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The sports teams of the University of Pittsburgh or "Pitt" are known as the Panthers.

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2-Time National Champions

Pitt's men's basketball team was National Champions in 1927-28 (21-0) and 1929-30(23-2),

Conference Championships

1934-35 Eastern Intercollegiate Champions
1980-81 Eastern Eight Tournament Champions
1981-82 Eastern Eight Tournament Champions
1986-87 Big East Regular Season Co-Champions
1987-88 Big East Regular Season Champions
2001-02 Big East Regular Season West Champions
2002-03 Big East Tournament and Regular Season West Co-Champions
2003-04 Big East Regular Season Champions

Pitt has appeared in the Big East Tournament Championship game in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006 as well as the Eastern Eight Tournament Championship games in 1979, 1981, and 1982.



NCAA tournament appearances (18)
1941, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Pitt reached the NCAA Final Four (national semifinal) in 1941, "Elite Eight" (regional final) in 1974, and the "Sweet Sixteen" (regional semifinal) in 2002, 2003, and 2004.

NIT tournaments appearances (8)
1964, 1975, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1997, 2001

In addition, Pitt has never missed making the Big East Tournament (see conference championships above).

All-Americans and Honors

9 Pitt basketball players have enjoyed All-American status. 7 times a player has been named a consensus (AP, UPI, USBWA, TSN, NCAA) 1st Team All-American: Charley Hyatt (twice), Don Smith (once), Claire Cribbs (twice), and Don Hennon (twice). In addition, Billy Knight and Jerome Lane received consensus 2nd-Team All-American status.

The complete listing of players receiving All-American status:

Charley Hyatt (1927-28, 1928-29, 1929-30)
Sykes Reed (1927-28)
Don Smith (1932-33)
Clarie Cribbs (1933-34, 1934-34)
Don Hennon (1957-58, 1958-59)
Billy Knight (1973-74)
Jerome Lane (1986-87, 1987-88)
Charles Smith (1986-87, 1987-88)
Brandon Knight (2001-02, 2002-03)

Charley Hyatt won the National Player of the Year in 1929-30.
Ben Howland won National Coach of the Year honrs in 2001-02 from the AP, Naismith, USBWA, ESPN Magazine and the Sporting News

Charles Smith won Big East Player of the Year in 1987-88 season and Bradon Knight won Big East Co-player of the Year in 2001-02.
Ben Howland won Big East Coach of the Year in 2001-02 and Jamie Dixon won Big East Coach of the Year in 2003-04.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has two inductees with Pitt connections:
Henry Clifford "Doc" Carlson, M.D., Pitt head coach from 1922-1953 Charley Hyatt, Pitt player and 3-time All-American and 2-time national scoring leader



Pitt's history in the last few decades could be said to start following the resignation of coach Grgurich, and the hiring of Lafayette head coach Roy Chipman in 1980. In his first season at the helm, the Panthers won the Eastern Eight (forerunner of the Atlantic 10) Conference Tournament. Pitt continued onto the NCAA tournament, where after a thrilling overtime defeat of Idaho, they were eliminated in the second round by the North Carolina. Chipman's Panthers were able to experience similar success the following season, defeating rival West Virginia for their last Eastern Eight Tournament Championship - energized by insulting remarks by WVU Coach Gale Catlett. Pitt was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round by Pepperdine to end Chipman's second season, as well was Pitt's last as a member of the Eastern Eight Conference.

With the opening of the 1982-1983 season, Pitt began play as a member of the new Big East Conference.

In 2002, Pitt began their first season of play at the 12,508 seat Petersen Events Center. Their first opponent at "the Pete", as the facility is called by students, was against cross-city rival Duquesne University.

The 2005-2006 season marks the 100 year anniversary for the Pitt basketball program. The centennial comes at a time of dramatic change for the program, which is also entering the first year of competition in the newly expanded 16-team Big East Conference.



Pitt and Duquesne University have had a long-standing rivalry in men's basketball. Their annual game, alternating locations between the two campuses but once held every year at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena, attracts lots of local interest and has thus been dubbed the City Game. Both schools' women's teams also play their annual version of the City Game.

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