The Pittsburgh Panthers (4-0) Men’s basketball team has jumped two spots to #4. The Big East now has¬†three teams in the top 5 Top 5 1. North Carolina (3-0) 2. Connecticut (4-0) 3. Louisville (2-0) 4. Pittsburgh (4-0) 5. Duke (6-0) Click here for the rest of the top 25
High expectations will follow the Pitt Panthers Men’s basketball this season as the first college basketball preseason poll was released Thursday. In Thursday‚Äôs ESPN/USA Today coaches’ Poll, Pitt comes into the 2008-2009 campaign with an impressive No. 6 ranking. North Carolina received all 31 first-place votes as the unanimous No. 1 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll. North Carolina is followed by 2. UCONN, 3. Louisville, 4. UCLA, and 5. Duke. Three Big East teams round out the top 6
Before a crowd of 51,161 at Heinz Field today Pitt gave up its most points since 1996 and the Panthers 10th ranked pass defense (nationally) couldn‚Äôt contain Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel who came into the game with only 3 touchdowns in seven games. Teel had his biggest game of the season connecting with Kenny Britt on scoring plays of 79, 7 and 26 yards, Tim Brown for 60 and 36 yards and Kevin Brock for 3 yards. Teel‚Äôs 36-yard pass to Brown made it 41-31 and came one play after Aaron Berry’s fumbled punt midway through the third quarter and not long after LeSean McCoy got the Panthers within 3 points on his fourth touchdown run of the day. Down 41-31, Pitt was dealt a serious blow when starting quarterback Bill Stull‚Äôs neck snapped backward as he was hurried by defensive back David Row on an incompletion. Stull lay motionlessRead More »
The Pitt Panthers Men‚Äôs basketball team has been picked third in the 2008-09 Big East men’s basketball preseason poll. Connecticut, with nine first-place votes, is the pre-season favorite, followed by Louisville (3 first-place votes). Pitt received three first-place votes, and fourth-place Notre Dame received the other first-place vote. Villinova is picked to finish 5th. West Virginia is picked to finish ninth after losing standout Joe Alexander to the NBA. Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody was picked as the conference’s preseason player of the year. Pitt‚Äôs Sam Young was a unanimous selection on the preseason All-Big East team. Young and Harangody were the only two players to be unanimous selections
Pitt 26 – South Florida 21 The Pitt Panthers did it again upsetting another top 10 team in a prime time matchup. Defensively the Panthers limited quarterback Matt Grothe and the Panthers got a strong performance from running back LeSean McCoy (28 ATT ‚Äì 142 YDS ‚Äì 2TD). McCoy made key runs late in the game to keep the chains moving and quarterback Bill Stull managed the game well. Stull was efficient and halted South Florida‚Äôs early momentum when he connected with wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin for a 52 yard touchdown pass. The Panthers at 4-1 move to first place in the Big East. Full analysis in the morning
PITT at Syracuse Wrap Up Syracuse started fast and made some plays, but Pitt proved they were the better team in the 2nd half and won the game 34-24. It wasn‚Äôt the blowout everyone expected, but in the past that was the type of game Pitt usually lost. Pitt almost scored on every drive, but unfortunately they were most often field goals instead of touchdowns. The Pitt running game had a huge day and the defense owned the 4th Quarter like they have for the past 3 games. Pitt is now 3-1 heading into a crucial game on Thursday Night vs. South Florida. PITT at #10 South Florida Thursday 8 P.M. ESPN South Florida is 5-0 defeating Tennessee Martin, UCF (1-3), Kansas (3-1), Florida International (1-3), and N.C. State (2-3). South Florida has struggled a little on the road, unfortunately for the Panthers they play South Florida in Tampa. SouthRead More »
The Pitt Panthers Men’s Basketball team has landed 6-9 center Talib Zanna. Zanna out of Maryland is a skilled big man who is an efficient scorer near the basket. Zanna provides strong defensive skills and will be a great addition to a 2009 class that has already received committments from 5-star recruit (PF) Dante Taylor, 4 star recruit (SF) Lamar Patterson and (PF) J.J. Richardson who is viewed as a 3-star recruit.
The Syracuse Orange had the Pitt Panthers on the verge of a loss that could have had major implications to the Panthers coaching staff. Down 24 ‚Äì 16 in the third quarter Pitt fought back and scored 18 unanswered points to beat the Orange 34-24 in Syracuse. LeSean McCoy and LaRod Stephens-Howling led the Panthers comeback combining for 218 rushing yards. Stephens ‚Äì Howling‚Äôs 3 yard touchdown run with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter was the difference maker. More to come in Sunday‚Äôs edition.
PITT v. Iowa Wrap Up Pitt reclaimed some of the high expectations it had in August, beating the 3-1 Iowa Hawkeyes 21-20. The Panthers were 3 for 3 on 4th down conversions, which led to all three of their Touchdowns. The offense was adequate and LeSean McCoy made some big plays when the team needed them most. The defense was a little soft on the run early, but tightened down in the fourth quarter, saved the game and had six sacks on the day. The return game was very mediocre, but Dave Brytus was the star of the game averaging 47.8 yards per punt and pinning the Hawkeyes on the 1 for there final drive. I had predicted Pitt in a Squeaker 17-14 and a 21-20 Pitt win was just what the Dr. ordered. PITT at Syracuse ‚Äì WTAE and ESPN Regional Coverage 12:00 p.m. Right now the Syracuse ProgramRead More »