SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In a town known culinarily for its famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Pitt decided instead to feast on some roadkill on Wednesday in Syracuse, coming back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Orange, 63-60.
Roadkill is what the Panthers are calling it this season when they go on the road and get a victory, point guard Xavier Johnson said after the win.
“I like to call it roadkill, because, you go on the road and get a win and that just kills the other team’s vibe,” Johnson said.
Whatever they’re calling it, the Panthers are doing a lot more of it this season. The win at Syracuse’s Carrier Dome is the third away from home this season at Pitt, following victories at Northwestern and Miami for a 3-0 start to the Panthers’ road slate.
Pitt was 2-9 away from home in 2019-20, with one of the wins coming at low-major Robert Morris. In Jeff Capel’s first season, the Panthers were 0-11 on the road.
“The last last few years, we haven’t won too many road games,” Johnson said. “This year from experience, you kind of know what it takes now.”
Hear more from Johnson, Capel and wing Au’Diese Toney from the celebratory Pitt locker room at the Carrier Dome: