19nine’s Legacy Collection dives inside the archives to bring back some college basketball classics. Like the originals, we crafted each Legacy pair of retro shorts with the materials and details to honor the original designs. It was a labor of love in our pursuit to provide an era specific keepsake that celebrates the most iconic styles in college basketball history.
Paul Evans' Pittsburgh Panthers entered the 1987-1988 season with high hopes of making a Final Four. Led by Charles Smith and Jerome Lane, Pitt was ranked #5 in the AP Poll to open the season and they lived up to the hype.
Pitt finished the season 22-5 and won the BIG EAST regular season championship. They earned the #2 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. They dismantled Eastern Michigan before being upset by #7 Vanderbilt in the 2nd round of the tournament ending an otherwise great season.
Charles Smith would earn BIG EAST Player of the Year honors after averaging 19 points and 8 rebounds per game.