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Pitt volleyball defeats No. 23 Dayton, advances in NCAA Tournament

Pitt's volleyball team hadn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2004, but just getting there wasn't enough. The Panthers wanted to win.

They did that on Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Dayton to get to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Things started off a little bleak for Pitt. They dropped the first set and after winning the second, looked as if they were going to drop the third and put their season in serious jeopardy. Pitt trailed by seven points in that third set and ahead 22-17, Dayton only need to win three more points. But the Panthers refused to give that set away and fought all the way back. Pitt fell behind again, 25-24, giving Dayton a chance for the win. But after three straight points, they put the set away, 27-25.

If Chris were doing his turning point segment, that would be it for this one. Pitt led most of the fourth set before winning it 25-19.

Up until that comeback in the third set, Pitt was getting beaten badly on the front line and they really had a hard time getting past Dayton's blocks. They also had problems getting clean hits on the ball to set up kills. A bunch of mis-hits led them to just having to poke the ball over the net quite a bit. I don't know the stats on those compared to what they did afterwards, but it seemed like they just struck the ball much more cleanly as the match went on. And that comeback in the third set really looked like it sucked the life out of the Flyers.

Dayton simply isn't used to losing this season. Their schedule wasn't the toughest (which is why they were ranked only 23rd despite having the best record in the rankings), but at 30-1, they were nearly perfect on the year. Not only that, the Flyers routinely won matches 3-0 or 3-1 without much trouble. Dayton really cruised along this year so running into a team major-conference team like Pitt had to be a bit of a challenge. The only other major-conference team they'd faced all year was Northwestern and that was one of their closest matches - a 3-2 win. In fact, aside from their conference tournament and the one loss, that was the only team that took them to five sets all year.

The win gives Pitt another chance at finally earning a little respect. Dayton was ranked 23rd in the nation while Pitt hadn't garnered even a single vote in the Top 25 in the latest poll this week.

Now in the Round of 32, Pitt has a potentially very difficult matchup in Penn State in the next round if the Nittany Lions win their match tonight against LIU-Brooklyn. But either way, the Panthers have advanced to the second round and will look to get into the Sweet 16 over the weekend.

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Against the Odds: Pitt a huge favorite

Vegas gives Pitt a huge edge in this year’s city game, by favoring the Panthers by double digits.

The City Game has lacked some drama for over a decade, as Pitt is currently on a 15 game winning streak over the Duquesne Dukes. Due to the start by both teams, Vegas believes this year will make it 16 for Pitt this evening. The Panthers opened at a 13.5 favorite over the Dukes.

The game will be played at the PPG Paints Arena (formerly Consol Energy Center) at 7PM tonight and can be viewed on the ACC Network or WatchESPN. Pitt comes in looking to get a foot into the top-25 door and sports a 6-1 mark right now. Despite some early scares, head coach Kevin Stallings’ team seems to be starting to gel a little bit. Not a ton, but a little bit. Duquesne, and Jim Ferry, on the other hand, are struggling a bit.

While Pitt is coming off a huge 73-59 win, at Maryland, Duquesne just dropped one to UMBC. The Dukes have also lost games to UT Martin and Canisius. One would think they will have their hands full with Michael Young, who comes in averaging over 23 points per game for Pitt and Vegas agrees.

Many believe Pitt is looking at a ranking, or really close to it, with a win. Young says Pitt knows the Dukes are looking at this as their biggest game of the year, so the Panthers will be looking at it that way too. If Pitt can do that, Vegas is predicting a big win.

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Pitt said to be in the running for Notre Dame transfer quarterback Malik Zaire

We've lamented quite a bit about Pitt's quarterback situation for next season. Not that it's guaranteed to be bad, only uncertain. With starter Nathan Peterman out of eligibility, Pitt is likely to experience some growing pains with the current roster, no matter who would win the job.

The Panthers, though, might be in the mix to add a little bit of experience via a potential transfer in Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire. Zaire will be a graduate transfer and, like Peterman was, would be eligible to play right away. He will have one year of eligibility left.

