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11-02-2006, 05:08 PM
Ranked #5 boys, let's do it!!! P.I.T.T. PITT! PITT! PITT!

2006-2007 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result

10/28/06 Blue-Gold Scrimmage Petersen Events Center W, 68-59
11/01/06 vs. Carnegie Mellon (Exh.) Petersen Events Center W, 103-45
11/04/06 vs. California (Pa.) (Exh.) Petersen Events Center 7:30 p.m. ET
Maggie Dixon Classic
11/12/06 vs. Western Michigan West Point, N.Y./Christl Arena 12:00 p.m. ET

11/14/06 vs. Delaware State Petersen Events Center 7:30 p.m. ET
First Commonwealth Colonial Basketball Classic
11/17/06 vs. Northeastern Petersen Events Center 5:00 p.m. ET
11/18/06 vs. Massachusetts Petersen Events Center 5:00 p.m. ET
11/19/06 vs. Oakland Petersen Events Center 5:00 p.m. ET
11/24/06 vs. Florida State Petersen Events Center 7:30 p.m. ET

11/29/06 vs. Robert Morris Petersen Events Center 7:30 p.m. ET
12/03/06 at Auburn Auburn, Ala./Beard Eaves Memorial Coliseum 3:00 p.m. ET
12/06/06 vs. Duquesne Petersen Events Center 9:00 p.m. ET
12/09/06 at Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y./Alumni Arena 4:00 p.m. ET
12/16/06 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis./Kohl Center 12:00 p.m. ET
All-College Classic
12/21/06 at Oklahoma State Oklahoma City, Okla./Ford Center 7:00 p.m. ET

12/23/06 vs. Dayton Petersen Events Center 8:00 p.m. ET
12/30/06 vs. Florida A&M Petersen Events Center 8:00 p.m. ET
01/04/07 at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y./Carrier Dome 7:00 p.m. ET
01/07/07 vs. USF Petersen Events Center 12:00 p.m. ET
01/10/07 at DePaul Chicago, Ill./AllState Arena 7:00 p.m. ET
01/13/07 vs. Georgetown Petersen Events Center 9:00 p.m. ET
01/16/07 vs. Connecticut Petersen Events Center 7:00 p.m. ET
01/21/07 vs. Marquette Petersen Events Center TBA
01/24/07 at Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio/Fifth Third Arena 8:00 p.m. ET
01/27/07 vs. St. John's Petersen Events Center 4:00 p.m. ET
01/29/07 at Villanova Philadelphia, Pa./Wachovia Center 7:00 p.m. ET
02/07/07 at West Virginia Morgantown, W.Va./WVU Coliseum 7:30 p.m. ET
02/10/07 vs. Providence Petersen Events Center 6:00 p.m. ET
02/12/07 vs. Louisville Petersen Events Center 7:00 p.m. ET
02/17/07 vs. Washington Petersen Events Center 2:00 p.m. ET
02/19/07 at Seton Hall East Rutherford, N.J./Continental Airlines Arena 8:00 p.m. ET
02/24/07 at Georgetown Washington, D.C./MCI Center 2:00 p.m. ET
02/27/07 vs. West Virginia Petersen Events Center 7:00 p.m. ET
03/03/07 at Marquette Milwaukee, Wis./Bradley Center 9:00 p.m. ET
Big East Championship
03/07/07 Big East Championship First Round New York, N.Y./Madison Square Garden TBA
03/08/07 Big East Championship Quarterfinals New York, N.Y./Madison Square Garden TBA
03/09/07 Big East Championship Semifinals New York, N.Y./Madison Square Garden TBA
03/10/07 Big East Championship Final New York, N.Y./Madison Square Garden 9:00 p.m. ET

11-05-2006, 09:55 AM
College Basketball Preview: Pitt brings talent and maturity to a season of near-unprecedented expectation


11-05-2006, 01:55 PM
So is this the season the Panthers get over the hump and make it the Final Four?

11-05-2006, 07:04 PM
I guess we shall see...

