November 23, 2012

Open Thread: Consolation NIT Game

Filed under: Basketball,Open Thread — Chas @ 1:26 pm

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. It’s been hectic, but no major family dysfunction that spilled into the open. No resulting fights or ongoing passive-aggressive behavior that makes everyone miserable.

No real chance to get to a recap. And now there is the early afternoon game on ESPN at 2:30 or so.

Hopefully no lingering hangover from the close, but no cigar loss on Wednesday. The Blue Hens beat Virginia to get to MSG. They gave K-State plenty to fear.

davison going to win?

Comment by xfmrman 11.23.12 @ 2:32 pm

espn2 and that awful Doris Burke

Comment by xfmrman 11.23.12 @ 2:34 pm

Taking care of business early. 35 more minutes of this would be nice.

Comment by JW 11.23.12 @ 2:42 pm

adams looks more comfortable

Comment by xfmrman 11.23.12 @ 2:45 pm

One bad foul by Adams and Dixon gave him the hook…I guess he didn’t listen.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 3:00 pm

Adams needs to go to the “Dujuan Blair School of Rebounding”…
Adams is getting pushed around…

Comment by Joe D 11.23.12 @ 3:05 pm

We’re playing Delaware and we’re still hearing more about Michigan than Pitt….

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 3:10 pm

Looks like the Delaware strategy is to shoot 3s the remainder if the game.

Comment by Lou 11.23.12 @ 3:11 pm

Glad I had a few Southern Tier Pumkins before this one. Kickin’ ass. Tho Sadler from Deleware is a serious baller.

Comment by SilverPanther in NYC 11.23.12 @ 3:14 pm

Silver, 3:15pm, 22 oz. bottle, 8.6% al, when did you start?

Comment by xfmrman 11.23.12 @ 3:19 pm

1:30pm on draft at bar on 33nd St.

Comment by SilverPanther in NYC 11.23.12 @ 3:21 pm

last pumpking I opened, had half one nite, other half following nite. A beer to savor not pound.

Comment by xfmrman 11.23.12 @ 3:21 pm

Ah, I see. sugar and cin on rim?

Comment by xfmrman 11.23.12 @ 3:22 pm

I miss WVU.

Comment by Chris 11.23.12 @ 3:28 pm

Speaking of, has anyone tried “Christmas Ale” from the Great Lakes Brewing Co? They’re supposed to be popular in the Cleveland area. A little cinnamon-y, nutmeg, and a few other flavors. 7.5% alcohol…pretty tasty.

Comment by Lou 11.23.12 @ 3:29 pm

How about the hoopies losing again…..this time to Davidson.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 3:29 pm

Nice “D”! Taking care of business

Comment by DC33 11.23.12 @ 3:45 pm

Lou, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is my fav. Never tried Great Lakes.

Comment by xfmrman 11.23.12 @ 3:45 pm

I wsh Doris would Shut-up.

Comment by xfmrman 11.23.12 @ 3:48 pm

refs suck

Comment by xfmrman 11.23.12 @ 3:51 pm

I like Woodall backing up Robinson at PG instead of starting at the 2.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 3:59 pm

Don’t look but Zanna is the MVP

Comment by steve1 11.23.12 @ 4:03 pm

Note – Espn back to having one bass voiced women commenting (never shutting up) every game. Pitt looks terrific vs over matched Delaware. Like that Jamie is all over them for no Offensive boards. This Pitt team attacks the basket and penetrates better than any I can remember.

A total rout…HTP…

Comment by Dan 72 11.23.12 @ 4:16 pm

For those of you who “enjoyed” the Pitt – Michigan, Kentucky – MS, Indiana – G’Town games. It’s not just the pros folks…CBS paid 11 billion over 14 years for the NCAA Tournament….not to see sleeper teams in the Final Four.

link to

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 4:20 pm

And Mr. Adams shows signs of life!

Comment by HbgFrank 11.23.12 @ 4:25 pm

Kept them under 60….I’m happy.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 4:27 pm

Total Domination. Game was never closer than 17 or 19 since the 15 minute mark of the First Half.

