CBB Summer Buzz: Pitt Panthers
The Panthers are looking to reload behind a star guard and veteran leadership
Insider knows you're hot for hoops during the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at a few of the nation's most intriguing programs before most freshmen have even moved into their dorms. We continue with the Pittsburgh Panthers. To get the offseason scoop on 24 other high-profile teams, click here.
2010-11: 28-6 (NCAA tournament -- Round of 32)
When the tweet went out during the NBA playoffs that the Oklahoma City Thunder's top four starters had the same average age (21.75) as Pitt's top four, no one fell over in shock on Cardiac Hill.
The Panthers have a history of Sam Youngs who stick around for four seasons and multiple NCAA tournament runs.
Here's what stung: The reminder that Pitt's veteran Big East champion squad squandered its No. 1 seed, losing to Butler by a free throw in the third round.
For most coaches, even at elite programs like Pitt, overcoming the departure of three of your top five scorers (Brad Wanamaker, Gilbert Brown and Gary McGhee) and both your assists (Wanamaker) and rebounds (McGhee) leaders can be a two-year project. Or, if you're Kentucky coach John Calipari, simply the start of the next one-year cycle of freshmen phenoms.
But neither scenario applies to Jamie Dixon.
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The post-Kemba era begins
Is this the year Pitt breaks through?
Jardine, Joseph look to lead 'Cuse
St. John's Red Storm
Massive turnover defines Lavin's crew
Cards have talent to fill holes
North Carolina Tar Heels
Tar Heels prep for title run
Duke Blue Devils
Blue Devils face point-ed questions
Michigan State Spartans
Another tough schedule awaits Tom Izzo's crew
Ohio State Buckeyes
Sullinger rekindles title hopes in Columbus
Postseason hopes reborn in Bloomington
Freshmen, vets form potent combo
'Dores seek NCAA tourney breakthrough
The Mike Anderson Era begins
Vols face long, tough rebuilding path
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Bulldogs need Sidney to stay on the court
Frontcourt will have to carry load for Bruins
Talented Wildcats need a new star to emerge
How does Kansas replace the Morris twins?
Perry Jones should blossom for Baylor
Freshmen must lead Longhorns
Can Butler do it again?
Rice, MWC movement will aid Rebels
Tu Holloway's moment is here
George Mason Patriots
Pearson should flourish under Hewitt
Can Rams run deep again?