Sunday, March 16, 2014

Panthers a 9 seed

Pitt is a 9 seed and will play the 8 seed, Colorado, in Orlando, on Thursday.  If they win against Buffaloes they will play the tournament's top seed, No. 1 Florida. Colorado is 23-11 on the year and have lost 4 of their last 7 games, including to Arizona 63-43 in the Pac 12 conference tournament.  In that game they shot 29.4% from the field.

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  1. Chris, if we beat Colorado can we hang with the Gators?

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    1. No one expects us to ... nothing to lose and everything to gain. Never say never, but, the Gators will be a tough out.

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  2. Should be an interesting match-up against CO ... they have wins against Harvard, Kansas and Oregon (although Dinwiddie played in those games). Teams don't seem to be that different. Pitt 25-9 and 11-7 .. CO 23-11 and 10-8. As for stats Pitt/CO .. PPG 72/71, RPG 36/38, APG 16/12, FG% .461/.437, FT% .711/.716 and 3pt% .356/.320.

    CO has 7 players with 15+ minutes, same as Pitt. Three guys do most of damage ... Scott (F), Booker (G) and Johnson (F) with Scott and Booker at 14 PPG and +80% from the line.

    If we can keep Scott (6-10, 245) off the glass and lock down Booker a little, this one is ours.

    Should be a close toss-up.

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  3. We really got hosed with this seeding. At least Dixon finally has a chance to beat a higher seed. FL is beyond our reach this year though.

    How st Louis and umass got seeded higher than us is beyond me. And Lville and MSU as 4 seeds? Come on. Do they even watch these teams play? This is without a doubt the worst seeding job ever done by the committee. This is really a joke.

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  4. Seeding is about the body of work, not who you expect will win

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  5. At this point, everyone is 0-0 ... It's one and done ... go out and play .. don't worry about the seeding. Anyway, unless you are a #1 seed, at some point along the way, you need to beat a higher seeded opponent. Hail to Pitt !

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  6. No number one seed is beyond reach. Haven't Butler and WSU taught anyone anything? What about Pitt as a #1 or #2 seed?!?

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    1. I didn't say a #1 seed is beyond reach, I specifically said FL is beyond ours. It's not an insult, we've done really well with the pieces we have and all the departures. But we have shown that we can't beat top 10 teams this year.

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  7. Has florida played amyone that has really challenged them this year? I think they played a soft schedule

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  8. Talk about motivation ... most of the talking head experts are already checking off a Florida vs Kansas match-up ... no one is talking about any other teams. Let's see some south region upsets! Hail to Pitt.

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  9. It is way too early to talk about Pitt versus Florida. Dixon will have Pitt concentrating on only one team, Colorado! Until that game is decided all other conversation is irrelevant. This is win or go home, so it makes no sense to look ahead.

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  10. Every year the NCAA screws pitt even if we are a 2 seed they match us up with a team we cant beat the first game this year is ok but FLA come on they dont ever want us to go very far trust me some one on the NCAA hates pitt. we get the best team in the field if we get to the second game they have been out to get us for years and if you dont see that you are blind.

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    1. You are paranoid. The NCAA is not out to stick it to Pitt.

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    2. I think the committee has been gracious to Pitt when they have been seeded high. Even this year - I'd definitely take a Colorado/Florida match-up versus a Kentucky/WSU.

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  11. I expect the Pitt v Colorado game to be ugly.
    But, if you asked before the season started, where Pitt would end up? 9th seed NCAA, W-L, etc. is considered meeting expectations considering all the transfers, etc.
    However, expectations for next year will be much higher.

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    1. Why will expectations be much higher for next year when we lose our two best players in Patterson and Zanna?

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    2. They met my expectations ... before conference play started, I projected 11-7 (23-8 overall) [ excluding ACC tourney] and a #8-9 seed. Truthfully, I thought my projections were a little conservative; however, they turned out to be a little optimistic. Within the 11-7, I was wrong on both NC St games, UVA, FL St, ND and Clemson(away) ... we won some I didn't expect and we lost some I didn't expect. Overall .. good but not great season. Let's dance and make some noise .. Hail to Pitt!

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    3. Zatiti,
      Higher expectation next year?? Was that a serious question.
      First, my expectation is Pitt be Top 20 every year. Period. End of Discussion. I don't care who the players are. Players leave every year.
      The only reason they get a pass this year is due to all the transfers, etc and upheaval the past 2-3 yrs. However, that is all on Dixon. Dixon must get the program back to pre-2011. So, no more passes or excuses.

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    4. I agree about next year ... LP and TZ are big losses (for this team). Both 5th-year seniors. Hopefully, the remaining starters, as well as Johnson, Artis and Newkirk will develop more but will any of them be able to step-out like LP did this year ? Perhaps it will be Wright but, you never know. I'm looking forward to next year but my expectations (seeing how LP and TZ played this year) may be a little lower.

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  12. On a football note, I see Juwan Johnson committed to PSU. Thought we had a decent chance at him....guess not so much. This is the first commit to PSU that was a bit of a surprise to me.

