Pitt Basketball : A Look Back At 2010

Pitt advanced to its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, had a stellar year recruiting--for this current class and in future classes--and also saw some exciting wins down the stretch, en route to a No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament.

January 2 - Pitt travels to Syracuse for its first game of 2010, knocking off the No. 5 Orange 82-72. Syracuse also entered the game unbeaten. Jermaine Dixon puts up 21 points in the win, while Ashton Gibbs has a breakout game of sorts in the Big East with 24 points, including six three-pointers.

January 13 - Pitt travels to the Hartford XL Center to knock off No. 15 Uconn 67-57. Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker each score 19 points for Pitt, as the team improves to 4-0 in the conference, which includes consecutive road wins at Syracuse, Cincinnati and now UConn.

January 24 - All the way up to No. 9, Pitt loses at Seton Hall, coming off to Georgetown. Pitt loses in consecutive games under Jamie Dixon for just the seventh time in his seven seasons as head coach. It also marks Seton Hall's first win over a top-ten team since they beat Pitt in 2006.

February 13 - Pitt stages a miraculous comeback in a 98-95 win over No. 5 West Virginia, last lasted three overtimes. Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker each had 24 points for the Panthers. Gibbs and Gilbert Brown hit consecutive free throws to tie the game at the end of regulation, after the Mountaineers led by five with just 36 seconds left.

February 21 - Pitt gets another win over a top-five opponent a week later, as they beat No. 5 Villanova 70-65. The win also avenged a loss to Villanova in the 2009 NCAA Tournament game. Afterwards, Jermaine Dixon said the win was dedicated to that 2009 group of seniors. He personally took responsibility for the 2009 loss.

March 4 - Pitt needed a buzzer beater from Ashton Gibbs to sneak by Providence 73-71. Gibbs hit a three-pointer at time expired to give the Panthers their 23rd win of the season.

March 6 - Pitt beats Rutgers 83-54 to clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big East Tournament.

March 7 - Ashton Gibbs named second-team All-Big East.

March 8 - Ashton Gibbs named Big East Most Improved Player; sixth Pitt player to do so over the last decade.

March 11 - After getting the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament, including a first-round bye, the Panthers exit the tournament after the first game, this time a 50-45 loss to Notre Dame.

March 21 - After a dominant win over Oakland in the first round, Pitt falls to Xavier 71-68. The NCAA Tournament appearance marked the ninth consecutive one. Of those nine, the loss to Xavier marked just the third time in nine tries that Pitt had failed to make it past the second round.

March 31 - Jamie Dixon adds two more years to his current contract, keeping him at Pitt through the 2017-18 season.

April 3 - Jamie Dixon is named Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year.

April 10 - After serving as an assistant at Pitt for three seasons, Tom Herrion leaves Pitt to become head coach at Marshall University.

April 24 - Commitment number two rolls in, as Plymouth-White marsh (PA) guard Jaylen Bond commits to the Panthers. Bond is the second 2011 commit from in-state. John Johnson, from Philadelphia, committed to the Panthers in September.

May 28 - Providence assistant Pat Skerry is hired as Pitt assistant coach, filling the void left when Tom Herrion took over at Marshall.

June 21 - All Pitt players begin play in the four-week Pittsburgh Pro-Am summer basketball league. The only exception is incoming freshman Isaiah Epps, who is finishing up coursework at Hargrave Military Academy. At this point, Epps is expected to join the team for an upcoming summer trip to Ireland.

July 2 - Steven Adams, a seven-footer from New Zealand, comes from out of the blue to give the Panthers their first commitment for the Class of 2012.

July 21 - The Pittsburgh Pro-Am League wraps up for the summer. Gilbert Brown, Ashton Gibbs, Gary McGhee and J.J. Richardson all claim spots on the all-league team. J.J. Moore, Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson earn spots on the all-freshman team. Gibbs and Richardson help their respective team, Center Court, to a championship.

July 31 - After being granted extra practices, the Pitt basketball team embarks on a six-game, 12-day tour of Ireland. It marked the second International competition of Jamie Dixon's tenure, but first overseas. Pitt opened with a 99-54 win over the Irish National Team in its first game.

August 7 - Pitt completes Irish tour with a perfect 6-0 record with a 82-69 win over English National Team.

August 16 - Four-star guard Durand Johnson commits to Pitt. Johnson, a standout at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire is the first big splash made from the recruiting efforts of new assistant coach Pat Skerry, who has many ties to the New England area.

August 23 - Malcolm Gilbert gives the Pitt basketball program its second commit within a week. The 6-11 center originally hails from Philadelphia, giving Pitt its third in-state commit for the 2011 class.

August 30 - Isaiah Epps, the final piece of Pitt's 2010 recruiting class, enrolls in classes, and is officially a part of the Pitt program.

September 30 - Pitt strikes big with the 2012 class, as five-star power forward Khem Birch gives Pitt a verbal commitment.

October 20 - Pitt picked as preseason favorite at Big East media day.

October 28 - Pitt debuts 2010-11 season at No. 5 in the AP poll.

November 8 - In one of its earliest openers in school history, Pitt has to rally to hold off a feisty Rhode Island team 83-75. The Rams convert 14 three-pointers, making it tough for the Panthers.

November 16 - Jamie Dixon officially announces his 2011 signing class. Out of the five-member class, three players (John Johnson, Jaylen Bond, Malcolm Gilbert) are Pennsylvania natives.

November 18 - Pitt knocks off Maryland 79-70 in the opening round of the 2K Sports/Coaches vs. Cancer tournament. Freshman Talib Zanna paces the Panthers with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

November 19 - Pitt holds off Texas 68-66. It's a tale of two halves as Travon Woodall led the Panthers with seven points in the first half while teammate Ashton Gibbs scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half.

November 20 - Khem Birch, who committed to Pitt less than two months ago, reclassifies for the Class of 2011, after Jamie Dixon spoke publicly for the first time about his 2001 recruiting class. Birch sent his letter in after the team departed for New York City to play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

December 11 - Pitt suffers its first loss of the season, a 83-76 loss to Tennessee at the SEC/Big East Invitational. Tennessee's Scotty Hopson converts 13-of-16 shots from the field, en route to a career-high 27 points. Pitt came out flat in all facets of the game, despite trimming a 20-point Tennessee lead to a seven-point lead for the final.

December 22 - In a 61-46 win over American University, Jamie Dixon earns career-win number 200; tying the NCAA Division I record for being the fastest coach to 200 wins.

December 27 - Pitt knocks off No. 4 UConn, in its Big East opener--a rare December conference game. Nasir Robinson makes his first start of the season, and responds with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ashton Gibbs led Pitt with 21.


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