Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pitt 63 Samford 56

This was not a good performance by the Panthers, who were favored by 30, but to be honest, they weren't blatantly awful. In fact, it seems like they won by 25 then 7, but that wasn't the case. Mostly because of Samford's Tyler Hood making six three pointers.

1.  Mike Young continues to be aggressive offensively and the result is 20 points on 10-13 from the field.  He also had 5 rebounds.  For the season he is averaging 13.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg.

2.  Jamel Artis, Durand Johnson's replacement at small forward, again had a good game with 12 points and 5 rebounds.  On the season he had 13.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

3.  James Robinson did not shoot well going 2-6 from the field, but he was 4-4 from the line and had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.

4.  Cheick Diallo was visiting with teammate Damon Wilson and it's obvious that somebody like him is needed. Joseph Uchebo and Derrick Randall combined for 4 points, 3 rebounds, and a block.

5. Sheldon Jeter was impressive off the bench with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. he was also 3-3 from the field, including a massive dunk.

6. Pitt shot 51.1% from the floor compared to Samford's 32.2%. Pitt also made two more FTs. The problem was that Samford out rebounded the Panthers 33-31 and 8 three pointers to Pitt's 3.

24 comments:

  1. We need help in the middle big time...this team will not win 20 games with that type of performance from the 5

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  2. According to the PG: "The Panthers second opponent, Samford, doesn’t figure to provide much more of a test because the Bulldogs, much like the Purple Eagles, feature eight first-year players and have only two players in the program with more than one year of experience."

    What's going to happen when Pitt plays an experienced team?

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    1. We will know in 2 weeks when Pitt is playing Maui Invite.
      I've said, success of this season hinges on performance of the 5 position based on how Dixon runs his offense.
      Now, if Dixon moves to a 2 PF starting lineup, that will be interesting. Sort of how Villinova plays. But Jeter and Young play like PF's and NO Center.

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    2. There's only a handful of good true centers in all of college basketball. Pitt will win plenty of games without a good center. There are different ways to win.

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    3. I don't think Dixon system knows how to play without a strong center.
      Dixon has always had a strong center during his years at Pitt.
      Can he adapt and change is the question.
      Dixon is typically rigid and inflexible system.

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    4. It is debatable that Zanna was a true center. Dixon's system thrives on having a good rebounder. They don't have that - right now.

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  3. Get Rid Of The Coach! Isn't that the answer to everything.

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  4. If calapari ever wanted to come home..... then yes you would get rid of Dixon in a heartbeat. . Other than that.... who would want Smiley hiring anyone right now.

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    1. Lots of great BB coaches out there aside from Calipari.
      Miller comes to mind.
      But who is talking replace Dixon anyway?

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  5. Got out hustled today. Think they were mentally already on the plane to Hawaii.

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  6. I would not take Calapari even if he begged to come here. Dixon is a much better coach for this program.

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    1. Calapari reminds me of Todd Graham and we know how that ended. And he would take down the program but cutting corners

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    2. They could have had Calipari when Howland left, administration declined to consider him. I don't think there's anything to complain about with Dixon.

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    3. Yeah....who want s to have to learn new players names every year and go to the Final Four every other year...LOL

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  7. At one point in the past Calipari did want to come back to Pitt but Nordy wouldn't have it. Too much baggage for the administration.

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  8. 2-0 .... learning experiences so far. We will get better each night ... win 20+ and make it to another March Madness. I expect this team will meet expectations, which, in my mind, should be a little below last year's record/performance. Hail to Pitt!

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  9. It is true that Uchebo and Randall didn't have many rebounds, but Uchebo only played 10 minutes and Randall 4. Young played at center, probably because he was the best at breaking Samford's full-court press.

    In his postgame remarks, Dixon blamed the guards for the low rebound numbers because most of the missed rebounds were long rebounds.

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  10. It is alarming we struggled against a team that we were favored by 30 that was just curb stomped by Purdue by 40 points.

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    1. It's one game early in the season and they didn't really play horribly. It's not a big deal at all.

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  11. Another game... another terrible performance.

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  12. HAWAII ?? Are you KIDDING me.

    PittofDreams

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    1. As I said here earlier...Pitt struggled against Samford. I doubt if 20 wins is anywhere near a lock with this team. And Dixon either doesn't know how or refuses to play to this team's strengths.

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  13. The Hawaii loss was huge. It will have a long term impact, because it reinforces Dixon's belief to not schedule NC road games.

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