Plenty of schools are likely to be interested, of course. Scout says Pitt is among a group that includes Wisconsin, Florida, and Michigan State (though the Spartans have been apparently ruled out since they play Notre Dame next year).

So what makes the Panthers look like a potential destination? Well, in addition to the obvious chance for immediate playing time, 247 says he has a relationship with Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Ordinarily, that in and of itself would be attractive. But factor in how well Pitt's offense performed under Canada this season, and it has to make the Panthers even more on Zaire's radar.

And about that competition, SB Nation sees a few more roadblocks to playing time at Florida and Wisconsin than at Pitt. One of them, ironically, is Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who was of course a Pitt commit before Paul Chryst left for the Badgers. Funny how that works out.

Zaire would give Pitt some much-needed experience - but not a ton of it. After playing sparingly in 2014, he was named the Irish's starter in 2015. He had a huge game against Texas (19-22 for 313 yards and three touchdowns) in the opener, but was injured in the second game and missed the rest of the year. This year, he played a little but lost his starting job.

In all, he's thrown fewer than 100 college passes for a total of only 816 yards. Still, there's obviously enough promise there that he will be a hot commodity.

I don't know what Pitt's chances truly are for landing Zaire. Even if Michigan State is out of the running, Florida and Wisconsin both are strong programs. But at the very least, it seems as if the Panthers have his attention. If Pitt does manage to land him, you have to think they will have the look of a preseason Top 25 team. They already might be anyway, but adding a quality quarterback to the mix makes them even stronger.

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ACC Bowl Projection Roundup, Pre-Championship Week

Consensus wisdom has the Panthers in the Sun Bowl (against Stanford or Utah) or the Pinstripe Bowl (against a Big Ten team) with less than a week to go before invitations get sent out.

With regular ACC play concluded, eleven of the fourteen teams in the conference (all but Virginia, Duke, and Syracuse) have reached the six-win plateau needed to go bowling. Clemson, barring a loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game, is expected to go the playoff, but from there it’s a shuffle - opinion is split between whether Florida State or Louisville will go to the Orange Bowl, and it ripples out further from there.

There is a remote possibility for a Backyard Brawl in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Many fans may enjoy seeing that.

Notre Dame is eligible for the ACC's bowl tie-ins, but is not included here because they went 4-8 and aren’t going bowling. I've included bowl payouts (source) as a metric of the prestige of the bowl, to remind us all of the inextricable link between commerce and nominally "amateur" athletics, and because the gift suites are probably better at the nicer bowls. Bowl payouts are not included for the playoff games and selection committee bowls because they are still to be determined. I’ve included “last Pitt visit” for additional selection context.

Projections Used

College Football PlayoffDecember 31st/Atlanta or Glendale, AZLast Pitt Visit: Never

  • Clemson vs. Ohio State (FOX, ESPN-1, ESPN-2, SI, SN, CFN, Ath, CBS, USA)
  • Clemson vs. Washington (SBN)

Orange BowlDecember 30th/MiamiLast Pitt Visit: Never

  • Louisville vs. Michigan (SBN, ESPN-2, SI)
  • Florida State vs. Michigan (FOX, ESPN-1, SN, CFN, Ath, CBS, USA)

Citrus BowlDecember 31st/Orlando/$4,250,000Last Pitt Visit: 1978

  • Florida State vs. LSU (ESPN-2, SI)
  • Louisville vs. Florida (SN, CBS)
  • Louisville vs. LSU (FOX, ESPN-1, Ath, USA)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Florida (CFN)
  • Virginia Tech vs. LSU (SBN)

TaxSlayer BowlDecember 31st/Jacksonville/$2,750,000Last Pitt Visit: 1980

  • Georgia Tech vs. Arkansas (ESPN-2)
  • Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky (FOX, ESPN-1)
  • Miami vs. Arkansas (SI, USA)
  • Miami vs. Kentucky (Ath)
  • Miami vs. Georgia (CFN)
  • Miami vs. Tennessee (SBN)
  • North Carolina vs. Tennessee (CBS)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Texas A&M (SN)