11-27-2006, 01:27 PM
UCLA jumps over Pitt in basketball polls
Monday, November 27, 2006

By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt will have to wait for No. 1.

UCLA is the new No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll. Pitt is No. 2. In the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, Ohio State is the new No. 1 followed by No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Pitt. Both polls were released today.

Pitt received 18 first-place votes from the AP voters, but UCLA impressed the voters more with 36 votes after beating Georgia Tech and Kentucky last week.

Pitt is No. 2 in the AP poll for the first time since January of 2003.


12-09-2006, 04:55 PM
Wow, Pittsburgh had a close one today.

(2) PITT: 70

Buffalo: 67

All good teams have an off day. We had ours today and still won. Nice little wake up call before we play at Wisconsin. LET'S GO PITT!!!

12-12-2006, 06:44 PM
I'm not a fan of PITT college basketball but damn are they good

12-23-2006, 10:47 PM
Nice to see us bounce back against a pretty good Dayton team, beating them 84-54. Lost back to back games to Wisconsin and Oklahoma State both on the road. Those are tough games.

One little X-mas favor from Dixon, bench Kendall and play Young. Please.

12-24-2006, 09:30 AM
He has a week to do that still.

12-26-2006, 07:55 AM
He has a week to do that still.

That's what I thought after we played Oklahoma State.

12-26-2006, 10:03 AM
That's what I thought after we played Oklahoma State.

Don't you hate it when thoughts deceive you???

12-26-2006, 01:56 PM
Don't you hate it when thoughts deceive you???

Yeah, especially when that thought cost us a very close game against Oklahoma State in two OT's.

12-26-2006, 01:59 PM
Yeah and it could have added some nice wins.

01-04-2007, 08:45 PM
Nice win against Cuse tonight. 74-66 PITT. Fields had one helluva game.

01-11-2007, 10:32 AM
Five wins in a row with a win against DePaul. Defense looks unbelievable. Up next, Georgetown.

01-13-2007, 10:51 PM
6 wins in a row with a 74-69 victory over Georgetown. We have two very tough games coming on up........UConn and Marquette.


01-15-2007, 01:54 PM
Pitt sixth in latest AP poll: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07015/754009-100.stm

01-17-2007, 09:19 AM
7 wins in a row. We defeated UConn 63-54. We had an off-night but we still came through. Even though UConn is not ranked, I think they will hand out a few upsets this season. They are a young team, but they are no pushovers.

Our next opponent is going to be very tough...........Marquette.

01-21-2007, 05:06 AM
PITT vs Marquette Scouting Report

Matchup: No. 6 Pitt (17-2, 5-0) vs. No. 24 Marquette (16-4, 3-2), 3 p.m. today, Petersen Events Center.

TV, radio, Internet: KDKA-TV, WWSW-FM (94.5), WBGG-AM (970), www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

Pitt: Only remaining team in Big East without a loss in conference play. ... Last victory came Tuesday vs. Connecticut, 63-54. ... Senior C Aaron Gray had 22 points and 19 rebounds vs. the Huskies. ... Split two games last season against Marquette, winning at home and losing on the road.

Marquette: Coming off 74-65 win at Louisville. ... Has won three in a row after losing first two league games to Providence and Syracuse. ... Led by sophomore G Dominic James (16.5 ppg, 4.6 apg), sophomore G Jerel McNeal (14.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.1 apg) and sophomore Wesley Matthews (12.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg). ... Coach Tom Crean, a former Pitt assistant under Ralph Willard, is in his eighth season at Marquette and has a 157-80 record.

Hidden stat: Marquette is 12-0 when outrebounding its opponent. The Golden Eagles are 4-4 in games when the opponent wins the rebounding battle.

01-27-2007, 09:36 PM
After a heart wrenching loss to Marquette in OT we have bounced back with wins against Cincinnati and St. Johns. We buried St. John's today (who beat both ND and Cuse) 72-46. Nice win PITT.

Up next: Villanova at Nova.

