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Pitt Postgame Present: How Did Pitt Let Sport Get Away at Duke?

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It was a story of two halves for Pitt, ultimately shedding to Duke 77-69.

Mike Asti and George Michalowski discuss what modified from the primary to the second half, if this looks like one Pitt let get away and the present vibe across the Panthers. Can any of this recreation be blamed on the refs? Additionally they then debate if the upcoming simpler stretch within the schedule are “should win” video games for Pitt.



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UNC Head Coach Hubert Davis Praises Pitt’s Offensive Capabilities

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North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis holds the Pitt basketball program in excessive regard. “They’re a extremely good basketball staff. They simply are,” Davis mentioned. 

The Panthers defeated North Carolina 76-74 on Dec. 30 contained in the Petersen Occasions Middle. Wednesday’s rematch on the historic Dean Smith Middle would run Pitt’s successful streak to a few in a row towards a number of the ACC’s prime opponents. 

Jamarius Burton put the Panthers on his again and carried the staff to victory final time dealing with the Heels, scoring a career-high 31 factors and 6 rebounds on 14-of-17 capturing in 33 minutes. The graduate guard is the Panthers’ most important catalyst, averaging team-highs in factors (16.4) and rebounds (6.5) whereas capturing 45% from the sphere. Davis pointed to the standard of items round Burton that pose a problem. 

“They’re extra than simply Burton,” Davis mentioned. “They bought quite a lot of playmakers that not solely could make performs for others however could make performs for themselves. They’ve quite a lot of guys that may create a shot at any given time all through their offensive possession.” 

The 76-point efficiency is the third-highest level complete scored by the Panthers towards an ACC opponent, forward of victories over Syracuse (84-82) and Wake Forest (81-79) by one possession. 

“They’re very disciplined offensively from the standpoint of they’re in the suitable spots, guys are driving and penetrating,” Davis mentioned. “They will actually shoot the basketball.” 

After dominating Pitt for the reason that Panthers entered the ACC, North Carolina has misplaced 4 of the final 5. Winners of 12 straight at dwelling, UNC final misplaced on Roy Williams Court docket was to Pitt final February, 76-67.

Blake Hinson was named certainly one of 5 Gamers of the Week by ESPN’s Seth Greenberg Monday after tying a Pitt report eight threes in a sport towards the Demon Deacons. He additionally transformed on a triple with a hand in his face to chop the Miami result in three late within the second half earlier than offering the successful tip-in basket inside 30 seconds. 

“What makes them so harmful is they’ll hit contested photographs,” Davis mentioned. “It’s not simply open photographs. They will hit with guys of their face. They’re actually powerful, an older skilled staff… doesn’t get shaken. That’s one of many many the reason why they’re having such a superb yr this season.”

The Panthers are averaging 74.3 factors per sport whereas UNC ranks second within the ACC scoring 79.2 factors an evening. Carolina has received eight of its final 10 video games and 4 in a row towards Louisville (80-59), Boston School (72-64), NC State (80-69), and Syracuse (72-68). Davis mentioned the Tar Heels had an opportunity to work on themselves this week and get wholesome, having per week off after final enjoying on Jan. 24. 

RJ Davis practiced this week and did particular person exercises throughout the weekend. He was poked within the eye on the finish of the Syracuse sport and needs to be obtainable for UNC Wednesday at 7 p.m. Davis doesn’t see former Moon Excessive Faculty star Puff Johnson enjoying because of a proper knee damage. Johnson solely performed two minutes within the first matchup and handled early foul bother. 

Pitt (15-7, 8-3 ACC) is in sole possession of third place within the ACC behind Clemson (18-4, 10-1 ACC) and Virginia (17-3, 9-2 ACC), the latter defeated by the Panthers 68-65 on the Pete on Jan. 3. North Carolina (15-6, 7-3 ACC) sits a half-game again in fourth place. A win would take command of third place to start February.



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Pitt’s Reece Heller Earns NCAA and ACC Wrestler of the Week Honors

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Pitt redshirt junior Reece Heller acquired NCAA Wrestler of the Week and ACC Wrestler of the Week honors on Tuesday for his nice efficiency final Friday evening towards Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Heller pinned Hokies No. 7 first-year Hunter Bolen (15-4) at 4:32 within the second interval at 184 kilos. He earned 5 factors for his pin, with the referee deducting a degree for unsportsmanlike conduct after Heller’s celebration. The pin put the Panthers up 20-12 within the match and primarily sealed their victory, 26-12 over the No. 7 Hokies.  

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Heller is 15-3 total and 6-2 in duel meets in 2022-23. He transferred together with his brother, redshirt senior Holden Heller, from Hofstra within the offseason. He additionally received the Midlands Championships at 184 kilos on the finish of December, which additionally earned him ACC Wrestler of the Week honors.

Pitt is now 8-2 total and 2-0 in ACC play. The win over Virginia Tech, the primary in Blacksburg, Va. since 2004, put Pitt up within the newest ballot to No. 18 within the nation.

They tackle ACC foe, North Carolina, this Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. on the Petersen Occasions Middle for sole possession of first place within the convention. Pitt then faces off towards No. 3 Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Discipline Home for his or her highest ranked opponent they’ll wrestle towards this season.



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Pitt and Syracuse to Play at Yankee Stadium in 2023

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As a substitute of a primary pitch, Yankee Stadium could have a gap kickoff this November.

Pitt will play Syracuse at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx on Nov. 11, 2023, to commemorate the a centesimal anniversary of the primary soccer recreation at Yankee Stadium — which was additionally performed by Pitt and Syracuse.

“We stay up for celebrating this important anniversary involving Pitt, Syracuse and the Yankees,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips stated within the launch. “That is an unimaginable milestone in school soccer and we admire the cooperation of our great companions to make this a particular alternative for our student-athletes, applications and followers. Yankee Stadium has a wealthy historical past of internet hosting school soccer video games and we’re proud so as to add this recreation to its custom.”

It will likely be Pitt’s fourth journey to Yankee Stadium for a soccer recreation, with the primary being a 3-0 loss to the Orange in 1923. The latest was Pitt’s Pinstripe Bowl look in opposition to Northwestern — a 31-24 loss — in 2016.

Pitt and Syracuse have met each season for the final 55 years, and with the brand new ACC scheduling format, the matchup will proceed for the foreseeable future.

Pitt has performed Syracuse 78 occasions in program historical past, courting again to a 30-0 inaugural win within the 1916 season. With a 43-32-3 all-time file in opposition to the Orange, Pitt has gotten the perfect of Syracuse of late.

A 19-9 win over a then-ranked Syracuse final November prolonged Pitt’s win streak to 5 video games. Pitt has received 18 of the final 21 video games performed courting again to 2002.

Each Pitt and Syracuse will enter the 2023 matchup with out their star quarterbacks as each Israel Abanikanda and Sean Tucker declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.

The remainder of Pitt’s schedule will probably be introduced tonight at 7 p.m. on the ACC Community.

Present recognized schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 2: Wofford

Saturday, Sept. 9: Cincinnati

Saturday, Sept. 16: West Virginia

Saturday, Oct. 28: Notre Dame



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