Saturday, January 11, 2014

Pittsburgh 80 Wake Forest 65

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.


Some thoughts:

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.

31 comments:

  1. chris is it true that young will transfer after this year if so that is sad dixon needs to show him some love.

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    1. Young is currently starting on a 15-1 that is in great shape not only for the remainder of the year, but for its immediate future as a program. Why would he want to transfer?

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  2. So happy for Joe - really rooting for this kid.

    Gets his feet wet a little this year - could be a force the next two - what a great story if so.

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  3. another great win .. slow and steady toward the Cuse ... but first need to take on a gritty GT team at home ... the ACC does seem a little down this year and Wake is a big disappointment so far. In any case, we look pretty good ... but, I'm worried a little about talented bigs being able to have their way inside. Hopefully, JU can help a little by tourney time. I thought he moved pretty well today. A little sloppy when he let the ball get low but that happens to most big guys. Little by little he will get into game shape. Hail to Pitt!

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  4. what is this talk about MY ... someone starting rumors ? He may be a good player but his stat lines are disappointing to me ... not sure what he has to complain about - it's not like he is dominating anyone. Hope he stays though, adds to the depth and his upside is high.

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  5. Newkirk had 2 great great passes which resulted in easy Pitt scores. Don't know why Jamie yanks these kids whenever they make a mistake. That eventually leads to them playing 'tight', for fear of making a mistake and getting yanked. In a game like today, just let em play and have some fun. He likes Robinson cause the kid never really pushes the ball and plays in a real 'controlled' manner. And of course the fact he went to that legendary program at DeMatha. I think that is Pitt's first play ever from DeMatha and Robinson will play lots because of it. Contrary view is PITT's offense can become very stagnant with Robinson and I've never seen a PG not bring the ball up the court so little as Robinson. Thruout the whole 2nd half is was Wright bringing the ball up court. And he doesn't shoot very well from outside, so other than the 'controlled' play aspect, he really doesn't add much. When they say he's a great defensive player I have to laugh, up against a good PG who is quick he gets beat off the dribble continuously just look at the numbers of good opposing PG's against him.

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    1. Pete Strickland went to DeMatha.

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    2. And for the real old timers, there was also a guy named Bob Petrini from DeMatha at Pitt back before the Buzz Ridl era. Tim Grugurich was recruiting DC and Indiana for Pitt "back in the day."

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    3. He's a freshman - he has to learn. When you don't have a star-laddened roster of future NBA lottery picks, the threshold of success is determined by efficient offensive production. A team like Wake exemplifies how a few wasted possessions can turn a game or season around.

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  6. By the way, while I remember, I ask people to not flip out if one of their posts doesn't go through. If you are especially vulgar or trash another poster too viciously, or if I think you have some kind of agenda, I block your comment. But sometimes a post just gets lost. There is a process that I have to go through to monitor the posts and sometimes an accident causes a harmless to post to not get through.

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  7. Franklin pressor soundbite.
    Recruiting philosophy, "We will dominate the state"

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    1. He just put Pitt on notice regarding Pittsburgh and Pitt and wpial.
      I don't think Pitt recruiting can get any worse if you look at the last 3 yrs.
      With PSU and OSU, I'm not sure how Pitt will do in PA, MD, NJ.
      I guess those asking for the Wisky experiment for 2 and 3 stars will get there wish as that may be all we will be able to land.

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    2. He can't get every recruit. Luckily the sanctions will keep him grounded they will be real low on depth for 4 years and hopefully he bounces to the nfl. PSU can make all star hires i ll give em that. Outside of Sandusky.

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    3. PA 2014 class has 9 - 4star per Rivals.
      None selected PSU.
      Franklin will target the 4star and high 3's.

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    4. We worry far too much about what PSU will do. The truth is, if we have a winning program we will recruit well. PSU will have their own continuing problems and it remains to be seen if Franklin can deliver on what he is promising.

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    5. I'd love for Pitt to have these "problems" that PSU has?
      Compare Pitt v PSU recruiting the last 3 years!
      Compare Pitt v PSU record the last 3 years!
      Hands down, PSU has done well in face of sanctions. They will get much better with Franklin and his staff of which most are coming from Vandy. I suggest you read the bio's of those assistants he is bringing and compare them to Pitts assistants.

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    6. I know we are taking away the much deserved attention from Jamie's pretty darn good BBall team that has a real chance to win the Bi.... the ACC in year 1.

      However, I am a hypocrite.
      Chryst will for the most part target a different type of recruit that Franklin. For the blue chippers lets be honest chryst doesn't normally have a shot. Unless they are OLineman. If Pitt can manage to beat PSU in a couple of years when there depth will be limited we will out recruit them.

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  8. Mike Young was limited a lot today by fouls, which affected his minutes. That being said, he needs to work on rebounding and defense to get more consistent playing time.

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  9. Glad to see Uchebo getting some minutes to get ready for next year.
    Pitt should be ranked in Top 25 next week.
    ACC is very weak this year. I'd be surprised if more than 5 go to NCAA.

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    1. Yeah, the mid-level ACC teams like NC State and Virginia are not nearly as good as the mid-level Big East teams have been in the past. I don't think this is one of the better Pitt teams in the last ten years (but I might be wrong), but Pitt might end up with a great overall record because of the ACC weakness. If they can pull off an upset at Cuse, Pitt could win the ACC. How effin awesome would that be in their first year!

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  10. Hey Chris, How does this year's Pitt bball team stack up on defense compare to to those other years that they were awesome? Do you see room for growth by year's end with Defense?

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  11. This year has been fun so far!

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  12. It's a shame the ACC is so down. NC State looked horrid against UVA. This is a good Pitt team and will unfortunately be judged on the outcome of 4 games.

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    1. I assume you are talking about Syracuse twice, Duke and NC ? I think a lot of conferences are off a little and in a few weeks, the losses are going to start racking up for the lesser teams. From the old BE (as of this wk), only Syracuse, L-ville, Nova are ranked. Perhaps this week, add Cincy and Pitt ... so it would tie the B10 and B12 (although KSt will drop out). Mid-bottom of current ACC & BE are very weak, same goes for American Athletic, A10, B10, B12, SE and maybe, the PAc10.

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    2. Tomas,
      I noticed the same. I wonder why that is with all the money these coaches are being paid, etc. Is the 1 and done catching up? Is the all the transfering catching up causing parity? Its a very odd year.

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    3. I think the one-and-done has a little to do with it but that only affects a handful of teams. Not sure about the transfers, haven't researched it to know whether there are significantly more than past years ... in any case, I think that, for whatever reasons, there is more parity/dilution across D1. My speculation is that academic standards are down, March Madness was expanded to 68 teams and more mid-majors/others can get in by winning their respective conferences - something that can be emphasized during recruiting, coincidence/ebb and flow of talent cycles, and the option of playing internationally has expanded greatly. Pitt has 1 or 2 guys playing in Iceland .. Iceland, I didn't realize they even had a league up there.

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    4. Transfers are trending higher the last 3 years.
      Lots more "Up-Transfers"
      See link.
      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-basketball/news/20130903/college-basketball-transferring/

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  13. Franklin of PSU is bringing his WR coach/recruiting coordinator with him.
    So we don't have to worry about Engram leaving.
    Whew!

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  14. Hoping Pitt can get by Georgia Tech this Tuesday. Big game on Saturday against the 'Cuse. The two former Big East teams battling it out for first place in the ACC. Where are all those "experts" who said Pitt might have trouble adjusting to the ACC's style of play now?

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