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January 31, 2009
by john grupp


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Blair has monster game vs. ND

DeJuan Blair became the first Pitt player in nearly 17 years to have 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game, and No. 3 Pitt overcame a double-figure first-half deficit to beat slumping Notre Dame, 93-80, on Saturday afternoon …

January 26, 2009
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Young named Big East Player of Week

When the Big East announced Sam Young was the conference men’s basketball Player of the Week today, it was a rare — and perhaps overdue — individual honor for the Panthers. It had been more than a year since any …

January 26, 2009
by john grupp


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Pitt moves to No. 3

Pitt moved up one spot to No. 3 in the Associated Press top 25 men’s basketball rankings. The Panthers (18-1) received three first place votes. Duke (18-1), with 62 first-place votes, was No. 1 followed by Connecticut (18-1), which received …

January 26, 2009
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Pitt practice items

Pitt had a light practice Monday after the victory at West Virginia one day earlier. The Panthers depart Tuesday for No. 21 Villanova (15-4, 3-3). The 7 p.m. game Wednesday will be the final collegiate basketball game at the Spectrum …

January 24, 2009
by john grupp


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Progress report for Class of 2009

With the boys’ basketball season in full swing, here is a quick look at some of Pitt’s incoming recruits for the Class of 2009. · Dante Taylor, a 6-foot-9 five-star power forward from Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy (15-4) …

January 23, 2009
by john grupp


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Loud and proud

When Jermaine Dixon arrived at Pitt as a junior college transfer, some of his teammates warned him about the hostile environments at opposing Big East schools. But Dixon, who had never played in front of more than a couple thousand …

January 19, 2009
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Pitt rebounds to beat Syracuse

Another DeJuan Blair double-double and the hot shooting of Sam Young spelled double trouble for Syracuse. Young made 7 of 12 shots to score a game-high 22 points and Blair finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, as No. 4 …

January 17, 2009
by john grupp


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Pitt falters at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No. 1 Pitt suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 20 Louisville, 69-63, on Saturday night. In front of a sold-out Freedom Hall, Pitt blew a 13-point first half lead and a 10-point second-half …

January 17, 2009
by john grupp


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Freedom Hall rocking as tipoff nears

Louisville has hosted a lot of big games in the past, but Pitt’s trip to Freedom Hall ranks among the most significant. It marks only the fifth time in the past 55 years that Louisville has hosted a No. 1 …

January 17, 2009
by john grupp


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Hoops and horses

Louisville also is home to the biggest horse race in the world. If you have no interest in Thoroughbred racing — or perhaps winning some money on the first Saturday in May — skip this next entry. Otherwise, read on. …

 
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