Russell Athletic BowlDecember 28th/Orlando/$2,275,000Last Pitt Visit: 2001

  • Florida State vs. West Virginia (SBN)
  • Louisville vs. West Virginia (CFN)
  • Miami vs. West Virginia (FOX, ESPN-1, ESPN-2)
  • North Carolina vs. Oklahoma State (SN)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State (SI, CBS)
  • Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia (USA)

Sun BowlDecember 30th/El Paso, TX/$2,150,000Last Pitt Visit: 2008

  • Georgia Tech vs. Stanford (SI, SN, Ath)
  • Georgia Tech vs. Utah (CBS)
  • Pitt vs. Stanford (FOX, SBN, CFN)
  • Pitt vs. Utah (ESPN-1, ESPN-2, USA)

Pinstripe BowlDecember 28th/Bronx, NY/$2,000,000Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Georgia Tech vs. Maryland (SBN)
  • Georgia Tech vs. Northwestern (CFN, USA)
  • North Carolina vs. Iowa (ESPN-2)
  • North Carolina vs. Maryland (Ath)
  • North Carolina vs. Minnesota (ESPN-1)
  • North Carolina vs. Northwestern (FOX)
  • Pitt vs. Northwestern (SI, SN, CBS)

Belk BowlDecember 29th/Charlotte/$1,700,000Last Pitt Visit: 2009

  • North Carolina vs. Arkansas (CFN)
  • North Carolina vs. Kentucky (SBN, USA)
  • North Carolina vs. Tennessee (SI)
  • Miami vs. Arkansas (CBS)
  • Miami vs. South Carolina (SN)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas (FOX, ESPN-1, Ath)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky (ESPN-2)

Independence BowlDecember 26th/Shreveport, LA/$1,200,000Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • NC State vs. Georgia (SN)
  • NC State vs. Vanderbilt (SBN, SI, USA)
  • Wake Forest vs. Georgia (ESPN-1)
  • Wake Forest vs. South Carolina (CFN, Ath)
  • Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt (FOX, ESPN-2)

Quick Lane BowlDecember 26th/Detroit/$1,200,000Last Pitt Visit: Never - the Quick Lane Bowl is not the Little Caesars Bowl

  • Boston College vs. Maryland (FOX, ESPN-1, ESPN-2, SI, CBS)
  • Boston College vs. Northwestern (SBN, Ath)
  • Wake Forest vs. Maryland (SN, USA)

Military BowlDecember 27th/Annapolis, MD/$1,000,000Last Pitt Visit: 2015

  • Boston College vs. Temple (USA)
  • NC State vs. Houston (CFN, Ath)
  • NC State vs. Temple (FOX, ESPN-1, ESPN-2)
  • Wake Forest vs. Houston (SBN)
  • Wake Forest vs. Temple (SI)

St. Petersburg BowlDecember 26th/St. Petersburg, FL/$537,500Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Boston College vs. South Florida (SN, CFN)
  • Wake Forest vs. South Florida (CBS)
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UnScripted: The Cardiac Hill Podcast w/ Corey Cohen (S2 Ep10)

Corey and Jim discuss Pitt Football's 76-61 win over Syracuse, a season wrap-up on 2016, options for bowl game destinations, and Pitt Basketball's double digit win at Maryland.

In this episode of UnScripted: The Cardiac Hill Podcast, Corey Cohen welcomes Jim Hammett to discuss Pitt Football's 76-61 win over Syracuse, a season wrap-up on 2016, options for bowl game destinations, and Pitt Basketball's double digit win at Maryland.

Pitt holds on for 73-59 win against Maryland in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Pitt raced out to a big lead against Maryland and in the end, held on for a somewhat comfortable 73-59 win in their ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Maryland came into the game a four-point favorite or so, and that seemed about right. They were 7-0, had a couple of decent wins, and had the game at home. So when Pitt went up 45-24 at halftime, I don't think anyone expected that.

