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Ryan Luther injury drags on for Pitt basketball team

When Ryan Luther went down with a stress fracture in his foot, the initial prognosis seemed to be that he would be absent for a few weeks. With that stretching to four as of today, fans are no doubt getting a little antsy. That's especially true given the eight-game free fall the team just ended with a win against Boston College this week.

But if you're looking for Luther to be back anytime soon, you probably want to hold off on that.

Per the Trib's Jerry DiPaola, Pitt is still at least a few games away from having him back. The hope was that he could play by next Tuesday when the Panthers face Virginia Tech, but that doesn't seem to be happening:

Stallings said Ryan Luther (stress fracture in foot) won't return for Hokies Tuesday. Bone not healing as expected. Maybe 2 more weeks. — Jerry DiPaola (@JDiPaola_Trib) February 10, 2017

At this point, I'm a little non-plussed by Luther's injury. Barring something crazy like winning six of their last seven games, Pitt isn't going to the NCAA Tournament. And the idea that they need to get into the NIT to help make the season less miserable isn't something I'm all that enthusiastic about, anyway.

Luther will be back next year, so from a developmental standpoint, you want to get him out there, I guess. But as a junior with almost three years under his belt, I'm not sure he has that much more growing to do, anyway. His talent level is basically where it is and while some players see a spike from the junior to senior year (i.e. see Lamar Patterson), missing time right now isn't going to keep him from getting better next year, anyway.

Plus, if you really think about it, perhaps the minutes he would be getting are better spent by giving younger guys like Justice Kithcart more of an opportunity to grow.

There's little doubt that the Luther injury has hurt the team. But at this point in the year, a rushed return just doesn't make much sense given that the Panthers aren't likely competing for the NCAAs.

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Police release video years after incident involving Oklahoma RB

Police in Norman, Oklahoma, released the video of an interview with Amelia Molitor after she was punched in the face by former University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in 2014.

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In the interview, Molitor said Mixon harassed her outside of a Norman restaurant by making degrading sexual advances. She said he also used a homophobic slur toward one of her friends.

“I was definitely disturbed by what was happening outside,” Molitor said.

The interview took place on August 14, 2014, less than three weeks after the incident.

She told police that Mixon and three others catcalled her that night.

“Suggesting I go home with him and making very specific suggestions about what I could do, you know, to pleasure him,” Molitor said.

She told police she went into the restaurant because she thought it would be safe. Moments later Mixon followed her in and punched her.

“I remember like a flash of looking at Joe like he was in front of me and then it was like I got hit by a train,” Molitor said.

Mixon most recently apologized for the incident last December and said his actions were not acceptable. He was charged with misdemeanor assault in 2014 and entered an Alford plea. He was suspended from the team that season.

Norman police said they released the two-and-a-half-year-old video now because of several requests. 

Pitt snaps eight-game losing streak with 83-72 win at Boston College

After a mostly dismal ACC season, Pitt's basketball team put together solid efforts in losses against ranked North Carolina and Duke teams on the road. The idea was that if they brought that same effort tonight, they would win.

That mostly happened and the Panthers pulled away for an 83-72 win on the road at Boston College.

No, the Eagles aren't a good team. No, I don't think the defense was particularly good. And no, this doesn't mean that Kevin Stallings will starting gaining more fans. But it does at least keep this nightmare of a season from getting much worse.

Pitt also overcame a good shooting night from Boston College. The Eagles made more than 50% of their shots but were topped by the Panthers slightly. One big factor was the free throw line. Pitt knocked down 24-29 from the stripe while Boston College was only 8-14. Shooting more than twice as many free throws is a good way to get on track and when you make 16 more, that's just a huge disparity.

Things started off pretty badly for Pitt. In the opening minute, star Jamel Artis, injured his ankle, stepping on the foot of a Boston College player. He returned, but barely played in the first half and on the night, finished with only six points. Fortunately some other guys picked up the slack. Michael Young had 30 points and Shelding Jeter and Chris Jones were surprisingly productive with 31. Jeter had a team-high eight boards and I was really impressed with what Jones did. Justice Kithcart shouldn't be forgotten, either. He was rushed into duty when Artis went down and responded by giving Pitt nine big points, going 3-3 from the three-point line in his only shot attempts.

