Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pittsburgh 72 Oakland 62 (OT)


What started off as a potentially devastating loss ends up as the biggest comeback in Pitt basketball history.

1.  I wrote many, many months ago that Pitt fans would fall in love with James Robinson.  Are you in love yet?  Robinson showed he balls of steal as he practically singlehandedly willed the panthers back when nothing seemed to be going right.  He ended the night with 14 points, including 7-8 from the line,  3 assists, and 2 steals.  And all seemed to come when they were needed most.

2.  Robinson was one of two players of the game, in my opinion, with Dante Taylor being the other.  Taylor ended up with 10 points and 9 big rebounds, including 7 offensive.

3.  J.J. Moore led all scorers with just 16 points, including 3-4 from three late in the game, and 10 rebounds.

4.  On the downside, Tray Woodall and Lamar Patterson were awful.  Patterson did have 7 rebounds but he only came up with 2 points on 0-7 from the field.  Woodall was not much better as he was 3-15 from the field, including 2-10 from three.  He did lead with 8 assists but also had 4 turnovers and 4 fouls.  He ended up with 8 points.

5.  Steven Adams was not much of a factor with 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 4 fouls.

6.  Talib Zanna had a quiet game for him with 8 points and 5 rebounds.

7.  The Panthers shot just 41.7% from the field while Oakland shot 46.8%.  The Panthers also made 7-24 from three (29.2%), and 15-24 free throws (62.5%).

8.  The Panthers out rebounded 41-24.

Bottom line, this could have been a disaster but in the long run  it may actually help the team more in the future than if they had won by 30 points.  It showed them to never give up and if you keep going at it, no matter how much things aren't going your way, you still have a chance.  Learning is an art and Pitt learned to paint a little tonight.

34 comments:

  1. listened to the game, did not have comcast, will watch it Monday, but wow, from dick graot and Billy sounded like a great 10 final minutes. James Robinson just got his respect early.

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  2. your stats are wrong here are the real ones:
    http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=323220221

    moore had 16 and taylor had 10 pts

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  3. What a great game,and what a tremendous comeback! I had my doubts earlier in the game.... I had flashbacks of last year. However, we never gave up, we slowly destroyed Oakland's confidence, and momentum turned our way. Simply put, OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE!

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  4. Thanks for the analysis. I'm assuming the football recruits were sitting court-side. Any thoughts or insight on their visit this weekend? Also, how would you evaluate the Oakland team? Are they talented enough to win the Summit League? Did they just have a good night against Pitt? Did Pitt just overlook them coming off the Lehigh win and looking ahead to Michigan?

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    1. Oakland had the game of their life and nothing Pitt did seemed to work. At the end of the game, Robinson started willing them to win and the rest of the team then worked even harder. Robinson led, Moore scored, Taylor rebounded. They were the three keys.

      As for the football visitors, no idea yet, but I don't believe they were there at the end of the game.

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  5. What a game! I only tuned in online at the start of the second half and was shocked at the score. I thought if we could get Oakland's lead below 10 with 5 minutes to go, we had a chance. We did not do that. But we did get Oakland's lead to ZERO with no minutes to go ... and then did what good teams do: They dominate OT after a comeback.

    I really like what I saw, especially from our new PG. You nailed it, Doke. I believe you said Johnson might develop into a new Levance Fields, but more polished. Johnson hasn't played his 10th game yet, and he showed tonight the heart of Fields and the head/poise of Sean Miller. Outstanding.

    And that's the thing that has been missing from Pitt basketball, even in the glory days that Jamie Dixon has brought: poise. PItt has always had guts. They've never had calm and poise in the face of adversity. Johnson will bring it.

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  6. What a game! I only tuned in online at the start of the second half and was shocked at the score. I thought if we could get Oakland's lead below 10 with 5 minutes to go, we had a chance. We did not do that. But we did get Oakland's lead to ZERO with no minutes to go ... and then did what good teams do: They dominate OT after a comeback.

    I really like what I saw, especially from our new PG. You nailed it, Doke. I believe you said Johnson might develop into a new Levance Fields, but more polished. Johnson hasn't played his 10th game yet, and he showed tonight the heart of Fields and the head/poise of Sean Miller. Outstanding.

    And that's the thing that has been missing from Pitt basketball, even in the glory days that Jamie Dixon has brought: poise. PItt has always had guts. They've never had calm and poise in the face of adversity. Johnson will bring it.