Could have been a letdown game after the last game.
Coach did a great job getting them ready for this game, from the minute they stepped on the court.


Adams could be used in a transition game, as he can really run the floor.
With the full court press, 2 PG’s playing at once, and Adams being 1000% better in the transition game, perhaps we should play uptempo.

You also have the bench to play this way this year.

Oh and it was nice for ESPN to let us know right before signing off that we had not ONE PLAYER with a Double, Double. BUT TWO, Zanna & Patterson.

With their incessant babbling about EVERY OTHER CONF and team in the Top 10, especially big 10 teams, it was darn nice that they could squeeze a comment in every 5 minutes or so about PITT.

And you would have thought Delaware was the perennial powerhouse program from a power conf, with all the babbling about them and their players, rather than us. Can u imagine had UNC or Duke or Syracuse of Uconn been blowing out Delaware the whole game, the incessant rambling and drooling the ESPN game announcers would have heaped on those teams and Delaware would have been an afterthought.

Well f*ck em. PITT (not Pittsburgh) smoked em.

Veritas et Virtue
Hail to PITT

P.S. the hoopies lost to tiny Davidson, so that made it an even more enjoyable afternoon. hope thuggy bear enjoys his trips to lubbuck & ames.

Comment by Emel 11.23.12 @ 4:43 pm

5 players in double figures. More blocks than turnovers. Well played. Very pleasant way to spend a Friday afternoon.

Now let’s beat Rutgers.


Comment by Pitt Dad 11.23.12 @ 4:52 pm

Given Jackagain

Comment by Emel 11.23.12 @ 4:52 pm

Now u know why we always lose big games.

Bigtime boosters of certain schools also lay down huge bets.

Comment by Emel 11.23.12 @ 4:53 pm

Adams would be better in street ball transition
if you will.
the system will hold him back dixon has a system
but players like KB and Adams need transition
or street ball to shine.
dixon does not know what to do with really good players/
he was raised in system ball the thing you use when you dont have top talent and he knows nothing else.
he will allways hold really good players back
we will win but would it be nice to have a running

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 4:56 pm

Agreed that a running team would be good, especially with our depth and Adams, but disagree with the assessment that Jamie always holds good players back. I mean, for instance, how did Dejuan Blair do?

Comment by panther94 11.23.12 @ 5:05 pm

Doris is okay. Knows the game. And they had to babble today, with a 20 point halftime lead. I mean how many times can they say “great play by Pitt?” And much better duo than Wednesday.

Comment by Velvil 11.23.12 @ 5:09 pm

Doris Burke talks a lot however Dan Dakish
who did the Michigan was terrible. Had
turn off the sound during the game

Comment by JR 11.23.12 @ 5:09 pm

i dont know how to explain what i am saying
but if same players were on say L ville the really good ones they would be stars sooner you
would be hearing things like did you see that dunk boy he flys up and down the court may be blair pick up system quicker.
it is just someting i have fult for years cant explain
like he does not want that one super star that is better then the team

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 5:40 pm

Good win today. Fireside Chat by 21amendment is a good seasonal. And also, I hate not playing wvu today, although enjoy rooting for Paul Rhodes today.

Comment by Bones 11.23.12 @ 5:52 pm

Emil…did you see the one about ND & Pitt?

link to

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 6:05 pm

I just got the latest issue of Sports Illustrated with the Notre Dame on the cover. In the article they talk about “The Phantom Interference Call” and the inexplicible missed field goal compounded by the missed call for 2 players on the field wearing the same number that would have given Pitt another kick. That would have been 3 of 4 wins in South Bend.

Comment by Justinian 11.23.12 @ 6:24 pm


Nba coaches say kids from Pitt really understand the game. Dixon isn’t holding anyone back. He is teaching them how to play. Do you think they just run up and down the court in the pros?