As I said in the gamethread, I expected the Terrapins to make a run after that. The Panthers got the lead up to 25 in the second and, well, Maryland did make a run. But while things got a little dicey, they didn't get any closer than eight.

Sure, it would have been nice to see Pitt hold that 20 point lead and absolutely run away with it, but you had to imagine at some point, Maryland would hit some shots. This wasn't a complete mismatch of talent so seeing Maryland make a game of things wasn't surprising. Plus, a lot of people will talk about Pitt's defense and I think that is a little misguided. Seth Greenberg said that after the game and talked about the defense being the key. The Panthers played okay defensively, but in reality, Maryland missed a boatload of wide open, uncontested shots and they shot under 35% for the game. If they were even halfway decent in knocking down shots, it's a much closer game.

That's to take nothing away from Pitt. The energy was there tonight and the effort was solid at both ends of the court. I criticized the team a little in a recent game for their offensive shot selection. I thought they did an outstanding job getting great shots. Young and Artis got to the basket and the jump shots the entire team took were largely uncontested. I have little doubt that Kevin Stallings emphasized that in practice because I think it was their best shot selection all season. It was very impressive how Pitt came out and played as a whole.

Pitt got great games from, you guessed it, Michael Young and Jamel Artis. Young had 25 points and nine rebounds, leading the team in both categories. Artis had 22 points, six boards, and a pair of steals. Greenberg made a good point after the game in asking if Artis would really be able to do what he needed to at the point down the stretch. The one thing that drove me a little nuts was how he was pretty loose with the ball on occasion. Twice, he nearly fell victim to over-and-back calls, coming close to going across the halfcourt line. That's really my only criticism and if you're grading Artis tonight, he gets an A instead of an A+. No real biggie.

I wanted to touch a little more on Young since it was a good game against a quality team. A lot of people expect his scoring to simply drop off once the competition gets better, but as I said before, we'll have to see how much that happens. The fact is that he and Artis get so many shots per game that his numbers might not even suffer that much. He may get a little less efficient (and truthfully, he had some problems getting buckets in the last ten minutes) but there's a very real chance he ends up being a 20-point scorer per game all the way through the year.

And of course, he's not only scoring. He leads the team in rebounds, too, and one oft-overlooked thing is his free throw shooting. He didn't get the easy buckets he sometimes does late in the game tonight, but he made his free throws, shooting 9-10. He's over 86% on the year as a center (let that sink in) and you don't need me to tell you that's a huge advantage. Whenever your team's best scorer is also a great free throw shooter, that's a tremendous deal since he can't be fouled intentionally late in games.

It was easy watching Young and Artis beating up on weaker competition. But I'm not so sure that will end even once they get into ACC play. The question, as has been stated more than it needs to be, is how much they get from the rest of the team.

Really big win for Pitt tonight and technically, it's a ranked win. The Terps were ranked 22nd in the USA Today Coaches Poll and while unranked in the AP poll, they were just outside at No. 26. The win against them should draw some attention nationally for the program.

Pitt is now 2-1 in their tougher games against Maryland, SMU, and Marquette. It's pretty hard not to be happy with that. The great news is that while Pitt has some challenging non-con games left against rivals Duquesne and Penn State, that the toughest part is now behind them. They have a long way to go, obviously, but finishing the non-conference schedule with a 12-1 record is a possibility. And given the number of decent opponents, that would be outstanding.

In the words of Chris Jericho, Drink it in, man.

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Tale of the Tape: Pitt at Maryland

Breaking down the Pitt-Maryland matchup.

