It’s been a long time since the Pitt men’s basketball team has tasted victory.
To be exact, it’s been since December 22, 2017 the Panthers defeated Towson, 63-59. After that night, Pitt went on to lose 19 consecutive games and finished winless (0-18) in the ACC.
Jeff Capel is now in charge and tonight he’ll coach his first game as Pitt coach.While Capel has no doubt enthused the fan base, it could be another long season for Pitt.
Newcomers will include Malik Ellison, Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens, Sidy N’Dir and Au’Diese Toney. These players will improve Pitt’s perimiter game and add some offense but they still lack talent in the frontcourt and will likely get dominated by bigger teams.
With that being said, how much better will Pitt be from their 2017-18 record of 8-24 (0-18)?
Pittsburgh Sports Now reached out to some local and national media members to get their prediction on Pitt’s overall record, ACC record and who’ll be their best overall player.
Alan Saunders, Pittsburgh Sports Now: 14-17 overall, 4-14 in ACC, Malik Ellison best player
Mike Vukovcan, Pittsburgh Sports Now: 13-18, 5-13 in ACC, Malik Ellison best player
Joe Starkey, 93.7 The Fan/Pgh Post-Gazette: 16-15 overall, 6-12 in ACC, Xavier Johnson best player
Paul Zeise, 93.7 The Fan/Pgh Post-Gazette: 14-17 overall, 5-13 in ACC, Xavier Johnson best player
Chris Mueller, 93.7 The Fan: 12-19 overall, 4-14 in ACC, Xavier Johnson best player
Ryan Recker, WTAE-TV Sports: 12-19 overall, 4-14 in ACC, Shamiel Stevenson best player
Kevin Sweeney, CBB Central: 13-18 overall, 3-15 in ACC, best player: Xavier Johnson
Tony Patelis, @CollegeHoopNews: 12-19 overall, 3-15 in ACC, Malik Ellison best player
Bob Pompeani, KDKA-TV Sports: I see more improvement as year goes on 15 overall wins 6 ACC wins, Xavier Johnson best player
Andrew Fillipponi, 93.7 The Fan: 9 wins overall, 0 in the ACC, Malik Ellison best player
Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News: I’m going to say 13 wins, 3 in the ACC. The league is extraordinarily difficult, and any scheduling breaks that could have fallen to Panthers did not. All the meager teams on the road. All those that might be out of reach are at home. Pitt hired the right coach this time, and he’s off to a good start, but it’s a long way back, Xavier Johnson best player