Friday, November 25, 2011

Pittsburgh 78 Penn 58

With Dante Taylor out of the game with a migraine and Lamar Patterson being suspended, the Panthers had to relied both on their veterans but also their two young budding stars, Khem Birch and J.J. Moore.

Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson led the way with 16  and 14 points respectively.  Gibbs started slow again with his shooting but ended up a respectable 6-15 including 4-7 from three.  He also pitched in 4 assists and 3 rebounds.  Robinson was 6-10 from the field and also had 4 rebounds and 3 steals.  Travon Woodall had a solid floor game with 7 points and 7 assists.

But the most exciting part of the night was the continued emergence of Birch and Moore.  Birch recorded his first double double with 15 points on 6-8 shooting, and a team high 10 rebounds.  He also had 3 blocks.    Moore started in place of Patterson and had 12 points and 6 rebounds.

The Panthers hot an incredible 58.5% from the floor while holding Penn to 40.4%.

9 comments:

  1. Now that is more like it. Not to be mean, but we were better today with Birch and JJ playing the majority of the game. Held teamto under 40%. Zanna even looked alive today.

    Also, Chris, do u think Steven A. will be better than Blair as a Freshman. Say better than Blair's frshman year. I say No.

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  2. It's anybody's guess. He definitely has that potential but Blair was special. It's hard to say that anybody will be as good as him. He's been the best Pitt player in at least a few decades. But like I said, Adams has the potential to be excellent in his first year.

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  3. not to nitpick, but i believe moore had 12 pts

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  4. It is difficult to see how Dante Taylor was ever a McDonald's All American player especially when you have a Khem Birch come along. Everyone keeps stating over and over that these things take time but Taylor has been a major disappointment. Over the course of this short season we have seen Birch grow more than Taylor has over two plus seasons.

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  5. Do you think Jamie will start Khem at the 5 and bring Dante off the bench, or at least sub out Dante sooner and more often?

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  6. Well, when Birch gets a double double in his first start then he's somebody who is going to get a lot of minutes. And I'm guessing those minutes are going to come at the expense of Taylor. But Taylor will still be in there a good bit of time, I'm sure. In Dixon's thinking (and the thinking of just about every coach who's ever lived) there's no substitute for experience.

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  7. DeJuan Blair forced Jamie to reconsider his preference of experience over talent. If Birch continues to improve as he has over the next several games, Jamie will put Birch as a starter or keep Taylor as a token starter only. Jamie holds to certain things in general, but he has shown he is smart and adaptable. One thing about Birch is that he is a defensive force just on raw talent and will only get better with game experience and coaching. We all know Jamie's feeling about good defensive players.

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  8. i think taylor still can be good its young in the season but he has to play with a high motor, thats the difference between birch and taylor. Birch is obviously the more athletic player but also runs the floor on every play and gives it 110% on every play, taylor needs to play with a high motor and hopefully him seeing birch go off with 15pts 10reb and 3blcks will make him play harder so he can keep his starting job

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  9. if taylor goes hard on every play he could average 15pts and 10reb, but the guards also have to feed him more and he has to work for better position down low

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