over-seeded and the Irish were knocked off by No. 11 Old Dominion 51-50 this afternoon in what was the first official upset of the day Notre Dame struggled from three point range and Frank Hassell scored 15 points to lead Old Dominion to victory, which had not won an NCAA tournament game since beating Villanova in triple overtime in 1995 as a No. 14 seed. Colonials take Villanova to Overtime **No. 2 Villanova survived a major scare, beating the No. 15 Robert Morris Colonials 73-70 in overtime. The Wildcats trailed for much of the game as the Colonials played a phenomenal game. Karon Abraham scored 23 points for Robert Morris, which was on the brink ofRead More »

NCAA Tournament: WVU earns a No. 2 seed, Pitt No. 3 seed


The Pittsburgh Panthers (24-8) have earned a No. 3 seed out of the West Region. The Panthers will head to Milwaukee to begin the tournament and face Summit League champion Oakland (26-8). The Panthers begin play on Friday and would face the winner of No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Minnesota. The No. 1 seed in the West Region is Syracuse and Kansas State has earned a No. 2 seed in the West Region. The Panthers quarterfinals exit in the Big East Tournament did not hurt their seeding. The committee continues to downplay the importance of conference tournaments. Meanwhile, West Virginia earned a No. 2 seed, just a day after winning their first Big East title. The Mountaineers earned a No. 2 seed out of the East Region and will face No. 15 Morgan State on Friday. The Mountaineers who were in the running for a No. 1 seed, gotRead More »

Source: Pitt’s Elijah Fields will transfer to D-II football program California University of PA


Former University of Pittsburgh safety/linebacker Elijah Fields will transfer to California University of Pennsylvania, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned. Fields will resume his college career playing for head coach John Luckhardt. Cal U has become one of the top D-II football programs in the nation under Luckhardt, with a number of Division-I football players transferring to the program in the past 3-4 years. Fields will be the second prominent former Pitt player to transfer to Cal U in the past three years. Fields who had plenty of off-the-field troubles with Pittsburgh, including a suspension through the entire 2007 season, was dismissed from the Pitt football team in February due to disciplinary reasons. He met with the Vulcans coaching staff on two occasions in the past two weeks.

Pitt still in prime position to earn an NCAA Tournament berth


By John Perrotto Pitt would like to think it is back on track after nearly veering off course and out of the top 25. The Panthers have won two straight games following a stretch where they lost four of five and put themselves on the brink of going of the biggest surprises in the country this season to one of the biggest disappointments. The Pirates beat Seton Hall 83-58 on Saturday then dusted and Robert Morris 77-53 on Monday in a pair of home games after dropping Big East games to Georgetown, Seton Hall, South Florida and West Virginia during its cold spell. “I thought we played well in both games,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “We moved the ball well. We shot the ball better. It was two good wins against quality teams that are playing well. I think Robert Morris will win its league (the Northeast Conference) andRead More »

No. 6 West Virginia routs No. 21 Pittsburgh 70-51


West Virginia 70 – Pittsburgh 51 Da’Sean Butler scored 18 points and Devin Ebanks added a game-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 6 West Virginia (18-3) to a 70-51 victory over No. 21 Pittsburgh (16-6) Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in what was the 179th Backyard Brawl. Pittsburgh shot a woeful 30 percent from the field and made only 6 field goals in the second half. Pittsburgh has lost four of five games after an eight game winning streak and all of sudden Pitt is starting to resemble the young inconsistent team, that many thought we would see most nights this season. Pittsburgh scored 23 points in the second half, their second-lowest scoring total of the season but their ability to score points in the paint (26-14 advantage) kept them in the game through the first 27 minutes of the game, until West Virginia pulled away, outscoring Pitt 27-10Read More »

Scouting Report: No. 17 Pittsburgh @ No. 6 West Virginia; Dixon expected to play


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pitt men’s basketball team could get a boost for its game against No. 6 West Virginia Wednesday night at 7 at the Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va., as senior guard Jermaine Dixon is expected to return after a one-game absence. Jermaine Dixon practiced Tuesday, the first time since he sprained his right ankle — the same foot he broke twice before the season began — early in the second half against St. John’s at home. Pittsburgh played without Dixon Sunday and lost at South Florida, the Panthers’ third in four games. Jermaine Dixon practiced Tuesday and is expected to play at WVU Wednesday night at 7 at the WVU Coliseum. “In our Conference, you have to play well every night, and you’ve got to play even better on the road to get a win,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “So, that’s what we’ve got toRead More »

Coaches Poll: Pitt falls to No. 21; WVU moves up to No. 6


The Pittsburgh Panthers (16-5) took a plunge in the coaches poll for the second straight week. Pitt fell four spots to No. 21 after a 1-1 week, defeating St. John’s 63-53 (1/28), and losing to South Florida 70-61 (1/31) Sunday afternoon on the road. Meanwhile, West Virginia continues their climb in the top 10 and have moved up three spots to No. 6 in the latest coaches poll. West Virginia beat DePaul 62-46 (1/26) and Louisville 77-74 (1/30) last week to improve to 17-3 on the season. Pitt and West Virginia meet Wednesday night for a Big East showdown.

Pitt gets back to their defensive ways in 63-53 win over St. John’s


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Its offense still sputtering along, the Pitt men’s basketball team returned to an old standby to secure a victory. Pittsburgh forced 15 turnovers and held St. John’s to 32.8-percent shooting from the field during a 63-53 Big East win Thursday night at the Petersen Events Center.

Former Pitt recruit hands Pittsburgh their second straight loss


The No. 9 Pittsburgh Panthers (15-4) lost for the second straight game, losing to Seton Hall 64-61 Sunday afternoon. The Panthers who have been the talk of the Big East after a 5-0 start are now 5-2 in conference play after back-to-back losses. Pitt’s five-game road win streak was also snapped. Former Pitt recruit Herb Pope had 19 points and nine rebounds, leading Seton Hall to their biggest win in over four years since head coach Bobby Gonzalez took over at Seton Hall. Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 23 points but was 4-for-15 from the field and 1-for-7 from 3-point range. It was an off night for Gibbs who for his part was 14-for-14 at the free throw line. Jermaine Dixon added 11 points for Pitt as the Panthers only had two players score double-digit points. Pitt rebounded defensively after Wednesday’s lackluster performance but were not efficient in the offensiveRead More »