Point Guard

Melo Trimble 6’3” Junior 21.1 PPG // 3.0 RPG // 2.0 APG


Jamel Artis 6’7” Senior 19.3 PPG // 5.3 RPG // 3.8 APG

Melo Trimble is one of the absolute best guards in the country, and has been for some time. His draft stock fell from his freshman year, but he’s still a highly effective college player. Trimble has had to change his game from last year to this year. His scoring is up considerably, while his assist numbers are down. He went from being a piece of a highly talented team to being “the” guy on a young team. He takes a lot of shots and plays a lot of minutes. He is the key to this team. Maryland is off to an impressive 7-0 start in itself, but they haven’t been tested just yet. We’ll see perhaps tonight what Trimble and this team can do.

Jamel Artis is not a point guard. If you are a Pitt fan reading this, you know that by now. Artis has been Pitt’s starting small forward for the past two seasons, but with James Robinson graduating and no real options behind him emerging, Kevin Stallings has handed the keys to Artis. It has come with mixed results. Artis is a good scorer and passer. He’s physical and can rebound, pretty much everything you would want in a good wing player. The offensive end of this experiment isn’t all that bad, it’s trying to defend Trimble and aligning on defense as a whole that seems to be the issue with this lineup.

Shooting Guard

Anthony Cowan 6’0” Freshman 10.1 PPG // 5.1 RPG // 3.9 APG


Chris Jones 6’6” Senior 6.7 PPG // 2.8 RPG // 3.3 APG

Anthony Cowan is a true freshman from Washington DC. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. Cowan is on the smaller side, and with Trimble picking up his scoring, can slide into a point guard role just the same. His assist numbers are pretty good and can run the show when need be. His scoring can come and go however. He was 0-3 from the field in the overtime win over Kansas State, but had 18 in the prior game against Richmond.

Chris Jones is a veteran presence in the starting lineup. Jones has the ability to go for 15 points in one night, but could very easily be held scoreless. The biggest thing with him in his career is consistency. It’s been a lot of the same type of performances over the past two and a half seasons. Jones has added sharing the ball to his repertoire however. Without a true point guard out there, it’s sharing the ball by committee and Jones is averaging a career-best 3.3 assists in the early going this season. Pitt best win this year is over Marquette, and Jones had a season-high 13 points in that game. Perhaps it was coincidental, but Pitt could sure use a strong showing from Jones.

Small Forward

Kevin Huerter 6’7” Freshman 7.3 PPG // 5.3 RPG // 1.4 APG


Cameron Johnson 6’7” Sophomore 11.2 PPG // 3.8 RPG // 2.3 APG

Kevin Huerter is another four-star freshman starting for Mark Turgeon. He has reached double figures twice in the short season, and is not an assertive scoring option. He hits the glass well for a guard and can provide big numbers there. He had a 12 point 10 rebound performance just last week against Richmond. He may not be the top option offensively, but can give them production.

Cameron Johnson is Pitt’s third leading scorer in his first season as a full-time starter. Johnson is shooting a staggering 55% from behind the three-point line through six games. He’s the type of player that can carry Pitt through stretches with his hot shooting. He has made at least four three-pointers in three different games this season. His height and length helps him get shots off from deep, and is an asset to him defensively.

Power Forward

Justin Jackson 6’7” Freshman 11.7 PPG // 7.1 RPG


Sheldon Jeter 6’8” Senior 6.5 PPG // 7.7 RPG // 1.2 APG

Justin Jackson is yet again, a four-star freshman in the starting lineup. He has asserted himself right away as the Terrapins’ leading rebounder. Although he is the team leader in rebounds, Jackson has shown the ability to knock down outside shots. He is shooting 52% from behind the arc. Jackson is athletic and can block shots as well. This seems like a matchup nightmare for the Panthers.

Sheldon Jeter has been having a bit of disappointing season to date. He is shooting a very low 29% from the field to this point. I think shot selection has something to do with it. Jeter has been settling for deep jumpers, and his bread and butter is mid-range shots and working inside. If Pitt can get him going, they’ll be a much more dangerous team. He’s shown flashes throughout his career, he just seems to be in a bit of a slump. His rebounding numbers are up for sure, and that has not gone unnoticed. Pitt still needs him to hit the glass hard.


