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Vukovcan: The Pitt Basketball Rebuild Reaches One other Milestone; Get pleasure from it, Panther Followers



The rebuild of the Pitt males’s basketball program reached an enormous milestone on Sunday night.

Now not do individuals related to the group (and followers) should reference again to 2015-16 when speaking about March Insanity and the NCAA Match.

As a result of this 2023 Pitt group goes dancing.

Though it was by a slimmer margin than lots of people thought it might be, Pitt was one of many 68 groups chosen for the lads’s basketball event.

Regardless of opening and shutting the season with runs of 1-3, the Panthers did sufficient in between these eight video games, together with wins over Northwestern, Virginia, NC State, Miami and North Carolina to earn a event bid. We came upon after the Choice Present that these wins over North Carolina proved to be giant as a result of the Tar Heels had been the third group excluded from the sector, proper behind Oklahoma State and Rutgers.

I’ll should admit, it was enjoyable tuning in to CBS and feeling nervous and a few anxiousness to search out out whether or not Pitt would make it. More often than not through the Jamie Dixon period everybody knew Pitt was going to be within the discipline, it was only a matter of what seed they’d obtain.

That wasn’t the case yesterday and if there have been a couple of extra bid stealers, Pitt wouldn’t have acquired a bid. That’s how shut issues had been to having a very totally different emotion round Pitt this Monday morning.

Whereas most individuals are excited in regards to the upcoming alternative to look at Pitt this week and probably choose them for a pair rounds in a March Insanity bracket ballot that they might be enjoying, not everyone seems to be pleased.

I suppose the saying is true that you would be able to’t please everybody.

The truth that Pitt is enjoying within the First 4 video games has some followers upset–and even embarrassed–feeling as if the First 4 video games aren’t actual event video games.

Initially, that’s fully ridiculous. The event discipline has 68 groups, and the First 4 groups have the identical likelihood to win the title as everybody else, so, sure Pitt is an actual event group.

So far as being upset at being an 11 seed, they need to really feel extraordinarily lucky to be an 11 seed as an alternative of 8, 9 and even 10 seed.

If the aim is to have the perfect path and likelihood to win as many video games as potential, appropriately, Pitt finds themselves in an ideal spot.

On no account am I saying that Pitt’s potential schedule is straightforward, however I do consider they’ve been matched up with perfect opponents and the actual likelihood to advance to subsequent weekend. I positive as heck would moderately have Pitt’s draw than being a No. 8 or No. 9 seed with the winner enjoying a No. 1 seed. Or, being the No. 10 seed, who will play the next No. 7 seeds: Michigan State, Missouri or Texas A&M.

Mississippi State is a defensive oriented group, that isn’t a powerful offensive group, so if Pitt’s 3-point taking pictures is on, they’ll have a great likelihood to win. After that, odds are that it might be a matchup towards Iowa State (19-13), a group that’s misplaced 5 of their final seven video games.

The opposite profit that Pitt ought to obtain by enjoying on this First 4 sport, is that it provides Pitt followers the chance to make the four-hour drive to Dayton to look at and assist their group. I’d be stunned and upset if UD Area isn’t full of lots of people sporting blue and yellow.

This season is successful and one thing that Jeff Capel will have the ability to use as a springboard into subsequent yr, it doesn’t matter what occurs towards Mississippi State.

Nonetheless, if Pitt is ready to earn a win tomorrow, that may simply be the cherry on the sundae for this magical season.

Objective No. 1 for Capel in his try to actually rebuild Pitt was to have a successful season, particularly throughout the ACC. He checked that field. Objective No. 2 was to qualify for the NCAA Match, both this season or subsequent. That was additionally achieved.

Now the aim turns into for Pitt to win their first NCAA Match sport because the 2013-14 season.

Though it received’t be straightforward as Mississippi State are the early favorites, Pitt’s likelihood of checking one other field grew to become extra lifelike due to being chosen because the eleventh seed.

The Insanity begins formally begins tomorrow. Get pleasure from it and don’t take these moments without any consideration Panther followers!


