Pitt hoops: Panthers knock off No.5 Syracuse

 

The Pittsburgh Panthers (12-2, 2-0) continued their dominance at the Carrier Dome as Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points and Jermaine Dixon added 21 points to lead Pittsburgh to an 82-72 victory over the previously unbeaten No.5 Syracuse Orange (13-1). Trailing 30-27 after the first half, Pitt went on a 14-3 run in the second half and jumped out to a 60-47 lead as the Panthers outscored Syracuse 55-42 in the second half. Pitt opens up the Big East season 2-0. Through 14 games, Ashton Gibbs has established himself as Pitt’s go-to-player, scoring double digit points in 12 of 14 games and back-to-back games with 20+ points. Gibbs led the way for the Panthers offensively but also added 8 rebounds and was 6-for-9 from three point range. Dixon played a complete game scoring 21 points and had a team high 5 steals. Pitt was aggressive on defense and on the boards.Read More »

Pitt – Texas Recap: Panthers fall to Longhorns 78-62

 

By John Perrotto It was finally time to get a good read on the Pitt basketball team Tuesday night after the Panthers bolted to a 4-0 start against a soft schedule. The early verdict on a very young team that currently has no returning starters in their lineup is this after Pitt gave No. 3 Texas a pretty good battle before eventually losing 78-62 in the championship game of the xxx at Kansas City, Mo.: The Panthers aren’t one of the nation’s elite team as they have been through the better part of this decade but they still look like a team capable of getting to the NCAA Tournament. Pitt won’t face a more talented team the rest of the season unless they run into Kansas or Michigan State in the NCAAs. The Longhorns run wave after wave of ultra-athletic guards at teams in their pressure defense and have thisRead More »

PITT WILL BE JUDGED BY ITS FINAL THREE GAMES

 

By MARK MADDEN If pets grow to resemble their owners, it seems likely that football teams take after their coach. I don’t know what Dave Wannstedt’s dog, cat or goldfish looks like, but I know his football team has Wannstedt written all over it. Pitt will hit you in the mouth, and not wait for you to swing first. That may be Wannstedt’s biggest contribution since taking Pitt’s reins in 2005. Under Walt Harris, Pitt was an Xs & Os bunch looking for technical ecstasy, a bunch of four-eyed geeks with pocket protectors. Wannstedt has rebuilt both lines and the team’s will to fight. Given the relative lack of competition in the Big East – make no mistake, though; the Big Ten and ACC are no better – it’s difficult to buy Pitt as the true, legitimate eighth-best team in college football. I’m not even sure the Panthers would crackRead More »

Pitt hoops: Chase Adams stars in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

 

Pittsburgh — The Pittsburgh Panthers Mens’ basketball team took part in their annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage Tuesday night as senior guard Chase Adams starred, leading the Blue team to a 56-53 win. Adams, a senior transfer led all scorers with 21 points and was 5-for-7 shooting from three point range. Adams showed athleticism, good range, and was 8-for-11 from the field. While Adams was the star for the Blue team, junior guard Brad Wanamaker and sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs each had strong performances for the Gold team. Wanamaker, a player the coaching staff expects to play a big role for the young panthers this season, scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting and was aggressive driving to the hoop and creating his own shot. Gibbs scored 17 points and was 3-for-6 from three point range. Gibbs led all Big East scorers last season in three point field goal percentage. Top recruit FRead More »

Pitt Training Camp: Wednesday Practice

 

Pitt Training Camp Reports Day 1: Tuesday Practice By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — There were two changes to Pitt’s depth chart during the Wednesday morning practice, as Tino Sunseri switched sessions with Pat Bostick at quarterback, while Chris Jacobson started at left offensive guard for Joe Thomas. Fifth-year senior Bill Stull remained the starting quarterback for Pittsburgh, but junior Pat Bostick moved to the afternoon session. And redshirt freshman Tino Sunseri worked out in the morning with mostly second-team reps, but he had some with the first group as well. Chris Jacobson, a redshirt sophomore, basically switched spots with senior Joe Thomas at left offensive guard. Thomas was the first-team guard the first day, but Jacobson took that spot Wednesday morning. “We just flip-flopped them,” Pitt offensive line coach Tony Wise said. “Those two are pretty close, and we wanted to get them both a good look with the onesRead More »

