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January 2014 Archives

The Pitt women's basketball team earned a 67-65 thrilling win over ACC foe Boston College on Thursday night at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt Live Wire brings you highlights of the victory. Make sure you watch until the very end!

Head men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon was featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's series "Personality Test" giving us a little insight into the off-the-court world of Jamie Dixon. Take a look into the life of Coach Dixon in Personality Test: Jamie Dixon
Just prior to tipoff of Pitt's Monday night game against Duke, Pittsburgh and Duke legend Dick Groat was honored. Mr. Groat not only played for the Pirates from 1952-62, leading them to a World Series Championship in 1960 and earning the NL MVP award in the same year, he is also a basketball hall of fame member after playing for the Blue Devils from 1949-52.

Men's Basketball Postgame Coverage: Duke

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The Zoo is Ready!

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We're less than an hour from tipoff, but the Oakland Zoo has been at the Petersen Events Center waiting much, much longer.

The Oakland Zoo started getting ready for Pitt's Monday night matchup with Duke by arriving at the Petersen Events Center early on Sunday. This morning, head coach Jamie Dixon stopped by to thank them for the support and offer a little nourishment. Tonight's game will serve as a Gold Out and all fans in attendance will receive a "This Is Our House" gold t-shirt.

No. 8-ranked Pitt wrestling had a landmark win on Sunday against then-No. 5 Oklahoma State and they're looking for more. The Panthers are back at it again tonight with a 7 p.m. match against ACC foe and 13th-ranked Virginia at Fitzgerald Field House. 

Pitt men's basketball assistant coach Brandin Knight spoke with Ken Laird and Guy Junker of Trib Live Radio on Wednesday following the team's win over Clemson. Knight talked about surviving a potential hangover from the Syracuse game and the advantages of the Petersen Events Center and the creativity of the Oakland Zoo.

The 2014 Pitt football schedule will be released later today. While you're waiting, build the anticipation with these season highlights from freshman RB James Conner -- a guy you'll see plenty of at Heinz Field this coming year!

In just his first day of practice at the 2014 Senior Bowl, DT Aaron Donald was the talk of the town. Here are just a few of the comments and stories on the former Pitt star.

Seventeenth-year head baseball coach Joe Jordano spoke recently with Bill Hillgrove about the team's first year in the ultra-competitive ACC. Jordano also talked about his seniors, the team's facilities and the squad's anticipation of reaching an NCAA Regional in 2014.

Listen to the complete podcast here.
Syracuse Game Watch

The only two remaining teams with an undefeated record in the ACC will meet up on the court on Saturday at 4 p.m. Pitt travels to Syracuse for a big conference matchup at the Carrier Dome. The Pitt Alumni Association, in conjunction with Pitt Clubs, will host game watches on Saturday for the marquee matchup. For a complete listing, see below.

The Charlotte Pitt Club

The New York City Pitt Club

The Philadelphia Pitt Club

The Orlando Pitt Club

The Atlanta Pitt Club

The South Florida Pitt Club

The Chesapeake and Potomac Pitt Club

The State College Pitt Club

Pitt head basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio spoke recently with Bill Hillgrove about her first season at Pitt. The duo talked about the team's first ACC win, junior guard Brianna Kiesel's national honor last week and her top 15 signing class for next season.

Did you Know:
Pitt freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd was the nation's most productive freshman receiver, compiling 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns. He set Pitt freshman records for both receptions and yards, eclipsing marks previously held by Larry Fitzgerald, who had 69 catches for 1,005 yards in 2002.

2014 Maui Invitational

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The Pitt men's basketball team will be participating for the first time ever in the 2014 EA Sports Maui Invitational this November 24-26. Potential opponents for the Panthers include: Arizona, Missouri, and Purdue.

For fans looking to travel to the tournament, Pitt Athletics has partnered with the Alumni Association and Prime Sports to offer travel package options. Those packages include a 5-night stay at the oceanfront Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, tickets to all Pitt games, shuttle service and more.  Please note a travel package must be purchased in order to secure tickets to the games.  Fans will also be responsible for their own flights. The package is a land package only.

