January 30, 2012

Maybe. Maybe not. Who knows for sure what will happen with the Big 12/Big East/West Virginia court cases. But this could very well be the final basketball game down at the concrete toadstool for Pitt for a couple years.

Now, I know I just wrote that Volvo post on how much I love doing the liveblogs, and here I go doing an open thread for this game. Timing is everything, and unfortunately I have the poor timing with some work that keeps me late.

Not sure how Nasir Robinson — or anyone on Pitt — is going to shut down Kevin Jones. He’s developed into an outstanding player on the ‘eers. Hoopies have lost a couple in a row including getting hosed by the refs on a goaltending call in the final ten seconds at Syracuse that would have given it a good chance at going to OT.

There should be no talk of Pitt making the NCAA Tournament at this point. As great as those last two wins — and particularly G-town — have been, Pitt is still without a Big East road win, and still just 2-7 in the Big East.  The final 9 games of the season have five on the road and four at home. This game always matters because of the opponent. But it has extra importance, simply because every game is huge the rest of the way.

Big Monday game on ESPN at 7pm. Beat the Hoopies.


I would find it hard to believe that we wouldn’t at least play preseason BB games with them once we both move.

Comment by wbb 01.30.12 @ 3:57 pm

We’ve got no one that matches up well with Jones, at least not on paper. Moore’s the only one with the right combination of size and mobility, but even I (a big defender of Moore compared to others here) am aware that while improving Moore’s defense isn’t such that you put him on the other teams best guy. Taylor’s to immobile and, unless you play him and Zanna together, one of them has to guard Kilici. So Nas is our best option on this guy for most of the game.

That said I don’t think we’re gonna live and die by how we play this guy. Think the game is gonna be won or lost by guard play. A scary prospect 2 or 3 weeks ago. But much ess so now that (i) the back court is finding a rhythm on both ends (if still weak on D) and (ii) they’re a just as if not even younger team than Pitt and (iii) they’re not particularly good at holding on to the ball.

If we can get momentum early, withstand the inevitable early push they’ll have from playing at home and being furious about their last game, we’ve got a chance. Jones will get his. Kilici will get his (cuz our C’s defense is weak against wiley Turks). But we’ve got a chance.

Would love to walk out of that place with a win and not look back.

Comment by PantherP 01.30.12 @ 4:28 pm

Boy, letting the DePaul and Marquette games get away at the end really makes a big difference now. Getting hot when you’re 4 and 5 would certainly make things easier. The Panthers just need to continue playing well and let the chips fall where they may. They played well on the road at Marquette and at Syracuse, so with Travon Woodall back in the lineup, there’s no reason to believe they won’t play well in Morgantown. After all, anything can happen in a Pitt-West Virginia game.

Comment by Justinian 01.30.12 @ 4:47 pm

Liveblog above. Just trying to make it show in thread

Comment by Luke 01.30.12 @ 5:40 pm

Got a bit of confidence back as a fan… just like the team did. Has there ever been a non-gritty basketball backyard brawl?

Comment by pittbaster 01.30.12 @ 7:44 pm

A huge win for Pitt’s confidence. HTP!

Comment by MariettaMike 01.30.12 @ 9:17 pm

Starting to believe! Showing the improvement that makes a team peak at the right time…Just hope it’s not too little too late…

The only downside, once again Coach Dixon has got a marginally talented group of players to start to perform as a much better team. But if they exit early from NCAA, BE or NIT many will say he “choked” again. I would prefer to say he got his team to overachieve in the regular season. Of course, there’s a lot more ball to be played and we’re not even assured a winning record yet.

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 01.30.12 @ 9:28 pm

Bowling Green come off the marginally tlaented s**t. There is nothing untalented about this team other than that they don’t have a talented post player and lacked a real point guard for 5-6 weeks due to Woodall’s injury.

Point and post are the two most important positions in hoops. The rest of the team could be players taented enough to be NBA all stars and you wouldn’t have much success without a point and would only have average success without a post.

Comment by pitt 1972 01.30.12 @ 10:35 pm

Who would have bet on the odds of winning these last 3 games at the end of our 7 game loosing slide??? Woodall has changed the entire complexion of the Panthers. With him back in there it seems that everyone is back into their natural playing positions. I’m liking the fight that I am seeing with this squad.

Is it possible that with a solid run in the last 8 games and a strong showing in the BE tourney that we may just claw ourselves back into tournment consideration.

I guess stranger things have happened but I never thought I’d be raising that question about the NCAA’s Tournament this season!! Hail to Pitt.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.31.12 @ 7:34 am

Off topic, I just read that Chryst has hired Inoke Breckterfield, defensive line coach for UCLA for the same coaching position here at Pitt. I have no knowledge of this guy, any thoughts on the pic from others out there?

Is Inoke okey doaky for this coaching spot?

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.31.12 @ 1:57 pm

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