Pitt Training Camp: Tuesday Practice

 

By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt believed Tuesday’s split-team practice sessions were a good indication about the disparity between the Panthers’ veteran players Tuesday morning and the underclassmen in the afternoon. The Pitt starters and second-team players competed in the morning session, while all but two freshmen were in the afternoon. Tailback Dion Lewis and wideout Devin Street from the 2009 frosh class were in the morning. “I would summarize Day 1 by saying that I was very encouraged this morning from an execution standpoint,” Wannstedt said. “It was very obvious this morning that we weren’t playing with a bunch of first-year players. The guys came out and were focused in all areas. “And the execution, the only balls to hit the ground were by two freshmen. … The afternoon was not quite as sharp, but we had the freshmen and most of the first-year players.Read More »

PITT media day

 

By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Even though media members covering the Big East voted the Pitt football team as the one to beat for the Conference title this season, Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt admitted that there were as many as five teams which could receive the league’s BCS berth with his group certainly in the mix. Wannstedt, addressing a large crowd during Pittsburgh’s football media day Monday morning, added that he was as confident as ever in the Panthers going into his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater. “I think we’ve got a good feel for things,” Wannstedt said. “The quarterback position a year ago, Billy (fifth-year senior Bill Stull) was coming in as a first-time starter. Now, Billy has started. We know what were dealing with, and we have a better feel for him.” Stull, the incumbent starter, joins junior Pat Bostick as the only twoRead More »

Inside Look at Pitt’s incoming freshmen

 

By Dale Grdnic The Pitt football team will have several dozen players with freshman eligibility on its 2009 roster, including 20 first-year guys, and many will be counted on to contribute to the program this fall. Since Pitt’s running game is an area where the most competition is expected, it’s also the position where youth will be served. Three players with freshman eligibility, second-year player Chris Burns and freshmen Dion Lewis and Raymond Graham, should all vie for playing time there. “We don’t have a lot of experience at the running back position, but we do have a lot of young talent,” Panthers running backs coach David Walker said. “So, it should be a very interesting camp. There’s going to be a lot of teaching, but there’s a lot of potential there. So, it should be exciting as well.” Burns was impressive during training camp last year, but with seniorRead More »

NCAA FB: Who’s Left For Pitt To Sign?

 

Following Pitt’s much publicized failure to land some of the top prospects in the state this year, the question now is who’s left? There’s still a few players left in the Top 15, but, Pitt’s going to have a difficult time landing them. PA’s Top Prospects For The Class of 2010 1) Shariff Floyd, DT (Philadelphia): unsigned, Being recruited by every top program in the country, Pitt has offered 2) Corey Brown, RB (Springfield): unsigned but appears to be leaning towards Florida, Pitt has offered 3) Mike Hull, LB (Canon-McMillan): verbal commitment to Penn State 4) Paul Jones, QB (Sto-Rox): verbal commitment to Penn State 5) Dakoya Royer, LB/DE (Manheim): unsigned, Offers from Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Oregon, Virginia Tech, etc 6) Kyle Baublitz, DE (Central York): verbal commitment to Penn State 7) Cullen Christian, CB (Penn Hills): unsigned but likely to commit to Michigan

Big Recruiting Loss for Wannstedt

 

Dave Wannstedt and his coaching staff received some really bad news this afternoon when Fox Chapel blue-chip offensive lineman Miles Dieffenbach made a surprised verbal commitment to Joe Paterno and Penn State. The 6-5, 277 offensive tackle just received an official offer from Penn State a week ago today. It was widely assumed that Dieffenbach was a lock to commit to Pitt. The Panthers were the first school to offer Dieffenbach and his father is the tennis coach for Pitt. Dieffenbach was a regular visitor to South Side and had developed a tight relationship with Wannstedt and his coaching staff. Aside from Pitt and Penn State, Dieffenbach had offers from Florida State, Virginia, Minnesota, Boston College and Northwestern. Dieffenbach is the 4th local player that’s made an early commitment to Penn State joining Paul Jones (Sto-Rox), Luke Graham (Penn-Trafford) and Mike Hull (Canon-McMillan).