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February 2, 2008

I’m not going to be able to give this game as immediate attention as I want. Monitor duty at Fanhouse and 3 noon Big East games that are all staying close — ‘Cuse-Nova; Hall-G’town; and Marq-Cinci — means keeping a closer eye on those and then coming back to Pitt with the 1pm start.

Almost a silly premised article — Pitt struggles when going to UConn in the last 17 years. Hmm. Pitt sucked in the 90s and UConn has been a national power since the mid-90s. Guess what? Even if they were relatively even, the strong edge will go to the home team. Just like Pitt has a pretty strong edge at the Pete over UConn.

Big theme will be that both teams are undermanned. UConn though, has Wiggins available. There’s no way he doesn’t play, in my view, if he’s been practicing with the team. Even as Calhoun bitches that proper procedures weren’t followed since he didn’t determine Dyson and Wiggins should have been drug tested, not to mention the info released by the UConn campus police about the marijuana found near the car (no charges filed, though).

According to sources, athletic director Jeff Hathaway has a policy that calls for student athletes involved with any alcohol-related incident to be tested for drugs. UConn’s student athlete drug-testing policy is composed of three parts: random testing, probable cause and testing before participation in an NCAA championship event or bowl game.

Testing in this case falls under probable cause. Calhoun does not think this case called for drug testing, and the handbook says probable cause “may” be determined by a coach, doctor or trainer.

No, of course not. Found with alcohol in the car. Drugs found near the scene — even if not charged — and two players who have already failed at least one drug test each. Nothing to consider in that scene.

Let’s go Pitt.





They should just feel lucky they didn’t charged with the weed like 99% of america would have – the cops let them off cause they were basketball players. More favoritism for college athletes in college areas – i’m shocked. Not like Calhoun has ever disciplined anyone up there – just win baby!

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 1:05 pm

Is this game blacked out fox970?

I’m stuck in the office today…

Comment by Greg in Columbia 02.02.08 @ 1:07 pm

Pitt a little lucky there with those two missed dunks

Comment by merlin 02.02.08 @ 1:12 pm

Young missing two open 3s…damnit…

And how the hell wasn’t that traveling on thabeet – he catches it on the right side of the lane, and without dribbling, ends up on the left side…

McGhee with 2 boards already…nice…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 1:19 pm

Benjamin got a good look at the 3 there, he just didn’t square his body, he was rotating while he was shooting, we’re lucking to get bailed out on the rebound with the wiggins foul, cause that wasn’t going anywhere…there shot blocking really is altering our shots on every play. For example, benjamin hitting the bottom of the rim. Two good defensive teams (in different ways) pounding at each other…ugly….

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 1:23 pm

Good look by Brown after Wannamaker forces the steal…

Then brown and wannamaker get confused whether to switch or not on the baseline and allows one of their men (Austrie) to get free for a wide open 3…

TERRIBLE CALL on the offensive foul…he had to slide his right foot over to get in the way after Biggs was already shooting…awful….

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 1:29 pm

They’ve been letting them bang all day, then call a chippy on Wannamaker? WTF? Consistency please?

How do we miss 3 layups? Obviously we’re scared of getting blocked…not Young though, not sure what he was thinking there…

Good thing Uconn is helping us out with stupid turnovers…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 1:33 pm

Young is passing up wideopen 3s now…

…our defense is really clamping down, they can’t get anything done…we need 40 minutes of this intensity…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 1:35 pm

We keep putting up floaters that are too strong…definitely afraid of shot blockers….EVERYTHING is a floater…

Young STILL can’t hit an open shot…

…good thing Price got bailed out on with the foul…3 guys were there to block that shot…

I like talking to myself.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 1:41 pm

Blair lost some confidence after being being blocked…

He can’t be afirad to post up…

Comment by John from DC 02.02.08 @ 1:48 pm

I love when they call fouls in the backcourt on reach ins and blocking fouls…i can’t stand “full court defense” which usually means “reach in and foul them in the backcourt, don’t play defense with your feet, but hopefully the refs don’t call it and it gets ruled a turnover”…

Our offense seems to have stagnated….them pressuring our guards further out (almost at half court) and our inability to make any shot right now is killing us…good thing our D is pretty good or we’d be in bad shape…

…also seems like Uconns offense has stalled…i think they’ve scored on a couple of iso’s, and one pass to a teammate for a score as far back as i can remember…

Great…benjamin misses a wide open 3 (another iso, they have no team offense), then misses the block and gives Uconn an and 1 and the tie…then commits an illegal screen…awesome….