Comment by Omar 11.23.12 @ 6:30 pm

panther94 i know how to explain kentucky or
L Ville build there team around the super star
they make the team fit in with him.
if pitt gets a super star they make the super star fit in with the team which is just the
oppsite .
that is why i say dixon does not know what to do with really great players.
that is why they win it all and we cant get to a final 4
that is why kb left and most great player dont come here.
can you see some one saying to larry bird you must fit in with the team hell no the team must fit in with larry bird.
that is what dixon cant do he is a system coach
he is good at it we will win but never the whole thing not with out a super star and we will
never get one and if we do he wont know how to use him.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 6:32 pm

I wonder if Notre Dame is going to offer an honary doctorate the ref, who made the phantom interference call.

Comment by Justinian 11.23.12 @ 6:33 pm

Louisville hasnt put out a decent pro in years. Pitino gets his guys to work insanely hard on defense. Generates a ton of tos. That is why you see a few dunks. They aren’t running and gunning. Louisville has 2 more possessions a game over Pitt. I’m all for a debate, but bring some facts next time.

Comment by Omar 11.23.12 @ 6:34 pm

Frank you are way off. Dixon is one of the best offensive coaches in the country. Just stop it. You are way out of your league here.

Comment by Omar 11.23.12 @ 6:35 pm

I wonder if Notre Dame is going to offer an honorary Doctorate to the ref who made the phantom interference call.

Comment by Justinian 11.23.12 @ 6:36 pm

Larry Bird once told a Celtics teammate, do you want to win? Give me the ball and get out of the way.

I could just see how that would fly with Dixon…he’d have Bird playing with his back to basket and coming out to the circle with ball screens.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 6:38 pm

FrankCan, can you give us an example of one of the “really good” Pitt players you are thinking of that might have developed sooner/more somewhere else? I think we may have completely different definitions of what a really good player looks like.

Aside from DeJuan Blair, I cannot think of one single “decent” player that Jamie Dixon did not make noticeably better.

Now one could argue that Dixon’s style does not necessarily attract elite talent and I could see that.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 11.23.12 @ 6:38 pm

I love the way Pitt plays basketball. I cringe now, when I see teams fire up the ball imediately. Pitt makes people defend them and they play excellent halfcourt basketball.

Comment by Justinian 11.23.12 @ 6:39 pm

I want some of you guys to watch an NBA game. The bigs always come out and set high ball screens. It’s called a pick and roll.

Pitt runs plays for specific players all the time. We would free up Gibbs and young for jumpers all over the floor. We ran Isos in the post for gray and Chevy for years. We ran the offense off the wing for Wanamaker for two years. Just stop it. You guys are not watching closely.

Comment by Omar 11.23.12 @ 6:47 pm

i never said we dont play good basketball
i only said dixon would not know what to do with a super star bye holding him back i have tryrd to explain what i ment and what ihave said that explains it best is the outher coachs make the team fit the super star and if dixon had one he would make him the super star fit the team and you are right he has not had many and tha is the reason why.

dixon is a good coach never said he wasnt just said he wouldt not know what to do with really good players becuse he is a system coach and as far as pitt players in the nba if are players are so good and so well prepared how come we have so few in the NBA what do we have 6 and none of them starters.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 6:58 pm

Please! More Omar and less of the 1977 sugar bowl dumpling gang. This must be the only basketball blog in the world where people are asking for a 7-foot freshman from New Zealand to be allowed to play “street ball” and comparing him to Larry Bird. Are hallucinogenic drugs packaged with lipitor these days or what?

Comment by SilverPanther in NYC 11.23.12 @ 7:00 pm

A few years back I think it was 2007, I watched Greek National team, then the defending European Champs, dismantle the US team made up of NBA players,LeBron, Iverson & company. The Greek team wasn’t shooting 3s. They killed us with pick and rolls and basic fundamental basketball. The US team ended up with the bronze medal.

Comment by Justinian 11.23.12 @ 7:02 pm

Justinian, what’s your point? Are you saying Dixon was coaching that team?

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 11.23.12 @ 7:09 pm


Pitt had two all-Americans in Blair and young. That was the same season. Please stop saying he is a system coach. It is a dumb and uninformed comment. Obviously the game of basketball is not as familiar to you as football. Dixon adapts to his talent every year. He is one of th best offensive coaches in the country. This is indisputable. He struggles with some in game coaching and on the defensive end. Offense and player development are an A+ with Dixon. Stop with the nonsensical critique.