That Artis came back and played was encouraging. Hopefully there aren't any lingering effects that drag on.

Kithcart hasn't given Pitt too much this year but I'm curious to how he responds by not only playing more but finding himself in a role where he has to produce. The extent of his job right now is to not turn the ball over and perhaps hit a shot or two if he's open. And the fact that he's a true freshman shouldn't be forgotten, either. Maybe, just maybe, he becomes more of an offensive threat in a bigger role.

Like I said, I don't know how much this game proves. But at the very least, it serves as a bit of a confidence boost to a team that sorely needed one.

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Against the Odds: Pitt favored vs. BC

Yes, you read that headline correct. Pitt has been given three points in their matchup with Boston College.

Stop everything because Pitt is favored in an ACC basketball game! I’ll give you a few moments to allow that to sink in this morning.

Pitt travels to Boston College tonight and something has to give. Vegas is betting that Pitt will be the one to end their losing streak this evening at Conte Forum, as they have installed the Panthers as three-point favorites. Pitt enters the game on an eight game losing streak, while the Eagles come in on a seven game skid. Overall, Pitt is now 12-11 and 1-9 in the ACC and actually behind BC, who has an overall record of 9-15, but are 2-9 in the conference.

Third-year coach Jim Christian will rely on sophomore guard Jerome Robinson when the game starts at 7:00 p.m. Robinson comes in averaging just under 20 points per game and Pitt’s guards will have to stay tight to him to stop their slide. Of course, there is always the wildcard of Pitt basketball games: Will they care?

Pitt is coming off two very competitive games against ACC blue bloods Duke and North Carolina. Both games were on the road and the Panthers showed up well, despite the losses. If they play with that same intensity, Pitt should finally get a win to stop this losing.

That’s been the big question though with these Panthers. It’s easy to get up for a packed Cameron Indoor Stadium or a rowdy Dean Dome, but can they motivate themselves (or respond to Kevin Stallings’ pregame speech) to really want this game? We’ll have to wait until this evening to find out.

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Against the Odds: Pitt is favored!!!

Yes, you read that headline correct. Pitt has been given three points in their matchup with Boston College.

Stop everything! Pitt is favored in an ACC basketball game! I’ll give you a few moments to allow that to sink in this morning. Pitt travels to Boston College tonight and something has to give. Vegas is betting that Pitt will be the one to end their losing streak this evening at Conte Forum, as they have installed the Panthers as three point favorites. Pitt enters the game on an eight game losing streak, while the Eagles come in on a seven game skid. Overall, Pitt is now 12-11 and 1-9 in the ACC and actually behind BC, who has an overall record of 9-15, but are 2-9 in the conference.

Third year coach Jim Christian will rely on sophomore guard Jerome Robinson when the game starts at 7PM. Robinson comes in averaging just under 20 points per game and Pitt’s guards will have to stay tight to Robinson to stop their slide. Of course, there is always the wildcard of Pitt basketball games: Will they care?

Pitt is coming off two very competitive games against ACC blue bloods Duke and North Carolina. Both games were on the road and the Panthers showed up well, despite the losses. If they play with that same intensity, Pitt should finally get a win to stop this losing.

That’s been the big question though with these Panthers. It’s easy to get up for a packed Cameron Indoor Stadium or a rowdy Dean Dome, but can they motivate themselves (or respond to Kevin Stallings pregame speech) to really want this game? We’ll have to wait until this evening to find out.

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ESPN ranks Pitt's 2017 non-conference schedule as toughest in college football

Last year's non-conference schedule for Pitt football was challenging with games against Penn State and Oklahoma State. And after those teams vaulted up the rankings, by the end of the year, it was even more evident how difficult the Panthers' out of conference games were.

Pitt faces both teams again in 2017 but this time, those programs are expected to do well. Not just well, but ESPN ranks both in the top ten in their early preseason rankings. For that reason, they tabbed Pitt's non-conference schedule as the most difficult in the nation.