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 1:49 pm

If we continue to shoot this poorly we are in for a long day.

Comment by Dave in Orlando 02.02.08 @ 1:50 pm

I would talk with you Stuart but I don’t get the game where I live. I refuse to watch two crappy SEC teams so I am watching The English Premiership. The ESPN tracker says we blew a nice little lead..sounds about right.

Comment by Panthoor 02.02.08 @ 1:55 pm

What a shootout!

Was that Wannamaker dribbling the air out of the ball and turning it over at the end?

Neither team has ANY offense at all at this point…UConn just has a couple of players that are taking us one on one…what an ugly game. If we hit ANY wide open 3, we’re up….hopefully they drop for us in the second half…we need to get SOMETHING going on offense again…Young 2-9, Benjamin 2-9, Blair 1-6, 1-7 from 3s…shooting 27% and tied at the half? I guess i’ll take it…we’ve scored 3 POINTS in the last 7.30….awful…

AJ Price one on one against Pitt is killing us…single handedly getting us in foul trouble and has half their points…not sure what we can do about it though…need to keep up the D and PRAY some shots drop…keep forcing turnovers, thats whats keeping us in the game…

Uh oh, Seth Davis thinks Uconn’s “short bench” is going to allow us to pull away….

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 1:59 pm

Benjamin might as well play the point. He cannot shoot with his hurt hand. Anyone else notice that he has completely altered his shooting form. Almost Fields-like behind his head jumper just to get enought steam to the basket.

Pitt great D but lucky to be tied. Ramon has to hit some 3’s and pull UConnout in the second half.

Same problem with Pitt…not enough scoring in big games…

Comment by Dan 72 02.02.08 @ 2:00 pm

By the way, Can Diggs be redshirted? Is he injured or is he just horrible? maybe both?, anyways, is it possible?

Comment by Panthoor 02.02.08 @ 2:01 pm

Pitt should have a lead given how well we have defended. Uconn has been equally impressive with their interior defense. I’ll take the tie on the road. Ronald is going to have to hit a few threes to win this one. It will open up the lane and let other guys finish. Dixon should let Benjamin continue to run the point (he is playing well) and play Ramon off the ball. That way he can stay fresh and have his legs. He should be rested sitting most of the first half. Brown should be more aggressive as well. They aren’t accounting for him defensively. Let’s go Pitt!

Comment by omar 02.02.08 @ 2:01 pm

Our shooting is so poor because we’re missing wide open 3s and contested layups…they collapse pretty well when we take the ball inside, and after the block party everyone’s afraid, and its mentally altering their shots…we need to get a couple layups/dunks to get back in the game…

…btw their shooting percentage is only better cause they turn the ball over instead of shooting it…

Let’s go Pitt!

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:07 pm

AJ Price looks like the best player on the floor. Not good for Pitt.

Comment by Panther Fan 02.02.08 @ 2:07 pm

Sam Young needs to get his fuckign head in the game.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:10 pm

God Bless Blair.

Comment by Derek 02.02.08 @ 2:11 pm

Young gets destroyed on the dunk, but no foul…fuckign awful….

thank god blair was there to get a shot up and draw the foul…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:12 pm

Price is fuckign killing us….he can bury a 25 ft 3, but no one on our team can hit a single wide open 3? Long day indeed.

I actually fell bad for Young at this point – he decides to be more agressive, takes it to the hoop and gets destroyed…and no call. The kid can’t get a break. Blair has also been fouled twice on shots, but only one call…the refs have forgotten the difference between a clean block and a foul…not good for us.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:16 pm

Nice dive Thabeet…maybe you can transfer to Douche…

Wow! and the mystery foul on Brown! WE’RE GETTING FUCKING KILLED DOWN LOW AND YOU CALL THAT?!!? WTF ARE THE REFS DOING? Just call it consistently FCS.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:18 pm

When did we have any wide open 3’s?

