Well, that genuinely sucked.
I’m going to keep this brief.
Poor, poor shooting tonight. The number of misses of open looks and easy basketsÂ — ugh.
The first half was frustrating, but at least Pitt was playing good defense and keeping it within reach. Then it fell apart in the second half.
The more Pitt missed, the more frustrated they became. That frustration translated into dogging it on the defensive end.Â Marquette was getting to every loose ball and Pitt was being outhustled there. The second half also saw Pitt getting out worked for rebounds. No matter which end of the court, when a ball was shot, there were 3 or more white jerseys coming to the basket. Pitt seemed to only have one player inside to fight.
Consider this scary thing. Benjamin had 6 rebounds while Young and Blair each had only 5.
Marquette was killing Pitt all game with the cuts to the basket. Bill Raferty noted that they had watched Pitt practice how to defend that in the walkthrough today. He pretty much nailed it when he said the preparation was there, but the execution was not.
Fields is definitely a step slow right now.Â Good thing there’s 6 days before the next game.
This was the lowest offensive output for Pitt this season
The way Marquette was playing, Pitt wasn’t going to win this game. The blowout aspect, though, came from struggling to hit any shot and letting Marquette continually get out front on transition.
There were small things that were good, but the overwhelming craptitude of the overall performance makes it moot.