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Pitt Dominates Final-Place Louisville 75-54 Behind 23 Factors From Greg Elliott



Pitt basketball reached the ultimate cease of a three-game street journey Wednesday evening in Louisville, Kentucky towards winless Louisville. The Cardinals entered 0-7 in ACC play and 2-16 below first-year head coach Kenny Payne. The Panthers took benefit of Louisville’s struggles and by no means allowed the Cardinals room to drag off the upset.

Coming into as 9.5-point favorites, Pitt (13-6, 6-2 ACC) cruised to a 75-54 win towards Louisville (2-17, 0-8 ACC) and 5-1 on the street in convention play.

Pitt went forward 7-5 on the first media timeout however was countered by a 7-0 Cardinal run and Blake Hinson in early foul hassle with two. Louisville led 14-10 with 11:48 remaining within the first half earlier than the Panthers’ offense got here alive. 

Powered by 4 triples from Nike Sibande, the Panthers pulled forward 22-16 and compelled a Louisville timeout. Sibande’s set off the bench contributed to a 13-0 run inside a 17-2 run coming into the under-eight media timeout and the Panthers in entrance 27-16. Pitt shot 7-of-11 (63.6%) coming into the under-eight media timeout.

Guillermo Diaz Graham shined in an elevated function. The 7-footer totaled 5 factors and 5 rebounds off the bench within the first half.


Pitt maintained the benefit on the remaining media timeout earlier than the break at 3:29, forward 31-20. The Panthers moved the ball properly whereas capitalizing on 10 Cardinal turnovers to seize a 37-28 halftime lead.

Jeff Capel’s group shared the ball to the tune of 11 assists in comparison with solely 4 for Louisville. Forward by as a lot as 13, Pitt shot 46.7% from the sector and 7-of-17 (41.2%) from three within the first 20 minutes. Sibande totaled 12 early factors to information all scorers. Elliott added 9 factors on 4-of-5 subject objectives whereas Blake Hinson and Federiko Federiko had been each restricted attributable to every selecting up two fouls. Jamarius Burton recorded a comparatively quiet first half, totaling 4 factors and 4 assists. 

JJ Traynor paced Louisville with seven factors whereas three different Cardinals totaled 5. Jae’Lyn Withers was an early thorn within the Panthers’ aspect, scoring 5 early factors, plus grabbing 5 boards. The Cardinals shot equally from three (33.3%) as total subject objectives (34.5%) to trim the double-digit deficit.

Louisville proved to be higher than its file projected. The Panthers cooled off from three however continued to maneuver the basketball offensively and play bodily on the defensive finish. 

Pitt’s lead remained at 9 factors, 44-35, coming into the under-16 media timeout as each groups traded baskets. The shortcoming to persistently rating and restrict offensive droughts damage Louisville’s comeback try. 

Elliott continued to step up immensely for Pitt, recording 15 factors on 6-of-7 capturing – together with three triples – whereas the Panthers pushed the sport again to 12 factors at 52-40.

Pitt relied on Burton to be a reliable distributor whereas others held a extra important influence on the rating sheet. The graduate pupil registered 10 factors and eight assists with eight minutes remaining. 

Cardinal guard El Ellis helped preserve his staff alive all through the night, scoring 19 factors and including 5 assists.

Trailing 66-52 with three minutes remaining, Louisville couldn’t discover an additional gear to motor in the direction of a comeback.

The Panthers completed the sport with its largest lead at 21 and carried out as they need to have towards presumably the nation’s most disappointing staff. Pitt totaled a 49.1% clip from the sector and linked on 14-of-34 (41.2%) three-point photographs. The staff dominated total ball motion and staff basketball, totaling 21 assists to solely six for the house staff.

Elliott paced all gamers scoring 23 factors on 9-of-12 capturing and 4 assists. Burton registered his first double-double of the marketing campaign, chipping in 10 factors and 11 assists. Sibande didn’t rating within the second half, ending the sport recording 12 factors, three rebounds, and three assists.

The Panthers dominated regardless of foul hassle for Federiko and an absence of offense from Hinson and Nelly Cummings. Hinson and Cummings mixed to shoot 3-of-19 for 11 factors within the 21-point victory. 

Louisville shot 33.9% total and missed seven of its eight three-point photographs within the second half. Traynor completed scoring 14 factors as the one different participant, in addition to Ellis to contribute over 10 factors. The Cardinals turned the basketball over 17 occasions. 

Pitt returns house to the Petersen Occasions Middle Saturday afternoon towards Florida State starting at 3 p.m. 


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*Terry Smith and Penn State have prolonged a proposal to 2024 3-star linebacker Cole Sullivan from Central Catholic Excessive College. The 6’3, 200-pound linebacker has additionally acquired presents from Notre Dame, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Boston School, Ohio U, Akron, Syracuse and Cincinnati.