Sure, Rice (who was 3-9 last year) and FCS foe Youngstown State aren't expected to defeat the Panthers. But those first two teams are plenty challenging enough and is more than most schools would dare to take on.

No complaints from my end. For the record, I've always been one that has said Pitt needs to worry about winning games first before scheduling harder. But you also need to play Penn State whenever you absolutely can and while it might be nice to have a lesser foe in there in place of Oklahoma State, it's not the end of the world. Plus, the Panthers played them well on the road last year so they get this one at home.

Looking at the non-conference schedule, it's pretty clear what Pitt needs here. 3-1 has to be the goal here. 4-0, of course is better, but perhaps unrealistic. 2-2 is nothing special at all and 1-3 means we've got a disaster on our hands.

How do you think the Panthers will fare in their non-conference schedule? Vote in the poll below.

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Ten soul-crushing defeats from the Pitt Panthers

This article is written by J.O. of View from the Zoo blog fame, who is serving as a guest contributor. You can also catch him on Twitter @ViewfromtheZoo

Since Pitt recently lost by 55 points to Louisville and negativity is running rampant through the program I felt compelled to look back on all the other times when our dreams were crushed.

10. Pitt wins 2012 CBI Championship

I started off a list of soul-crushing losses with a win? This article doesn’t even make sense. Yes #CBIncredible was a lot of fun, and we Pitt fans know how to milk something, but being in the CBI after a decade of NCAA bids just felt wrong. Take a look at the last five CBI Finals and tell me which one of these things is not like the other:

2016: Nevada over Morehead State

2015: Loyola (CHI) over UL Monroe

2014: Siena over Fresno State

2013: Santa Clara over George Mason

2012: Pitt over Washington State

Look at Gibbs in this photo, you can actually pinpoint the exact moment that his soul leaves his body.

There were a few positives from the tournament, probably the most important being Patterson’s improved play, but that season should’ve mercifully ended at 17-16 with a loss to Georgetown in the Big East. I doubt recruits were glued to the TV watching the best of three championship series. Also, winning a college basketball postseason tournament after losing the championship game only because it is a ridiculous best of three format is one of the most Pitt things ever.

9. Duquesne 64, Pitt 55 (2016)

There are a few things that Pitt students can expect when they enroll here.

1. Market Central food will make you sick

2. The 59U will be an unreliable bus

3. Pitt will beat the snot out of Duquesne in basketball

Not this year, though, as Duquesne beat Pitt for the first time since 2000. Actually, looking back on it the 2000 game seems pretty depressing as well. Duquesne won 71-70 on a loose ball put-back with 2.2 seconds left. The Dukes responded by sending out six players on the final play. Freshman Julius Page blew the free throw, and then Ricardo Greer threw the inbounds pass over the head of center Isaac Hawkins. This is probably not the last time I mention failed inbounds passes or missed free throws on this list. Anyway, back to 2016. Without Artis Pitt was embarrassing and as Anson mentioned in the recap, it seemed like they didn’t care.

8. Syracuse 58, Pitt 56 (2014) - The Tyler Ennis Game

Pitt was 9-0 against Top 5 teams at the Pete. Syracuse was undefeated and ranked number one, but Pitt has never been afraid of the Zone and Dixon has owned Boeheim (15-6 all-time). Anyway, Pitt led 54-48 with under two minutes remaining before two CJ Fair buckets (one three) and a pair of Ennis free throws gave the Orange a point lead. Zanna made two free throws to give them the lead back with a few seconds left and Syracuse called timeout. My girlfriend at the time (now wife) looks over to me sweating bullets and says, "relax, they won." Famous last words. Ennis hits a shot from the OC lot and Syracuse escaped with a win.

7. DeJuan Blair declares for NBA Draft

Let me start off by saying that I completely understand why Blair left early. His knees had a shelf-life and he needed to make the most of what would most likely be a short NBA career. But it doesn’t stop Pitt fans from wondering how the 2009 and 2010 seasons would’ve been different with Blair at center. For the 2009 season you’re essentially trading Chase Adams for an All-American center. My guess is they don’t lose to Xavier in the second round.

