Saturday, January 21, 2012

Louisville 73 Pittsburgh 62

This is getting old and again not much to say other than this team is not good enough.  They played hard and they didn't play horrible.  They aren't just very good.  And to be honest that may not be a good thing for the future because when your only problem is lack of talent, and you are losing every game, then you really have a lack of talent.

Ashton Gibbs and Lamar Patterson led with 14 points each.  Gibbs shot better going 5-13 from the field and 4-10 from three.  But he also had just one rebound, one assist, and three turnovers.  Patterson actually had a good game offensively shooting 6-9 from the field and 2-3 from three.  He also added 5 rebounds and 7 assists to go with just one turnover.

Nasir Robinson had 12 points and 7 rebounds but the turnover machine had four more.

Talib Zanna and Dante Taylor did a decent job with Zanna getting 7 points and 6 rebounds, and Taylor chipping in with 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Travon Woodall came back and started, but the lift he was expected to give didn't even come close to happening.  He was scoreless on 5 shots, had just two assists, and had 3 turnovers.

Defensively, the Panthers could do nothing as Louisville shot 55.3% from the field.

Pitt is now 11-9 overall and 0-7 in the conference.  The next loss for the Panthers will be at home against Providence on Wednesday.

34 comments:

  1. Jaime just isn't going to make any changes. Gibbs can't play point, yet there he is. Patterson/Gibbs/Woodall is the worst perimeter defense in college basketball, but he won't play Moore or Johnson more than half the game.

    If Woodall can't hit a wide open 3, he shouldn't be playing. He isn't in for his defense, put it this way.

    I also don't understand why we must have someone undersized playing the 4. He can't play 2 of Zanna/Gilbert/Taylor at once? Yet we get out rebounded again.

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  2. Interior defense was just putrid. Gorgui Dieng dominated the inside battle.

    Where were the adjustments to defend against Kyle Kuric? I mean, I get the first three as maybe Pitt was unaware Kuric would be playing. But after that, adjustments should've been made.

    Next season has me worried. This team already sucks and we're losing Gibbs and Nas, arguably our two top players. This could be a preview of next season as well

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  3. Losing Gibbs and Robinson will be an upgrade. Robinson should never have been a starter in his career and Gibbs has become a malcontent.

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    1. What makes you say that Ashton is a malcontent? Has not been playing well and seems to sulk on the court, but is he causing problems with teammates off of the court?
      This is the best source for PITT news, thanks for the good work.

      HTP

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  4. Being a pouter and a sulker is how he causes problems with his teammates. He doesn't want to be in college anymore and he's been in a funk all year. He's shown zero leadership.

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  5. They look disinterested. No one wants to shoot. No one wants to move without the ball. No one wants to play d.

    Doke, I gotta ask you...what exactly does Bill Barton do? (other than take up a seat on the sideline)

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    1. oh..and my bad...JJ Moore wants to shoot. Again and again and again...

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  6. they have mediocre talent on the court right now and it shows. at least they are showing some effort lately but that doesn't make up for the lack of talent. dixon recruited these kids and honestly don't know what he saw in some of them and at this point i bet he is wondering the same thing.

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  7. I hear a lot of people say "Well it's not Jamie's fault, he just doesn't have the talent right now."

    Sorry, no. It's not like Jamie ventured onto the court one day and was surprised by some players who wandered in off the street.

    He's responsible both for the players he has and for the way they play. He makes, what, $2 million a year? Right now he's not earning it.

    Despite the past wonderful decade of Pitt basketball, criticism of Coach Dixon is well justified right now.

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  8. For the life of me I cannot understand why Gilbert doesn't get five minutes a game just for game experience and to see if his height poses any issues for the opposition. What the heck does Jamie have to lose, besides more games?

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  9. I am so embarrassed by this team right now. Only Pitt...only Pitt.

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  10. I thought they would finally stop the losing streak last night but it quickly became evident that they don't even have the talent to match up with a mediocre Louisville team. What is with Dante Taylor and his post-dunk celebrations?! Very disappointing to hear that Gibbs attitude has gone in the tank. His play this year makes it clear he has no shot in the NBA. Woodall doesn't look like he is recovered enough from his injury to be able to play. For years this team had a freshman or two that showed great promise when getting minutes with an experienced team. No one this year shows that promise. The point guard succession of B. Knight>Krauser>Fields sure came to an end didn't it?

