Jeff Capel is turning around the Pitt basketball program and tonight we saw ample evidence of that as they fought to defeat Florida State, 63-61 in the season opener. The defense played well throughout the game and they found some offensive flow in the second half and got contributions from everyone.
As you’d imagine, the reaction on Twitter was very positive.
With tonight's win against Florida State, Pitt has an above-.500 ACC record for the first time since March 2016
— Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) November 7, 2019
If you thought the Zoo was crazy tonight then y'all ain't ready for the rest of the season🤫😤 Thanks for coming out and getting lit with us tonight…the #ZooEra is just getting started😈 https://t.co/mlKBso3WP8
— Oakland Zoo (@OaklandZoo) November 7, 2019
Opposing fans are gonna HATE Ryan Murphy. #FinallyWeGotOne
— Masks On 4 Pitt (@TheWillardYears) November 7, 2019
High fived a random Pitt fan at a bar at a hotel near Disney after the game. Love it #H2P
— ucfpanther (@ucfpanther) November 7, 2019
Great way to open the season Pitt Hoops. Started slow, finished strong.
Murphy is going make a difference.
— Carlo Veltri (@vetchy119) November 7, 2019
HUGE HUGE HUGE win for Pitt. That’s how you set the tone for the season.
— Chris Dokish (@ChrisDokish) November 7, 2019
JUCO import Ryan Murphy could be a difference maker for Pitt. Adds a dynamic that the Panthers didn't have a year ago. Jeff Capel & Co. edge Florida State by two in the 412.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 7, 2019
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) November 7, 2019
Really happy for those players. What they are doing at Pitt is not easy but they play with a lot of energy and passion. It’s very easy to get behind this team
— Nick Gordon (@Nick_Gordon19) November 7, 2019
It wasn’t beautiful but they showed tons of character and resilience tonight. It’s just good to have meaningful basketball back at the Pete. #H2P
— Gavin Williams (@GavWill13) November 7, 2019
— Barstool Pitt (@StoolPitt) November 7, 2019
— Pittsburgh Clothing Co. (@PGHClothingCo) November 7, 2019
The Zoo is back! Hail to Pitt!
— Karlo Zovko (@Kzovko) November 7, 2019
Horrible shooting. Nice job rebounding. Freshman contributing. Newcomers stepping up. Improved depth. I believe in Jeff. 1-0 ACC!! #h2p 🏀🏀
— Brian Keller (@bkonhoops) November 7, 2019
Pitt shot 31% and WON. Against a good team. That’s a great sign.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) November 7, 2019
Great start to the season for Pitt hoops. Really liked what Murphy brings to this team. Doesn’t suck Capel has this program back on track. #H2P
— SuckMeter (@SuckMeter) November 7, 2019
@jeffcapel Great ACC opener win. Nothing is perfect — but 1-0 sure feels it.
— Ok, Cool. Hail ‘em (@PittifulFan) November 7, 2019
Hail 2 Pitt!
— Jeremy Grubbs (@iamCoachGrubbs) November 7, 2019
Jeff Capel, man.
— CFB Geographer (@CFBGeographer) November 7, 2019
JEFF CAPEL! Pittsburgh opens the season with an impressive 63-61 win over Florida State. This program is FINALLY on the right track.
— CollegeBB News (@CollegeBBNCAA) November 7, 2019
That’s a big-time win for Pitt… one that will pay dividends come Selection Sunday.
— Kevin Sweeney (@CBB_Central) November 7, 2019
— Michael Luciow (@PittpanthersML) November 7, 2019
— Bob Greenburg (@BobGreenburg) November 7, 2019
Pitt's tied for the lead in the ACC.
Panthers 63, FSU 61
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) November 7, 2019
— #PittFamily4Life (@togatogatoga87) November 7, 2019