Comment by Omar 11.23.12 @ 7:14 pm

I’m saying that I like the way Jamie Dixon coaches. I like a lot of things he does. I like to see good defensive play and I like, good execution in the halfcourt game. It’s no secret that he does more with less. Connecticut year in and year our has more blue chippers, yet Pitt has done well against them. The NBA has the best players in the world but if don’t play a deciplined game there is good chance they won’t win.

Comment by Justinian 11.23.12 @ 7:19 pm

Jackagain makes my point for me read what he posted abought larry bird and now that i think of it i dont think we have 6 pitt players in the NBA what do we have on teams 3 and none starters.
so how good or ready are our players really not europe but the NBA maybe3 players.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 7:21 pm

Dixon will always run the same 1-4 offense against “man’ D. The same weave against 2-3 and 1-3-1..they have dismantled Syracuse with that weave and when they set picks correctly the 1-4 cannot be stopped. That said, I have seen a myriad of new inbounds plays and twists off of both offenses in the last year, so change is happening. This current team gives Dixon tools he has never had. It will be exciting to see what he does with them. Again I say, the sky is the limit for this team@@@ HTP

Comment by Dan 72 11.23.12 @ 7:31 pm

i never said the kid adams was larry bird i said dixon would not know what to do with a great player.
if you want to win it all you build your team around a super star you make the team fit him all i am saying is dixon cant do that he would try to make the super ster fit the team.

look at the orange when they won it all they had a super star same with u conn both number 1 draft chouces same with ucla the years they won michagin st with johnson and if you look at the champs over the years they all had super stars
and if dixon got one he would not fit in what dixon does that is why they dont come here.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 7:33 pm

@silverpanther @omar well said.

Comment by Velvil 11.23.12 @ 7:46 pm

frankcan — I’ll reserve judgment on how Dixon handles great talent until he has great talent. I don’t consider three second round picks great talent.

Sam Young was an excellent college player and Dixon gave him all the freedom in the world. When a player earns his trust, Dixon overlooks a lot.

Stop it with the Jamie Dixon hating. He’s the only thing separating Pitt basketball from Pitt football.

Comment by Denny 11.23.12 @ 7:59 pm

i say agein facts are facts 3 pitt players in the NBA none starters not mutch to hang your hat on.
9 out of 10 collrge champs have had nba first round drafted players on there team .
most great college teams are built around a super star.
all i am saying and have said is dixon would not use a super star right if he had one and untill he gets one and builds a team around him i will still think i am right can dixon win 20 plus games a year yes he can can he win it all i say no not the way he does it.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 8:01 pm

What happens after losing a game to a top five team you had on the ropes? If it’s Pitt football you lay an egg in CN.
If it is Pitt hoops you follow with your best game of the season.
Go ahead and bitch about what Dixon would do with Bird, West, Shaq, Magic and Jordan.
I’ll take a game won in the first 5 minutes without any let up.
I like this team.

Comment by SFPitt 11.23.12 @ 8:02 pm

Omar….the ball screens Dixon runs with this center that I was talking about are on defense, not offense….LOL.

And SilverPanther…we’re not talking about Adams, we’re talking about true one-and-done elite talent….if Dixon ever gets one that is.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 8:04 pm

i dont hate dixon what makes you think that all i ever said was he would not know what to do with a great player that does not mean i hate him it does not mean i dont like him it just means i think he is a system coach that is not a really bad thing as long as you know that you wont win it all i am haPPY WITH 24 WINS A YEAR AND GETING INTO THE NCAA, but if you dont build yur team around a super star you wont win the whole ball of wax that does not mean i dont like him i do like him.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 8:09 pm

Hey, Bob Knight was a systems coach — how’d that work out for him?

Comment by Denny 11.23.12 @ 8:12 pm

I have a real problem with the term “systems coach” anyway. What does that mean exactly? Are you saying that Dixon teaches solid man to man defense and motion offense? How does that make him different than Coach K?