Also, I think having Blair around for another year or two would have done wonders for Dante Taylor’s development. With Blair and McGhee at Center, Taylor could’ve stayed at the four and been more comfortable as he transitioned to the college game. The 2010 season (easily Dixon’s best coaching job) is a little bit harder to figure out. How does Blair’s presence as the probable number one option affect the development of Gibbs and Wanamaker? I always felt Gibbs despite the lofty scoring numbers he put up was best suited as a secondary option (similar to the role he played as a freshman). Wanamaker probably averages a few fewer points and a few more assists, but his game would be largely unaffected. Pitt was very good that year and they’re probably even better with Blair…or I’m completely wrong and it’s basically the Aaron Gray led 2006 team with fewer missed layups.

6. Rutgers 62, Pitt 39 (2012)

Pitt’s first half performance against Louisville resulted in the third-worst shooting performance (4-25) in a half in program history. I’m not sure if this game was the worst or second-worst but they shot 4-32 in the first half of this one. To put into perspective how much worse the Rutgers game compares to the one that just happened. Louisville is a top 15 team with a Hall of Fame Coach who might be the best defensive mind ever. That Rutgers team won 14 games all season and was coached by noted abuser and crazy person Mike Rice. Just look at this dismal box score. The best shooting performance of the night was Nasir Robinson and he was 3-9!

5. UConn 70, Pitt 69 (1998)

The 1998 season was such a strange season. Pitt started out 6-0 with wins over James Posey and #13 Xavier and defending champ #4 Kentucky (with a very un-Kentucky like four future NBA first rounders) in the Puerto Rican Shootout before getting annihilated by Steve Francis and Maryland in the championship. After the tournament, Pitt was ranked #20 in the polls and I, being 9 years old and basketball-obsessed, cut out the newspaper clipping of the rankings (because hey, it might not happen again!). A 3-5 stretch (with wins over powerhouses Prairie View A&M and Howard) set up a matchup with #1 UConn at the Field House. Pitt led by 4 in the closing seconds. UConn hit a three, and then this happened.

Khalid El-Amin hit the game-winner, jumped on the scorer’s table and words and garbage were exchanged between player and opposing fans (to put it lightly). Pitt never recovered and Willard resigned at the end of the year. Pitt hired some coach named Ben Howland.

What would’ve happened if Pitt won?

Despite the many arrests and legal issues of the team during this time, it is possible that a win over UConn may have inspired Pitt to perform slightly better the rest of the year. Willard coaches a couple more years amidst more and more dysfunction, and Ben Howland leaves Northern Arizona to rebuild some other program. Pitt continues in mediocrity throughout the early 2000s. When attempting to recruit neighbor DeJuan Blair, Blair laughs out loud, signs with Tennessee and he and Chris Lofton lead the Volunteers to the 2008 NCAA Championship. Umm, thanks Khalid, I guess?

4. Kent State 78, Pitt 73 OT (2002 NCAA South Regional Semi-Finals)

As tempting as it was to make this entire list ten NCAA tournament losses, I tried to focus on those that I felt were wasted opportunities in addition to crushing defeats. Despite a lot of failure in the tournament, there have been many times were Pitt was just plain out-matched and had no chance. Pitt had no business winning these games:

2007 against Howland

2004 against Oklahoma State with three NBA players

2003 against D-Wade (Though it was a mild upset at the time, in hindsight it was incredible that Pitt actually kept him in check for half of that game)

However, Pitt should absolutely have beaten Kent State. They had Gates and a bunch of guards. None of their top 5 scorers were over 6’4", and yet the Golden Flashes led for most of the game. Pitt grabbed a couple leads in the second half and had a chance to win it at the end of regulation but Page’s three was just short. Pitt led by 1 with a minute left but Kent State closed with an 8-2 run and Pitt went home. Even though the 2003 team was better (basically the exact same team minus bit player Chad Johnson), 2002 was their best chance. Earlier that night Indiana beat #1 Duke because Jay Williams couldn’t complete a miracle 4 point play to force OT. I’m fairly certain Pitt would’ve beaten an Indiana team whose second best player was Tom Coverdale, and I base this off the fact that Pitt annihilated Indiana in next year’s tournament (minus Jared Jeffries but still).

