It’s safe to say that all is not well when it’s comes to the Pitt Men’s basketball program.
The fan base is disgruntled and have every right to be following the Panthers 78-63 loss to The Citadel, a game in which they were dominated from the opening tip.
One of the issues that Pitt will have to try and overcome is getting consistent scoring from players other than John Hugley and Femi Odukale. That pair combined to score 47 of Pitt’s 63 points last night.
New players will have to step up and develop as the team tries to replace scorers from the 2020-21 team such as Nike Sibande (injured) Ithiel Horton (suspended), Xavier Johnson (transfer), Au’Diese Toney (transfer) and Abdul Karim Coulibaly (transfer).
Newcomers to the program contributed very little to the Panthers effort: Mo Gueye (2 points, 8 rebounds), Nate Santos (5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists), Daniel Oladapo (2 points) and Chris Payton (0 points).
To rub salt in last night’s wound, three starting players that left the program had solid debuts with their new team.
Coming off the bench for No. 23 ranked St. Bonaventure, Coulibaly scored 12 points (6 of 7 from the field) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes.
Toney was in the starting lineup for No. 16 Arkansas and was outstanding with a stat line of 18 points (7 of 9 from the field) and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Johnson was in the starting five for Indiana and finished with 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes of action. Johnson was 4 of 9 from the field and 5 of 8 from the line.