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With out Hugley, Pitt’s Younger Entrance Courtroom Has Tall Process Forward



Regardless of Pitt’s success all through the primary half of this season, Jeff Capel couldn’t have anticipated that he can be 12-6 general and 5-2 within the ACC with simply 9 scholarship gamers.

Simply weeks earlier than the season began, final yr’s main scorer and All-ACC honorable point out John Hugley injured his knee, inflicting him to sit down out for six weeks and ultimately miss a few of Pitt’s first few video games. As soon as he got here again, Hugley was not the identical participant as he was coping with bodily changes stemming from his damage and psychological changes as nicely. Quick ahead to Saturday, and after he had missed Pitt’s final six video games resulting from private causes, Hugley introduced that he can be sitting out for the rest of the yr.

However regardless of not having Hugley, who spent the preseason and eight video games this yr with the staff on the courtroom, the Panthers are sitting at 12-6 and are receiving extra nationwide consideration with each win.

After all, the primary focus is and needs to be on ensuring Hugley’s well being improves and that he will get again on monitor. However with Hugley asserting that he’ll sit out the remainder of the yr, what does this imply for the Panthers on the courtroom?

Clearly, Hugley, when wholesome, is among the most dominant gamers within the convention. His bully-ball mentality and play fashion earned him All-ACC honors regardless of incomes double-teams nearly each sport final yr. HIs physicality and ending capability stood out amongst different expertise, and on this yr’s video games that he did play in, he hit 5 of his ten threes, showcasing an improved outdoors sport. At full well being, Hugley is a monster, and may nonetheless play at that stage subsequent yr. However for now, Pitt is definitely going to overlook him whereas he’s recovering.

Federiko Federiko has grow to be the face of Pitt’s younger entrance courtroom within the absence of Hugley, and he has surpassed the expectations of many up to now together with his efficiency.

In convention play, Federiko is averaging 4.9 factors and 5.7 rebounds per sport whereas capturing 49% from the sphere. Whereas he’s nonetheless a younger participant, the Finnish huge man has been praised by his teammates for his arduous work, his screen-setting, rim-protecting, and extra. He brings rather a lot to the desk, and it particularly helps that he stands at 6-foot-11 with size and athleticism to run the ground with this guard-heavy Panthers group. Nevertheless, with all of that being mentioned, he isn’t going to over-power any ACC staff offensively simply but. The younger huge man has been an amazing assist for Pitt, however he’s simply not that kind of participant as a sophomore.

Federiko’s minutes have skyrocketed since Hugley has been out. After taking part in 30+ minutes simply as soon as within the first 13 video games of the season, he has now surpassed the 30-minute mark in 4 of Pitt’s final six video games. Pitt will proceed to make use of him as a rim-running, lob-catching huge on offense, in addition to a rim-protecting, screen-hedging huge on D.

Rookie Guillermo Diaz-Graham will even play an enormous position for Pitt if Federiko will get in foul hassle, wants a breather, or will get injured going ahead. After Guillermo, Jorge Diaz-Graham is the one different participant with the size and peak to compete with different ACC bigs, regardless of his guard play fashion. With such a skinny entrance courtroom this yr, Pitt will actually must depend on wings Nate Santos and Blake Hinson to step as much as the plate down low.

Hinson has battled a number of the league’s greatest bigs up to now this season, and has held his personal. Santos, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound wing, is sturdily constructed and has seen ten or extra minutes of motion in three of Pitt’s final 4 video games to assist out behind Hinson.

If groups start to assault the Panthers inside, they’re going to must win it behind their veteran guards and Hinson, whereas receiving as a lot effort (and it’s been stable up to now) as Federiko, Santos, and the twins can provide inside and on the glass.


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



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



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



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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