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5 Issues to Know Earlier than Pitt vs. Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium



The Panthers snapped a five-game profitable streak Saturday internet hosting Clemson. With first place on the road, Pitt relinquished an eight-point lead within the remaining 5 and a half minutes to drop its first ACC recreation.

The highway doesn’t grow to be friendlier for the Panthers. Pitt battles Duke Wednesday at 7 p.m. from Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

Listed below are 5 issues to know forward of Pitt’s (11-5, 4-1 ACC) matchup towards the Duke Blue Devils (12-4, 3-2). 

Relying on Jamarius 

Jamarius Burton has carried the freight for the Panthers all through the primary 5 convention video games. Burton scored a career-high 31 factors towards No. 25 North Carolina and 28 towards Clemson on the Petersen Occasions Heart. He tied a season-high 38 minutes – which he reached for the third time – and recorded six rebounds and 4 assists. 

Averaging 16.6 factors, 33 minutes, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists per recreation, Burton is taking pictures 44.8% from behind the three-point arc. Blake Hinson was the subsequent closest level scorer at 14, half of Burton’s complete output.

“We weren’t capable of make photographs down the stretch,” head coach Jeff Capel mentioned after the sport. “I believed we bought beauty, they usually [Clemson] made some powerful ones. They banked in a shot over some powerful protection, we performed good protection, they get an offensive rebound, and a man that hadn’t scored in convention play makes a shot. That’s the distinction within the recreation.”

Pitt will depend on its graduate scholar for high quality minutes and consistency as ACC play meets near its midpoint. Nelly Cummings shot 3-of-11 for eight factors and Hinson 4-of-11 within the defeat, needing an improved efficiency to upset Duke.

The seventh episode of Simply Buckets with Jamarius Burton and hosted by Pittsburgh Sports activities Now‘s George Michalowski that includes KJ Marshall and Vason Stevenson is now obtainable.

Hugley Replace… 

Ahead John Hugley has not performed in over a month, final taking the ground for 11 minutes towards Sacred Coronary heart on Dec. 10. It’s been an odd season for the Panthers’ 2021-22 main scorer, totaling 12 factors in his final 4 video games and 7 rebounds. Hugley performed double-digit minutes towards NC State and Vanderbilt however didn’t document a rebound.

Following the Clemson matchup, Capel addressed how Hugley’s absence just isn’t damage associated and there’s no replace on his potential return.

“The main focus is ensuring he’s okay, ensuring he’s good bodily, mentally, and within the area that he can play and assist us,” Capel mentioned.

The Panthers have relied on Federiko Federiko, Blake Hinson, and Guillermo and Jorge Diaz Graham down low, with the latter three capable of stretch the ground and shoot across the perimeter.

Adjustments inside Cameron

A brand new period of Duke basketball started this season when former assistant Jon Scheyer was promoted to fill the sneakers of Corridor of Fame coach and basketball legend Mike Krzyzewski. With 4 losses this season, Duke has matched its complete from Feb. 7 of final yr, shedding 69-68 towards Virginia.

The Blue Devils are the most effective groups within the nation on the free-throw line. Rating tied for thirteenth in faculty basketball, starters Tyrese Proctor (87.1%), Kyle Filipowski (78.9%), and Mark Mitchell (73.7%) all assist Duke throughout end-of-game conditions and safe free factors. Duke has struggled taking pictures from three (32.7%) and makes practically two triples lower than the Panthers (8.8-6.9). Rebounding is as soon as once more a Blue Satan sturdy go well with. Pitt and Duke rank equally in complete rebounding (36.1-35.9) however Scheyer’s squad dominates the offensive glass. They common 11.6 offensive boards, tied for seventeenth within the nation. 

Veteran level guard Jeremy Roach is doubtless out for the Blue Devils following a toe damage. Roach has began all 14 video games he’s appeared in, averaging 11.9 factors and three.2 assists per recreation whereas taking pictures 35.7%. Filipowski leads the workforce in scoring, 13.9 factors per recreation, whereas Mitchell (11.9) and Proctor (7.4) contribute to this system’s 72.4 scoring common. 

Jeff Capel returns to his former house as a participant and assistant coach with the most effective Panther workforce below his helm. 

“Enjoying within the hostile atmosphere, it is going to be loud in there, it is going to be an lively crowd,” Capel informed reporters together with Michalowski. “I’m fairly certain their college students are again, and it could be the primary recreation that they’re again with college again in session. Yeah, it is going to be loud, so it’s very, crucial for us to speak.”

Unfold, Over/Below

Duke is favored by 8.5 factors in Wednesday’s newest odds, in accordance with DraftKings Sportsbook

The Panthers are 11-4-1 ATS this yr, in accordance with, and dominated protecting the unfold over the previous month earlier than failing towards Clemson. Pitt snapped a 10-game streak ATS internet hosting the Tigers Saturday. Duke is 7-9 ATS and the over has been reached in six of 16 alternatives.

