Another day, another dominating win over the lower half of the ACC. Pitt now moves to 3-0 in the conference and 15-1 overall. Next up is Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, on January 14th.
1. It's safe to say that those who expect Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna to underachieve again is going to be disappointed. Once again Patterson was the best player on the floor as he had 27 points, on 10-17 shooting form the field, as well as 4-7 from three, and 3-3 from the line. As usual he padded the stats in other ways, too, with 5 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal, and a block.
Zanna was just as impressive with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 assists.
2. Durand Johnson was excellent coming off the bench with 11 points, including 8-9 from the line. He's been phenomenal at the line all season.
3. Disappointing many I'm sure James Robinson played well again with excellent defense to go with 8 points, including 4-4 from the line, plus 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Once again he had no turnovers.
4. Cameron Wright was also excellent on defense and he came away with 8 points, 3 assists, a steal, and a block.
5. Michael Young was quiet and only played 14 points. That may be something to monitor in the future. He only had 4 points, a rebound, an assist, and a steal.
6. Josh Newkirk had no points and was 0-4 from the field, but he also had 4 assists. He was out of control at one point and Dixon called a timeout and yelled at him.
7. Welcome to the party, Joseph Uchebo. The big man had 2 very impressive points and 2 rebounds. I know some thought he didn't move well but I disagree. Especially on his rebound and put back, he looked very good. You have to remember that he's 6'10" and 260 pounds so he's never going to fly up and down the court. I was actually very encouraged about how well he moved and I'm hoping he could be a factor next season.
8. Patterson, Johnson, and Robinson were a combined 15-16 from the line.
9. Wake Forest shot only 39.2% from the field while Pitt shot a very good 49.1%.
10. Pitt out rebounded Wake Forest 38-28.