Ivan Bender 6’9” Sophomore 4.7 PPG // 3.3 RPG // 1.4 APG


Michael Young 6’9” Senior 23.3 PPG // 8.2 RPG // 3.0 APG

Ivan Bender has been getting the starts the past few times out, and I’m expecting that to continue. Either way, he does not always get the bulk of the minutes as he averages just 13.3 minutes per game. Bender finished with 8 points and 0 rebounds in 9 minutes against Kansas State last week. He just seems like a placeholder more than anything.

Maryland just doesn’t have an answer for Michael Young, and frankly not many teams will this season. Young is off to a frantic start to his senior season, and is showing out on a nightly basis. He is shooting a career-high 58% from the floor, he is rebounding at a higher rate, and is setting up teammates better as well. Heck he is blocking shots now, something he’s never really done. He is improved in all facets and it’s noticeable. If there is one particular matchup Pitt can exploit in this game, it’s Young against anyone they choose to put on him. The Terps have some big bodies off the bench, but Young won’t be too bothered by it. He can take size off the dribble. While they don’t play the same position, having an early season game featuring Melo Trimble and Michael Young is a special treat for the average fan.


Michal Cekovsky 7’1” JuniorDamonte Dodd 6’11” SeniorL.G. Gill 6’8” SeniorDion Wiley 6’4” SophomoreJalen Brantley 5’11” JuniorJared Nickens 6’7” Junior


Ryan Luther 6’8” JuniorJustice Kithcart 6’1” FreshmanJonathan Milligan 6’2” JuniorDamon Wilson 6’5” Sophomore

Maryland seems comfortable going 11 deep if need be. After missing the first four games, junior seven-footer Michal Cekovsky is averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds in three games of action. Damonte Dodd is a veteran 6’11” player off the bench. Pitt fans may recall L.G. Gill, as he is a transfer from Duquesne and has played against the Panthers the past three seasons. He will provide depth behind Justin Jackson. Maryland has bodies and depth, but the bulk of their scoring comes from the starters.

Pitt has received solid production from Ryan Luther off the bench. In reality, he is an extension of the starting lineup and on certain nights can take up significant minutes. He has provided a spark and gives Pitt a solid depth option behind either Jeter or Young. Justice Kithcart has come in to provide minutes as the true point guard of the roster, but has played a lot like a freshman. Jonathan Milligan knocked down three three-pointers last game, and could be a shooting spark off the bench.

Against the Odds: Maryland opens as a slight favorite

Pitt and Maryland face off in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge tonight and Vegas is giving the Terps a slight edge.

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge gives Pitt a stern test tonight, as the Panthers travel to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps are 7-0 with some nice wins over Georgetown and Kansas State. Pitt enters the contest at 5-1 and Vegas has taken notice that the game will take place at the XFinity Center on the campus of Maryland. The Terps have opened as a four point favorite over Pitt tonight.

Everyone can view the game, starting at 7PM, on ESPN2. Pitt has a lot of questions to answer and a beating a power 5 conference foe would go a long way of settling an anxious fan base in Oakland. It will not be an impossible task, despite playing the underdog role. In addition to the Georgetown and Kansas State wins, Maryland has had some pretty close calls against teams that you wouldn’t expect them to have trouble early this season. They had to go to overtime against Richmond and also had small advantages over Towson and American in victories.

Therefore, the Terps have a few questions to answer to head coach Mark Turgeon, at tipoff this evening, as well. Pitt will have their hands full with a raucous College Park, MD crowd and Terps’ guard Melo Trimble. Trimble is averaging over 20 points per contest so far, so Pitt will have to keep his damage to a minimum. If they can do that, the Panthers could gain a little momentum as this young season begins to take form.

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Pitt women's basketball team on a tear to open the season

While the Pitt men are off to a solid start under coach Kevin Stallings, the women's basketball team is having a great year under Suzie McConnell-Serio as well.