Dont feel bad for young, he only cares about himself.

Comment by Jamie H 02.02.08 @ 2:19 pm

Fouls are starting to mount up for us. Fifteen minutes left and we have four players with two fouls. Not yet an emergency, but we’re teetering on the edge.

Comment by Dave in Orlando 02.02.08 @ 2:19 pm

laptops..

Comment by bmac21 02.02.08 @ 2:21 pm

Blair just picked up his hand

Comment by Freebird 02.02.08 @ 2:24 pm

I’m tired of this bullshit already….Ramon gets fouled on the 3 worse than Brown fouled their guy…and no call…SEVERAL fouls on Uconn on the last posession and no call…ALL FUCKING HOMER CALLS. We’re being just as agressive as they are, i see no discernible difference…refs are flat out awful now.

TOUCHED BY BLAUIR????? FIRST A FUCKIGN OVER THE BACK THAT ISNT’ CALLED, THEN UCONN HITS IT OUT AND WE GET FUCKED AGAIN…

FINNALY WE GET A FUCKIGN CALL…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:25 pm

“When did we have any wide open 3’s?”

Read above…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:26 pm

Uconn is a bunch of hackers.

Comment by Freebird 02.02.08 @ 2:27 pm

Thank goodness he stepped on that line. We need to do a better job filling these lanes and getting in position for a rebound.

Comment by Freebird 02.02.08 @ 2:29 pm

Agreed, Freebird… They’re looking to push a little and our bigs are getting back on D to fill those lanes. Was it McGee?

Comment by John from DC 02.02.08 @ 2:30 pm

Pitt looking better the last few minutes on the inside… but as I type, huge three for UConn…

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:32 pm

There. Another wide open 3. Missed.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:32 pm

Shocking stat of the day:

In this hackfest, Gary McGhee has exactly zero fouls. Granted, he has only played a total of six minutes. But when has that stopped him before ;-)

Comment by Dave in Orlando 02.02.08 @ 2:33 pm

WOW how was that a block on Young????

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:33 pm

Yeah, Dave, for a guy who averages more fouls than minutes per game, McGhee has actually done pretty well today.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:34 pm

There. Two MORE WIDE OPEN 3S. We don’t hit another 3 the rest of the day, we’re done.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:35 pm

MORE FUCKING AWFUL. CALL ON YOUNG, THEN THE BEATING WE TOOK ON THE “STEAL”….

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:36 pm

And now the refs have shown the world they have no idea what the fuck they’re going. What a piece of shit mess. AWFUL.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:37 pm

ugly ugly game. how many lay ups and shots within 5 feet of the basket has Pitt missed today? We should be up by 12 to 15 points.

Comment by Rex 02.02.08 @ 2:41 pm

Step back and enjoy the game. It’s a true BE slugfest.

Comment by steve 02.02.08 @ 2:41 pm

ok NOW we are missing wide open 3’s

the only one we hit was Ramon’s, and that was heavily contested!

Comment by Jamie H 02.02.08 @ 2:42 pm

Anyone notice Higgins reffing…no wonder the game is horribly called.

Pitt tired…game ugly…Ramon.please shoot!!!

Comment by Dan 72 02.02.08 @ 2:42 pm

If that was a Uconn player and not Ramon, thats not a foul…on us, foul!

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:45 pm

Nice backcourt call… /gag

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:45 pm

Now more fucking awful calls…Blair gets hit with a bullshit call…i’m amazed, AMAZED we’re still in this…fucking awful. Refs have completely butchered this game…it is no longer basketball, its a fucking joke.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:46 pm

Why does the announcer keep saying, “Now Blair isn’t smiling!” as though he is excited to see that? It isn’t like Blair is some dirty player or likes to taunt everyone. He just smiles.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:47 pm

Clear as fucking day they go through Youngs arms…ITS A FUCKIGN FOUL YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:48 pm

Finally get a call on that goal tend. Its about time.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:50 pm

Nice offensive goaltend no call.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:51 pm

FUCKING OFFENSIVE GOALTENDING AND NO FUCKING CALL. THESE FUCKING REFS SHOULD LOSE THEIR JOBS.

