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Pitt Strikes Into Tie for First Place in ACC



PITTSBURGH – In case you would have advised a majority of Pitt basketball followers one yr in the past, Feb. 7, 2022 – following a 74-47 loss to Virginia Tech and dropping to 3-10 within the ACC – that the crew could be in first place with seven common season video games remaining, they’d in all probability name your bluff. 

The Panthers maintain all of the playing cards. 

Dominating Louisville 91-57 on the Petersen Occasions Heart and sweeping the season sequence, Pitt (17-7, 10-3 ACC) has moved right into a tie for first place within the ACC with Clemson. The 34-point win is the most important margin of victory for the Panthers in ACC play. A win by No. 8 Virginia towards No. 22 NC State late Tuesday would cement a three-way tie for the highest spot coming into the weekend. 

5 Panthers scored in double digits, led by 15 from Nike Sibande. Greg Elliott (14), Blake Hinson (11), Nelly Cummings (11), and Guillermo Diaz Graham (11) capped off an evening the place Jamarius Burton scored eight factors and tallied six rebounds within the victory. 

Pitt has exceeded all expectations following an 11-21 season, solely profitable six of 20 convention video games. In his fifth season on the helm, Jeff Capel propelled the Panthers to victories towards NC State, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest, Miami, and North Carolina twice in an try and do what no different crew has performed earlier than. 

Projected to complete 14th out of 15 convention groups within the ACC Preseason Ballot, the Panthers are on the right track for his or her greatest end since starting ACC competitors 10 years in the past. 

Pitt battles Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida starting at 12 p.m. with the prospect to tie for essentially the most ACC wins in program historical past. In its first season since becoming a member of the convention, Pitt’s 2013-14 crew completed 26-10 total and 11-7 towards a brand new set of opponents. The Panthers are 6-2 on the highway this season and a formidable 5-1 away from residence dealing with convention groups. 

Panthers Remaining Schedule:

Feb. 11 at. Florida State

Feb. 14 vs. Boston Faculty

Feb. 18 at Virginia Tech

Feb. 21 vs. Georgia Tech

Feb. 25 vs. Syracuse

Mar. 1 at. Notre Dame

Mar. 4 at, Miami


Twitter Response: Dukes Blows Out Pitt, NCAA’s Subsequent?



This anticipated rematch between Pitt and Duke was by no means a recreation as Duke began the sport pink sizzling from the sphere and Pitt had no solutions for Kyle Filipowski.

Pitt ends this portion of the season with 21 wins and the query now could be will that be ok to get them a bid for the NCAA Event.



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Duquesne Guards Dae Dae Grant and Jimmy Clark Win Atlantic 10 Postseason Awards



Duquesne junior guards in Dae Dae Grant and Jimmy Clark III received Atlantic 10 Postseason Awards on Tuesday for his or her success in the course of the 2022-23 season, with Grant making a spot on the Second-Group All Convention and Clark putting on the All-Defensive Group.

Grant transferred from Miami (Ohio) this previous offseason and is an important participant offensively for the Dukes. He leads the crew in scoring, averaging 15.2 factors per recreation, which ranked as No. 13 general within the Atlantic 10. He additionally averaged 2.7 3-pointers per recreation and shot 40.1% from 3-point vary, second and sixth general within the Atlantic 10.

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Grant scored 20 or extra factors 10 instances, together with 4 instances in Atlantic 10 play. That is essentially the most for a Duquesne participant since former guard Micah Mason had 15 within the 2015-16 season. He’s additionally the primary Duquesne participant to position on the Second Group All-Convention since ahead Marcus Weathers did it within the 2020-21 season.

Clark transferred from Northwest Florida School within the offseason and performed an incredible function defensively for the Dukes this season.

He led all gamers in Atlantic 10 play with 2.7 steals per recreation and had essentially the most steals of any Atlantic 10 participant with 72. His protection performed a big function in Duquesne ending second as a crew in steals, averaging 8.26 per contest in Atlantic 10 play.

Clark seven video games with 4 or extra steals, 5 towards A-10 opponents. Clark can be the primary Duquesne participant to make the All-Defensive crew since T.J. McConnell did in the course of the 2011-12 season.

Duquesne performs within the Atlantic 10 Event on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, N.Y. They earned a First Spherical bye and can play Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Duquesne takes on the winner of the First Spherical matchup between No. 11 La Salle and No. 14 Rhode Island at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Pitt Guard Nike Sibande Wins ACC Sixth Man of the Yr



Pitt guard Nike Sibande has been named the ACC Sixth Man of the Yr for his efficiency off the bench for the Panthers this yr.

Sibande got here off the bench in all however two video games, averaging 8.3 factors and three.9 rebounds on the yr. The Indianapolis native has scored in double digits 15 occasions this season, together with latest performances of 19 and 16 factors towards Notre Dame and No. 16  Miami, respectively.

Sibande began on Senior Evening final week, and Blake Hinson praised the veteran for his skill to return off the bench.

“What Nike does and has been doing for this program is likely one of the most unselfish issues I’ve ever skilled first hand,” mentioned Hinson. “Reality of the matter is, he would begin on most groups within the nation in my view. He’s keen to just accept the position of not doing that for our staff for the betterment of this staff, and that simply embodies what this staff is about and what he’s about. He completely deserves it man, that’s simply what it’s. He would begin in all places else. Coach simply did an excellent job of assembling expertise, and that’s what his position is for us, in order that’s what he deserves, that’s what he will get.”

Sibande started his profession at Miami (OH), the place he spent three seasons and averaged not less than 13 factors per recreation in every season. He scored over 1,400 factors in his Redhawk profession, and transferred to Pitt earlier than the 2020-21 season. That yr, he missed a number of video games as a consequence of his switch waiver not being accepted till mid-way by way of the season. After he returned, he posted averages of 6.9 factors and three rebounds per recreation. Sibande missed final season totally as a consequence of a torn ACL suffered in a preseason exhibition.

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