2015–16 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team represented the University of Pittsburgh during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played its home games at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Panthers were led by thirteenth-year head coach Jamie Dixon. They were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 21–12, 9–9 in ACC play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They defeated Syracuse in the second round of the ACC Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to North Carolina. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where, as a #7 seed, they lost in the first round to Wisconsin.

2015–16 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Gotham Classic Champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
2015–16 record21–12 (9–9 ACC)
Head coachJamie Dixon (13th season)
Assistant coachBrandin Knight (8th season)
Assistant coachBill Barton (5th season)
Assistant coachMarlon Williamson (2nd season)
Home arenaPetersen Events Center
(Capacity: 12,508)
Seasons
2015–16 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 North Carolina 14 4   .778     33 7   .825
#4 Virginia 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#10 Miami (FL) 13 5   .722     27 8   .771
#16 Louisville* 12 6   .667     23 8   .742
Notre Dame 11 7   .611     24 12   .667
#19 Duke 11 7   .611     25 11   .694
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Clemson 10 8   .556     17 14   .548
Pittsburgh 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Syracuse 9 9   .500     23 14   .622
Georgia Tech 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Florida State 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
NC State 5 13   .278     16 17   .485
Wake Forest 2 16   .111     11 20   .355
Boston College 0 18   .000     7 25   .219
*Ineligible for both the 2016 ACC Tournament and the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to self-imposed postseason ban.
2016 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

On March 21, 2016, head coach Jamie Dixon resigned to become the head coach at TCU. He finished at Pittsburgh with a 13-year record of 328–123 and went to the postseason in every season.

Contents

Last seasonEdit

The Panthers finished the 2014–15 season 19–15, 8–10 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for ninth place. They lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to NC State. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to George Washington.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Cameron Wright 3 G 6'4" 205   Senior Cleveland, OH Graduated
Durand Johnson 5 F 6'6" 195   Junior Baltimore, MD Graduate transferred to St. John's
Derrick Randall 11 F 6'8" 240 Senior Brooklyn, NY Graduated
Josh Newkirk 13 G 6'1" 175 Junior Raleigh, NC Transferred to Indiana
Aron Nwankwo 15 F 6'7" 215 Senior Baltimore, MD Walk on; graduated
Joshua Ko 22 G 6'1" 150 Sophomore Kailua, HI Walk-on; left the team due to personal reasons
Tyrone Haughton 44 C 6'9" 220 Junior Miami, FL Transferred to Arkansas Tech
Joseph Uchebo 50 C 6'10" 260 Junior Enugu, Nigeria Graduate transferred to Charlotte

Incoming TransfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Rafael Maia 5 F 6'9" 245   Senior São Paulo, Brazil Transferred from Brown. Will be eligible to play immediately since Maia graduated from Brown.
Sterling Smith 15 G 6'4" 185   Senior Chico, CA Transferred from Coppin State. Will be eligible to play immediately since Smith graduated from Coppin State.
Rozelle Nix 25 C 6'11" 335 Junior Cincinnati, OH Junior college transferred from Pensacola State College.
Alonzo Nelson-Ododa 33 F 6'9" 235   Senior Atlanta, GA Transferred from Richmond. Will be eligible to play immediately since Nelson-Ododa graduated from Richmond.
Zach Smith 35 G 6'3" 200 Junior Smethport, PA Transferred from Pitt-Bradford. Redshirting the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Jonathan Milligan 55 G 6'2" 170 Junior Orlando, FL Junior college transferred from Kilgore College.

Class of 2015 signeesEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Damon Wilson Jr.
PG
Powder Springs, GA Our Savior New American School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Nov 5, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-07-21.

