Monday, January 30, 2012

Pittsburgh 72 West Virginia 66

Now that was a satisfying win.  Showing that the Georgetown game was not a fluke, the Panthers won the their third in a row to go 3-7 in the Big East and 14-9 overall.

The leading scorer, and best player in the game for the Panthers, was Travon Woodall who had 24 points thanks to 8-12 from the field, 3-5 from three, and 5-5 from the line.  He also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists.  His only blemish was his 5 turnovers.

Ashton Gibbs chipped in with 14, while Nasir Robinson added 9, and Dante Taylor had 8 points and 7 rebounds off the bench,  The other two starters, Lamar Paterson and Talib Zanna, chipped in with 6 and 5 points respectively.  Patterson also added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

The Panthers shot an excellent 46.2% from the field and made 21 of 26 free throws.

Next up for the Panthers is a home game on Sunday against Villanova.  The Wildcats are also 3-7 in the league and are 10-12 overall.  It's a perfect time for the Panthers to keep on rolling.

28 comments:

  1. The back end of their schedule is not hard and the Big East is not that great this year. They got a chance to make a run here ...

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  2. What about Malcolm Gilbert's minutes?.......kidding of course. HTP

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  3. These next three games are huge. A winnable home game v. Villanova and two winnable, but tough road contests against USF and Seton Hall. A 17-9 record would make things really interesting.

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  4. If they can go to Louisvill and get a win that would be big and add to resume

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  5. Pretty much have to be perfect from here on out but I guess it's possible.

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  6. That was a pretty darn good game.

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  7. Committee typically considers injuries both as a positive and negative (depending on if the player will be available in the tourney) along with the team's play down the stretch. That said, the hole they've dug is pretty deep. They'd probably need to finish at .500 in conference at least which would mean 6-2 the rest of the way. Possible, but by no means easy.

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  8. 6-2 plus probably 2 wins in the tournament probably. And that will still mean 12 losses which may be too much.

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  9. After watching UCONN's run I will never say never...not likely though. Unless, Dixon intentionally kept this team from getting hot until the right moment. LOL. I guess this season is for all the BE regular champ haters.

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  10. I know I (we, some of us) don't think Tray is the greatest or even a highly skilled college point guard, but he's made a believer out of me to this extent -- whatever he lacks in talent, he's making up in leadership and toughness.

    The team clearly feeds off of him. That's putting aside that the spacing is better, the passing generally crisper -- he's really made a difference. I can see him as the mentor to Robinson next year.

    It's really made for fun Pitt basketball again, and lets us fantasize that the NCAA is a real possibility.

    Oh, and it's nice to no longer be hearing the "Jamie must go" nonsense.

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  11. Was that the best game Dante Taylor played at Pitt. Zanna struggled with Kulicli all night and Dante held up very well.

    He ended with more minutes than Zanna for the first time in a long while.

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  12. I think the selection committee will take into consideration Woodall's injury if Pitt plays their way onto the bubble. I know 12 losses looks bad, but if they finish 9-9 in conference after an 0-7 start I'd go as far to say they're a lock to make it to the Big Dance. Especially because there are not a ton of good teams out there.

    At the same time, if Pitt does not make it back to the NCAAs for the 11th year in a row, they have no one to blame but themselves. Losing Woodall hurt but they should have never lost 8 straight. Should have never let the Rutgers debacle happen, should have never lost to DePaul.

    And one final thought: If pitt is on a roll, why can't the win the Big East Tournament? The obvious answer is because its ridiculously hard, but I think it can also depend on the matchup and getting hot at the right time. And its not like those double-byes have really helped us the last few years

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  13. Winning BE tourney, going to the Big Dance... what a turnaround from just 9 days ago and a discouraging loss to Louisville....

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  14. very nice game for them tonight. i about fell over with them making so many free throws.

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  15. Dante Taylor played well. He was agressive and didn't look soft out there. Hopefully this is a turnaround game for him and he begins playing to his talent, which is considerable.

    The last two games Pitt has played like a top 25 team. If they can keep this rolling it's an 11th straight tournament. if they don't.. well.. I'll actually have a reason to watch the NIT.

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  16. doke


    I went on Sunday to ambrige to watch steve adams and i was not disappointed. The three guards with BCS D 1 scholarship offers and adams i thought were all excellent.

    The whole time i was sitting there i kept thinking of how nuts Khem Birch was to leave this program with Adams coming in. In my mind, with Birch here next year a final four visit seemed like an excellent possibility.

    Did you make it out there to so the game? If so, how do you think he will adjust to the big east next year?

    thanks

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  17. Yeah, I was there. I think a lot of times, people hear how good a prospect is and they expect to see a finished product, like the kid is already a professional. But these high school kids don't really know how to play yet. All you look for is the raw material and Adams has all the material you need. He will learn a ton in the first month with Dixon and it may take him awhile before he really gets it. I don't think he will put up huge numbers as a freshman. But that doesn't mean he won't help A LOT. I once played against a 6'10" who sucked, but he was so much taller than everybody else but he was the most effective player on the court despite also being the less talented. That's why coaches kill for 7 foot kids. They don't even have to be great to make a huge difference. So I think Adams will be good as a freshman and will probably get by mostly on raw talent and size alone, but if he ever becomes great it probably won't be at Pitt. It probably won't happen until he's in the NBA for a few years.

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  18. Any chance Adams stays more than 1 year?

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  19. There's always a chance, I guess, but I think the odds are pretty good that it will be one year. And if he doesn't leave after one year it would probably be because he didn't do so well.

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  20. Do you think there is a chance that Adams plays the 4 sport next year leaving Zanna/Taylor at the 5 ...since from viewing Adams on the internet posts he seems to have a wider ranger of skills such as 15 ft range and a better ability to put the ball on the floor.

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  21. Pitt demands a lot at the 4 so I don't see that happening. It requires experience to handle that for them.

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  22. Chris, has there been any news or anything interesting at all in recruiting for basketball?

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    1. is wayne capers getting any looks?

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  24. I don't think Capers is getting many looks. He may be headed to prep school.

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    1. chris, one more question. i heard the other day that bam bradley cut ohio state from his top 3. if true, is he still leaning towards stanford over pitt?

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  25. Pitt, Stanford, and Arizona. I'm guessing it will be Pitt but it's just an educated guess. From what I can tell, even he doesn't know yet.

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