June 1-3 Official Go to Pocket book: Numerous Gifted Recruits in Pittsburgh




An necessary time interval has kicked off for Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt teaching employees.

As Narduzzi acknowledged final evening at 12:09 a.m., it’s June, which indicators the beginning of official visits for faculty soccer packages.

Gamers have began to reach on the town in what’s shaping as much as be essentially the most spectacular group of official guests that Narduzzi has hosted throughout his teaching period at Pitt.

The query now could be whether or not or not any of the gamers which are visiting determine to offer a dedication to Pitt.

Pittsburgh Sports activities Now will probably be contacting all of those gamers in an effort to offer you info on their go to.

Keep up to date by trying out this Pitt official customer weekend.

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**Florida 2024 4-star quarterback Trever Jackson spends a while this afternoon with former Pitt star Kenny Pickett at Steelers OTAs. Jackson is a excessive precedence recruit for Pitt.

Courtesy Trever Jackson

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Pitt’s First Batch of Official Guests – Defensive Version




It is going to be a really, very busy weekend on the UPMC Rooney Sports activities Advanced because the Pitt teaching workers hosts plenty of proficient recruits within the class of 2024 on official visits.

There are a plethora of four-star recruits, on either side of the soccer, however we’re simply the defensive aspect of the soccer on this article.

Right here’s a primer on which defensive recruits can be in Pittsburgh from June 1-3.

Elias Rudolph — 6-foot-4, 220-pound four-star defensive finish from Deerfield Seashore Excessive College in Deerfield Seashore, Florida

Rudolph is one in every of Pitt’s high defensive targets within the class of 2024, and it’s his relationship with the teaching workers (specifically Randy Bates and Charlie Partridge) that has allowed for an official go to.

He’s picked up affords from practically each main program in faculty soccer, however he’s narrowed down his record to a high 4 of Pitt, Ohio State, Michigan and Miami.

247Sports charges Rudolph because the 222nd-ranked recruit within the class (Fifteenth-ranked edge and the Thirty fourth-ranked recruit from Florida) whereas Rivals charges him because the 208th-ranked recruit within the class (Sixteenth-ranked weakside defensive finish and fourth-ranked recruit from Ohio).

On3 charges him because the 260th-ranked recruit within the class (Twenty ninth-ranked linebacker and Thirty ninth-ranked recruit from Florida).

Rudolph can be taking official visits to Pitt (June 1-3), Michigan (June 9), Miami (June 16) and Ohio State (June 23).

Photograph courtesy of Dominic Kirks’ Twitter account.

Dominic Kirks — 6-foot-5, 250-pound three-star defensive lineman from Villa Angela St. Joseph in Cleveland, Ohio

Pitt really jumped into the equation for Kirks effectively earlier than he blew up on the camp circuit this summer time.

Kirks earned line of defense MVP honors on the Beneath Armor camp in Columbus earlier this month, and he’s earned affords from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin since late February.

247Sports charges Kirks because the 498th-ranked recruit within the class (Forty ninth-ranked defensive lineman and the Sixteenth-ranked recruit from Ohio). On3 charges him because the Twenty eighth-ranked defensive lineman and the Eleventh-ranked recruit from Ohio whereas Rivals charges him because the Forty third-ranked defensive lineman and Twenty first-ranked recruit from Ohio.

As of now, Kirks can be visiting Pitt (June 1-3), Kentucky (June 9) and Washington (June 16), so it is going to be key for Pitt to begin his journey off with a powerful impression.

Photograph courtesy of Gabriel Williams’ Twitter account.

Gabriel Williams — 6-foot-4, 190-pound four-star linebacker from St. Vincent Pallotti in Laurel, Maryland

Williams made a go to to Pittsburgh for a spring apply in April and actually spent the complete day. From 7 a.m. till after 7 p.m. He’s Pitt’s high linebacker goal within the class.