This is unreal. Awful. Disgrace.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:51 pm

I apologize for my profanity, im livid. I can’t believe what i’m seeing.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:52 pm

Grade school turnover by Ramon followed by a classic 2 free throw miss….when are we ever going to fix the Ft’s??

Comment by Dan 72 02.02.08 @ 2:52 pm

Sam young is such a bad ass.

Comment by matt t 02.02.08 @ 2:53 pm

It is one thing to fight through injuries, to be tired, and to have droughts on the floor. It is another thing to have refs keep you out of the game.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:53 pm

Free throws could decide this game. UConn has the decided advantage (14-16) while Pitt is just 9-16. It may seem like the refs are calling it one-sided, but we need to take advantage when we’re at the line. Fifty-six percent will not cut it.

Comment by Dave in Orlando 02.02.08 @ 2:54 pm

When did we have any wide open 3’s? ….Dont feel bad for young, he only cares about himself….Comment by Jamie H
… Sam Young… his words appear to sound very arrogant in print. Otherwise, I just don’t see the attitude or supposed selfishness showing up on the court.

I will say this, Sam’s been snuffed on as many dunks as attempts.

Comment by Neil 02.02.08 @ 2:54 pm

Pitt’s shooting 33 percent and they are down 1. Benjamin is 2-for-11 and 1-for-6 from three and probably 4 of those were wide open. Pitt only has itself to blame if they lose.

Comment by matt t 02.02.08 @ 2:56 pm

Not that this game isn’t the center of the basketball universe at the moment, but UTEP and Memphis are tied at 57 with less than five minutes left.

Comment by Dave in Orlando 02.02.08 @ 2:56 pm

ABOUT THE 3s:

READ ABOVE.

When we’ve had wide open 3s, they’ve been noted in the flow of the game. 2 by young in the first half, 2 by benjamin, and several recently in the second half. We just can’t hit shit. Brown and Ramon are the only ones, and Brown even missed one. Young also passed one or two up cause he’s scared…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:56 pm

No doubt that missed free throws, as is usually the case in Pitt-UConn games, are very key right now.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:56 pm

on the replay it was so quick i did not see….did ramon actually commit the over and back?

i need a dvr

Comment by tz 02.02.08 @ 2:56 pm

No, he didn’t commit backcourt

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:58 pm

Well, tied with 2.5 left…with the way its been reffed, its a miracle. Any other refs, anywhere else we’re up big. We need to steal one 5 on 8…

And male cheerleaders for UConn talking shit? Good luck with that…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 2:59 pm

Make the free throws Gil…

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 2:59 pm

I have a feeling this is gonna go to OT

Comment by Matt D 02.02.08 @ 3:01 pm

I was just thinking “if we could just be down one with the last shot…” then realized Fields still can’t walk…

We need to finally turn them over or get a stop, which we haven’t been able to recently, and someone step up big…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:02 pm

CBS Sportsline has Ramon only attempting one field goal in 23 minutes of play. Can that be correct?

Comment by Dave in Orlando 02.02.08 @ 3:02 pm

Why can’t we ever land an AJ Price?

He makes NBA threes and takes anyone of the dribble.

Comment by Jon in NOVA 02.02.08 @ 3:03 pm

I’d take OT right now…anything…help….

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:03 pm

Can’t afford to have this come down to needing a 3 at the end to tie it… not the way we have been shooting today.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 3:03 pm

if ever a time to finally make a 3…

Comment by bmac21 02.02.08 @ 3:03 pm

Ramon hasn’t been open…they’ve let our other guys throw up bricks…

….now we really do need a miracle…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:05 pm

oh well. just wasnt in the cards today

Comment by Matt D 02.02.08 @ 3:06 pm

i hate uconn..

Comment by bmac21 02.02.08 @ 3:06 pm

Well, nows its fucking over.

