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5 Issues to Know Earlier than Pitt vs. Wake Forest: Jerome Lane, Kenny Pickett

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The Panthers return residence Wednesday night time to start a important two-game stretch towards groups Pitt stays tied in convention play. Pitt hosts Wake Forest for an opportunity to create separation in ACC competitors. 

Listed below are 5 issues to know forward of the Pitt Panthers (13-7, 6-3 ACC) matchup towards the Florida State Seminoles (14-6, 6-3 ACC). 

“Ship it in, Jerome!”

Wednesday marks the thirty fifth anniversary of Jerome Lane’s signature dunk on Jan. 25, 1988. Contained in the Fitzgerald Subject Home towards Windfall, Lane delivered one of the crucial iconic slams in basketball historical past, shattering the backboard following a go from Sean Miller. 

The Oakland Zoo is commemorating the anniversary by freely giving Jerome Lane jersey shirts to the primary 1,000 members of the Zoo. Lane’s dunk occurred 5 minutes into the sport and took half-hour for the ring to get replaced.

Lane spoke to Pittsburgh Sports activities Now’s Dominic Campbell about what the dunk and anniversary means to him because the Panthers put together to honor the second. 

“Every part’s simply set in stone,” Lane stated. “The dunk occurred, the glass falling in your head, the gamers come knock the glass of your head, all people’s celebrating with you. You go into the locker room, make plans about the way you’re going to return again out on the courtroom. Heat up once more and get to play in that sport once more.”

Pickett on the Pete

Former Pitt and present Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett shall be in attendance on the Wake Forest sport. The Panthers welcome Pickett again on the identical night time they bear in mind the best slam in program historical past. 

KP8 guided the Panthers to changing into 2021 ACC Champions, defeating Wake Forest 45-21 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The sport gave start to considered one of Pickett’s and Pitt’s greatest moments of the season and in program historical past. “The Pretend Slide” turned a memorable icing on the cake play when Pickett evaded defenders on his solution to the top zone. It instigated a brand new rule in school soccer the place as soon as a slide begins, the sliding participant should give himself up and full the slide.

Pickett began 12 of the 13 video games he appeared in, throwing for two,404 yards, seven touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. He additionally ran for 237 yards and three touchdowns. 

Demon Deacons Report

Wake Forest enters averaging the fourth-most factors in ACC play (77.4) and taking pictures 46.7% from the sector. The Demon Deacons are probably the greatest ACC groups in taking pictures the three (37.4%) and are twenty ninth within the nation in common made triples (9.2).

7-3 of their final 10, Wake Forest misplaced to No. 10 Virginia 76-67 to snap a four-game shedding streak. Wake Forest defeated Louisville, Florida State, Boston Faculty, and handed Clemson its first convention loss earlier than dropping to the Cavaliers. 3-3 away from residence, Wake Forest has a dominating 10-1 residence file that reached the loss column towards Virginia as nicely. Highway convention losses at Clemson (77-57) on Dec. 2 and North Carolina (88-79) on Jan. 4 contribute to the staff’s present state tied for third. 

Guard Tyree Appleby has began all 20 video games, pacing the staff in factors (17.9) and assists (6) whereas taking pictures 45.5% and 82.9% on the free-throw line. Cameron Hildreth (13.3), Damari Monsanto (12.7), and Andrew Carr (11.7) contribute to the offense. Monsanto tied for a game-high 25 factors towards Virginia. 

Unfold, Over/Underneath

Pitt is favored by 3 factors in Wednesday’s newest odds, in keeping with DraftKings Sportsbook

The Panthers are 14-5-1 ATS this yr, in keeping with Covers.com. Pitt is the ACC’s greatest staff masking the unfold by a large margin however didn’t cowl within the upset over Florida State. Wake Forest is 11-9 ATS and the over has been reached in 14 of 20 alternatives. 

The over/beneath for the sport is ready at 148.5 factors. The Panthers are -150 on the cash line with the Demon Deacons at +130. The over has hit in 12 of the Panthers’ 20 video games. Pitt is 8-3 general at residence straight-up this season.

Broadcast, Radio Information

The Pitt-Wake Forest matchup will air on the ACC Community starting at 7 p.m. Mike Monaco and Seth Greenberg have the decision from the Pete. The sport may even be broadcast stay on sports activities radio 93.7 The Fan. 

Pitt meets Miami Saturday at 4 p.m. because the logjam within the ACC standings begins to type itself out.



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Pitt Named Considered one of Seth Greenberg’s Groups of the Week, Blake Hinson Gamers of the Week

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The Pitt Panthers put the ACC on discover this previous week and garnered the eye of nationwide retailers. 

On Monday, the pinnacle coach Jeff Capel was named Coach of the Week by ESPN’s Jeff Bozello. ESPN School Basketball Analyst Seth Greenberg named the Panthers one in all his 5 groups of the week. Greenberg positioned Pitt alongside Creighton (13-8, 7-3 Huge East), and three Huge 12 groups in Baylor (16-5, 5-3 Huge 12), Oklahoma (12-9, 2-6 Huge 12) and West Virginia (13-8, 2-6 Huge 12). 

