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March 16, 2009
by john grupp


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Leftovers from Selection Sunday at the Pete

Now that I’ve gotten a chance to catch my breath, here are some of the highlights from Petersen Events Center on Sunday night, as the Panthers and their coaches watched the NCAA Tournament selection show from the Campus View Club. …

March 15, 2009
by john grupp


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Pitt a big favorite in first round

Pitt is a 20.5-point favorite over No. 16 seed East Tennessee State in their first-round game at Dayton in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers (28-4), a No. 1 seed for the first time in the program’s history, would play the …

March 15, 2009
by john grupp


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Fields missed another practice

Point guard Levance Fields missed another practice Sunday with a lingering groin injury. Fields was injured in the Marquette game, but played 37 minutes against Connecticut and 38 minutes against West Virginia in the Big East quarterfinals. “This thing has …

March 15, 2009
by john grupp


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Blair, Young named Sporting News All-Americans

Blair, Young named Sporting News All-Americans Pitt’s DeJuan Blair and Sam Young were named to the Sporting News magazine’s All-America teams in the magazine’s March 16 issue. Blair, one of four players on the cover of the magazine, was named …

March 12, 2009
by john grupp


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Pitt falls to WVU in Big East semis

NEW YORK – West Virginia avenged two regular-season losses with a 74-60 victory over No. 2 seed Pitt in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Despite the loss, Pitt (28-4), which had reached the Big …

March 12, 2009
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Big East stars stick around

There it was, on page 139 of the Big East Media Guide, in black and white. The obvious reason why the Big East Conference is so strong this season. Take a look at the all-rookie teams in 2005-06 and 2006-07. …

March 12, 2009
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Nova edges Marquette on buzzer beater

Injured Marquette guard Dominic James stood watching the TV monitor near press row at Madison Square Garden, wearing a gray sweatsuit, a walking cast on his left foot and a look of concern. Moments later, official Tim Higgins signaled the …

March 12, 2009
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Pitino lobbies for Friars NCAA bid

Moments after his team defeated Providence, 73-55, in the Big East quarterfinals, Louisville coach Rick Pitino said he believes the Friars should get an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament. He also, in a way, lobbied for Penn State (21-10, …

March 12, 2009
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Recapping WVU-Pitt this season

Here’s a look back at Pitt’s previous two meetings with West Virginia this season: On Jan. 25, Pitt won, 79-67, at West Virginia Coliseum behind 22 points from Mountaineer killer Sam Young. DeJuan Blair (16 points, 11 rebounds) had a …

March 12, 2009
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Backyard Brawl No. 178

Pitt and West Virginia have faced each other 177 times since the “Backyard Brawl” began in February 1906, but tonight will be only their second meeting at the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Their previous meeting came in …

 
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