Pittsburgh Rumors & News

  • Steve Pederson out as Pitt's athletic director

    CBSSports.com "On the same day that Pitt lost its coach to Wisconsin, the school announced that athletic directoer Steve Pederson is no longer the Panthers' athletic director. In fact, the school announced the decision as Paul Chryst was beginning his introductory press conference with the Badgers in..." December 17

  • Pitt suspends Durand Johnson for season

    Baltimore Sun "Pittsburgh has suspended junior forward Durand Johnson (Lake Clifton) for the entire season for undisclosed reasons, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Johnson averaged 8.8 points and three rebounds per game last season before suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury..." November 15

  • Pitt basketball team lands 7-foot center

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pensacola State sophomore Rozelle Nix, a 7-foot center listed at 315 pounds, committed to attend Pitt beginning with the 2015 season after a campus visit this weekend, Pensacola State assistant coach Ontario Lett said." October 27

  • Are Pitt, Jamie Dixon a little too consistent?

    Fox Sports "Anymore, the word consistency has become a bit of a backhanded compliment. In today’s world of sports clichés, being consistent is akin to being fundamentally sound, or old school – although old school itself is considered to be, strangely, rather bad-ass: scrappy, tough, blue-collar. But..." October 17

  • Pitt's Cameron Wright to miss 10 weeks with broken left foot

    CBSSports.com "Pittsburgh's Cameron Wright will miss the next 10 weeks due to a broken left foot, the school announced Friday night. Wright, a fifth-year senior, started all 36 games for the Panthers last season and averaged 10.5 points. He suffered the injury during Friday's practice and now will likely miss..." September 28

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Pitt suspends senior center Derrick Randall indefinitely

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Backup center Derrick Randall was suspended indefinitely from the Pitt basketball team after he was arrested early Tuesday on Rutgers University's campus and charged with driving while intoxicated, use of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. “The..." April 30

  • OLSH guard Johnson signs with Pitt

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Our Lady of the Sacred Heart basketball standout Cameron Johnson signed with Pitt Monday, giving the Panthers three WPIAL recruits in the Class of 2014. The 6-foot-8, 185-pound combination guard averaged 27.8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists as a senior and finished with 1,175 career..." April 21

  • What went wrong with ACC hoops this season

    Fox Sports South "The numbers aren't pretty for the ACC, any way you slice it. A hoops-dominated conference that recently expanded in the hopes of becoming the nation's preeminent basketball league missed on that mark in Year 1. And it's been trending downward for quite some time. This marks the fourth..." April 02

  • Pitt crushes Colorado in 2nd round NCAA tournament game, 77-48

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "By the time most people got into their seats at Amway Arena for this NCAA Tournament second round matchup, the game, for all intents and purposes was over. Not in the most technical sense, but No. 9 seed Pitt made such quick work of No. 8 Colorado and had such a big lead early over the..." March 20

  • Panthers' Young practices in preparation for Colorado

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitt freshman forward Michael Young practiced Tuesday in preparation for Thursday's 1:40 p.m. South Region second-round game against Colorado in Orlando, Fla., but he is still bothered by a back fracture, coach Jamie Dixon said. “He's struggling a little bit,” Dixon said before leaving for..." March 19

  • Jamie Dixon says Pitt is 'the underdog'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt has been to the NCAA tournament 12 times in the past 13 years, so coach Jamie Dixon is used to the drill. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t an exciting experience for him and his players as they prepare for the tournament. The NCAA tournament is a reward and the end result of hours of hard..." March 19

  • Pittsburgh's double teams on defense concern the Colorado Buffaloes

    Denver Post "A key for the Colorado men's basketball team against defensive-minded Pittsburgh in an NCAA Tournament game Thursday in Orlando, Fla., will be whether 6-foot-10 sophomore Josh Scott can fight through double-teams, Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle said Monday. "Pittsburgh is a very physical team, a..." March 19

