October 26, 2015

Pittsburgh Preview Capsule

By The Associated Press=

Pittsburgh

Last season: 19-15, lost in first round of the NIT.

Nickname: Panthers.

Coach: Jamie Dixon.

Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Who's gone: G Cameron Wright, G Josh Newkirk.

Who's back: F Jamel Artis. Junior forward led Panthers with 13.6 points per game last season; F Michael Young. Junior forward was most consistent player on a team that struggled with consistency; G James Robinson. Four-year starter looking to end uneven career with a flourish.

Who's new: G Damon Wilson. Freshman perhaps best candidate to fill slasher role left by Wright's graduation. C Rozelle Nix. Big fella (6-foot-11, 300 pounds) could make an impact if he stays in shape.

The Skinny: The Panthers haven't made it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2009. Young and Artis are a great one-two punch. They'll need plenty of help if the Panthers are even going to make the NCAA field.

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