Coach Narduzzi, Coach Sims Visit NC State Commit

While in Florida Wednesday night, Head Coach Pat Narduzzi visited 2017 defensive end recruit Deslin Alexandre. Alexandre, who is currently committed to North Carolina State, revealed to Pittsburgh Sports Now what was discussed with the Panthers’ second year head coach.

“We discussed how they really like me and they would like me to come to Pitt,” Deslin said. “They spoke to my parents about it also.”

As a player that Pat Narduzzi has offered and would obviously like to see wear the Blue and Gold, what kind of pitch did he use to sell Deslin on the University of Pittsburgh?

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Could Duquesne’s Josh Steel Be Missing More Time?

The Dukes’ Josh Steel was not dressed for Duquesne’s 81-72 loss Wednesday.

When asked about it in his postgame news conference, coach Jim Ferry did not elaborate much on the situation, saying it was a decision by the university.

“It’s an institutional issue, that’s all I got,” Ferry said following Wednesday’s loss

Steel was suspended for the first 5 games of this season for a violation of team rules. Since returning from his suspension, the sophomore from England has been a big contributor off the bench.  Steel has averaged 9.5 points including 13 points and 3 threes in 28 minutes in Sunday’s win over Cleveland St.

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Thursday Recruiting Notebook

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Pitt Offers Physical Florida Cornerback Endrickson Boucher

A week ago, Boynton Beach (FL) 2017 cornerback Endrickson Boucher was committed to Florida Atlantic University. But his commitment to the Owls rapidly changed when head football coach Charlie Partridge was fired. Pitt, in need of quality cornerbacks, seized the opportunity and met with the physical corner on Wednesday.

“I met with Coach (Tim) Salem and head coach (Pat) Narduzzi today,” said Boucher. They walked up right outside my classroom. They called me out of class and we had a great conversation. They actually had me hit some push-ups in the hallway! Vanderbilt came to see me today as well.”

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Hot Shooting UMBC Rolls Duquesne 81-72

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.

Fielding a lineup that resembled a Division II team, the UMBC Retrievers looked to be a great matchup for the Dukes. But by games end, the Retrievers showed they had plenty of fight and a hot shot from deep, to roll the Dukes 81-72 Wednesday night, dropping them to 3-5.

The Dukes lead by seven with 12:22 left in the first, but a 20-5 run completely shifted the momentum and game to UMBC, who led by nine at the break. Coach Jim Ferry was not pleased with his team’s first half performance defensive.

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Pitt Bowl Predictions

Pitt may be done with their regular season, but with conference championships still to be settled this weekend, any potential bowl game invite for the Panthers is still up in the air.

The #24 Panthers (8-4, 5-3 ACC) finished the season riding a three game winning streak, which included an impressive victory over then #2 Clemson, and sit 4th in the ACC Coastal division behind Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Miami.

After finally breaking into both the AP Top 25 (at #24) and the Playoff Committee Rankings (#25) this week, the Panthers will have a chance to finish a season ranked for the first time since 2009.

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