Comment by Denny 11.23.12 @ 8:23 pm

Denny…you mean at Texas Tech when he didn’t have the players? 138-82…but not much to write home about.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 8:32 pm

bobbie knight had super stars benson a first round draft pick baley spelled it wrong but you know who i mean all his champion ship teams had first round draft picks on them.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 8:47 pm

denny i dont mean the plays he runs not really
what i mean bye system is he does not like a player to free lance he wants a player to fit to the team he wants players to do things a certain way
hard to explain his system to me is that it is team first and that is good but you win when you have one great player and the team is built to support that great player.

dixon is just the opposite the team is built as a team and if he had a great player he would make him fit the team.

but if you look at thoes that have won it all they are built just the oppsite when iverson played the team was built around him when larry bird played the team was built around him when bobbie knight won that team was built around kent benson teams were built around alnzo moring
dixon is different thing are built around all players runing a system not on one players talent
that is what i mean. it is done that way when you dont have top talent to depend on.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 9:01 pm

Pitt players do exactly what Dixon says according his tight script or you’re ridin’ the pine…no exceptions.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 9:04 pm

Frankcan, last I checked Iverson nor Bird won a college championship. Sam Young did plenty of free lancing. And there are a lot of first round draft picks in the NBA who didn’t win a championship. Dixon is a great coach.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 11.23.12 @ 9:16 pm

Bird played for Indiana St. and was alone on that team and took them on his back to the final. He lost to a loaded team (Michigan) with Magic Johnson.

Last I checked Dixon never made a Final Four. He lost to teams like Marquette (Wade) and Kent St. (Antonio Gates) because they had a great player.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 9:34 pm

marcus schaumburg i never said he was a bad coach
if you point out someting abought some one something tat you think he cant do that does not mean you hate him or he is bad go back and look at what i said read it all did i say any were that he was a bad coach.

all i said is he would not know how to use a player with great talent and i stand bye that.

look up a college bb champoin and you will find 19 out of 20 had a NBA first round pick on there team.
that is the point to win it all you need a super star.

i used larry brid becuse i really like him and he did get to the champoinship game

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 9:35 pm

You are naive. Dixon could go just about anywhere. He doesn’t need us…we need him. We could revert to the Paul Evans era. Do you even know who he is?

Comment by panther94 11.23.12 @ 9:57 pm

Just saw the stats…
1. No player over 30min… Check!!
2. Woodall took less than 10 shots… Check!!
3. 10 man rotation… Check!!

Recipe for WINS!!!

– 5 players scored double figures.
– Reserves played from lowest 10 to highest 19 minutes.

Comment by Joe D 11.23.12 @ 10:12 pm

Watch a Pitt game from the opening tip. Dixon makes adjustments to the offense in every game from the first half to the second. The play appears to be the same but it isnt. These changes usually result in 2 or 3 layups in the first five minutes of the game. Dixon is one of the best offensive coaches in the country. A blue chip talent should come to Pitt because they will learn how to play in an NBA offense. Pitt uses the pick and roll with ball movement and dribble penetration as well as anyone in the country.

Comment by Omar 11.23.12 @ 10:14 pm

Sorry Jackagain, Bird was not alone against Michigan STATE, teammate Carl Nicks averaged about 20ppg, and was a 1st round pick in the NBA. Fact remains Dixon is a great coach.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 11.23.12 @ 10:14 pm

I’m 63 and have been following Pitt since the late 60’s…I’m not arguing that Dixon is a bum…we were just talking about systems. Evans could recruit but he had no control over his teams. Howland ended that discipline problem when he came here.

There’s a reason why Dixon can’t recruit elite talent. I like the guy, but Sweet Sixteens and an occasional conference championship are his limit.

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 10:15 pm

of course we need dixon no one on here said we didnt all that was said was he wold not know how to use a super star. that does not mean he is a bad coach he will get his 20 plus wins every year.
but untill he gives up his system and builds a team around a super star he will never win the champon ship but he is a good coach and i for one am glad we have him.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 10:18 pm

This is absurd. Dixon’s recruiting has improved immensely. Conference championships and sweet 16s are a hell of a ceiling. Keep doing that and you are eventually going to win it all. This is a childish debate amongst “fans” that are glib about the game.

