Panthers Prepared for Hostile Environment at WVU
PITTSBURGH — For Jared Wilson-Frame, it was the road environment at North Carolina last year when the Panthers visited Chapel.
For Malik Ellison, it was some roads trips in the Friends League in New Jersey, where the opponents would study up on the personal details of the players.
Either way, both of the Pitt players have experienced some hostile environments. Saturday, they’ll get a new experience, as the Panthers will make their first trip to WVU Coliseum to face Backyard Brawl rival West Virginia.
It’s been an unfriendly place for the Panthers over the years. In 2010, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins famously had to take a microphone and ask the crowd to stop throwing things at Pitt players.
The Mountaineers won that game, but the Panthers won the final two games at WVU as Big East opponents in 2011 and 2012.
The Mountaineers won at The Pete in 2012 and again last year, beating Pitt 69-60 in the renewal of the rivalry. WVU leads the all-time series, 97-88.