Back on winning track, Pitt returns home to meet Missouri

Pitt coach Jeff Capel was pleased with his team’s response to its first loss. After an 86-71 defeat to Florida on Wednesday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off, the Panthers (5-1) got back on track with a commanding 76-51 win over Oregon State. Pitt returns home — where it started 4-0 — for more early-schedule nonconference play when it takes on Missouri (5-2) on Tuesday night. “I thought we showed great resilience to be able

Pitt, Oregon State eager to bounce back from losses

In the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday in New York, Pitt will aim to regroup and resemble the team it was for much of the first half of its previous outing. The Panthers (4-1) face off against Oregon State (3-2) in the consolation matchup. Pitt fell 86-71 to Florida in the opening round on Wednesday, while the Beavers lost 88-72 to No. 13 Baylor. Pitt and Oregon State have not crossed

Duke looking for first win over Pitt since 2014

Pittsburgh and Duke have both lost four of their last five games entering Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season finale in Durham, N.C. The Blue Devils (6-5, 3-4) hope for home relief after losing 30-27 at Virginia last Saturday and 47-45 in double-overtime the previous week at North Carolina. Duke is bowl eligible but on a downward spiral following a 4-0 start to the season. “We have to very quickly try to figure out how to

Pitt steps away from comfort zone to face Florida

After sweeping four home games, Pittsburgh travels to Brooklyn to face Florida in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night. The Panthers (4-0) tuned up with a 107-56 rout of Jacksonville on Friday, while the Gators (3-1) are coming off an impressive 21-point win over rival Florida State the same day. Pitt is averaging 95.5 points and 11.3 made 3-pointers this season ahead of the first of five straight games against Power Five opponents for

Pitt seeks 10th straight home win, faces Jacksonville

The drive that Pittsburgh showed toward the end of last season appears to have carried over. The Panthers will look to add to their momentum when they host Jacksonville on Friday night. “I feel like we haven’t missed a beat,” junior forward William Jeffress said. “I feel like we’ve had momentum coming into the season since last year. And momentum is one of the most powerful forces that you can have and as long as

Woebegone Pitt wobbles into Thursday night tilt with Syracuse

Boston College brings the baggage of its first loss in six games to Pitt on Thursday night, but the Panthers are unpacking much bigger problems. The Eagles (6-4, 3-3 ACC) had a five-game winning streak snapped last week when Virginia Tech scored 35 straight points en route to a 48-22 victory. BC was outgained 600-262 (including 363-124 on the ground) in suffering its first defeat since Sept. 23. “We didn’t play like we have for

Pitt aims to stay happy at home, welcomes Florida Gulf Coast

In continuing its early-season home stand against Florida Gulf Coast Monday night, Pittsburgh will look for a quicker start than it had its last time out. The Panthers (2-0) allowed Binghamton to stick around longer than they would’ve liked in Friday night’s 89-60 win, taking a while to find their groove offensively. The Bearcats were within a basket of Pitt with just under eight minutes to play in the first half, then the Panthers embarked

Pitt tangles with Binghamton after freshman’s triple-double

All the attention following Monday’s season-opening win over North Carolina A&T turned to Pitt freshman Carlton Carrington. Accomplishing a rare feat will earn some spotlight, after all. The newcomer from Baltimore became the second freshman in Atlantic Coast Conference history to post a triple-double in their debut, but he has his sights set on what’s next — Pitt (1-0) hosting Binghamton on Friday. Carrington recorded a game-best 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in

Pittsburgh, Syracuse limp into meeting at Yankee Stadium

Pitt and Syracuse have taken a beating in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season, leaving both teams longing for a victory Saturday when they meet at Yankee Stadium in New York City. The Panthers (2-7, 1-4) have lost three straight games, including the last two by a combined margin of 82-14. They fell to Florida State 24-7 last weekend, although the game was tight until the Seminoles scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes

Pittsburgh faces N.C. A&T looking to build off last season

Pittsburgh’s men’s basketball team will begin its mission to build on last season’s NCAA Tournament appearance and prove Blake Hinson made the right decision when it opens at home against North Carolina A&T on Monday night. The Panthers, who finished their prior campaign 24-12, reached March Madness for the first time since the 2015-16 season and notched two wins in the bracket. Pitt was picked to finish ninth in the ACC preseason poll, but Hinson