3. Vanderbilt 80, Pitt 74 OT (1988 NCAA 2nd Round)

In 1986 the NCAA introduced the three point line. It wouldn’t take long for it to crush Pitt’s hopes and dreams. After losing to 6 seed Oklahoma in the second round, the 1987 team was going to take the program to new heights. They returned the nation’s leading rebounder and second team All-American in Jerome Lane, fellow 1st team All Big East and Pitt’s all-time leading scorer Charles Smith, and several other big-time contributors like Demetrius Gore, Rod Brookin and Mike Goodson. As if that wasn’t enough they added the nation’s number one recruiting class (I don’t know that for certain but it seems likely) featuring two McDonald’s All Americans (Brian Shorter and Bobby Martin) as well as Jason Matthews, Darelle Porter and some guy named Sean Miller.

Sports Illustrated declared that Pittsburgh was now officially a basketball town, and swingman Gore wrote a rap about the team called "Pitt on the Rise," which frankly should’ve won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance had that been a thing in 1988 (it became a category a year later).

"Gettin' all the boards like he is insane

Is that board-crashin' brother Je-Rome Lane"

Fire.

Anyway, in the summer of ’87 Pitt had a serious shot at being pre-season number one (that honor eventually went to Syracuse), but like most Pitt things, it would begin unraveling quickly. Shorter didn’t do well enough on his SATs so he would be ineligible the first year (he led Pitt in scoring the three years after). Returning assist leader Mike Goodson would also be academically ineligible (though he had other things on his mind namely his son, future NFL running back Mike Goodson Jr. who was born in May). As if those two losses weren’t enough, Pitt lost Brookin (averaging 12 ppg through the first 8 games) to academics as well.

Down three of their best six players by December, Pitt still managed to win its first regular season Big East Title with a win in the Carrier Dome in the final game of the regular season. Smith (Big East POY) and Lane were named All-Americans. It would be good enough for the #2 seed in an absolutely loaded Midwest Region. Seriously look at this bracket.

1. Purdue - led by Hall of Fame coach Gene Keady

2. Pitt

3. NC State - led by the legendary Jim Valvano

4. Kansas State - coached by current Sooners coach Lon Kruger and featuring All American and future NBA HOF’er Mitch Richmond

6. Kansas - led by National Player of the Year Danny Manning with HOF coach Larry Brown behind the bench

7. Vanderbilt - with All American center and future Michael Jordan punching bag, Will Perdue

Despite all this, the bracket immediately opened up for Pitt. NC State was upset by 14 seed Murray State in the first round. After defeating Eastern Michigan, Pitt would face Vanderbilt in round 2. Despite a 42-24 rebounding edge (Lane almost out-rebounded them himself with 20) and hitting their free throws (16-19), Pitt only led 67-63 with 12 seconds left, and you know how this one ends. Barry Goheen hits a three, Smith hits two free throws (Perdue fouled out on this play), Goheen hits another three at the buzzer to force OT and Pitt never recovers. Ironically those two shots were Goheen’s only two three-pointers in the game.

It was very tempting to rank this loss even higher given how much talent Pitt had and how the bracket was theirs for the taking (#1 Purdue fell in the sweet 16 to KSU in the top half of the bracket) but there are two reasons:

1. I was still one year away from being born. I asked my Dad (a season ticket-holder for most of the 80s) for some additional insight. "It sucked." Thanks, Dad.

2. I am fairly certain that Danny Manning would’ve manhandled Pitt in the next game. He put up 38 against Vanderbilt (Goheen shot 1-7 in that game because of course he did). Pitt definitely had the size to give Danny and the Miracles a much better game, but team of destiny and all that. If they somehow got past Kansas, who knows?

2. Butler 71, Pitt 70 (2011 NCAA 2nd Round - I won’t acknowledge it being called the 3rd round back then)

I don’t think that game killed the program, but that’s a difficult loss to come back from. It’s 2017 and we’re still waiting.

1. Villanova 78, Pitt 76 (2009 NCAA East Regional Final)

Whatever.

Panther of the Week: Mike Young

A week that saw two losses also showed heart and a nice week for Mike Young.

