Pittsburgh Rumors & News

  • Unsafe court conditions cancel Gonzaga-Pittsburgh game in Japan after first half

    USA Today "The season opener for Gonzaga and Pittsburgh was canceled on Friday after the two teams played in hazardous floor conditions in the first half. The teams traveled to Okinawa, Japan to play in front of the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. But similar to years' past, extremely..." November 14

  • Crisshawn Clark commits to Pitt

    Cardiac Hill "Jeff Goodman of ESPN just reported that Pitt has landed Crisshawn Clark for the 2016 recruiting class. Clark plays for Canada College in San Mateo, California. He is originally from the Dayton, Ohio area before heading out West for Junior College. He will have two years of eligibility beginning..." October 20

  • Two Pitt starting guards cleared to return to practice after surgery

    CBS Sports "Pitt 's starting backcourt of James Robinson and Chris Jones has returned to team workouts and will be ready for the start of practice, sources told CBS Sports on Monday. The 6-foot-3 Robinson underwent surgery on his right foot following last season and has been the Panthers' starting point..." September 28

  • Justice Kithcart commits to Pittsburgh over Providence, Creighton

    Big East Coast Bias "Three-star combo guard Justice Kithcart has committed to The University of Pittsburgh. Pitt, a former member of the Big East Conference, gets their second commitment of their 2016 class as the Lynchburg, Virginia native joins three-star power forward Corey Manigault of Fairfax as the commits..." September 21

  • Pitt basketball guard Damon Wilson eligible to play this season

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pitt basketball team got some good news today as freshman guard Damon Wilson has been academically cleared by the NCAA and is eligible to play this season. Wilson, who is from Atlanta, is one of several basketball prospects from Our Savior New American high school in New York. Some of that..." September 10

  • 4-star hoops recruit Winston (U-D Jesuit) drops U-M

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan's primary target for its 2016 basketball recruiting class is gone. U-D Jesuit's Cassius Winston announced on Twitter this morning that he no longer is considering the Wolverines. While many thought that he was leaning toward Michigan, scout.com reported this week that he was..." September 09

  • Pitt center Rafael Maia suffers thumb injury

    Cardiac Hill "It could just be me, but Pitt basketball seems to be suffering from an incredible amount of injuries this offseason. First, Josh Newkirk underwent knee surgery. Then it was announced that guards James Robinson and Sterling Smith were having surgery. Guard Chris Jones was next with toe surgery. In..." September 08

  • Pitt confirms addition of JUCO PG Jonathan Milligan

    Cardiac Hill "This weekend, we reported on the rumor that Jonathan Milligan was headed to Pitt. It looks like that rumor turned out to be correct... The University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team has added JUCO guard Jonathan Milligan for the 2015-16 season head coach Jamie Dixon announced..." September 01

  • Indiana gets a transfer from Pitt guard Josh Newkirk

    Indianapolis Star "Indiana's 13th scholarship, left open all summer, will be used to alleviate long-term depth concerns at guard. Josh Newkirk, a 6-1 guard from Pitt, will transfer to Indiana and complete the Hoosiers' complement of scholarship players. Reggie Newkirk, the player's father, confirmed the move to..." August 24

  • Guard Josh Newkirk to transfer from Pitt

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Junior guard Josh Newkirk will transfer from the University of Pittsburgh, the school announced today. Newkirk had offseason microfracture surgery on his left knee in May and was a likely Redshirt candidate for this season but had been a valuable reserve at both guard spots in each of his first..." August 10

  • Alonzo Nelson-Ododa transfers to Pitt

    Cardiac Hill "Nelson-Ododa is the latest big man to join the Panthers. The team already had secured Rozelle Nix and recently added transfer Rafael Maia. Last year, Nelson-Ododa averaged 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He also brings some shot-blocking ability with 1.7 blocks in 23 minutes of action per..." May 25

  • Arthroscopic knee surgery shelves Pitt guard Newkirk 4-6 months

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitt guard Josh Newkirk had arthroscopic surgery to repair damage in his knee today. The surgery corrected Newkirk's lateral meniscus along with a micro fracture on the outside part of his left knee. He is expected to miss to miss the next 4-6 months of workouts." May 07

  • Reports: Brown transfer Rafael Maia commits to Pitt

    SI "Forward Rafael Maia has committed to Pittsburgh, according to reports. Maia, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, played his last three seasons at Brown after being ruled ineligible in 2011-12. " May 04

  • St. John’s consolation prize: Pitt transfer Durand Johnson

    New York Post "There was no Cheick Diallo hangover for St. John’s. Less than 24 hours after the McDonald’s All-American picked Kansas over the Red Storm and Kentucky, new coach Chris Mullin received a commitment from Pittsburgh transfer Durand Johnson, potentially a coup for next year’s team. “Just being..." April 30

  • Pittsburgh transfer Durand Johnson commits to St. John's

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh transfer Durand Johnson has committed to St. John's, he told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. Since he's already a college graduate, Johnson will be eligible to play immediately next season. "The visit was great," Johnson said. "Everything felt right. I just want to be a part of..." April 29

  • Pitt guard who was suspended will transfer

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Durand Johnson was suspended this past season for an unspecified violation of school policy, but Pitt coaches hoped he would return for his senior season. That is not going to happen now, as coach Jamie Dixon announced Tuesday that Johnson is no longer a member of the team. Dixon said he would..." April 15

  • Report: Joseph Uchebo, Tyrone Haughton not expected back at Pitt

    CBS Sports "Two junior players for Pittsburgh aren't expected to return next season. Joseph Uchebo and Tyrone Haughton will not return to the Panthers, according to a report by ESPN's Jeff Goodman." March 17

  • 4-star Va. recruit joins Pitt's 2016 class

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Corey Manigault, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Fairfax, Va., committed Monday to play basketball at Pitt in 2016 according to his coach, Glenn Farello" March 17

  • Pitt's Johnson to have shoulder surgery

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Freshman forward Cameron Johnson (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart), who missed the past 11 games with a left shoulder injury, is scheduled to have surgery, coach Jamie Dixon said. “We're trying to set up the surgery now,” Dixon said. “We're at that point where we can't wait any longer.”" January 26

  • ACC cuts ties with ref Karl Hess

    ESPN "Veteran official Karl Hess has worked his final ACC basketball game. Hess, who has worked ACC games for more than 25 years, told ESPN that his comment made to Atlanta hotel magnate Mit Shah during Sunday's Louisville-Wake Forest game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was made in jest. Shah,..." January 10

  • Steve Pederson out as Pitt's athletic director

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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 "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

    CBS Sports "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

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