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  7. I knew all along that Pitt had an awesome freshman this year ... just didn't know his name was james Robinson. Give Dante his props ... unlike his teammates, he showed up for the 1st half and certainly maintained it throughut.

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  8. Is it time to swap JJ with Lamar or do you think he is doing so good because he has embraced the sixth man role? He does look good at the 4 and is probably the biggest outside shooting threat we've had from the position in god knows how long... Sam didn't shoot that well until he slid to the 3...

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  9. Off topic but .... face to face this year: Big East 2 SEC 0 (and both games played at SEC sites)

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    1. actually 3 - 0 (forgot about Lville v UK)

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  10. Problem is... why did Dixon let Woodall keep shooting...
    why didn't he bench both Woodall and Paterson...
    neither could hit the side of the barn...
    they both had 35 minutes!!!
    the rest of the team shot relatively well...
    If they lost... the blame would have been on Dixon for NOT coaching!!!

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  11. Try to look on the bright side, Joe D. Pitt won a tough game. Oakland is no push-over, and they came to play.

    Woodall had a bad night. Those happen. But who else shoots 3s from the off-guard spot? It's pretty much just him, for now. Trey will have a bad night here and there. I'd rather it came against Oakland in a victory, than UCONN in a loss. And surely Woodall will be working hard. He knows he didn't show up tonight. He won't even need Jamie to remind him.

    I put this victory on the players, and the refs (I've never seen so many key calls go against a team in the lead like I did tonight against poor Oakland). But Dixon deserves credit. He put Taylor in there for defense and rebounds, and it turned out that Taylor had some key buckets, as well. This is the kind of victory that builds character. It's very good for Pitt — a team that is searching for an identity— that it came so early.

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    1. The problem I've had with Woodall his whole career...
      he shoots too much...
      even when he is cold...
      and he forces shots...
      time to see the bench when that happens.. and Pitt has the depth to bench both Woodall and Patterson when they are stone cold and continue shooting instead of passing.

      Again... that is a coaching issue...

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    2. How about Zeigler, he is the worst shooter ever for a shooting guard and may be the worst shooter on the whole team.
      He should not be on the floor at all, at least not yet. He sucks.



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  12. Does MD to big10 realt matter. It would suck for Pitt cus of the proximity and possible rivalry but from a conference stand point just don't lose Clemson, miam, FSU, Va Tech and even Duke and UNC for hoops.
    Makes rom for Louisville, I think they bring more than UConn to the table in terms of sports and a new TV market. BC already gives u the same TV market as UConn.
    KRF

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  13. when is delano hill officially visiting?

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  14. Looks like we may be picking up where we left off last year.

    Talk about a lack of motivation.

    PittofDreams

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  15. I agree that Woodall shot too much last night but he is the undisputed leader of the team. Shooters have bad games and this was his first of the season. Pitt goes as Woodall goes ... we saw that last year. This year though, Pitt has players who can pick up the slack. Our best two players from last year's team (Woodall and Patterson) had incredibly bad games but Pitt still won. That tells you something right there. Even last night Woodall made some big plays down the stretch. I think he's transitioned well to shooting guard and that the team really feeds off of him. He has the killer instinct and is not afraid to take (and make) the big shots. For me, he's been approaching the game exactly how a 5th year senior should ... he wants to win.

    A look at his shots per game:

    MSM: 9 shots, 2nd on the team by 3. Zanna took 12.
    Fordham: 12 shots, most by 1 over Moore.
    Lehigh: 13 shots, made 8 - most by 4.
    Oakland: 15 shots, most by 7.

    Except for this last game, shooting has been pretty evenly distributed. Pitt was down big though and was taken out of their game ... and the found a way to win.

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  16. Woodall is as erratic as they come. His entire career he's been erratic. He's an average college point guard... nothing more nothing less. To expect more from him is just not realistic. Ditto for Patterson. A role player whose only consistency is his passing and rebounding. These 2 will never be great players.

    Robinson on the other hand is of different pedigree. He WILL be a program changer.


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  17. I don't know if he's a 'program changer' as the Pitt BB team HAS a pretty good program right now.

    He's a 'this team' changer and hopefully, will be one for the next few years.

