Pitt left to regroup after tough season

With a 64-52 loss to Georgetown in the second round of the Big East tournament, Pittsburgh’s 10-year run of NCAA tournament appearances is likely over. But the Panthers are eyeing a return to New York at the end of the month in the N.I.T.

The 17-16 Panthers did well on Tuesday in the tournament’s opening round, defeating St. John’s, but the Panthers needed to win the tournament after a rocky regular season to extend their NCAA tournament streak. Several bad losses this year were part of a 5-13 mark in conference play.

“Obviously we knew we had to win this tournament here and obviously it’s been a nice long streak [in the NCAA tournament] and something I guess a few schools have done more,” head coach Jamie Dixon said.

Last year, the Panthers won the Big East regular season title in what has been an unprecedented run of success for their program. Since 2007, Pittsburgh has never had lower than the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament and twice has been the top seed in their region.

Now, they’re eyeing a lesser title with as much enthusiasm as they would the NCAA tournament.

“It’s tough; I mean, obviously this is the first time in our lives we’ve gone through this situation,” Nasir Robinson said. “We’re just going to finish off strong, NIT or whatever. We’re just going to finish strong and keep fighting.”

Follow Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer for live updates from the Big East tournament all week.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Rapper affiliate of Wu-Tang Clan 'cuts off own…

Rapper Andre Johnson, who has performed with New York outfit the Wu-Tang Clan, is in a critical condition after reportedly cutting off his own penis…

National

Cleavage complaint: Disneyland staffer orders curvy mom to…

A curvy mom-of-three says she filed a formal complaint after staff at Disneyland Resort in California ordered her to cover up her boobs. Melissa Behnken,…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Going Out

Tasty chicken and waffles in NYC

Try some soul food goodness around the city.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

NBA

Knicks wrap up season with win over Raptors

The Knicks wrapped up their season as it began — undermanned — but that still didn’t deter them from ending it the right way.

MLB

Adam Warren closes out doubleheader sweep for Yankees

Adam Warren navigated a tricky ninth inning earn the Yankees a 2-0 victory over the Cubs.

NHL

Marc Staal healthy, eager to contribute to Rangers…

Marc Staal remembers the feeling of helplessness watching his teammates compete for hockey’s ultimate prize and being unable to contribute.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.