WICHITA STATE 73 – PITTSBURGH 55 The Pitt Panthers are one and done in the NCAA Tournament and this one wasn’t even close. Pitt shot 35% from the field and 5.9% (1-17) from three point range, losing to Wichita State, 73-55 on Thursday afternoon at the EnergySolutions Arena. The NCAA Tournament is all about guard play and Pitt’s guard play was atrocious. Senior Tray Woodall was 1 of 12 from the field with 2 points and 5 turnovers in the loss. While Pitt got nothing from Woodall and others, Shockers guard Malcolm Armstead had a game high 22 points and dished out 5 assists, leading Wichita State to the round of 32. The lone bright spot for the Panthers was big man Steven Adams who led the Panthers with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but a lot Adams points came in mop up time. Few Panthers came to play andRead More »
PITT NO. 8 SEED IN WEST REGION Pitt’s poor non-conference schedule has backfired on them as the Panthers are the No. 8 seed in the West Region. Pitt will have to travel to Salt Lake City and face Wichita State the 9 seed on Thursday. If Pitt beats Wichita State, the Panthers will play the winner of No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 16 Southern. Wichita State went 26-8 this season, finishing second in the Missouri State Conference. Notable teams in the West Region include No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 New Mexico, No. 4 Kansas State, No. 5 Wisconsin, NO. 6 Arizona and No. 7 Notre Dame.
(16) Louisville 62 (22-7, 11-5 Big East) – (4) Pittsburgh 59 (25-4, 13-3 Big East) The No. 4 Pitt Panthers fell behind early in the 1st half and dropped their second straight road game, falling to No. 16 Louisville 62-59 in overtime on Sunday afternoon. Gilbert Brown led Pitt with 20 points and Brad Wanamaker had 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Panthers but in overtime, Pitt couldn’t execute as the Panthers turned the ball over three times and missed all three of its field goal attempts in overtime. The loss was the Panthers third in Big East play but the Panthers remain in the drivers seat to win the Big East and college basketball insiders continue to insist that Pitt remains a lock for a No. 1 seed, despite today’s loss. A growing concern for the Panther is their inability to score enough points as theRead More »
Pittsburgh 67 – South Florida 55 It wasn’t a blow out win like many expected but the No. 4 Pittsburgh Panthers (24-2) won for the 14th time in 15 games to take a two game lead in the Big East, defeating the South Florida Bulls 67-55 on Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center. Nasir Robinson and Brad Wanamaker each had 13 points leading the way offensively, as the Panthers wore down the 8-19 Bulls in the final 10 minutes of play. The Bulls played Pitt tight for the most part as the Panthers held just a 45-44 in the second half before Pitt went on a 15-2 run to pull away late. With the victory, Pitt improved to 12-1 in the Big East, earning their 5th straight win. The Panthers played without leading scorer Ashton Gibbs for the third straight game. Pitt continues to get excellent all around playRead More »
The University of Pittsburgh introduced head coach Todd Graham to the media this afternoon and Graham came away very impressive in his message of laying out his plans at Pitt. Unlike, the Mike Haywood press conference, Pitt was talking about the goal being championships today and Graham is totally the anti Haywood. He’s bringing excitement to Pitt and will surely excite the fan base. Here are some key notes from Graham’s Press Conference: GRAHAM HONORED TO BE COMING TO PITT *Graham said he is honored to be coming to Pitt and indicated that this is his dream job. “Words can’t express, walking through these hallways, seeing Johnny Majors locker, what this program means to me, ” Graham said. CHAMPIONSHIPS THE PRIMARY GOAL “We want to win the Big East Championship. “We want to win BCS bowls and we want to win a National Championship, ” Graham said. HIGH OCTANE OFFENSERead More »
The media was buzzing last night when a report from John Meyer of WTAE indicated that the Pitt Panthers hired Tom Bradley as their new coach on Wednesday night. That report was refuted by the school and elsewhere as the Panthers have not offered their head coaching position to any of their candidates. As things are shaping up on Thursday, Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has emerged as the consensus “likely hire” but Tulsa’s Todd Graham remains the top choice of athletic director Steve Pederson and quite possibly the administration. For the past few days, my information has been consistent on Graham being Pederson’s top choice and sources close to the situation told Inside Pittsburgh Sports this morning that Graham has yet to close the door on coming to Pitt, which has the process still “fluid”, according to sources. The Panthers conducted a phone interview with Graham on Tuesday,Read More »
Pittsburgh 74 – Robert Morris 53 One thing Jamie Dixon coached teams do is win non-conference home games as the Panthers improved to 100-1 in their past 101 non-conference home games in defeating Robert Morris 74-53 on Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center. The No. 5 Panthers (6-0) improved to 29-0 All-time against Robert Morris and 69-0 against Northeast Conference teams. The Colonials kept things close in the 1st half but the Panthers pulled away in the 2nd half, behind a 20 point effort from Ashton Gibbs who led the Panthers in scoring. Brad Wanamaker scored 17 points and Gary McGhee had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers. Gilbert Brown athleticism was on stage as Brown made a high flying soaring dunk that jumpstarted a 14-2 run for the Panthers. Brown had 11 points and 2 blocks in the game. “It was a good win for usRead More »
By John Perrotto The Pitt basketball team entered last season without any expectations. It was supposed to be a rare rebuilding year following a trip to the Elite Eight and a painful loss to Villanova in the NCAA Tournament as stars DuJuan Blair and Sam Young moved on to the NBA. However, the Panthers surprised everyone by going 25-9 and earning a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Xavier in the second round. It is safe to say Pitt will not sneak up on anybody this season. The Panthers return four starters and seven of their top eight scorers. During Big East Media Day next week, it is almost certain that the conference coaches will vote Pitt as the pre-season favorite. Yet as Pitt prepared to begin practice Friday, coach Jamie Dixon is trying to temper the enthusiasm by taking the proverbial bulls eye offRead More »