Young, Williams more deserving of Big East Player of the year honors than Thabeet

 

DeJuan Blair (15.6 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 1 BPG Hasheem Thabeet (13.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 4.5 BPG) In the biggest game of the season @ UCONN on February 16, 2009, Blair had 22 points ‚Äì 23 rebounds compared to Thabeet who had 5 points ‚Äì 4 rebounds. That alone should have given Blair a slight edge in the voting. Thabeet is a dominating force on the defensive side of the ball but you could possibly make an even stronger argument for Pittburgh‚Äôs Sam Young and Louisville‚Äôs Terrence Williams for Big East Player of the year honors. Pitt shouldn‚Äôt win the Big East Tournament? Pitt has already locked up a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and in the past it has been believed that the team values the Big East Tournament more than the NCAA Tournament. That is no longer the case as the team has its sights set on aRead More »

No.4 Pittsburgh defeats No.1 Connecticut 70-60

 

Sam Young‚Äôs dominating performance Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Event Center helped the No.4 Pittsburgh Panthers knock off the No.1 Connecticut Huskies for the second time this season. Young a projected first round pick in this summers NBA draft had a monster game with 31 points, 10 rebounds to lead Pittsburgh to a 70-60 win. Young has scored 55 points in two games against the Huskies this season. The victory on Saturday likely secured a #1 seed for the Panthers in the NCAA tournament. The win was the second time this season the Panthers knocked off the No.1 ranked team in the nation. The Panthers beat #1 Connecticut 76-68 on February 16 which was the first time in school history that the Panthers beat a #1 ranked team. The Panthers (28-3, 15-3 in Big East), finished 19-0 at home this season and defeated the Connecticut Huskies twice in one seasonRead More »

Pitt, WVU release 2009 Football Schedule

 

Pitt Panthers Football Schedule Sept. 5: Youngstown State (TBA) Sept. 12: at Buffalo (TBA) Sept. 19: Navy (TBA) Sept. 26: at North Carolina State (TBA) Oct. 2: at Louisville (8 p.m.) Oct. 10: Connecticut (TBA) Oct. 16: at Rutgers (8 p.m.) Oct. 24: USF (TBA) Nov. 7: Syracuse (TBA) Nov. 14: Notre Dame (TBA) Nov. 27: at West Virginia (TBA) Dec. 5: Cincinnati (TBA)

#4 Pittsburgh knocks off #1 Connecticut 76-68

 

Young & Blair combine for 47 points as Pitt makes a major statement The #1 Connecticut Huskies had no answer for Sam Young (25 points) and DeJuan Blair (22 Points – 23 Rebounds) as Pittsburgh upended the #1 team in the nation 76-68 Monday night at the Hartford Civic Center. The win against a #1 ranked opponent was the first in Panthers history. The Panthers move to 11-2 in Big East play and there will be a new #1 team in the nation next week. more to come

NBA Draft Watch: Blair in mid-late first round discussion

 

Pitt Panthers power forward DeJuan Blair is currently the hottest player in college basketball and recent performances like a 23-point, 22-rebound game against Notre Dame last week and a career high 32-point, 14 rebound game against Depaul yesterday has propelled Blair as a potential first round pick according to many NBA Draft Experts. An Inside Look at Blairs draft stock and has Sam Young fallen out of the 1st round discussion?

Young powers Pittsburgh to 79-67 win over WVU

 

Up 39-37 at the half, No.4 Pittsburgh relied on star forward Sam Young to open the game up against Big East rival West Virginia. Young Pitt‚Äôs leading scorer (18.6ppg), scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead No. 4 Pittsburgh to a 79-67 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers on Sunday. Sunday‚Äôs matchup was between two of the Big East‚Äôs top defenses but the Mountaineers could not contain Pitt‚Äôs front court threat of Sam Young (22 points) and DeJuan Blair (16 points). Blair also added 11 rebounds to record his 13th double-double of the season. Da’Sean Butler led West Virginia with 21 points who are now 14-5 on the season. West Virginia is a dangerous team in the Big East but they lack the inside presence to matchup against a physical team like Pitt who can dominate the opposition in the low post. If Joe AlexanderRead More »

NCAA Basketball: Pitt falls to #4 in coaches poll

 

Top 5 1. Wake Forest (16-0) 2. Duke ( 16-1) 3. Connecticut (16-1) 4. Pittsburgh (16-1) Last Week: Def. South Florida 75-62 (1/14), Lost to No. 20 Louisville 69-63 (1/17) This Week: 1/19 vs. No. 8 Syracuse (17-2), 1/25 at West Virginia (13-4) 5. Oklahoma (17-1)

NCAA FB: McCoy will declare for NFL draft

 

University of Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy will officially declare for the NFL draft today. McCoy remained on the fence throughout the week and had until Thursday to declare. McCoy is projected as a late first round/ early second round pick.

Pitt lands 2010 4-star recruit

 

Plainfield, N.J. point guard Isaiah Epps (6’2 170 lbs) has verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh. Epps is rated as a four star recruit on many scouting services and becomes the first commitment in the 2010 class for head coach Jaime Dixon. Epps, a lefty, is a explosive guard who drains his shot with regularity. He is an above average pull up shooter from three point range and his quickness is his biggest strength along with his vision on the floor.