  • CU Buffs' analytics don't bode well for NCAA Tournament game vs. Pitt

    Denver Post "Las Vegas sports books have Colorado pegged as a 5½-point underdog in its second-round NCAA Tournament game Thursday against Pittsburgh — even though the Buffs are the higher seed (8 vs. 9). The bookies aren't the only ones predicting trouble for the Buffs. Peter Tiernan is, too. Tiernan,..." March 19

  • Virginia 51, Pittsburgh 48

    ProSportsDaily "Joe Harris led a balanced offense with 12 points as the Cavaliers edged the Panthers in the semifinals of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Justin Anderson sealed it by blocking James Robinson’s 3-point attempt in the final seconds for top-seeded Virginia (27-6), which will play Duke in..." March 16

  • Pitt defeats North Carolina to advance to ACC semifinals

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With a 20-point lead late in the second half, Pitt was preparing to put its John Hancock on North Carolina. Before the ink could dry on Pitt's first signature win of the season, the Tar Heels used a frantic full-court press and Marcus Paige's hot hand to put the Panthers in a familiar..." March 15

  • Pittsburgh 84, Wake Forest 55

    ProSportsDaily "Lamar Patterson scored a game-high 24 points and dished out four assists as the Panthers rolled over the Demon Deacons in the second round of the ACC tournament at Greensboro, N.C. Talib Zanna contributed 17 points and nine rebounds for fifth-seeded Pittsburgh (24-8), which will play North..." March 14

  • Report: ACC finalizing deal to move tournament to Brooklyn

    CBSSports.com "During conference realignment, there has always been the thought that the ACC would eventually move its conference tournament to Madison Square Garden. Even after the Big East and MSG extended their deal to 2026, the discussion was still there. According to a report late Thursday night by Pete..." March 14

  • Momentum is there for Pitt basketball to move ahead

    Boston Herald "One-and-done tournament basketball is often more about which team is playing the best at the time than which is the best team. That is something Pitt will continue to remind itself the next few days in preparation for the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Pitt (23-8) is the fifth seed in the..." March 11

  • Pittsburgh 83, Clemson 78

    ProSportsDaily "Josh Newkirk’s steal and jumper forced overtime and Lamar Patterson tied his career high of 30 points as the visiting Panthers stunned the Tigers. Patterson went 5-of-9 from 3-point range, including one in the final seconds of regulation, and Cameron Wright scored eight of his 16 points in..." March 09

  • Pitt opens lock on NCAA tournament berth

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt survived the week it could not afford to lose to given opponents and, as a result, has moved closer to the "virtual lock" category for the NCAA tournament. Pitt is 22-7 overall, 10-6 in the ACC and has assured itself a winning conference record with two games left. The Panthers also..." March 04

  • N.C. State 74, Pittsburgh 67

    ProSportsDaily "T.J. Warren scored 26 of his career-high 41 points in the second half as the visiting Wolfpack rallied to beat the Panthers. Warren, the ACC’s leading scorer, made 16-of-22 from the field and added four steals for North Carolina State (18-12, 8-9 ACC), which trailed by as many as 13 in the..." March 04

  • Pittsburgh 85, Notre Dame 81

    ProSportsDaily "Lamar Patterson scored 20 points and hit a pair of critical late free throws as the visiting Panthers ended their five-game losing streak to the Fighting Irish. Patterson added seven rebounds and seven assists while Talib Zanna collected 17 points and 14 rebounds – including 10 on the offensive..." March 02

  • Pittsburgh 66, Boston College 59

    ProSportsDaily "Talib Zanna was 7-of-10 from the field and scored 21 points to lead the visiting Panthers to an ACC victory over the Eagles. Lamar Patterson drained four 3-pointers and scored 16 points and Cameron Wright tacked on 14 points and six rebounds for the Panthers (21-7, 9-6 ACC). Zannna also made..." February 27

  • Florida St. 71, Pittsburgh 66

    ProSportsDaily "Okaro White collected 22 points and eight rebounds as the visiting Seminoles knocked off the Panthers. Ian Miller added 19 points and five assists for Florida State (16-11, 7-8 ACC), which has won two of three to pull within a game of .500 in conference play. Aaron Thomas struggled to 1-of-9..." February 24

