Monday, November 25, 2013

Pittsburgh 76 Texas Tech 53

The Red Raiders probably aren't very good but anytime that you beat a Tubby Smith team by 23 points you're doing something right.  It was the toughest competition of the season thus far for the Panthers and they responded with their best performance. Before anybody downplays this performance too much, the Panthers were an 11-point favorite.

1.  This team may have more talented players than any team Jamie Dixon has ever had.  I'm not saying they're the best team he's ever had because he's had other teams that had excellent players.  But there isn't a bad player on this team.

2.  Lamar Patterson has always been a good player but there was something in all of us that thought he should probably be even better.  Maybe tonight was the start of that as he had a career high 23 points on 8-13 shooting.  That included 4-7 from three and 3-3 from the line.  He also chipped in 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and a block.

3.  Talib Zanna was 1-4 from the line and Derrick Randall was 0-2, but Patterson, James Robinson, Cameron Wright, and Mike Young combined to go 15-15 from the line.  Young is 11-13 on the season while Patterson is 15-18, Robinson is 15-16 and Chris Jones is 7-7.

4.  Robinson had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 turnovers. Not only is he shooting 93.4% from the line he also has 20 assists to 6 turnovers.

5.  Zanna was in foul trouble throughout, something he just can't do, and had 3 points and 3 assists.

6.  Wright chipped in with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and a block.  He's quietly having a nice season averaging 9.4 ppg and 2.4 spg. He also has 12 assists and only 4 turnovers.

7.  Young only had 6 points and 4 rebounds but you can tell that he's going to be a very good player very soon.

8.  Durand Johnson continues to be instant offense with 6 points on two 3-pointers. He also had 3 rebounds.

9.  Randall was 0-3 from the floor and 0-2 from the line, plus he had 3 fouls, but he did get 5 rebounds and that's really why he's there anyway.

10.  The other three young guys, Josh Newkirk, Jamel Artis, and Jones, all had flashes of very good talent.  Newkirk was expected, and he did have 5 points, but Artis and Jones have been pleasant surprises.  Artis contributed 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.  Jones had 8 points, including 2-3 from three.

11.  Pitt had only 8 turnovers in the game and out rebounded Texas Tech 33-30.  They shot extremely well going 48.1% from the floor, 43.5% from three, and 76.2% from the line. They also had 9 steals and 3 blocks.  The Red Raiders shot 38% from the field.


20 comments:

  1. Panthers looked impressive. Chris Jones seems to have some potential as a tall guard with ball handling skills. I had to consult the website to find out who he was. Hopefully this was not a one off game for him.

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  2. Chris - Did I see Uchebo dressed on the bench last night? What's your take about him seeing the court this season?

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  3. Lots of talent and it seems like they come in waves. They seem so much more athletic than in years past. Robinson has a very high basketball IQ and he's a calming presence out there.

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  4. Pitt's non-conference schedule is much better this year than last year.
    The "Big East" teams will dominate the ACC this year. UNC and Duke are struggling it seems or inconsistent.

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  5. Chris, I know it's early on but do you anticipate JD going deep into his bench like last year? I think there was a point last season when we would JD dig 10 deep into his reserves. I like the athleticism we've shown early on, but it will be interesting to see how Pitt fairs against Duke, UNC, NC State, etc. This is going to be a fun year for sure.

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    1. I think last year's 10 deep was more of a necessity as JD desperately sought to find 5 guys that could deliver some consistency .. this year, 10 deep may be more of a blessing and he will use it as he needs to (rest periods, game flow, foul trouble, etc) .. however, a lot of the bench is young and these guys may be inconsistent as well. In any case, I look forward to this season playing out. Hail to Pitt!

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  6. remember when everyone wanted cam wright's scholarship taken away after his freshman year? glad they didn't.

    I really like what I see from all of the new guys. randall is a solid player and clearly capable of doing what pitt needs him to do - rebound, block some shots, and maybe get some second chance points. not flashy but effective. jamel artis has also looked good. we know newkirk and young will be excellent, maybe even stars, but artis is a different kind of player. hes not the quickest player, but he does everything well

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  7. With the new rules in what constitutes a foul in college basketball,
    it's going to come down to who has the better foul shooting team to win games.
    Hope Pitt practiced foul shooting all summer!

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  8. There is something to be said for a team playing to their own potential rather than playing down. Good teams never play to the level of their competition. So that’s definitely an encouraging sign. Crushing teams that should be crushed is definitely a positive.

    The biggest challenge right now for Pitt (other than winning games obviously) is going to be getting any respect from the media. ESPN et al. are very negative about our OOC schedule so it’s gonna be tough to get any traction on the national stage before ACC play.

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  9. Tonight will be a true test ... Stanford has played a more impressive schedule (Bucknell, BYU, Northwestern, Houston, et al) and their teams usually have intelligent, disciplined student athletes. also, they have a set 5 ... and 4 starters ave. over 32 minutes .. not a deep rotation after that. Hopefully they will be tired a little, 3 guys over 36 min last night, and we can get them into some foul trouble while running it a little. Hail to Pitt!

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    1. Student Athletes? You mean the guys that are one-and-done and take a scholarship from a deserving four-year guy who needs the time to develop?

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    2. who was stanfords last one and done?

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  10. Heck, even Nwenko is the best walk-on JD has ever had.

    This team appears so good that JD will once again be the candidate for all the attractive openings this coming off-season.

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    1. Those days have passed. The last contract saw to that once and for all.

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  11. Chris,

    You said the last contract that JD received basically limits his ability to find new employment elsewhere. What exactly did they tie this contract to preclude him from leaving or is it they are simply overpaying him?

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    1. Chris - my understanding is that JD likes working at Pitt, loves Pgh and more importantly his family loves Pgh. Could be as simple as he's got enough dough and with the platform he has at Pitt in the ACC....other programs have become less interesting?

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  12. Chris, I know it's early, but what non-starter do you anticipate having an impact next year for the football team?

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    1. If you don't mind TB, I take a stab at that and say Trenton Coles.

      He'll start for Williams opposite Pitts at the CB spot and with his speed and toughness, I expect to see some great play from him - maybe KO returns as well as he's the fastest player on the team.

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  13. If JJ More was still on this team would he be a starter this year?

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  14. Just wanted to give Thanks for the Panthers Prey, its moderator and all the folks who post and make it a daily stop for me. have a great holiday!

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