I don’t care if we get beat, but i FUCKING HATE when we get games stolen from us by poor officiating. This has to be the worst i’ve seen in a long time. Flat out awful. I’m going to be in a shitty mood until our next game…fuckign bullshit.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:06 pm

Bye bye top 25 =-(

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 3:07 pm

The worst part about this loss is that it is followed by a game against WVU who will surely want some Backyard Brawl revenge. Can’t afford a losing streak.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 3:08 pm

Poor fundamentals. Plain and simple. Pitt has traditionally always choked at the free throw line and today was no exception. Pitt beat Pitt. We can’t shot free throws and we throw up foolish threes. Dixon better get this taken care of in practice because we could be one and done in the Big East Tourney and the Big Dance.

Comment by AJ 02.02.08 @ 3:09 pm

I do wonder why FT shooing hasn’t been addressed in any way in the last 9 years under Howland/Dixon. It has cost Pitt more games than any other single factor.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 3:10 pm

Maybe the ability to shoot FTs should be something they look for in recruiting…

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 3:11 pm

officiating did not cost us this game… get a grip

Comment by Jamie H 02.02.08 @ 3:11 pm

I did not get to watch the game so I can’t comment on the refs. Looking at the tracker, Benjamin and Ramon did not have a good game and that could be a main reason why we did not win.

Comment by Panthoor 02.02.08 @ 3:12 pm

We didn’t lose this game because of the officials. Pitt deserved to lose this game. They should have been up double digits at the half. Couldn’t make a shot to save their life. Couldn’t get a stop the last 5 minutes of the game against a very limited offensive team. Missing key FT. It was just a very frustrating loss.

Comment by spur 02.02.08 @ 3:14 pm

Ramon had 4 assists and only 1 to, and he was 1-2 from the field. He played just fine. But he was on the bench for the last 13 minutes of the first half, and he didn’t get any shots.

I am not sure if it was good perimeter D, or lack of working to get open, but they need to find a way to get Ramon more good looks at the basket.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 3:15 pm

I can’t blame the officials for this loss. Brown missed key threes and was only about fifty percent from the foul line. Young missed a couple free throws and was only four for fourteen from the floor at one point. Keith couldn’t hit the big shot today and Ramon didn’t see the ball much. Blair was our one bright spot today.

Comment by AJ 02.02.08 @ 3:17 pm

UConn really controlled the game, even when they were losing, by the fact that (especially in the first half) their shot blocking ability really caused some awful shots on the inside.

If Pitt had gotten an outside game going, they would have won big. With a non-existent outside game, you are forcing them to take tough shots against the best shot blocking team in the country.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 3:19 pm

They couldn’t make a shot, so they took it inside which is the correct adjustment to make. There is NOTHING you can do when you have the ball inside and your arms are getting destroyed while trying to shoot a layup or dunk. Go back to the video, you’ll see what i’m talking about.

We held them to 50 some points. Our defense was fine. There isn’t much you can do when their entire offense ended up being 1 on 1s cause we had shut down their team O. Our outside shooting was terrible, and the officiating was terrible, but we stayed in it. We play with any other officials (except maybe Burr) at any other place and we win. If we face them in the tourney we’ll take them if we don’t get screwed again.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:20 pm

I thought we gave a good effort today. Tough loss, but much easier to swallow than dropping games to the likes of Rutgers, Cincinnati and getting our doors blown off by a now struggling Dayton team. Consistency is a huge issue with this Pitt squad. I guess that’s to be expected when over half the rotation consists of freshman (Blair, Brown, Wannamaker and McGhee). Hopefully this experience helps us down the road. But darn if it isn’t painful to watch.
Go Pitt!

Comment by Dave in Orlando 02.02.08 @ 3:21 pm

I think too many people are enamored with the mystique of Uconn’s “shot blocking” – they got some good clean ones in the first half, and we adjusted, and in the second half we were getting our arms raked on “blocks” – it was awful. If there was an easy way to get the tape to Youtube, i’d upload it all to see…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:22 pm

The rutgers loss – you get mad at the kids for quitting. We don’t pull it out at Cinci, and Dayton was a massacre with 2 guys going down. None of those games were officiated poorly – we lost them. This one makes me fucking gag. I see us making the correct adjustments and we still get fucked. Nothing more we could do. I just don’t know how guys like Higgins and Burr still have jobs. Its unreal.

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:26 pm

Stuart: Do you ever not bitch and moan about the refs? Every game 75%of your posts are whining about the refs. There are bad fouls called the other way too. While I do believe UConn had the better side of the officiating today. It is not why we lost. There is no crying in basketball.

