Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pittsburgh 83 Maryland 79

The Panthers were sloppy, and it clearly wasn't their best game of the season, but any time you win on the road, in conference, in front of over 17,000 fans, then it's a success.  Some other thoughts:

1.  Lamar Patterson is an excellent player.  I don't know how many other ways I can say it, but you have to think that if Pitt finishes in the top 10 this year that he has to be a legitimate national player of the year candidate. Tonight he started slow and still ended up with 28 points on 8-14 shooting from the field and 12-14 on the free throw line.  He also added 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals. Incredible.

2.  Talib Zanna also continues to play well with 16 points and 8 rebounds.  His FT shooting at the end of the game was once a gain a problem and he ended going 8-14 from the line.

3.  James Robinson is somebody who lets his emotions get the best of him and he did it again tonight.  He finished with 13 points, but he also had just 2 assists to his 2 turnovers, and he fouled out of the game. But after he did foul out you could see just how much the panthers need him out there.

4.  Cameron Wright was also a little sporadic, but that's what's been expected of him all year. Sometimes he looks great, and sometimes he's a little sloppy.  He finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal, but he also was 4-9 from the line, and had 4 turnovers and 4 steals.

5.  Michael Young once again played poorly.  He attempted just one shot and had 2 points. He did have 5 rebounds and a steal at least.

6.  As he's been doing from time to time, Jamel Artis picked up some of the production at power forward.  He had 8 points and 7 rebounds, all in the first half.  He was also 4-4 from the FT line.

7.  Pitt shot a healthy 51% from the field, but they also let Maryland shoot 48.1% from the field.

8.  Pitt started shooting great from the FT line but then it went downhill- fast.  For the night they attempted an incredible 47 free throws but only made 32, for an average of 68.1%.  Zanna and Wright missed 11 FTs between them.

9.  Pitt made just ONE of seven three pointers.

10.  The Panthers out rebounded the Terps 49-32.

23 comments:

  1. I guess being a Pitt fan means its always glass half-full. Personally, I felt it was a big win. Goodness sakes… how many layups did they make in the second half. LAYUPS. They didn't need to shoot 3's or even 10ft shots. They ripped MD's defense apart. THAT was the story of the game.

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    1. The story of the game was 47 FT's. Only 50 FG's.
      over 35% points came from the FT.
      That has to be a record.

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  2. young has not been the same you remmber his tweet after that when he said no one has ever told me not to shot.
    he was not him self after that dixon may have done more harm then good becuse young never got over that.
    and he might leave the team next year

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    1. If young leaves the team over that than good bye. Look at the other coaches and the way they treat their player--Huggins(who I like)--on and on. Can u see Dixon yelling at a player--No. He has gotten a little tuffer since the early days from Troutman and such but he has his offense and if ur going to play for Pitt that is the way u have to run it. ---- What happened to Pitt at the end of this game, wow, that was sloppy, but this team is top 10 but for them to go far they need to end games the right way, though i did like how they attacked the press at end of game--other years they would have brought ball back up top.

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    2. Anonymous 9:50PM - what harm did Dixon do? Are u sure that Young's tweet was not referencing one of the assistant coaches? Did Young tell you himself that he might leave? Unless you were on the bench you are making a lot of assumptions.

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    3. an more recently young tweeted that if you cut him open, he would bleed blue and gold. I don't think hes going anywhere

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  3. Very pleased with this game. After probably the best performance of the year against Clemson, and Duke coming in two days, this was a tough game to get up for. But Pitt was very workmanlike. A solid win start to finish. Yes it got bad at the end. But that was mostly due to Robinson fouling out, which rarely happens. But it was a blessing, as Pitt needs the experience ( and confidence) in winning close games. I wouldn't quite label this a close game, bit it was closer than any other win this year.

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  4. I don't know guys. Isn't that the hallmark of a really good team: holding on for a victory on the road in front of 17,000 hostile fans when you aren't playing your best ball? I'm impressed with these guys and Dixon's coaching. Ten months ago every player was seemingly bailing out and we lost a first-round talent to the NBA. Patterson is legit. Loving how JR is stepping up. Zanna hasn't pulled his typical disappearing act. Not every victory will be by 30, fellas.

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  5. Sam you are exactly right. No one could of guessed Pitt would be in this position right now. Jamie has done a fantastic job and you would have to be a fool not to realize that....HTP

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  6. This was a good win. I saw it as a trap game from the beginning. Patterson could have had 10 assists. And this game wasn't that close. Pitt, for some reason - with all these good ball handlers and passers, struggled with the press. And again Pitt doesn't stop penetration late in the game. So afraid to foul and the point guards just have free reign. It was the same story at GTech. Pitt needs to decide how to guard down the stretch when a team is desperate.

    Offensively can you get more efficient? Majority of the points in the paint. Guys like Chris Jones passing up wide open 3's for an easier drive and layup.

    Let's put the Dook game in context. Yes they are a huge name. Coach K - Duke finally at Pitt. I think Pitt is a better team right now. We should win.

    dUbb

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  7. Dixon will keep Young working unless Young decides that he wants a program that is not as demanding. I think he likes it here and will emerge as he matures and sees the opportunity presented.

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  8. Clearly Robinson's absence at the end of the game was big. One of their best free throw shooters on the bench and the foul shooting contest was left up to Zanna, Newkirk and Wright who missed a bunch. He needs to make sure he's on the floor at the end of the game.

    With Pitt shooting 47 free throws it's hard to say any calls went against them but I thought the flagrant call on Zanna was ridiculous. Also towards the end Wright was trapped and when he stepped through it looked like he got mugged - no call.

    Lamar was great. Boy is he showing an ability to drive to the basket.

    Pitt's defense is an enigma. Very, very good at times but the tendency to let the other teams' guard drive the lane for easy lay ups is frustrating. Thought they might play some zone last night but maybe they preferred to guard against the three point shot.

    Overall, a solid win on the road against a decent team. They aren't going to win every game by 20 points.

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  9. Chris, what is your keys to victory for the Panthers to win over Duke?

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  10. Freeback (QB from Florida) decommitting and going to Vandy???

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    1. Are you just speculating because Vandy went down to visit him? or have you heard something more?

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    2. Allegedly, he remains a Pitt commit, and make his official visit here this weekend

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    3. Two recruiting sights have that he officially visited Vandy this past weekend. But per the above post, the same sights have him scheduled to visit Pitt this weekend.

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  11. Here's a reality check regarding Freebeck.

    What exactly about this picture posted "Four Days Ago" tells you he's considering Decommtting?

    https://twitter.com/bfreebeck/status/426571503082414083‎

    PittofDreams

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    1. Any time you visit a school you can be swayed, and at least subconsciously you're wavering.

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    2. Anonymous 11:25AM

      1. That tweet was not by Wade, maybe his fathers page?
      2. That tweet was on Jan 23rd and he visited Vandy Jan 25th
      3. That tweet tells me that the Pitt coaches visited Wade and two days later he was on Vandy's campus!

      I am not saying he is going to Vandy, but your tweet does not make me believe he is currently 100% committed to Pitt.

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    3. Sometimes... it's as simple as a 17-year-old or 18-year-old not wanting to miss out on an invitation for a Weekend of Fun.

      Can you blame him or them?

      PittofDreams

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    4. I find it interesting, Pantherlair/Rivals has deleted any posts on their forum regarding Freebeck.

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  12. I was recruited. Took three visits. It was like walking through the Den of the Devil.

    The allure is pretty strong when the Red Carpet is being laid out for you and you're being made to feel like a King for the Weekend..

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