Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pittsburgh 80 Duquesne 69

Yet another game where a few players did well individually but as a whole the team did not play well.  This time the problem was turnovers as the Panthers totaled an incredible 23.  Travon Woodall led the way with 6, while Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson had 5, and Lamar Patterson had 4.  The scariest part is that these are the four players who will probably get the most minutes this season.

On the positive side Gibbs led the team with 18 points thanks to four 3 pointers, while Dante Taylor came off the bench to get 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Clearly Khem Birch getting the start over him gave him a bit of a wake up call.  The only other player to impress was freshman John Johnson who went 3 for 3 on three pointers and ended up with 9 points.  The Panthers also had a 34-14 rebounding advantage.

Back to the negative, Patterson had 10 points but fouled out of the game, while the other turnover machines, Woodall and Robinson, had 9 points and 6 assists, and 7 points and 6 rebounds, respectively.  It was the second subpar game in a row for Robinson.

Birch, J.J. Moore, and Talib Zanna, who all have been playing well and exciting fans about their futures.  Tonight, however, Birch had 2 points and 5 rebounds, Moore had 5 points and 3 rebounds, and Zanna had 5 points and 1 rebound.

Next up for the 6-1 Panthers is at Tennessee on Saturday.  That game will go a long way in showing just  where the Panthers are at this point of the season.


  1. I'm glad Dante watched Birch and Zanna and saw his minutes going by. He'll never be a star, but he can be a good player that helps Pitt if he plays the way he did tonight. I still think Jamie will end up playing Lamar to much and should be putting JJ in there, but who I am. This is alot better then where we were 3 weeks ago. I was talking with a friend today and next yr, how about Adams at center, Birch at foward with Dante and Zanna off the bench with Gilbert.

  2. agree Johnny C. JJ was starting at the beginning of the exhibition season, was suspended for playing in some game he wasn't allowed to I believe (by NCAA) and when he returned Lamar was still getting the starts.

    Then Lamar gets suspended for team reasons, JJ starts and plays his best two games of the year back to back- Lamar comes back and immediately is given his starting spot back.

    Jamie will continue to play Lamar to much and not let JJ develop.