He additionally boasts affords from Boston Faculty, Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Memphis, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, USC, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

247Sports charges Williams because the 214th-ranked recruit within the class (Twentieth-ranked linebacker and the sixth-ranked recruit from Maryland) whereas On3 charges him because the 107th-ranked recruit within the class (eighth-ranked linebacker and the second-ranked recruit from Maryland).

Rivals charges him because the Twenty seventh-ranked exterior linebacker and the Twelfth-ranked recruit from Maryland — holding a 5.8 Rivals Ranking.

With official visits deliberate for Pitt (June 1-3), Virginia Tech (June 9) and Duke (June 23), Williams is a recruit that Pitt ought to push arduous to commit earlier than leaving.

Davion Pritchard — 6-foot-1, 165-pound three-star cornerback from Fitch Excessive College in Youngstown, Ohio

Pritchard is among the extra under-the-radar recruits amongst Pitt’s official guests not simply this weekend however all through the spring.

He holds Energy 5 affords from Boston Faculty, Kentucky, Maryland and Pitt, together with affords from the likes of Akron, Ball State, Bowling Inexperienced, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Japanese Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Oh.), Ohio, Temple, Toledo, Western Michigan and Youngstown State.

247Sports charges Pritchard because the 118th-ranked cornerback and the 63rd-ranked recruit from Ohio. Neither Rivals nor On3 have rated him but.

Pitt simply prolonged him a suggestion about two weeks in the past, so the connection is new however definitely rising.

Photograph courtesy of Reggie Powers’ Twitter account.

Reggie Powers III —  6-foot-1, 195-pound four-star security from Centerville Excessive in Dayton, Ohio

Pitt could not have provided Powers as early as different faculties, however the teaching workers has been speaking to him constantly since his sophomore season. And it’s been on daily basis for some time now.

He holds affords from 30 packages, however he’s narrowed his high 5 to simply Ohio State, Cincinnati, Pitt, Northwestern and Michigan State.

247Sports charges Powers because the 578th-ranked recruit within the class (Fifty fifth-ranked security and the Nineteenth-ranked recruit from Ohio). On3 is even larger on Powers, ranking him because the Thirty fourth-ranked security and the Twelfth-ranked recruit from Ohio.

Rivals hasn’t rated Powers but, however he does maintain a 5.6 Rivals Ranking.

Powers has already made his first official go to to Northwestern earlier this month, and he has officers lined up for Pitt (June 1-3), Michigan State (June Sep 11), Cincinnati (June 16-18) and Ohio State (June 22-24).

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Wofford, West Virginia, Boston School Kickoff Time and TV Channels Introduced




It appeared as if Pitt was proof against midday kickoffs final season, and that’s already the case for the 2023 season.

We already know that Pitt-Notre Dame will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, and now we all know three extra instances which have been set for the 2023 season.

Pitt will kick off its season at dwelling towards Wofford at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 and two weeks later, it’s going to journey to Morgantown for a 7:30 p.m. primetime kickoff below the lights towards West Virginia.

Pitt-Wofford is scheduled to be broadcast on ACC Community, and Pitt-West Virginia is scheduled to be broadcast on ABC.

The time and TV channel for Pitt’s week 2 sport towards Cincinnati has not been introduced but, however Pitt’s Thursday night time sport towards Boston School on Nov. 16 is about for a 7 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

So, it seems that Pitt may have yet one more season chock filled with noon and prime matchups, which doesn’t even embrace potential video games towards Florida State or Syracuse at Yankee Stadium.

2023 Schedule:

Week 1: Saturday, Sept. 2 – Wofford at Acrisure Stadium — 3:30 p.m. on ACC Community

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

Week 3: Saturday, Sept. 16 — West Virginia at Milan Puskar Stadium — 7:30 p.m. on ABC

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

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

Week 6: Saturday, Oct. 7 – Bye Week

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

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

Week 9: Saturday, Oct. 28 – Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium — 3:30 p.m. on NBC

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

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

Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 16 – Boston School at Acrisure Stadium — 7 p.m. on ESPN

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

For the complete ACC first three weeks part:

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