The Lady Panthers are a perfect 6-0 to start the season. That's only the fourth time in school history they've achieved that and the first since 2009-10. The schedule hasn't been incredibly tough to this point, but the fast start is still noteworthy since the team has had a few non-conference stumbles in the past.

The team has been incredibly balanced with four players scoring in double figures. While Brenna Wise is arguably the team's best player, leading them in scoring (13.0 points per game) and rebounding (7.8), she is getting plenty of help from Aysia Bugg and Kauai Bradley. Notably, DePaul transfer center Brandi Harvey-Carr, who I mentioned back in May, has really stepped up. She was a modest role player at DePaul but is one of the team leaders at Pitt as both the third-leading scorer and rebounder - not to mention the team's best free throw shooter, making nearly 87% of her attempts.

You might remember that Pitt lost two key transfers themselves this offseason, including their leading rebounder, Stasha Carey. But so far, they've been able to weather the storm and Harvey-Carr has helped.

Even more encouraging is that the team is winning so much despite missing one of their best players. Forward Yacine Diop averaged 10.4 points last year and was the team's second-leading scorer. But after a rough offseason, which included some off-court trouble, she's also been out with an injured foot and hasn't yet played. She's expected to be back soon (this Trib article said possibly by Thanksgiving), and when she gets back, the team should be even better.

We still don't know exactly where the women's team stands right now, despite the strong start. The competition has been pretty light but that's about to change as they'll face Big Ten program Purdue on Wednesday as their ACC-B1G Challenge game. Purdue isn't playing terribly well now, though, and is only 3-4 on the season. Still, it will be a nice test for the team as their first major-conference opponent of the year and getting them at home will help.

The team is still untested, but so far so good.

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Pitt lands four on ACSMA All-ACC first team

Get ready for postseason awards time, folks.

First up, the ACSMA (media association for the ACC) released its All-ACC teams for this year and the Panthers were well represented.

Making the first team were James Conner, Quadree Henderson, Dorian Johnson, and Ejuan Price. Second teamers included Jordan Whitehead and Adam Bisnowaty. Tackle Brian O'Neill made the third team. Honorable mentions included Henderson (as a wide receiver - he was on the first team for his special teams work), Chris Blewitt, and Tyrique Jarrett.

Overall, Pitt had a good number of players included. I did have one beef, though.

The one guy that I wish they would have found room for was wide receiver Jester Weah. Weah had 795 yards on the year with nine touchdowns. He only had 34 catches, which was the reason he didn't get selected. But despite that, he was eighth in yardage and tied for third in touchdown receptions. And that Henderson got in above him as a receiver is ludicrous. Henderson's rushing yards got factored in, but even with that, he only had about 30 more yards with 11 less catches and three fewer touchdowns.

For Weah to rank eighth in yardage and third in touchdowns but not make the top 12 (three were on each team) was tough. Like I said, the lack of quantity of receptions surely hurt him. But I also think there's a lot to be said for averaging 23.4 yards per catch. That, by the way, led the entire league for eligible receivers. Seems hard to leave the leader in receiving yardage per catch completely out of the mix.

Number of catches is important, obviously, but what you do with them is big, too. And with over 23 yards per catch to lead the ACC, no one really did more with them in terms of total yardage than Weah did. That has to get rewarded.

I'm sure you can make other cases, but I've not yet pored over the numbers. I don't have many other issues from a Pitt standpoint right now. I was initially surprised to not see tight end Scott Orndoff anywhere since he had a pretty strong year (33 catches, 558 yards, five touchdowns), but the five guys ahead of him all had legitimate reasons to be there, so no complaints from me. Was a really strong year for tight ends in the conference, it seems.

Peterman played well at quarterback, but it also appears they don't do honorable mention for quarterbacks for some reason. Not sure I understand that one but him not getting into top three wasn't a problem for me there.

One final note is that it's kind of a shame there was no room for a fullback on the teams. If so, you can bet that George Aston would have made it. He's done a heck of a job blocking and with nine touchdowns, he was a legitimate star in this offense.

Any omissions stand out to you?

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