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5 Issues to Know Earlier than Pitt vs. Notre Dame With a Probability to Clinch Share of ACC Common Season



Pitt begins its remaining highway journey of the ACC common season schedule Wednesday evening at Notre Dame earlier than going through Miami on Saturday. The Panthers are in sole possession of first place with the Hurricanes and Virginia Cavaliers on their heels. 

Listed below are 5 issues to know forward of the Pitt’s (21-8, 14-4 ACC) matchup towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish (10-19, 2-16 ACC). 

For the ACC Crown

Losses by Virginia and Miami Saturday positioned the Panthers atop the ACC standings over the weekend and now management their very own future. Pitt has by no means gained an ACC common season title since becoming a member of the convention for the 2013-14 season. The Panthers final gained a convention crown in the course of the 2010-11 marketing campaign within the Massive East.

A win over Notre Dame would clinch a share of the ACC title. If the Panthers win, a victory in Miami secures Pitt an outright convention championship. The ACC Match begins Tuesday, March 7 from Greensboro, North Carolina. Pitt presently sits because the No. 1 seed and wouldn’t play till Thursday. The NCAA Match can also be in sight and the Panthers may very well be on their approach to dancing for the primary time because the 2015-16 marketing campaign. 

2,591 Days Later

The Pitt Panthers are ranked. Pitt obtained 140 votes to fit No. 25 within the AP Ballot Prime 25 launched Monday. The choice marks the primary time in 2.591 days Pitt cracked the rankings in 2016, the final time the Panthers clinched a spot in March Insanity. Pitt slotted as excessive as No. 20 that 12 months underneath head coach Jamie Dixon.

Virginia (No. 13, 718 votes) and Miami (No. 16, 688 votes) positioned increased than Pitt whereas Duke (78), NC State (6), and Clemson (5) additionally obtained votes. 

Nike Sibande began on senior day Saturday rather than junior Blake Hinson. Hinson took a step again to acknowledge the importance of Sibande on this system and all he has labored for in his reasoning for coming off the bench. The connections and love for one another within the Panthers locker room is one cause why the workforce has jelled and clicked all year long. 

“What Nike does and has been doing for this program is among the most unselfish issues I’ve ever skilled firsthand,” Hinson mentioned postgame. “Reality of the matter is, he would begin on most groups within the nation for my part. He’s prepared to just accept the position of not doing that for our workforce for the betterment of this workforce, and that simply embodies what this workforce is about and what he’s about. He completely deserves it man, that’s simply what it’s.”

Mike Brey Farewell

After 23 seasons, Mike Brey is saying goodbye to Notre Dame. Wednesday marks Brey’s remaining dwelling sport in South Bend and an opportunity to positively mirror on his time with the Irish “win, lose, or draw.”

“I’m enthusiastic about it. The individuals coming again, I feel we’ve 30 of our former gamers coming again.” Brey mentioned Monday. “I’m making an attempt not to focus on how good Pittsburgh is and that they may very well be the common season champion. They’ve the ACC Coach of the 12 months in Jeff, for my part. They’re actually good.”

Notre Dame is tied with Louisville for wins in ACC play (2) and struggled all through convention play after profitable two video games within the NCAA Match final season. Brey ranks sixth amongst DI coaches in wins at their present college (472) and is the winningest head coach in Notre Dame historical past following being appointed head coach previous to the 2000-01 season.  Brey and Jeff Capel have a particular relationship molded all through the years and is for Capel’s success in turning across the Pitt basketball program.

“Jeff is sort of a son to me,” Brey mentioned. “I coached him and watched him develop. I do know his father is darn pleased with him, wanting down. He deserves it.

“I’m so pleased with Jeff Capel. He needed to have an enormous 12 months and he has. He’s the ACC Coach of the 12 months. I feel it’s sensible how he’s reinvented his workforce. Now we have one heck of a problem on Wednesday evening.” 

Unfold, Over/Beneath

Pitt is favored by 3.5 factors in Wednesday’s newest odds, based on DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Panthers are 20-8-1 ATS this 12 months, based on Pitt is by far the ACC’s greatest workforce overlaying the unfold and the greatest total within the county. The Panthers lined towards Syracuse after failing to when going through Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. The Preventing Irish are 9-20 ATS.

The over/underneath for the sport is about at 143 factors. Pitt is -175 on the moneyline whereas Notre Dame sits at +150. The Panthers are 18-11 in alternatives to hit the over. 