Comment by Omar 11.23.12 @ 10:29 pm

marcus it is ok to have morethen one first round nba pick on a team the point is you need at least one if you want to win it all.
and i never said dixon was a bad coach i will take 20 some wins every year i just saying untill you build your team around 1 or 2 great players
you wont win the whole thing youwill win what jackagein said and that is ok bye me.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 10:29 pm

I’ll have to disagree with you Jackagain, Paul Evans could not recruit. He inherited a very talented team from Chipman, and was smart enough to hire Calipari – who did the lion’s share of recruiting. Evan’s controlled his teams – to the point they resented him – as well as his coaching. Howland replaced Willard, who was certainly not a disciplinarian. Dean Smith didn’t win a championship until he was a head coach for over 20 years – despite undeniably great talent – was he limited those first 20 years? Dixon is a great coach, albeit still young and learning.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 11.23.12 @ 10:32 pm

omar you are right dixons recruting is better
and sweet 16 is good enough for me but he will never win it all till he builds his team different
to win it all you have to build your team like the orange men or kentucky you build it around one or two super stars and every thing is done to support them the team is built to fit them.

you dont try to fit them into the team as larry bird said you want to win get out of my way and give me the dam ball.

that is a bit over the top but kind of true the team supports the star or stars that is why thoes teams win the whole thing becuse talent will win out or cream rises to the top.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 10:40 pm

Interesting discussion re Coach Dixon. Wow, we are blessed to have such a leader represent our university!!
I do believe that Dixon recruits a certain type of player…a team player and avoids the “me” guy (birch being the exception). I would take a team full of James Robinson types. No chest pounding, just looking to do his part and make the team better. Dixon has not won it all yet but this group of young men could make it happen. I believe they could be something special but it takes leadership, consistent play, a go-to scorer and some luck!
Great game today!

Comment by Jason 11.23.12 @ 10:50 pm

Frankcan, a friend tells me the ACC has requested some time on the Texas dance card. How would you feel about Texas and Texas Tech? Says the decision for Texas is whether it wants to join the Big 10 power grab, or counter it. If this is true, then there must be alot of other big name schools with the same worries.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 11.23.12 @ 11:05 pm

marcus schaumburg sir no one is leaveing the big 12 to go any were they signed over there second ter tv rights to the big 12 all teams in the big 12 did so it is the safest conference out there so texas is not goin any were.
but if you ment we might go there i would say no becuse we are not paying even half of the 50 million to get out of the acc.

so i think your frend is wrong.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 11:20 pm

Todd Graham’s offense is kicking ass by the way. Funny what a actual quarterback can do for a team. LOL!

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.23.12 @ 11:22 pm

Omar, you are correct, a ridiculous conversation.

We were one Reynolds run the court away from being in the Final Four. That had absolutely nothing to do with coaching or recruiting.

A great play by a Villanova guard.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda, ya??? However, in this conversation they count.

Can’t recruit elite talent??? Wasn’t Adams the number 2 or 3 player in the country last year?? How much more elite do you want.

We’re not Calipari or Kentucky. Dixon is still trying to sell an education to these kids. He’s not gonna do that.

Everyone is snickering behind their backs, including other coaches at Calipari. “come here and play as freshmen and move on to the NBA”.

Believe me, some would, but most people don’t want a NC like that, because everyone calls it a mockery.

Wasn’t James Robinson the #10 or so guard??

DeJuan Blair, wasn’t he a top guy?? Birch???

Ya, he left, he didn’t fit in, or his “handlers” steered him away, but he was recruited here.

If you’re looking for Kentucky, you ought to stop talking about it, ain’t happening here.

Comment by Dan 11.23.12 @ 11:24 pm

Jim Boeheim didn’t win a NC till his 23yr or so. Same with a lot of other coaches.

Fact is, most coaches DON’T win a NC!!

Comment by Dan 11.23.12 @ 11:26 pm

Oh, I forgot, Adams is a bust allready!! LMAO!!!