Packages are currently available exclusively for Panther Club members on a first-come, first serve basis until January 31; however all interested fans are encouraged to inquire about more information and to get their names added to the list. Orders will be confirmed based on order date. Visit Pitt Panthers Sports Travel or call 1-888-697-8550 to reserve your spot today!

Men's Basketball Postgame Coverage: Wake Forest

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Pitt softball head coach Holly Aprile recently talked with Bill Hillgrove about the upcoming season and what Pitt fans can expect in 2014. The Panthers face a daunting start to the year including playing three of the final six teams in the 2013 Softball College World Series (Michigan, Tennessee and Oklahoma). Tennessee (Feb. 14 opponent) and Oklahoma (Feb. 9) played in the final with the Sooners coming away with the title.  

Former Pitt men's basketball star Steven Adams is in his rookie season in Oklahoma City with the Thunder of the NBA and apparently he's been shopping for a house. Go along with him in this video compliments of

Former Pitt star and current Indianapolis Colts OL Mike McGlynn spoke to SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan's morning show on Tuesday and talked about his team in the playoffs and his feelings on Pitt head coach Paul Chryst.

"Coach Chryst is Pitt football at the highest level." 


Photo Gallery

The Pitt football team recently received a proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh declaring "University of Pittsburgh Panthers Football Team Day" due to the team's involvement in cleaning up Pittsburgh's hillside communities. The work was done in conjunction with the city and the Hilltop Alliance. 

The Panthers assisted in cleaning up the communities of Allentown, Beltzhoover and Knoxville on March 23, 2013. According to the proclamation, "the team combed the streets and climbed steep park hillsides to remove unsightly litter and discarded items from public areas. The team collected 30 yards of debris, including 244 large bags of litter, four additional truckloads of loose wood and building material remnants and 55 abandoned tires."

The proclamation was presented by the Mayor's office over the holiday break as the entire team gathered to help wrap and organize gifts for the Christmas Day at Pitt for those in need. 

To view the entire proclamation, click here.

Men's Basketball Postgame Coverage: Maryland

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The Pitt women's basketball team won the program's first-ever ACC contest on Sunday on the road at Virginia, 79-75. Junior guard Brianna Kiesel was named the ACC Player of the Week for her contribution of an average of 23 points and seven assists in games against Virginia and Florida State. Below are highlights of the milestone win.


The Pitt men's basketball team opens up its home ACC schedule tonight, entering a new era for the Panthers at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt hosts Maryland at 7 p.m. with the game broadcast carried live on ESPNU.

You can listen online and follow stats at or listen to the Panther Sports Radio Network (Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan locally).

Fans are reminded that you are able to pass along your tickets to friends and family, sell them online or donate to a charity if you are unable to attend through the Panthers' digital ticketing system. The Panthers Ticket Office opens 2.5 hours prior to tipoff for each game and will call and game day ticket sales (if available) are located at the outside windows at the front of the building.

Gates to the Petersen Events Center arena will open 1.5 hours prior to tipoff and a free shuttle service begins operating three hours prior to game time.

For all men's basketball contests, the Campus View Club opens 90 minutes prior to tip-off during the regular season. For ACC games with a tip-off of 6 p.m. or later, the Club will open two hours prior to tip-off. For ACC games with a tip-off earlier than 6 p.m., the club will open 90 minutes prior.

Download the official Pitt Athletics app on your iPhone, iPad or Android for free, and follow along with the game on gametracker, check out rosters and the upcoming schedule, or browse the numerous other features. Fans can also access live audio and video with a paid, in-application upgrade.

For additional information on all men's basketball game day reminders, visit Game Day Central

The Pitt women host their first-ever ACC contest this evening as Florida State comes to town for a 7 p.m. tipoff at the Petersen Events Center. In the meantime, check out first-year head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio mic'd up at practice and highlights of junior guard Brianna Kiesel as she scores her 1,000th career point.




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