Class of 2016 signeesEdit

RosterEdit

2015–16 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 James Robinson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Sr DeMatha Catholic Mitchellville, MD
F 1 Jamel Artis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA) Baltimore, MD
F 2 Michael Young 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr St. Benedict's (Newark, NJ) Duquesne, PA
G 3 Damon Wilson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Our Savior New American Powder Springs, GA
F 4 Ryan Luther 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Hampton Gibsonia, PA
F 5 Rafael Maia   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr Maine Central Institute
Brown
São Paulo, Brazil
G/F 12 Chris Jones   6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Teaneck Teaneck, NJ
G 15 Sterling Smith   6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Redemption Christ Academy
Coppin State
Chico, CA
F 21 Sheldon Jeter 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Beaver Falls
Polk State College
Beaver Falls, PA
G 23 Cameron Johnson   6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Moon Township, PA
G 24 Mike Lecak (W)   6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr North Canyon (Phoenix, AZ)
Wheeling Jesuit
Pittsburgh, PA
C 25 Rozelle Nix 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 300 lb (136 kg) Jr Withrow
Pensacola State College
Cincinnati, OH
F 33 Alonzo Nelson-Ododa   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Norcross
Richmond
Atlanta, GA
G 35 Zach Smith   6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Smethport
Pitt-Bradford
Smethport, PA
F 50 Ryan Seelye (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Elk County Catholic St. Marys, PA
G 55 Jonathan Milligan 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Mount Zion Christian (Durham, NC)
Kilgore
Orlando, FL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Fri. Nov. 6*
7:00 pm
Gannon W 80–50 
Petersen Events Center (5,249)
Pittsburgh, PA
Regular season
Fri. Nov. 13*
7:30 pm, ESPN
vs. No. 9 Gonzaga
Armed Forces Classic
 Cancelled[n 1]  0–0
Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler 
Okinawa, Japan
Tue. Nov. 17*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Saint Joseph's (IN) W 84–43  1–0
Petersen Events Center (6,219)
Pittsburgh, PA
Fri. Nov. 20*
8:00 pm, ESPN3
Detroit W 95–79  2–0
Petersen Events Center (7,819)
Pittsburgh, PA
Wed. Nov. 25*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Cornell W 93–49  3–0
Petersen Events Center (7,720)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Nov. 28*
4:00 pm, ESPN3
Kent State W 85–76  4–0
Petersen Events Center (7,815)
Pittsburgh, PA
Tue. Dec. 1*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 11 Purdue
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 59–72  4–1
Petersen Events Center (9,439)
Pittsburgh, PA
Fri. Dec. 4*
7:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. Duquesne
The City Game
W 96–75  5–1
Consol Energy Center (13,906)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sun. Dec. 6*
12:00 pm, ESPN3
Central Arkansas W 100–47  6–1
Petersen Events Center (7,049)
Pittsburgh, PA
Fri. Dec. 11*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Eastern Washington
Gotham Classic
W 84–51  7–1
Petersen Events Center (7,614)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sun. Dec. 13*
4:00 pm, ESPN3
Morehead State
Gotham Classic
W 72–62  8–1
Petersen Events Center (7,065)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sun. Dec. 20*
12:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Davidson
Gotham Classic
W 94–69  9–1
Madison Square Garden (7,345)
New York City, NY
Wed. Dec. 23*
7:00 pm, ACCRSN
Western Carolina
Gotham Classic
W 79–73  10–1
Petersen Events Center (8,025)
Pittsburgh, PA
Wed. Dec. 30
9:00 pm, ESPN2
Syracuse W 72–61  11–1
(1–0)
Petersen Events Center (10,429)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Jan. 2*
4:00 pm, ESPN3
Maryland Eastern Shore W 92–58  12–1
Petersen Events Center (8,649)
Pittsburgh, PA
Wed. Jan. 6
7:00 pm, ACCRSN
No. 24 Georgia Tech W 89–84  13–1
(2–0)
Petersen Events Center (10,249)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Jan. 9
4:00 pm, ACCRSN
No. 24 at Notre Dame W 86–82  14–1
(3–0)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,298)
Notre Dame, IN
Thu. Jan. 14
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 20 at No. 21 Louisville L 41–59  14–2
(3–1)
KFC Yum! Center (21,632)
Louisville, KY
Sat. Jan. 16
2:00 pm, ACCRSN
No. 20 Boston College W 84–61  15–2
(4–1)
Petersen Events Center (10,260)
Pittsburgh, PA
Tue. Jan 19
8:00 pm, ACCN
No. 21 NC State L 61–78  15–3
(4–2)
Petersen Events Center (9,849)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Jan. 23
4:00 pm, ACCN
No. 21 at Florida State W 74–72  16–3
(5–2)
Donald L. Tucker Center (9,160)
Tallahassee, FL
Wed. Jan. 27
7:00 pm, ACCRSN
No. 23 at Clemson L 60–73  16–4
(5–3)
Bon Secours Wellness Arena (8,752)
Greenville, SC
Sun. Jan. 31
6:30 pm, ESPNU
Virginia Tech W 90–71  17–4
(6–3)
Petersen Events Center (10,049)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Feb. 6
12:00 pm, ACCN
No. 9 Virginia L 50–64  17–5
(6–4)
Petersen Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, PA
Tue. Feb. 9
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at No. 12 Miami (FL) L 63–65  17–6
(6–5)
BankUnited Center (6,609)
Coral Gables, FL
Sun. Feb. 14
1:00 pm, ACCN
at No. 9 North Carolina L 64–85  17–7
(6–6)
Dean E. Smith Center (20,011)
Chapel Hill, NC
Tue. Feb. 16
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Wake Forest W 101–96 2OT 18–7
(7–6)
Petersen Events Center (8,825)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Feb. 20
2:00 pm, ESPN2
at Syracuse W 66–52  19–7
(8–6)
Carrier Dome (28,696)
Syracuse, NY
Wed. Feb. 24
8:00 pm, ACCN
No. 11 Louisville L 60–67  19–8
(8–7)
Petersen Events Center (10,425)
Pittsburgh, PA
Sun. Feb. 28
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 15 Duke W 76–62  20–8
(9–7)
Petersen Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, PA
Wed. Mar. 2
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Virginia Tech L 61–65  20–9
(9–8)
Cassell Coliseum (6,949)
Blacksburg, VA
Sat. Mar. 5
2:00 pm, ACCN
at Georgia Tech L 59–63  20–10
(9–9)
Hank McCamish Pavilion (7,042)
Atlanta, GA
ACC Tournament
Wed. Mar. 9
12:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
(8) vs. (9) Syracuse
Second round
W 72–71  21–10
Verizon Center (18,561)
Washington, D.C.
Thu. Mar. 10
12:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
(8) vs. (1) No. 7 North Carolina
Quarterfinals
L 71–88  21–11
Verizon Center (18,561)
Washington, D.C.
NCAA Tournament
Fri. Mar. 18*
6:50 pm, TNT
(10 E) vs. (7 E) Wisconsin
First round
L 43–47  21–12
Scottrade Center (14,425)
St. Louis, MO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The referees cancelled the game at halftime due to dangerous court conditions. The game did not count toward either team's win-loss record, and player statistics from the game were not counted as official. Pittsburgh was leading 37–35.[1]

ReferencesEdit