Comment by Dan 11.23.12 @ 11:26 pm

By the way, Michigan beat the crap out of Kansas State, by 14 or so, wasn’t even that close.

Comment by Dan 11.23.12 @ 11:29 pm

@FRANKCAN, one thing you should have learned over the past couple years watching all this conference realignment thing…………….

contracts and signatures mean nothing!!! LOL

Comment by Dan 11.23.12 @ 11:32 pm

this is some things i might know maybe i have read every thing i could abought acc and maryland
for the last 3 days,
1 the acc is looking at 2 schools that are not in the big east one might be penn state dont know that but there are hints

2 the acc is in no rush they have meetings DEC 1
and dec 3

3 they might take 2 schools not just one go to 15 and wait on ND

4 if they take just one and if it is from big east it might be L VILLE NOT U CONN to keep FS in line.
5 dont know any of this as fact but there have been smoke but i will say this there is less out there to find this time last time it wasevery were
6 if big 12 expands it will only take one school they dont want to go to 12 schools but might go to 11 looking at Lville if any one at all.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 11:33 pm


Jamie can’t call a ball-screen on defense. You mean a hedge on the pick and roll. Almost every nba team hedges. How else do you want to defend the high ball screen?

Comment by Omar 11.23.12 @ 11:34 pm

Comment by Jackagain 11.23.12 @ 11:38 pm

good nite all bed time

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.23.12 @ 11:54 pm

Perhaps some people missed the Delaware coach call Pitt’s offense yesterday “the most incredible display” he’s ever seen.

The biggest thing holding Dixon’s teams back the past few years has been its defense. The teams could score against anyone, any system (with the exception of last year). The team just hasn’t been athletic enough to defend the way they needed to against high quality players and teams. I see that changing a good bit this year with the influx of Robinson, Adams, and more PT for guys like Durand J and JJ Moore. Still a work in progress, but definitely on the upswing defensively. In the end, that — and not the offensive system — will get them where we want them to go.

Comment by JW 11.24.12 @ 7:57 am

Systems don’t win championships?


On some days I learn more here than I do on others.

Comment by Brendan 11.24.12 @ 7:57 am


It’s funny you pick his Texas Tech years to use as evidence, but okay, I’m game. He took powerhouse Texas Tech to the tournament four out of six years.

Yeah, what a bum.

You can’t build a team around a college player – it’s impossible. You can teach your best players to run the motion offense. The best players get the most shots in Jamie’s offense and it’s not dictated by position. Brandin Knight pg; Sam Young PF/SF; Aaron Gray C; Chevy Troutman PF, etc.

This is a ridiculous discussion. Year after year, Pitt is in the top ten for offensive efficiency. Where do you think that efficiency comes from?

Comment by Denny 11.24.12 @ 8:03 am

“‘Congratulations to Pitt, that was one of the more astounding offensive performances we’ve seen against us,’ said seventh-year Blue Hen head coach Monté Ross. ‘One of our keys was to make then beat us with outside jump shots, and we didn’t do a good job of that in the first half…'” Pitt 85, Delaware 59

I guess if Dixon had a “superstar” on his team Monté would’ve had to come up with a more superlative superlative. “Stupendous”, maybe?

Comment by Brendan 11.24.12 @ 8:24 am

Ha Ha LOL, ya, for a moment, I’d thought I’d stumbled on the football blog!!!!

Comment by Dan 11.24.12 @ 10:51 am

what pitt needs is a shooter or two, who are also ball security specialist. we have the makings of a good, and sometimes very good ball club. however, travon woodall is a human turnover machine in big games and he has the ball alot in those games which is a recipe for defeat. I know some of you will point out his assist to turnover rate and how good it is , check it and watch how it get worse as the competiton gets tougher. The whole pitt team aside from james robinson is very poor in ball consciousness. Pitt players continue bad habits under dixon that they did not do under howland, they get stripped after rebounds, too much, they passed the ball very unsoundly with careless one handed weak passes, and they give up drives to the basket like there opponent has cooties. toughen up pitt , or it will be another disappointment to a team you should beat in the tourney.

Comment by greg 11.24.12 @ 8:33 pm

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