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    1. Not surprised. Also, Paul and our new WR coach haven't even discussed the recruiting area for him yet.

      Paul is slooooooow at everything.

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    2. I was surprised too. I thought this kid was very interested in Pitt. Looks like the PSU coach changed his mind quickly. Maybe Greg Lewis will have his recruiting territory by 2015.

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    3. @21 - What's Paul's 40 time?

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  13. Chris, is it possible Pitt is recruiting Eubanks to play the 3 and Mostella the 2? Call me greedy, but I'd love to have both. Just thought I would ask. Thanks.

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    1. On this subject, is possible/ are there rumors that DJ's injury is more severe than we realize and he's one of the guys we'll be losing in the off season?

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    2. Anonymous 5:31 - quite the contrary regarding Johnson's injury - there have been rumors that he was progressing so well that he may even be available for some limited spot duty later this month if Pitt advances that far.

      I find that very hard to believe and don't think that will happen unless he's another Adrian Peterson but it shows the level of progress that he's been able to achieve thus far.

      There is zero chance he won't be with the team next year unless he has a major setback obviously.

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  14. Anyone seen the Pitt conditioning video? Looks like the yoga instructor is definitely gone. Tire flipping and tug of war just part of the process.

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  15. As far as Pitt Football goes, at least one thing has been settled. James Conner will be PRIMARILY a Runningback come fall.

    The Trib Review reports that Conner has switched his Number from 40 to 24 in honor of his favorite NFL Back Marshawn Lynch.

    It's been a bit of debate as to whether Conner is best left at Runningback or moved over to Defense. Never quite understood how taking a record setting 6-3 Tailback out of the backfield was a good idea.

    In making the argument to keep Conner toting the rock, I posted a month or so ago that Conner is the closest thing in years to a Pitt version of "BEAST MODE." A little ironic, I think, given his switch in Number.

    By the way, Conner weighed in this week at 248 but says he plans to play at 240.

    Now that is a BEAST.

    PittofDreams

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    1. If Conner is up to 6-3 and 250 lbs, then he should ask to be moved to DE. He's too tall to be a RB.

      He already runs upright which makes him open to more frequent fumbles and injuries. And with a few more years of strength and conditioning work, he'd have to potential to grow into a nature pass rushing DE.

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    2. He's 6'2" and he by looking at what he did last year he's not too tall.

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    3. Seems to me that it is a good problem to have. I don't get the sense that Conner is going to be rattled or hurt much no matter where he plays. If he is the RB he is going to run hard. If he is at DE he is going to work hard and has the talent to become a threat there as well. Sometimes you worry about moving a lineman from D to O or tinkering with an athlete at WR and CB and all of a sudden a year in progression is missed and they guy turns out to be subpar at both. I don't really worry about it with Conner as I see him being successful at whichever spot they have him. With the talent at line we have had coming in and the focus you know PC is going to put on running the ball..... my guess is that if Conner moves to DE it means he has the potential to really be a great DE or that some of the RB have progressed to the point where we have a ton of talent in the backfield.

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    4. Conner will stay at RB probably the entire year. I think it is dumb to have him go both ways. smh Not even special situations. Conner needs to decide if he wants to go NFL and if he is best suited at RB or DE. That said, come Junior year, he needs to go to that position fulltime. If it is DE, then he needs to move to DE for Junior year.

      Conner is like Ron Dayne, only taller. Dayne was 240ish in college.

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    5. Isn't adrian peterson 6'2? Jim Brown def was.

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    6. Bowler... Seriously... Little Caesar's Bowl... Did you watch?

      PittofDreams

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    7. Anonymous 5:31...

      There was only one smart move for Chryst to make... that was committing to Conner at Runningback heading into the Fall.

      Conner is the BEST BACK on the Roster... BY FAR. And there are no guarantees that any of the Backs coming in will change that.

      Let's see if he can build upon his Record-Setting effort in the Bowl Game. His change in number suggests that's where his focus is.

      If James or Ollison prove themselves to be able to carry the load AND the Defense fails to find Players capable of pressuring the opposing Quarterback AND Conner shows himself to be something less than "BEAST MODE"... then and only then would be the time to talk about moving Conner to Defense.

      What the naysayers who probably have limited experience playing the game fail to realize is HOW RARE it is to find a young player like Conner who has the kind of CONFIDENCE, AGGRESSIVE COMPETITIVENESS and ATHLETIC ABILITY to put a team on his back like Conner did against Bowling Green.

      These guys don't grow on trees. And Chryst knows it.

      PittofDreams

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    8. Chi-town Sean - I'm accused of being Mr. Positive when it comes to Pitt football, but comparing Conner to A. Peterson and J. Brown???? Seriously..

      PoD - Yes, I watched the game and agree he's the best they have right now.

      I also watched the other games where he had to be pulled on 3rd down because he couldn't block and didn't see much ability to be a receiver out of the backfield. Not saying he can't fix those and other issues but let's not act like he alone will go into "beast mode", whatever that is, and run over other teams every week. Take a look at the 4th and 1 from the NC game. It's the OL who puts RB's into your "beast mode".

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