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  11. Jamie brought Pitt as far as he can. Sean Miller would've finished the job.
    He does not adjust and I totally agree about our freshman center, he can't be any worse and the experience for next year would probably be worth it.
    I know Coach Dixon wants to redshirt players but right now he can't afford to.

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    1. Because Sean Miller is just doing an amazing job at U of A.

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  12. Dome is Gilberts redshirt chances for this year gone? If so then he should be playing and gaining experience.

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  13. I can't think of one positive to come out of this game. If anyone can cheer me up some I would appreciate it.

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  14. bad probably plays so much because he's the only forward who can make a shot that's not a dunk.

    Chris, have you heard anything about any possible qb prospects for this year or 2013? I'm too depressed about basketball to keep talking about it and football season is looking awfully good right now.

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  15. One definition of insanity is to keep going the same thing and expecting a different result. After I left the game last night, I turned on the radio and heard Jamie promise more of the same. How about letting Gilbert play? How about making Zanna the starting power forward? How about limiting Ashton to 25 minutes? How about continuing to try Epps? How about using a zone all the time? How about using a different zone? (We are too slow-footed to defend nan-to-man) We are bad. We need to try something else. What's the worst that happen? We could lose. We ate already doing that.

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  16. Doke -
    How long do you think it will take Dixon to get the rot out of this program? I can't imagine that Adams and Robinson alone will be enough to make this an elite team again. Do you think Jamie has the chops to recruit elite players?

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  17. This Pitt Hoops team is a dumpster fire! An abject failure!

    And Jaime insists on telling us "all is well" while he rearranges
    deck chairs on the Titanic. Reason is, he's responsible for the
    lack of talent, inability to evolve or adapt, and the lack of bench
    coach help. What else can he say but all is well?
    Right now, Jaime's ego is what is holding this team back. Making
    changes is an admission that his system and players are imperfect.

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  18. He definitely has the chops to recruit elite players since Adams and Robinson are elite players. It's too early to get crazy depressed about the future. In basketball you can turn around things very quickly. I honestly think they could be much better next season.

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  19. Chris, do you know if jj denman made it out to madison for his visit? Has anything changed with him in the past week?

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  20. He visited Rutgers instead. He is supposed to go to Wisconsin next weekend.

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    1. Is that good for pitt? I suppose that means that hes really looking to go somewhere other than wisconsin.

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  21. He has a lot of friends that play at Rutgers. He may just be hanging out with them. He was going to visit Wisconsin but they wanted him to wait a week to meet with their new OL coach who was just named the other day.

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  22. According to Scout.com, WR Corey Jones has given a verbal to Toledo. Strange that he is opting for a non-BCS conference. But between the Davis twins, I imagine we're pretty well set for slot receivers in this class.

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  23. Really wasn't a huge need for Jones and he's way too small.

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  24. The davis twins, cam saddler, and ronald jones is plenty of slot recievers

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  25. Since mid-January, Penn State has had five new 3-star commitments, one new unranked commitment, and one 3-star recommitment (Wartman). Eugene Lewis is also sticking with PSU (so far). This with a coaching hire that people shrugged of as mediocre.

    In the same time span, the much hailed Paul Chryst hire has led to one 2-star commitment. I'm a little concerned that the rumors about his lack of recruiting prowess may be turning out to be accurate.

    I don't want to pile on too early, and I think there is a lot to be excited about. Chryst is an excellent play caller and has put together a good staff. But I still wish we had hired Cristobol.

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  26. There's still time to get a class that's even better than before but they better step it up.

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  27. The half of my kingdon to whomever can explain what Nasir does to deserve to be starting, let alone logging major minutes. I cringe every time he touches the ball, he's become a near-automatic turnover machine.

    Playing deep in the paint means he'll get fouled a lot, normally a good thing; but not for Nasir. His follies at the free-throw line would be comical if I were watching them from a Penn State or WVU player.

    That horse-bleep has to be demoralizing to the team. And without Birch naming names, I've always suspected Nasir was the reason he left: "Not only am I not starting at PF, but I'm playing behind THAT?" Just a hunch.

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  28. What's the main issue with the recruits, pitt and chryst?
    Do you think the recruits want to see what type of head coach he is before they start committing or is he just behind every other program since he just got on the job late. I would think Bostad and Rudoloph would be able to bring in a recruit or two on there own.

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