Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pittsburgh 74 Detroit 61

I have to admit that I was getting worried in the first half when the Panthers were down by double digits, and 8 at the half.  But the second half was a different story thanks to Tray Woodall, James Robinson, J.J. Moore, Lamar Patterson, and Talib Zanna.

1.  Zanna was the player of the game and he's turning himself into a possible all-conference player.  For the game, he led the Panthers with 16 points, thanks to a great 10-11 from the line.  He also aded 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.

2.  Woodall's threes were essential in getting Pitt back into the game and he ended up with 14 points on 4 of 5 three point shooters, and 2 steals.

3.  Robinson did most of his scoring at the end of the game and ended up with 11 points and 6 assists.  He uncharacteristically had 3 turnovers and 4 fouls, however.

4.  Moore ended up with 7 points and 5 rebounds, and was an 5-6 from the line.

5.  Patterson continues to play better and contributed his usual good all around game of 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.

6.  Cameron Wright and Durand Johnson came off the bench to score 6 points each with Wright also adding 4 rebounds.

7.  The Panthers shot horribly in the first half but ended up shooting 48% from the field, 47.1% from three, and 78.3% from the line.

8.  On the down side, Steven Adams once again looked lost.  He ended up with 2 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 turnovers.




15 comments:

  1. Chris remember your early concern about Patterson?

    Now the concern is the center position ... both lack quickness

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  2. Chris- any word on how long Zeigler will continue to be held out?

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    1. No, Pitt doesn't talk about that stuff, even off the record.

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  3. Chris - are you worried about the rebounding? Once again, they struggled on the boards and is the reason the zone is so effective right now. In the past they cleaned up the misses to counter the zone keeping their offense of the perimiter.

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    1. The rebounding clearly needs to be better but there were a lot of three attempts by both sides and that limits rebounds. The more worrisome thing was that Pitt stayed on the perimeter on offense without trying to go inside much. They clearly had no faith in their interior offense.

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  4. If I saw dejaun Blair in the street right now I would apologize to him for not bein more appreciative of what he did as a freshman. His numbers for a freshman in the big east were unbelievable. I am still high on Adams in the long run. He is the future of the program and I believe in time he will get much better. I just have to keep reminding myself that Blair played ball probably starting at three or four years old and Adams just started in the bit too distant past. I am confident that it will click for him at some point...I just don't know when.

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  5. Doke - I'm not a big fan of Cam, but his defense in the 2nd half was the game changer.

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  6. Adams appears to be getting worse as the season goes along, which is a really bad sign. I thought he'd be much better than he's been. Not great, but effective. He's not even remotely effective.

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  7. Is Pitt a Top 25 hoops program or a top 50. This team only plays for one half and they are going to disappoint down the line.

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    1. I know many consider me pessimistic...
      however, I'm quite optimistic of Pitt basketball.
      This team is deep... Dixon never had a team this deep before...
      I think they can make a deep run in NCAA... at least sweet 16.
      However, that is based upon whether or not Dixon can tweak his game strategy. Instead of insisting what he has done for years... he needs to change to adapt this teams strength...
      If he does that... Sweet 16 at least.
      Right now.. I see a coaching issue... not a player issue.

      Football on the otherhand is primarily a recruiting issue first and foremost... sure some game day coaching issues... sure some other issues... but players are the primary issue at hand.

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  8. Is Pitt a Top 25 hoops program or a top 50. This team only plays for one half and they are going to disappoint down the line.

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  9. Pitt almost beat Michigan the #4 team in the country. They are still young and will look much better come march time

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  10. Hey Chris. Do you know anything about Rashad Richardson's recruitment and how much Pitt is involved?

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  11. Hey Chris. Do you know anything about Rashad Richardson's recruitment? How much is Pitt involved?

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  12. chris, any thoughts as to when Adams may start to provide meaningful minutes? without prompt, My 10 yr old daughter says "Dad, number 13 looks like he doesn't know what he is doing...". I am not down on him but he needs to step up. I have been happy with Zanna and Sleepy is what he is but we are way soft in the paint and will get exposed. Should they be playing Gilbert this year? who cares about burning a red shirt when Jamie should be able to recruit more bigs.. Maybe Adams playing PF with Gilbert at C can help Adams contribute more quickly.

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