NEW YORK — With Tuesday’s season-concluding loss to Boston College in the ACC Tournament, Pitt fell to 11-21 overall and 6-15 in conference play.
Head coach Jeff Capel just finished up his fourth year as the leader of the Pitt program, and many are debating whether or not any progress has been made since Capel’s arrival.
Pitt has won six games in conference play in each of the last three regular seasons, and combined with Capel’s first year at the helm, the Panthers are 21-53 in regular season play throughout those seasons, a winning percentage of 28.4%.
However, before Capel was in charge, the program was run into the ground by former head coach Kevin Stallings, who went an abysmal 4-32 in ACC play in his two years leading Pitt. Now, even though the team has not improved record-wise and has struggled mightily with player retention, Capel believes that the program has made significant strides from where it was four years ago.
“Hell yeah, from when I found it,” Capel said when asked if his program has improved since he arrived. “It was completely depleted when I got here. It was a mess. I didn’t know how bad it was. I don’t think the people inside the program knew how bad it was. I think where we are today, from the first day I took over, is significantly better. Now, is it improved the way I thought it would be after four years? No. Absolutely not. There is no one more frustrated than me with that, and I take responsibility for it, but it is certainly in a better place right now than it was when I first got here.”
In Stallings’ last year with the Panthers, they were truly one of the worst teams in the entire country. That year, Pitt scored an average of 62 points per game, which ranked No. 349 in the country out of 351 division one teams. It had an offensive rating of 93.7, which ranked 338th out of 351 teams. Lastly, it had a defensive rating of 109.3, ranking 308th out of 351.
This season’s Pitt team, led by Capel, averaged the same exact number of points, 62, per game (345 out of 358). Its offensive rating was 96.4 (308 out of 358), and its defensive rating was 105.9 (300 out of 358). While those stats do not tell the full story, they are very close in proximity and certainly show the lack of improvement statistically that the program has seen as a whole.