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**Pitt soccer extends a proposal to 2024 3-star extensive receiver Zy’marion Lang from Palmetto, Florida. Lang (6’2″, 170-pounds) acquired the information from Tiquan Underwood and holds different presents from Bowling Inexperienced, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas, Toledo, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Miami, Texas A&M, Boston School and South Carolina.



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Award Profitable “Freedom’s Path” Opens Nationwide



The Xenon Footage launch Freedom’s Path opens in theatres nationwide on Friday, February 3, 2023 on AMC and Regal screens. The movie’s opening coincides with Black Historical past Month.

Freedom’s Path facilities round free Black People residing within the south through the Civil Warfare, telling the story of the younger, Union soldier William (Gerran Howell – 1917Catch-22) who, after deserting from battle, discovers the true which means of freedom by way of the younger, heroic Black man, Kitch (RJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying WomanThe More durable They Fall).

RJ Cyler (left) as “Kitch” and Gerran Howell (proper) as “William” within the Xenon Footage launch “Freedom’s Path”

Freedom’s Path has a novel advertising relationship with Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group and HBCU-GO, the unique streaming platform for Traditionally Black Schools and Universities. A brief introduction to the movie and the give-back program that includes HBCU-GO’s CEO Curtis Symonds is at the moment working in AMC theaters.

As Byron Allen said in a current Deadline story:

“We’re proud to assist the film Freedom’s Path by partaking the HBCU group to affix this necessary dialog…our partnership with the movie, and the launch of HBCU GO Give 365 aligns with Allen Media Group’s dedication to training as a path to financial inclusion.”

Ewen Bremner (Trainspoting) as “Silas” within the Xenon Footage launch “Freedom’s Path”

The movie’s author & director Brett Smith devoted 12 years of his life to getting the film made and telling the heretofore untold story of free, Black People residing within the Deep South through the Civil Warfare. 

Written, Directed, & Produced by Brett Smith


RJ Cyler
Gerran Howell
Ewen Bremner
Carol Sutton
Afemo Omilami
Thomas Jefferson Byrd
Mia Tucker
Harrison Gilbertson

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A.T. Perry Desires to Make New Reminiscences with Kenny Pickett



LAS VEGAS – It’s the play Pitt followers love and can by no means not take pleasure in seeing highlights of, however Kenny Pickett’s slide in the course of the 2021 ACC Championship Recreation is one thing these on the opposite facet would relatively neglect.

Wake Forest huge receiver A.T. Perry is aware of and couldn’t assist having that slide pop proper into his thoughts when requested his emotions about now Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett. Perry is on the East-West Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas all week as simply one other step in his journey that he hopes takes him to being drafted by an NFL group.

Might that group be Picket’s group? Might Perry change into teammates with the person who beat him within the largest recreation of his faculty profession, partly aided by a slide that Perry appears to nonetheless be confused by? “The slide. The pretend slide he scored on. It’s completely different. I’ve by no means seen that earlier than,” mentioned Perry.

Even though listening to Pickett’s title brings up some lower than nice reminiscences for Perry, he would relish the chance to play with Pickett, who he considers an important quarterback, and can now be getting into his second season within the NFL after experiencing loads of recreation motion because the starter all through his rookie 2022 season. Perry does admit he doesn’t know a lot in regards to the Steelers system however says he can be keen to speak to Pickett and be taught from him.

Becoming a member of the Steelers would create another impediment in addition to having to cope with the seemingly ribbing by Pickett in regards to the slide and ACC title. Perry is used to getting the ball and getting the ball usually. He put up a pair monster seasons at Wake Forest as soon as he established himself because the go-to choice within the Demon Deacons’ offense. Perry recorded 1,096 yards in 2022 and 1,293 yards the season prior in 2021. He did it whereas making 81 and 71 receptions respectively.

Would there even be room for him with the Steelers? How would he have the ability to actually do his factor with George Pickens coming off a strong rookie season and Diontae Johnson nonetheless within the fold, who dipped in manufacturing in 2022 however has proven he can publish some huge numbers previously. Consider tight finish Pat Freiermuth, working again Najee Harris and even the potential of Calvin Austin as soon as he’s wholesome and the Steelers have loads of youth when it comes to offensive weapons already. Some really feel they need to add to that, and there have even been rumors about buying and selling Johnson, nevertheless it will not be straightforward for Perry to get entangled as a lot as he would love straight away.

Perry mentioned he would consider being additional down the demise chart of an NFL offense as much like being redshirted in faculty. “Use that point to manage what you may management,” he added, mentioning how he would attempt to be taught from the veterans on the group to get higher as soon as he does get a possibility.

Irrespective of which NFL groups takes an opportunity on Perry, it’s protected to say they’re getting a participant with tons of expertise but in addition one which has the correct perspective about getting into the skilled ranks.

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