  • UNC grinds out 75-71 victory against Pitt

    Charlotte Observer "North Carolina guard Marcus Paige was on the way back to his dorm Wednesday night to take his pregame nap when he was called back for a team meeting, in which the Tar Heels learned their game against Duke had been postponed. The Duke game represented a chance for the Tar Heels to measure..." February 16

  • Ennis keeps Syracuse unbeaten with 3-pointer at buzzer to beat Pittsburgh, 58-56

    Syracuse.com "The Syracuse Orange, improbably, remains undefeated. Syracuse, which had trailed for almost the entire game, stunned the Pittsburgh Panthers and a capacity crowd at the Petersen Events Center as Tyler Ennis drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 58-56 victory here on Wednesday..." February 13

  • Duke-UNC and Pitt-Syracuse highlight rivalry battles

    USA Today "AT THE WATER COOLER: Something old and something new highlight the slate of rivalry games around the Atlantic Coast Conference tonight. For that matter, No. 1 Syracuse at No. 23 Pittsburgh (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and No. 9 Duke at North Carolina (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) could be categorized as something..." February 12

  • Pitt defeats Virginia Tech, 62-57 in double overtime

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Lamar Patterson has been Pitt's go-to player and leading offensive player. At times when he is having an off night, the Panthers have a tough time scoring. And that was never more evident than Saturday when Patterson tried to play against Virginia Tech despite an injured thumb that made it..." February 09

  • Zanna's bad ankle gave glimpse at glaring issue

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Forgive Jamie Dixon if Pitt's season flashed before his eyes when Talib Zanna collapsed on the court. A hush fell over Petersen Events Center on Sunday when Zanna twisted his left ankle against Virginia. Pitt already had lost one key contributor when sophomore swingman Durand Johnson..." February 07

  • Clutch Patterson leads Pitt to overtime victory over Miami (Fla.) on road

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Lamar Patterson certainly remembers the depressing feeling of missing two free throws with a one-point lead against Cincinnati that led to Pitt's first loss of the season. At Miami, however, he claimed amnesia. Patterson made three of four free throws in the final 10.6 seconds in scoring a..." February 06

  • Brogdon's 3 Gives Virginia a 48-45 Win Over Pitt

    VirginiaSports.com "As even-keeled as players come, UVa guard Malcolm Brogdon rarely shows emotion on the basketball court. But there he was Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center, the broadest of smiles spread across his face, his arms raised in triumph, teammates surrounding him. Who could blame him for..." February 03

  • Duke strategy stymies senior Patterson in victory over Pitt at Pete

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Duke's Rodney Hood reads newspapers. He watches TV. He knew about Pitt's Lamar Patterson, and how he has been mentioned prominently among national and ACC player of the year candidates. “So, I wanted to guard him and see what everybody has been talking about,” Hood said. And so he did,..." January 29

  • Pitt suddenly in need of a good win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The loss Monday against Duke at Petersen Events Center was disappointing for Pitt and its fans, because it was a big game -- and probably an even bigger event -- in front of a national television audience in prime time. There is, of course, no shame in losing to Duke. The disappointment,..." January 29

  • Pitt's Patterson, Duke's Parker win ACC honors

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitt senior Lamar Patterson and Duke freshman Jabari Parker, who will lead their nationally ranked teams against one another in an ACC game at 7 tonight at Petersen Events Center, received conference honors this week. Patterson and Wake Forest's Travis McKie were named ACC co-players of the..." January 28

  • Pitt, Patterson still have some work to do

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "I have been pushing Pitt as the team to beat in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I also have been pushing Pitt's Lamar Patterson as the leading candidate for the league's player of the year award. What did Emily Litella -- the great Gilda Radner character on "Saturday Night Live" -- always say..." January 28

  • Parker, Dawkins lead Duke over Pitt

    Durham Herald-Sun "For a few games this month, Duke played without its usual toughness. Those were also the Blue Devils’ first road games of the season, both resulting in ACC losses. On Monday night, playing in their toughest environment yet, No. 17 Duke had plenty of toughness of its own to post its most..." January 28

