Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pitt 72 Georgetown 60

Who were those guys?  Pitt wins their second in a row after losing eight straight, and now are 12-0 at the Pete against top 10 teams.

The two best players for Pitt were Nasir Robinson and Lamar Patterson.  Robinson was 9-9 from the field and finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds.  Patterson was 6-8 from the field and had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and no turnovers.

Travon Woodall orchestrated the offense well and had 10 assists.  But he was also 1-7 from the field and had 4 more turnovers.  He ended up with 4 points.

Talib Zanna was all over the court in the first half and chipped in with 8 points and 10 rebounds.

Ashton Gibbs did not have a particularly good game but had 13 points. He also had 4 turnovers, one rebound, and no steals or assists.

Pitt shot 52.1% from the field and 86.4% from the line, but made just 3-13 from three.  They also out rebounded the Hoyas 33-22.

The Panthers are now 2-7 in the Big East and 13-9 overall.  Their next game is Monday night at West Virginia.  That's a game that will obviously show if the team is back for good.

14 comments:

  1. Best they played this season.
    Lesson learned... never underestimate the value of a good point guard... which means make sure you have a good backup PG.

    What recruits were there?? officially or unoffically

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  2. Personally, I think people are overstating the effect of Woodall coming back. I think it definitely helps a lot but you don't lose eight games in a row because you lose Woodall. It's not like he's an All-American. He's at best a "good" player. And while he had 10 assists today he wasn't exactly great. I think it's just a combination of things of why they are playing better with having an experienced PG being a big part of that.

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  3. IMHO - woodall is a big plus for this team. there was ZERO ball movement without woodall. for some reason, this team could not fuction without him.

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  4. his return has allowed others to go back to their normal spots and taken the pressure off of some as well. the zone seems to be helping as well. they never looked in rythm when Woodall wasn't playing those games. still don't think this team is very talented but i'll take them working hard and getting wins whatever the reason for it. if dixon can get this turned around this year after that ugly streak then he's earned his money.

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  5. well, to add to that, he may have shot himself in the foot by 1) not having a capable backup pg and 2) by not developing a capable backup pg with woodall out of the lineup. My point being that Epps should have been plugged into that lineup slot. In classic hindsight, the team failed during that stretch anyway and without the benefit of epps gaining much experience. from what we saw of epps, he is a natural facilitator, just not experienced.

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  6. Pitt's offense requires good passers. They now have two good passers in Woodall and Patterson. Plus, having Gibbs as a scoring option creates space for their offensive sets. I am feeling much better about next year, not to mention how we finish up this year. We still are a bubble team at best when healthy. Taylor is a huge bust and JJ Moore is lost. That coupled with the loss of Birch is the difference in Pitt being a left tourney team now that Woodall is healthy.

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  7. JJ is in such a slump that he missed 2 of 3 FTs! Boy, is he really pressing. What has happened with Dante? He is regressing from last years mediocre season.

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  8. JJ Moore in a slump doesn't begin to describe it. He hasn't made a 3 point shot since December. He seems afraid of contact and doesn't drive to the basket. He misses uncontested 3's. He's a good rebounder, but a terrible defender. He just doesn't add much, and thankfully Dixon sees that and reduced his playing time tonight.

    I agree with those who suggest his make or break is his junior year. Unless he makes a big leap forward soon, this year isn't more than a learning experience for him but not particularly helpful for the team when he's on the court, in contrast to Johnson, who has the makings of a player.

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  9. It's obvious that the improved performance the last couple games is a direct result of Woodall returning. The offense runs more smoothly with him out there and he's the only guy on the team that can attack off the dribble consistently. And of course there's the added benefit that when he's out there Gibbs isn't playing PG where he's awful. While he may not have scored a ton today, the offense clicked when Woodall was out there and he had 10 assists. The 4 turnovers stat is misleading since one was at the end of the 1st half when there was no chance it would lead to anything the other way, and another was a tie up at the end of the game when the outcome wasn't in doubt. Really he put up 10 assists to 2 TOs. Some people don't want to give Woodall credit because he wasn't a high recruit and struggled at times early in his career, but this year his value is obvious.

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  10. That was their best defensive effort of the season. There was rotation and weak side help all night. Even Dante played a little D in the second half.

    Ashton Gibbs had 0 assists to go his 1 against Providence. Not exactly who you would want to play the point. That said, when Woodall goes out he still is at the point, why?

    All in all a good performance, hopefully one to build on.

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  11. I suspect the entire Pitt coaching staff will be at Ambridge today watching Steve Adams.
    Curious as to who and how many Pitt players go also.

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  12. one thing i'll say about dixon teams, the players play great as a team, but they lack somewhat on the individual skills development.

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  13. I don't think you can overestimate Woodall's value. As an example, look at TO's per game on average for the eight games they lost in a row, almost entirely while Woodall was out, compared to the same stat over the past two games when he returned healthy. With a "point-challenged" team like Pitt, points given up off of TO's is a deadly statistic.

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  14. It's still just been one game. Let's see if it continues.

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