That game got away from Pitt in the second half. One missed basket at at time. The 17 turnovers were painful and led to 23 points. More than anything else, though, missing shot after shot was the water torture death of this game.
Pitt was down only 1 at the half. Very much a tight game, despite the turnovers. Despite Gibbs and Woodall shooting only 5-15 (12 points). The rest of the team was scoring really efficiently when given the opportunity — 5-7 for 13 points.
Unfortunately the second half had the entire team getting in on the brick-laying. Gibbs and Woodall led by managing to top their first half by going 2-12 (0-9 in the game on 3s). The rest of the team, 5-12.
As we have seen all season with this team — regardless of whether Woodall is playing or not — if the offense goes, the defense quickly follows.
Not really sure there is much to say at this point. There is an overwhelming sense of frustration with this team. They aren’t by any stretch a great team, but they shouldn’t be this bad.
I hate seeing the careers of Gibbs and Robinson end like this. Gibbs struggling and appearing petulant. Robinson out there battling as always, but hobbling more and trying to do far more than he should. I want to remember the sweet stroke of Gibbs. Automatic from anywhere when coming off a screen. Nailing that halfcourt three to steal the victory from Providence at the buzzer.
Seeing Nas shred the Syracuse zone, game after game. Leading Pitt back against Louisville and just being the biggest player inside despite being the shortest.
There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about next year and beyond. Plenty of reasons to simply chalk this up as one of those lost seasons that happen to the best, worst and mediocre programs.
It changes very little about having to get through this season.