Pitt Hoops Game Preview: Pitt vs. Canisius

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Jeff Capel and the Pitt Panthers basketball team received some very good news last night, as they secured a verbal commitment from 2022 five-star guard Jalen Hood-Schifino. Hood-Schifino is currently ranked as the no. 17 player in the class of 2022 by Rivals, and picked Pitt over a smattering of other high-major and ACC programs including Florida, Illinois, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Virginia Tech.

To say that this is a major get for Capel would be an understatement. Hood-Schifino gives Pitt it’s most highly-ranked recruit in a decade, and despite being nearly three years away from enrolling at Pitt, his commitment should signal to other recruits that Pitt is a viable landing spot for elite talent.

Good news all around, on the recruiting trail. Aside from the commitment, Pitt (10-3) plays their final out of conference game today against the Canisius Golden Griffins (5-6). The game tips off at noon at the Petersen Events Center, and will be aired on the AT&T SportsNet with a radio broadcast on 93.7 The Fan.

Fast Facts

  • This will be Pitt’s fourth matchup with Canisius going back to at least 1949-50, with Pitt having lost two of the first three contests to the Golden Griffins. The most recent contest, however, came on Dec. 20, 1978.
  • The last Canisius coach who beat Pitt was Nick Macarchuk, and the Griffins have had six basketball coaches since he left the program in 1987. The most famous/successful of the bunch? John Beilein, who went on to coach the University of Michigan to multiple NCAA Tournament finals appearances before becoming the head coach of the Cleveland