    Patterson just seems to have lost his confidence somehow - maybe he wants to be the 'go to guy' and is reluctant to take his shot - just seemed in slow motion to me.

    The whole team seemed to be in a major funk for whatever reason and then with about 5 minutes left, the make a run - the Zoo starts to go nuts and thanks to JROB, we come out with the 'W'.

    I have to say - I usually never feel sorry for the other team - I sure did this time for Oakland.

    Those kids wanted it more than Pitt...except for the final 5 minutes and OT.

    A Major litmus test on Wednesday and I think we respond - don't know if we get the win but, we'll be right there imo.

    Chris - any news at all from the 3 FB recruits at the game last night?

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  18. You creatively overlooked a coaching blunder by Dixon. At the end of regulation, Dixon put the ball in Robinson's hands and he traveled. Freshman with the ball in crunch time and he turns it over. Not a good coaching decision and for all good James did, don't overlook that turnover. He still did turn it over.

    That game was as much blown by Oakland as it was won by Pitt.

    Where was Adams? I watch guys come in as freshmen as Louisville and Kentucky and then I watch big recruits come in at Pitt and have to wonder...why do they perform differently?

    Oh, and who was the color commentator? Could we have a bigger homer?

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  19. I think way too much is being made of Woodall's poor shooting. Bad game, yes but he was taking good shots and Pitt was rebounding. Dixon's offensive philosophy is to take open/good shots and rebound the misses. Pitt players were in position to get the rebounds because he wasn't taking bad shots. Oakland shooting 60% in the first half and the 14 TO's are what was wrong with the game.

    Chris - your thoughts?

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    1. I think Woodall was very good in the first three games and one bad game means nothing. Better players than him have had worse games.

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  20. Last night was more of a red flag then it was "the biggest comeback in Pitt basketball history." that's a hefty title to put on a win against Oakland University no matter how it goes down.

    At some point this season the fingers will again start pointing at Jamie Dixon.

    I like Jamie, who doesn't? But, I don't think last year was an anomaly.

    He couldn't have turned last year's team around if he was driving them to a game on the team bus.

    Believed then and believe now that a lot of the magic of past seasons where Jamie was credited with making lemonade out of the lemons he had as players was due to some of the assistant coaches who have since moved on.

    Be prepared.

    PittofDreams

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    1. Pitt's best teams have had similar games. One of these games means nothing.

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  21. Hot of the presses...
    Tennessee fires Dooley...

    Sal Sunseri becomes available!!!
    Pitt should go after him even if DLineman coach... but name him Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant HC.... that is if Chryst keeps Hustable.

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  22. Without checking the stats, my impression has been that defense is a big problem at Tennessee.

    PittofDreams

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  23. Please get JJ more minutes and shots. What's wrong with the slow and cement-footed Patterson coming off the bench? Adams is looking like a kid who needs two years in college. How great would that be?

    I cannot believe how soft Zeigler looks. Zanna looks improved, but by no means is he a beast. He still gets pushed around some.

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  24. Enough with individuals still believing Patterson should see significant minutes. Enough with this ridiculous notion that he was one of our best players last year. His terrible perimeter defense was a huge reason Pitt wasn't great last year. He CAN be a dynamic offensive player as he has court vision, but he's not going to get into the lane against an athletic team and his jumper just isn't consistent enough for him to be a difference maker on the offensive end. His defense is deplorable, so unless he's a difference maker on offense, which he isn't, he needs to see limited minutes. At most he's an alternative at 4 if we need to go small.

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  25. Thoughts on Maryland and Rutgers maybe to Big10 and thus UConn perhaps to ACC? I call this potential outcome a wash - EXCEPT with Calhoun gone, I don't know that UConn hoops retains its cachet.

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  26. Just saw on Twitter that Dorian Johnson has just committed to PITT. Huge win for Chryst and company, biggest commit to date. Biz and Johnson would make for a nice tackle combo the next 3-4 years. If they can land Foster and/or Boyd for a playmaker watchout. Rumor has it Foster loved his visit even more than Johnson. Pitt still got a decent shot at landing Officer (official visit next month) and Jones-Smith to round out the O-Line. Positive news for once!

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  27. For Adams to make an impact he must touch the ball our guards can't seem to figure out the lob pass the alley oop of even a dish off penetration . It would be nice to have a slasher. We certainly have a way to go defensively

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