01-29-2007, 09:11 AM
Young's scoring touch returns, pleases Dixon

Even though he has played 278 fewer minutes than starting power forward Levon Kendall, Young is only five points behind Kendall in scoring.


01-29-2007, 09:16 AM
The only thing that bugs me about this team is that every time they have played a ranked opponent they have lost. Looking at the schedule you couldn't accuse them of stacking it with patsies; they have lots of games against traditional powers that are having off-seasons. Still, only 3 games against ranked opponents; 3 losses.


01-29-2007, 09:31 AM
The only thing that bugs me about this team is that every time they have played a ranked opponent they have lost. Looking at the schedule you couldn't accuse them of stacking it with patsies; they have lots of games against traditional powers that are having off-seasons. Still, only 3 games against ranked opponents; 3 losses.


I agree Tom. At the same time that Wisconsin team is a powerhouse. Damn are they good. Did you watch that game? That is a scary team.

Marquette was a heart breaker. I'm still trying to mentally heal from that game.

Overall and in my opinion, all that matters are the Ides of March. :wink02:

Oh yeah and once again, Dixon, please play Young over Kendall!!! I can't take it anymore.

01-30-2007, 03:56 AM
Nice road win against Villanova 65-59.........

Up next: WVU :jammin:

02-07-2007, 08:56 AM
Scouting Report

Matchup: No. 7 Pitt (20-3, 8-1) vs. West Virginia (18-4, 7-3), 7:30 p.m. today, WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, W.Va.

Pitt: Playing first game after an eight-day layoff. ... Has won three consecutive games. ... Led by senior C Aaron Gray (14.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg), junior G Mike Cook (10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg) and senior G Antonio Graves (10.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg). ... Won two of three meetings against West Virginia last season, including a 68-57 win in the quarterfinals of Big East tournament.

West Virginia: Coming off 81-70 victory at Seton Hall. ... Has won four in a row after losing three of four. ... Led by senior G/F Frank Young (14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg), sophomore F Joe Alexander (12.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg), junior G Darris Nichols (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and freshman F Da'Sean Butler (10.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg).

Hidden stat: This is the 172nd meeting between Pitt and West Virginia. West Virginia leads the series, 92-79. The Panthers are 11-8 against the Mountaineers since West Virginia joined the Big East (1995-96).

02-07-2007, 06:57 PM
Anyone see Sam Young's Dunk? Whoever was the genius bringing him in, pat him on the back.

02-07-2007, 07:51 PM
It's a shame, we should have put them away for good in the first half. And for the life of me I will continue to try and figure out why in the $%&# Jamie Dixon even bothers playing Kendall. He absolutely STINKS.

02-08-2007, 08:15 AM
Collier: Young may be too good for bench
Thursday, February 08, 2007

By Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's frothing student section spent a chunk of the pregame and some ugly portion of both halves last night yelling at Pitt center Aaron Gray, which was a wholly anticipated part of the typical Pitt-WVU hostilities, except that the kids were yelling the very thing at Gray that, well, how will I put this ...

The thing Joey Porter says when he's not intending to offend anybody except Kellen Winslow.

Yeah, gay slurs were plentiful in this grand old basketball theatre.

Baskets were not.

The Mountaineers got exactly six of 'em the first 30 trips up the floor, burying themselves in a 10-point ditch from which there's just about no way out against a team that plays defense like the Panthers.

The fact that Pitt set an offensive pace only the Slowskys could love, combined with WVU's astonishingly myopic shooting, made for a particularly shaggy night of Big East basketball, but there was one player who managed a completely unaffected style of artistry.

Young Sam Young.

Perhaps it was because the audience couldn't come up with anything vulgar or homophobic to yell at the 6-foot-6 sophomore who seemed to have put Pitt's 21st win in his pocket early in the second half, and perhaps Levon Kendall did Pitt a huge favor by getting into early foul trouble and drawing his third personal soon after halftime to clear the way for Young's 31 minutes. But whatever inspired Young to 21 points, seven rebounds and an absolutely lethal 10-for-14 shooting, it'll have immediate and probably extended repercussions long after a 60-47 Panthers victory.