The over/below for the sport is about at 142.5 factors. The Blue Devils are -390 on the cash line with the Panthers at +320. The over has hit in 11 of the Panthers’ 16 matchups together with the Clemson recreation. 

Broadcast, Radio Data

The Pitt-Duke matchup will air on the ACC Community starting at 7 p.m. Wes Durham and Dan Bonner have the decision from Cameron Indoor. The sport will even broadcast reside on sports activities radio 93.7 The Fan. 

Pitt continues its three-game highway journey Saturday afternoon towards Georgia Tech at 3 p.m.


2024 4-Star Linebacker Jeremiah Beasley Publicizes Choice Date; Pitt A Finalist



Pitt finds themselves as a finalist for a extremely rated junior prospect.

2024 4-star outdoors linebacker Jeremiah Beasley introduced this afternoon that he’ll be making his school determination on March fifteenth at 6 PM. Beasley beforehand revealed a High 5 of: Pitt, Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Beasley (6’2”, 210-pounds) is from Belleville, Michigan and is rated by has the No. 13 linebacker and No. 158 total prospect within the Class of 2024.

When speaking about what stood out to him about Pat Narduzzi’s program, Beasley advised 247’s Steve Wiltfong, “their protection is particular, and their formations are superb. The campus can be in a really stunning and distinctive place.”

Archie Collins has accomplished a great job of getting Pitt in standing and in lots of instances, as a finalist with various prime Michigan recruits during the last handful of years however it’s been powerful to shut the deal when Michigan State and Michigan are concerned. Some current examples are 4-star guard Amir Herring (Michigan), 4-star guard Cole Dellinger (Michigan State) and 4-star defensive finish Jalen Thompson (Michigan State),

Will issues change with Beasley? We’ll discover out on March 15.

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3 WPIAL Stars Make Tremendous Bowl LVII



The Tremendous Bowl have been recognized to incorporate stars from WPIAL way back to Beaver Falls’ Joe Namath calling the New York Jets victory in Tremendous Bowl III to as current as Penn Hills’ Aaron Donald sacking quarterback Joe Burrow to win final 12 months’s iteration of the basic championship recreation.

It’s practically a practice within the area to see WPIAL gamers within the recreation, a lot in order that they’ve contributed considerably to the Huge 33’s streak – a highschool all-star recreation that includes gamers from Pennsylvania and Maryland – of getting a consultant in each Tremendous Bowl in historical past.

This 12 months the WPIAL will probably be represented by three gamers in Kansas Metropolis Chiefs broad receivers Skyy Moore (Shadyside Academy) and Justin Watson (South Fayette) going towards Philadelphia Eagles working again Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills).

Moore appeared in 16 video games this previous 12 months as a rookie second spherical pick of Western Michigan, though he solely began three of these 16 video games. He completed the season with 22 catches for 250 yards.

He caught three passes for 13 yards within the Chiefs win over the Cincinnati Bengals within the AFC Championship Recreation. He’s nonetheless in the hunt for his first profession landing, which might be fairly one other WPIAL second if he have been to get that within the Tremendous Bowl.

He was key within the return recreation this season for Kansas Metropolis together with within the AFC Championship when a 29-yard punt return set-up the Chiefs’ game-winning drive at their very own 47-yard line with 30 seconds left.

His teammate Watson isn’t new to the Tremendous Bowl after having received it alongside WPIAL alumni Rob Gronkowski (Woodland Hills) and Jordan Whitehead (Central Valley) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tremendous Bowl LV.

After 4 years with the Buccaneers, Watson signed with the Chiefs this previous offseason and tied career-highs in catches (15) and touchdowns (two). He’s been used on a couple of punt returns this 12 months in addition to setting a career-high in receiving yards (315).

Sanders in the meantime has been beginning for the Eagles since being drafted within the second spherical out of Penn State in 2019. He had a profession 12 months this previous season with career-highs in dashing touchdowns (11) and dashing yards (1,269) en path to his first Professional Bowl nod, though he clearly received’t seem within the occasion this 12 months.

He’s been a constant presence at working again since being drafted with getting a minimum of 1,000 all-purpose yards in three of his 4 seasons and averaging precisely 5 yards-per-carry in his profession.

Within the NFC Championship recreation he excelled, scoring his workforce’s first two touchdowns to take 7-0 and later 14-7 leads. That 14-7 lead proved to be the distinction maker because the 49ers failed to attain one other level.

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The Frank Walker Legislation/PSN Every day Pocket book- January 31



Replace (8:17 AM)- **On Monday, two gamers from the WPIAL acquired presents from Jap Michigan: Norwin 2024 athlete Jackson Pons and West Mifflin 2024 offensive lineman Rico Steele. Pons has earlier presents from Bowling Inexperienced, Kent State, Mississippi State, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo. Steele holds presents from Bowling Inexperienced, Kent State and Toledo.   SPORTS […]

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