Pitt dropped two more games to slide to 12-11 and 1-9 in the ACC. The two losses were on Tobacco Road with one at Chapel Hill and one to Duke. The Panthers at least gave a solid effort in both games and that includes big man Mike Young, who seems to be adjusting better and better to his mask. The senior is our Panther of the Week.

Fellow senior Jamel Artis had a strong week as well and Cam Johnson was on fire at North Carolina and actually had a very strong defensive effort Saturday at Duke. Unfortunately, Cam couldn’t muster more than three points against Duke and it hurt Pitt, in the end. Young was solid all around and was a beast that Duke just couldn’t handle very well.

Young started the week off with a double-double against the Tar Heels. The stat line was a full one with 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal. The Duquesne native finished the night connecting on seven of eleven shots. His game against Duke had the CBS announcers salivating and dropping all kinds of praise. The forward finished hitting 10 of 17 shots to drop 24 on the Blue Devils. He also chipped in four rebounds, two assists, one steal and also two blocks.

Look, they lost two more games this week, but I have to admit that it was fun remembering what it was like to watch a team that cared. They have to continue to bring this intensity into their games. They will not make the NCAA tournament this season but I think all Pitt fans will tell you that it’s much more fun watching them lose games like this to ranked teams rather than some of what we have witnessed over the last month.

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Pitt loses at Duke as skid hits eight games

Well, Pitt appears to at least have the effort part of things down under head coach Kevin Stallings. I mean, for two games, anyway. Problem is that they had the exact same result as they did against North Carolina. And Clemson. And Louisville. And ... you get the idea. Pitt played pretty well on the road but lost to Duke, 72-64. If you're counting at home, that's eight in a row, folks.

My interest level for today was virtually non-existent. And that was as a guy who's a die-hard fan with absolutely nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon. I can only imagine how little the casual fan was paying attention today.

Michael Young and Jamel Artis, as they've done all year, carried the team with a combined 41 points (Young had 24). But there was no one else to be found. Cam Johnson, who has had some breakout games, managed only three points. Chris Jones gave them nine, but no one else was in double digits.

Pitt's offense wasn't bad by any stretch. 64 points isn't much but they shot 51% from the field, after all. The biggest problem was the three-point game at both ends of the court. Pitt made only 2-14 from that range while Duke was 11-28. The three-pointers were such a big factor because both teams had about the same number of field goals. Pitt, in fact, made one more shot than Duke (26-25). But those 11 extra points from long-range shots were the difference.

The schedule gets a little easier from here, but the Panthers still have three of their eight final games against ranked teams. Now it's up to the team to bring the same kind of effort that they did in these past two games.

I'd love to hear from people now about their level of interest right now. Totally tuned out? Still watching to see some guys like Cam Johnson, etc., improve for next year? Still watching just because it's Pitt basketball? How are you coping with this?

Against the Odds: Duke favored by double digits over Pitt

Duke is a heavy favorite over the Panthers with Coach K returning.

This is not an ideal situation for Pitt this afternoon. They looked worlds better on Tobacco Road, in a two point loss to North Carolina last game. That dropped them to 12-10 and 1-8 in the conference. It also ran their losing streak to seven straight. Despite looking like they actually cared about the outcome in Chapel Hill, they will now face the 21st ranked Duke Blue Devils. Not only will the game be at the always entertaining Cameron Indoor Stadium, but Duke will also get coach Mike Krzyzewski back from back surgery. The Blue Devils were 4-3 without Coach K.

That will be a welcomed sight for 21st ranked Duke. They tried to get a jump start before he returned by winning by 10, on the road, against Notre Dame. That victory pushed them to 17-5 and 5-4 in the ACC. Duke will be trying to climb back up to a ranking closer to what they are accustomed to this time of year and Vegas believes with the home crowd and Coach K, they will do so.

Vegas has given the Blue Devils a 14 point edge over Pitt for this afternoon. The entire country will also tune in to see if Duke was simply missing their long time head coach the last few weeks. The game tips off at 1PM and can be seen on CBS. Can Pitt have two games in a row, where they look like they are more than just interested observers? We only have a few more hours to find out.

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