Pitt completed the week 2-0, breaking a five-way tie for third place within the ACC. The Panthers defeated Wake Forest 81-79 and shot 18-of-27 (49%) from three-point land. Capel’s squad totaled 22 assists and three blocks, as soon as main by 15 earlier than holding on in opposition to the Demon Deacons within the closing possessions. 

Saturday’s Miami recreation in entrance of 12,508 followers was the Panthers’ first sellout since 2019 – when Zion Williamson and Duke performed on the Pete – as Pitt rallied from eight factors all the way down to defeat the Hurricanes 71-68. Trailing 68-60, the Panthers closed on an 11-0 run and went forward following a Jamarius Burton steal and Blake Hinson tip-in basket by way of site visitors that bounced the Panthers’ manner. 

Greenberg named Hinson as a member of his five-member Gamers of the Week after posting 24 factors on 8-of-14 subject targets, all from behind the arc, in 33 minutes in opposition to Wake Forest. Hinson’s eight triples tied for probably the most in program historical past. 

Hinson began within the Panthers’ win over Miami, scoring a game-high 21 factors together with the game-winning tip, and grabbing eight rebounds in 36 minutes. He particularly carried out nicely within the second half, scoring two-thirds of his factors (14) and posting 5 rebounds and two blocks. Hinson knocked down a essential three to chop the deficit to a few, 68-65, with a hand in his face and supply the chance to clinch the comeback.

The junior ahead is averaging 16.2 factors and 6.5 rebounds this season, beginning all 22 of Pitt’s video games. Greenberg chosen Hinson, NC State ahead D.J. Burns, Gonzaga guard Julian Strawther, Tennessee guard Zakai Zeigler, and potential Participant of the 12 months ahead Zach Edy of Purdue as his Gamers of the Week.

The Panthers battle North Carolina (15-6, 7-3 ACC) Wednesday from Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. UNC sits immediately behind Pitt in fourth place.



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Pitt’s Full 2023 Soccer Schedule Launched

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The 2023 soccer season continues to be about seven months away, however the schedule is now set. So, let’s check out who Pitt is enjoying and when all these video games are scheduled.

Pitt will probably be at house to kick off its season in opposition to Wofford on Sept. 2, will use Week 6 as its bye week and conclude the season in opposition to Duke on Nov. 25.

Pitt’s non-conference schedule kicks off with a program-first matchup in opposition to Wofford earlier than internet hosting Cincinnati and touring to West Virginia — a brand new Huge 12 gauntlet.

The ultimate non-conference sport is not going to happen till November when Pitt will journey to South Bend, Indiana to tackle Notre Dame.

Pitt opens ACC play at house in opposition to North Carolina, enjoying a uncommon weekend sport in opposition to the Tar Heels, and can then journey to Lane Stadium in Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech.

After a Week 6 bye, Pitt resumes play at house in opposition to Louisville earlier than hitting the street to play Wake Forest and Notre Dame in back-to-back weeks. It doesn’t get any simpler at Pitt returns house to host Florida State both.

Pitt ends the season with Syracuse (at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx, no much less), Boston School (on a Thursday) and Duke.

2023 Pitt Schedule

Week 1: Saturday, Sept. 2 – Wofford at Acrisure Stadium

Week 2: Saturday, Sept. 9 – Cincinnati at Acrisure Stadium

Week 3: Saturday, Sept. 16 — West Virginia at Milan Puskar Stadium

Week 4: Saturday, Sept. 23 – North Carolina at Acrisure Stadium

Week 5: Saturday, Sept. 30 — Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium

Week 6: Saturday, Oct. 7 – Bye Week

Week 7: Saturday, Oct. 14 – Louisville at Acrisure Stadium

Week 8: Saturday, Oct. 21 – Wake Forest at Truist Stadium

Week 9: Saturday, Oct. 28 – Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium

Week 10: Saturday, Nov. 4 – Florida State at Acrisure Stadium

Week 11: Saturday, Nov. 11 – Syracuse at Yankee Stadium

Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 16 – Boston School at Acrisure Stadium

Week 13: Saturday, Nov. 25 – Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium



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Pitt 2023 Blue-Gold Spring Recreation Introduced for April 15

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The annual Blue-Gold Spring Recreation is the primary probability to see how Pitt’s new group appears to be like each season, and as such, it’s a well-liked occasion.

The 2023 Blue-Gold Spring Recreation might be no completely different, and the date and time have formally been set. The sport will kickoff at Acrisure Stadium at 1 p.m. on April, 15.

Pitt’s spring practices will start in late February or early March, with 15 practices on the schedule to organize for the spring recreation. Pat Narduzzi’s squad may have just a few key positions to guage, particularly at quarterback, large receiver and within the secondary.

The Ed Conway Award, given to probably the most improved offensive and defensive gamers all through the spring, might be awarded on the day of the spring recreation.

Pitt has had its 2023 recreation in opposition to Syracuse scheduled for Nov. 11 at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx, and the remainder of its 2023 schedule might be launched at 7 p.m. on ACC Community.



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