There's this somehow uncomfortable truth that Pitt's a little better, perhaps a lot better, with Young on the floor and Kendall off it. But when you're 21-3 and 9-1 in the Big East, the time to badger Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon on the matter is simply not at hand.

"[Sam] just hasn't been able to play that much because Levon's been so vital to both our offense and our defense," Gray said. "Plus he's had some trouble with his knee, but tonight he showed what a great player he can be."

It was Young who went so strong along the baseline that he forced home a layup 1-on-3 to put Pitt up, 10-4, in the opening minutes. And it was Young's electrifying rejection of a Da'Sean Butler floater in the lane on the next possession that seemed to demonstrate that Pitt would not be intimidated by the atmosphere or by West Virginia's severely accomplished offense.

"Pitt's got such great chemistry on defense," said West Virginia coach John Beilein. "Very, very good man-to-man defense, as you can see by our 47 points."

The Mountaineers walked onto the floor averaging and fully expecting better than 10 3-point field goals per performance. Last night they got six, none until Butler buried one with nearly nine minutes elapsed.

With 3:47 left in the half, the Mountaineers had exactly four field goals. Awful as it was, it was nothing to be embarrassed about. Even the third-most prolific 3-ball shooting team in America got itself marginalized by Pitt, a thoroughly common outcome.

With the 6-for-27 show from beyond the arc last night, the past four Pitt opponents are now 19 for 88 from 3-point range, which is less than 22 percent.

For all that habitually desperate defense, Pitt likely would be dealing with a fourth loss this morning without Young, who scored 10 consecutive Panthers points to stretch a 10-point halftime lead to 39-26. And when Ronald Ramon finally got around to throwing home some 3-pointers, Pitt was able to swell it to 46-29.

"Last year, [Young] played very well against the Mountaineers; the matchups were good," Dixon said. "I felt he'd play very well tonight. He's been practicing hard. You get what you earn. He's a sophomore who just keeps getting better and better."

West Virginia was simply a little too talented offensively to go meekly into the night, though. Leading scorer Frank Young, 0 for 6 in the first half, made a layup that sliced Pitt's lead to 49-45, but just as the old Coliseum was ready to burst in anticipation of a monumental comeback, Graves found Young alone -- alone? -- along the far left baseline.


Sam Young made himself very, very topical last night.


02-10-2007, 07:10 PM
Pitt beats Providence 74-68. It was a battle as expected but we came out on top. Nice win. Up next, Louisville on Monday.

03-10-2007, 07:15 AM
Big East Title Game

Matchup: Pitt (27-6) vs. Georgetown (25-6), 9 p.m. today, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

TV, radio, Internet: ESPN, WWSW-FM (94.5), WBGG-AM (970), www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

Pitt: Advanced to the Big East championship for the sixth time in seven years with a 65-59 victory against Louisville. ... Senior Antonio Graves led the way with a career-high 23 points. ... Junior Mike Cook added 13. ... Split the regular-season series with Georgetown.

Georgetown: Beat Notre Dame, 84-82, to advance to its first title game in 11 years. ... Junior F Jeff Green scored 30 points to lead the Hoyas. ... Freshman F DaJuan Summers added 18. ... The Hoyas shot 52.5 percent.

Hidden stat: Georgetown and Connecticut are tied for the most Big East tournament championships (6).

Let's Go PITT!!!!

03-11-2007, 08:39 AM
Well THAT really sucked. That's the first time I've seen Pitt play this year. I can see what the fuss is about, they're good; but man, the lid on the Pitt bucket was locked all night.


03-11-2007, 08:58 AM
G'town is got right now. They'll fold up their tent soon enough and the real threats in the tournament will emerge leaving both Pitt and G'town longing for some love from Dookie V.

03-11-2007, 10:12 AM
I'm REALLY shocked to see how Pitt didn't put up at least 50 on Georgetown. My guess is the Offense didn't wake up early enough.