Comment by spur 02.02.08 @ 3:27 pm

I don’t disagree with you, Stuart, that many of the blocks were rapes more than blocks. It seemed as though UConn was allowed to be much more physical than Pitt was. This was true against Villanova as well.

There is no excuse for bad officiating. Officials aren’t there to alter the game, but to ensure that it is a good clean game. That is becoming harder and harder to come by these days.

If Pitt could hit perimeter shots, though, they still would have won big. But it is unacceptable that the team should have to compensate to overcome officiating.

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 3:28 pm

Spur: go back and find the last game 75%, or even 25% of my posts were bitching about officials. Come back and post the link. Don’t just run your mouth if you can’t prove it. This was a poorly officiated game:

No offensive goaltending. Young getting massacred on TWO dunk attempts, no calls. Blair getting destroyed on shot attempts. An over the back by UConn where they knock it out – not only is there no call, they give UCONN THE BALL. Nice tackle/leg sweep on a rebound late in game, UConn gets ball and dunks… Mystery foul call on Brown on a Uconn jumper, when Ramon gets fouled on the 3, no call (meanwhile on the previous play we’re getting hacked on layup attepts down low)…. The “block” on young (actually a dive). The offensive foul on Biggs when you can see the defender is CLEARLY sliding his right leg over to get in front after Biggs has left the floor…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:40 pm

Prowler: that’s what i’m saying. You can’t hit crap? Make the adjustment, take it inside. But if the other team is allowed to rape you on every shot down low, then there is NO ADJUSTMENT you can make to win that game. The other losses our team got beat, oh well. This was just awful. I can walk away feeling good about our teams effort cause even when the shots weren’t falling we played well enough to win the game. That’s all i can ask of them. But i’m still going to be shitty every time i think of this game for a couple weeks…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:44 pm

The upside is that, for some reason, Pitt plays really well in the Big East tournament, where the officiating should be better since it is on a neutral floor. I agree that played anywhere else, this is a Pitt win. I also agree that I liked the effort and the way Pitt hung in the whole game. There was never a feeling to me that they were quitting or giving up on the game. It is awful when you have to leave feeling like it wasn’t the players on the floor who ultimately determined the outcome. More positive comes from this game than any of the other losses because, aside from crappy outside shooting, Pitt played a decent game (especially on defense).

Comment by The Prowler 02.02.08 @ 3:54 pm

“It is awful when you have to leave feeling like it wasn’t the players on the floor who ultimately determined the outcome.”

Prowler, we’re on the same page.

I’ll be sick about this one for a while, but even without Fields we played with great effort.

Think about this: they call that offensive goaltending, its a one point game at the end and we’re not jacking up 3s, have a chance to win at the end. Nothing we can do about it now…i just like that we’re showing more effort, and even though it was ugly, i think we’re still improving. Can’t wait for Fields to come back…

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 3:59 pm

This game was a real paradox. A+ defensive effort in diving for loose balls, rebounding, etc. D- result on the offensive end. I have to give credit to UConn disrupting us down low, but we sure missed some open looks from outside.

I don’t want to get misconstrued as some Oliver Stone kind of conspiracy nut, but I gotta say off the top of my head that every game I’ve seen the rotund gray-haired ref ever officiate over has been an officiating roller coaster. (Note: I realize I’m citing to no empirical evidence except my own biased memory.) Not to put words into Stuart’s mouth, but I feel like some of these refs are too easily worked over by a home crowd or give too much deference to a Calhoun or Boeheim. Mind you, when Jamie starts getting that level of deference, I won’t be complaining.

Comment by johnny 02.02.08 @ 4:00 pm

The only comment I had was that Benjamin has obviously not had his shot since his hand got gashed – another injury that’s not getting any press. Maybe a good reason to put him at the point. But CBS hacked him for shooting badly.

Pitt outplayed UCONN but couldn’t get the shots to fall – we’re just not a good shooting team without Fields able to penetrate and then get kickouts.