  • Pitt's Lamar Patterson: Focus on performance, not Wooden snub

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Have you met Lamar Patterson? Passionate followers of the Pitt Panthers, and there are more of those than there once were, found themselves a bit vexed by the release of a Wooden Award midseason top 25 list that omitted young Mr. Patterson. We have told you before the Wooden Award is the least..." January 27

  • Plenty to like about Panthers' Patterson

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "As good as Pitt's Lamar Patterson was in the 83-79 win against Maryland Saturday night, he was better after the game. Check out his response when he was asked about his excellent shot at being the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. "I truthfully don't care about it. I'd rather be the..." January 26

  • Pitt shakes off slow start, beats Terps 83-79

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Great defense has been a staple of Pitt in the Jamie Dixon era, and the Panthers have won a lot of games over the years by locking down opponents and grinding it out on offense. But this is a different Pitt team this season, one that seemingly has adapted to the changing tides in college..." January 26

  • Maryland seeks revenge in rematch with Pitt

    CSN Baltimore "Three weeks ago, Maryland was riding a three-game winning streak into Pittsburgh before being outmuscled and outplayed in a 20-point loss at Petersen Events Center. The situation was not as dire then as it is now, as the Terrapins come off a crushing road loss to an undermanned NC State..." January 25

  • Motivated Panthers improve on defense

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt played with a bit of an edge Tuesday night, and the results showed as the Panthers routed Clemson, 76-43, for the fourth-largest margin of victory for a conference game in their history. What was bothering the Panthers? According to coach Jamie Dixon and company, there were two..." January 23

  • Torrid shooting leads way for Pitt in rout over Clemson at Pete

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Clemson presented a challenge close to Pitt's heart, as the Tigers entered their ACC game ranked among the nation's top three in defending against field goals and 3-pointers. So the Panthers went and shot the lights out. No. 20 Pitt came out firing and jumped to a double-digit lead in the..." January 22

  • Pitt breezes by Clemson, 76-43

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt center Talib Zanna said the Panthers were "mad" after their loss Saturday against Syracuse and wanted to "take it out" on Clemson, who happened to be their first opponent after the Orange. Panthers coach Jamie Dixon said the Panthers "practiced angry" because they knew they let that game..." January 22

  • Panthers are ACC favorites ... seriously

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Syracuse is 18-0 and has been ranked No. 2 in America since Dec. 9, but it is not the favorite to win the ACC championship. Pitt is. I'm serious. That is not a giddy overreaction to Pitt's ridiculously easy 76-43 win against Clemson Tuesday night at Petersen Events Center. It is merely a..." January 22

  • Newcomers from Big East altering ACC power structure

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The basketball league famous for creating hoops heroes along Tobacco Road held a January showdown Saturday between its only remaining undefeated teams in conference play. But there was not a school from North Carolina, Virginia or Maryland in the arena. No representative from Florida or..." January 21

  • College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    College Basketball Talk "Last week, the thing I got the most heat about in these rankings were where I had Syracuse situated: sitting at No. 3, sitting directly behind a Michigan State team that has a loss to a North Carolina team that the Orange have already beaten. So I figured this week I would explain my reasoning..." January 20

  • Syracuse basketball rallies late as Tyler Ennis leads Orange past Pittsburgh

    Syracuse.com "After watching his unflappable freshman point guard once again produce big plays down the stretch to lift Syracuse past Pittsburgh, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim uttered the words that heretofore would have been blasphemous from the Salt City all the way to Scranton. Tyler Ennis had just scored..." January 19

  • Weekend homework: Pitt perceptions

    ESPN.com "The following is true of the Pittsburgh Panthers: They average 1.18 points per possession. They allow just .94. The Panthers’ average margin of victory in 2013-14 is 17.2 points. They have 16 wins. They have one loss. This week, when Ken Pomeroy unveiled his 2013-14..." January 17

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