03-11-2007, 10:40 AM
I watched the first 30 minutes and went to bed. IMO Pitt played G-town well, but couldn't hit any shots. Gray was 0-9 in the first half! Otherwise, our guys were open as much as their guys were, our plays created shots that didn't fall.

I don't think Georgetown is 23 points better than Pitt. We have just as good a shot of making it all the way as they do (ie, not much of one).


03-11-2007, 10:43 AM
Gray is still hurting, that much was obvious. But take heart Panther fans! This Pitt team is built for the NCAA tournament. They have a big man who can score, they play solid defense, and they don't turn the ball over. Barring another Bradley type shocker, this should be the Pitt team to break through to the Sweet 16 and beyond.

Cape Cod Steel Head
03-11-2007, 10:45 AM
Lets hope. But not if they shoot the rock the way they did last night!:banging:

03-11-2007, 10:49 AM
The BET is probably the toughest in America. The depth of talent, the largeness of the stage, and the breakneck pace the tournament runs on all means that you get teams who go flat in the last game. Syracuse won the tournament the last two years, but got bounced in the first game this year. Louisville was taken to double OT by a WVU team that probably won't be dancing come tonight. Notre Dame gave G'town all they could handle. One flat performance shouldn't make Pitt fans nervous about the dance.

Give Gray a week to get the ankle well rested and get the team refocused and they should be fine.

03-12-2007, 03:20 PM
PITT has a cakewalk, if they don't trip over their shoelaces first. That was a pitiful performance against the Hoyas. But what's done is done. Let's get ready for the Tournament.

03-12-2007, 03:23 PM
Duke is still dangerous. They could lose in the first round, or get to the Sweet 16. If McBob is on his game, the Dookies could be a lot tougher out than anyone thinks.

03-13-2007, 08:18 PM
Dukies will beat Pitt to make the Sweet 16. It is like 8 years straight or something. GO DUKE!

03-15-2007, 09:34 PM
GO PITT! Duke officially blows this year! My bad!

03-15-2007, 09:39 PM
PITT just blew a 13 point lead. 22-22. Unbelievable.

03-15-2007, 09:57 PM
up by 13. I wonder if the VCU curse spreads to Pitt, just in the form of Wright State as the deliverer.

03-17-2007, 09:43 PM
Well, Pitt certainly does keep things intersting. I was so nervous about VCU I guess I should be happy they pulled it out in the end .... but geeeez.

Looks like it will be Pitt vs UClA. Nothing special about this matchup, eh.

03-19-2007, 08:55 AM
Well half my Final Four is now gone! At least I picked Pitt to win the while kit and kaboddle.

03-19-2007, 11:25 AM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, USC and Oregon are the teams to fear in the PAC 10. They're talented enough and play well enough in the team concept to make deep runs into the the Dance with both teams being very real threats to make the Final Four.

Now don't get me wrong, UCLA can beat Pitt. But I'm still thinking Pitt will win this game by 5-10 points.

03-23-2007, 10:31 AM
The only good thing that came out of that UCLA game is that Gray is gone. He's 7'0, 270 lbs...PLAY LIKE IT!!! I actually think this team has more potential next year with Ramon & Young becoming starters.

But this Sweet 16 thing has got to stop, 4 times in 6 years. It's frustrating.....:banging:

03-23-2007, 11:24 AM
That was the exact same way the team played against Georgetown. Once you get within 5 feet of the basket, you'd better make the shot. At one point Pitt made 12 trips in a row down court without scoring (9 missed shots, 3 turnovers).

I had no problem with the game conceptually; they played UCLA even from a technical standpoint. But the execution wasn't there, they didn't put the ball in the bucket.


03-23-2007, 12:11 PM
More "Eliminated at the Sweet 16" Crap by Pitt. I'm not suprised, but this bullshit seriously has to stop.

03-24-2007, 08:36 AM
Better then getting eliminated in the 1st round like you guys did a couple years back to Pacific. And also as frustrating as it is, would rather have an 11-19 season like my Nittany Lions did, OR would rather have been the near 30 win team you were and been in the Sweet 16.