Takeaways from Capel’s first 10 at Pitt


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Jeff Capel looks on during Pitt's walkthrough at Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena - Pitt Athletics

It was little more than a month ago the ball was being tossed up for Jeff Capel's first game as Pitt's coach, but now, with finals week putting a brief break in the action, the Panthers are nearly a third of the way through their schedule.

At 7-3, the Panthers already have a neutral-court win as an underdog (Saint Louis), a near-upset of a ranked team on the road (Iowa) and a home loss that few saw coming (Niagara), and probably tempered ever-increasing expectations.

The results have been mixed, but the consensus among media and message-board denizens alike has been that this year's Pitt team at least presents itself as more competitive and entertaining to watch than a year ago. And coming off an 8-24 season, that's a step in the right direction.

So, what have we learned about this year's Pitt team, and will it translate into any sort of success once ACC play rolls around? Here are some of the biggest takeaways from games 1-10 of the "Zoo Era."

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