Comment by Kevin 02.02.08 @ 4:12 pm

I love Pitt, but it was a pathetic offensive effort today. We are too inconsistent. Blair and Young are the only two players who show up every game. Ramon…only on 50% of the time. Benjamin, McGhee and Brown are not consistent either. I don’t feel either team played well, but scoreboard surely proves who played better

Comment by Jen Frisco 02.02.08 @ 4:48 pm

Jen – I’m lost. Please help me understand. I got Young 7-21, 0-5 from 3 – is that good now? And was Young’s 4-17, 1-5 against Rutgers “showing up” too? Is it better to take bad shots or miss shots just for the sake of having more shot atttempts than it is to shoot a high percentage?

Comment by Stuart 02.02.08 @ 5:48 pm

Stuart, you’re right, you’re damn right. It’s admirable or politically correct or something for highnoses to just want to trash our own players for a loss. And sure, they missed shots. Y’know what, UConn missed shots too, and threw a ton of balls away. They didn’t play better than Pitt. This was mother-f**king Tranghese’s retarded goons.

They’ve always hated us in the Howland/Dixon era, I guess for daring to challenge the hallowed original schools. But it seems even more pronounced this year … could it be revenge for Pitt beating WVU in the Brawl? Cost the conference some coin and notoriety not to have a team in the NC game. Tranghese is an a**hole and NOrdenberg is an idiot for keeping us prisoners of this crap conference.

Comment by geeman2001 02.02.08 @ 7:57 pm

Obviously, everybody has a right to an opinion about the officiating. I can’t comment myself as I was forced to follow the game via CBS’s on-line game tracker. However, unless there is an official inquiry by Pitt or the Big East into the calls that were made/not made, I think we should drop it. Pitt did more than enough on its own to lose this game today.
Our weaknesses with the losses of Fields and Cook are certainly being exposed as we get into the meat of the Big East schedule. We’re either good enough to overcome them or not. Right now I think the jury is still out.
We’re currently in seventh place in the Big East and only 1.5 games ahead of the 12th-place team (Providence). We’ve lost some games to “weaker” opponents and the schedule gets more difficult from here on out. I’m more concerned with what lies ahead than with what has happened in the past.

Comment by Dave in Orlando 02.02.08 @ 8:58 pm

I count only one really really bad call today – the offensive goaltending. Otherwise, the refs were damnably inconsistent, mainly with the aggressive stuff in the paint. And one other time, I guess, when Adrien hooked someone with his elbow and didn’t get called, but threw the ball away. Bad calls went both ways – remember, UCONN had a guy foul out.

We lost only because we shot like crap, and because we forced 12 turnovers in the first half which made up for shooting like crap, but only 2 in the second. I thought Brown was the best player today but he even did poorly towards the end, and we were STILL tied with less than 3 minutes to go.

If Fields had never got hurt we might be undefeated in the conference.

Comment by Kevin 02.02.08 @ 9:14 pm

Let’s face it, this team is not great athletically. This is not a Final Four team even with Fields. But when they give their all, like they did today, we should be proud of them. Enjoy every victory.

Comment by steve 02.02.08 @ 9:44 pm

They should have had 4 guys foul out. Hey, your attitude is the better way. It certainly doesn’t help to gripe about it. As Dave mentioned, our own administration doesn’t give a flunk. As someone mentioned, when you go out there undermanned to begin with, leave your blood on the court, playing a team whose star players should be in jail or are airlifted in from Africa for the games, a coach who just oozes a**hole from every pore…to have the refs ream you too is hard to take. It’s remarkably similar to the Brawl, except we won that one.

Comment by geeman2001 02.02.08 @ 11:07 pm

I watched the game, I can’t put this one on the officials. When you shoot as bad as we did, you don’t deserve to win a game in the Big East (2 of 16 from 3!) Our shooting is bad. There were a lot of wide open shots missed. I’m not sure how much fields being back would change that. Ironically, we need to keep shooting the 3 and hope the percentages start to fall our way again. We need 3’s to win the Big East. I would like to see Ramon, Brown and Benjamin take most of those three’s, with Young, Blair and Biggs working on their inside games (way too many put backs missed). Maybe Troutman can come in and do some training with these guys!

Comment by HbgFrank 02.02.08 @ 11:21 pm

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