Broadcast, Radio Data

The Pitt-Syracuse matchup will air on ESPNU starting at 7 p.m. Anish Shroff and Jordan Cornette have the decision from Purcell Pavilion. The sport may also be broadcast reside on sports activities radio 93.7 The Fan.

Pitt faces Miami Saturday to shut the ACC common season starting at 6 p.m.


Pitt Expresses Curiosity in Central Michigan Switch Jesse Zarzuela



On Thursday, Pitt head coach Jeff Capel referred to as up one other switch guard that’s accessible within the portal.

Jesse Zarzuela, a guard from Central Michigan, informed PSN that he spoke with Capel on Thursday and the Pitt head coach expressed his curiosity.

Zarzuela is a 6-foot-3 junior guard out of Houston, Texas who scored 16 factors per recreation this season for the Chippewas. He started his profession at Coppin State previous to transferring to CMU for a 12 months. He additionally spent a season enjoying JUCO ball for Missouri State – West Plains.

This 12 months, Zarzuela hit 42 of his 118 three-point makes an attempt, a 36% mark. Total, he hit 40% of his field-goal makes an attempt and 83% of his free-throw tries.

Zarzuela informed PSN that he’ll “probably” go to, and that he mentioned doubtlessly visiting with Capel on Thursday.

The Panthers have already introduced in transfers Ishmael Leggett and Zack Austin this low season. Pitt has two open scholarships remaining.

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Pitt Legend, NFL Corridor of Famer Rickey Jackson Graduates in Pitt’s Class of 2023



Rickey Jackson can name himself loads of issues. An All-American at Pitt, a Professional Bowl, All-Professional, Tremendous Bowl-champion linebacker with the New Orleans Saints and a member of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.

However now he can proudly say he’s a graduate of the College of Pittsburgh. Jackson, who left Pitt after the 1980 season to pursue his NFL desires, returned to Pittsburgh to graduate with Pitt’s class of 2023 on the age of 65.

Jackson graduated with a level in social sciences from the School of Common Research.

“My mom would’ve beloved it, my father needed me to get it,” Jackson instructed PittWire. “I do know they’d be pleased with me.”

Jackson was an All-American within the 1980 season at Pitt, forming a star-studded core with Dan Marino, Russ Grimm, Jimbo Covert, Hugh Inexperienced and Mark Might, on a workforce that went 11-1 and closed the season second within the nation.

In 4 seasons at Pitt from 1977-80, Jackson racked up 290 tackles (166 solo), 21 sacks, three interceptions and 4 go breakups as some of the dominant defenders in school soccer.

The New Orleans Saints chosen Jackson with the 51st choose within the 1981 NFL Draft (a second-round choice), and he spent 13 seasons with the Saints, incomes six Professional Bowl nods and 5 All-Professional honors. He performed two seasons for the San Francisco 49ers after 13 seasons in New Orleans, retiring after the 1995 seasons.

In 15 seasons, Jackson racked up 1,180 tackles, 135 sacks, 40 compelled fumbles and 29 recoveries and eight interceptions, and he was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2010. However commencement is particular.

“I’d put it up with the Tremendous Bowl and all,” Jackson mentioned. “That is one thing I achieved personally by myself, so I’d put it proper up with that.”

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Pitt Goal Noah Thomasson Commits to Georgia



On Tuesday, Pitt goal Noah Thomasson dedicated to Georgia over the Panthers, San Francisco, Penn State, St. John’s, and others.

Thomasson is a 6-foot-3 guard out of Niagara who Pitt focused exhausting out of the switch portal. He took an official go to this previous week but additionally visited Georgia weeks prior and finally determined to decide to the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

Thomasson picked the Bulldogs after averaging greater than 19 factors per recreation this season for Niagara and incomes first group all convention honors. He was one of many high guards remaining within the portal and now, Pitt will look to fill one other card spot with one other portal participant.

The Panthers reached out to Marshall switch Andrew Taylor on Monday after he entered the portal. Taylor common 20 factors per recreation for Marshall this previous season an escort over 1600 factors in his collegiate profession.

Pitt Reaches Out to Excessive-Scoring Marshall Switch Andrew Taylor

Pitt has two open scholarships remaining after including Rhode Island switch Ishmael Leggett, and Excessive Level switch Zack Austin out of the portal this low season.

Pitt’s again court docket will probably be led by redshirt freshman guard Dior Johnson, in addition to Leggett, Austin, and incoming freshmen Jaland Lowe and Carlton Carrington.

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