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January 8, 2013

Odds are that will be the next time Pitt plays there. The ACC Basketball Tournament sometime in the next 5-10 years.

Outside of a meeting in the Big East Tourney, this is the final meeting for Pitt-Georgetown for a while. There won’t be violence like in the 80s.

James Robinson is excited to go home.

Last year, Pitt stunned Georgetown in the midst of a mini-surge that seemed like Pitt might save the season. This time, both teams are looking for their first Big East win. Pitt’s situation is probably a bit more dire with two losses to start. At the same time, Georgetown probably doesn’t think it can afford to lose a second straight game. Especially at home.

It’s hard to feel optimistic about the game right now. It just seems there is a lot wrong with this team that is not simply fixed by playing better in just one aspect. Not trying to be depressing about it. Just hard to be overly optimistic after the past two games.

The game is on ESPNU at 9pm or later depending on when the Clemson-Duke game ends





If we play anything like we did inthe first half against Rutgers we will be wishing the Clemson-Duke game ran over.Hope we find a way to win.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.08.13 @ 8:00 pm

well if i have to cry in my beer tonight i’m rockin a good one. westmalle tripel.

Comment by scott 01.08.13 @ 8:46 pm

me, Teacher’s Highland Cream

Comment by steve1 01.08.13 @ 8:58 pm

Lagunitas Pale Ale over here

Comment by Pitt2Cali 01.08.13 @ 9:00 pm

I don’t have a good feeling about tonight boys. This game might not get out of the 40s for either team.

Comment by ECH 01.08.13 @ 9:03 pm

me neither, unless we radically change offensively. Need to attack the basket

Comment by steve1 01.08.13 @ 9:04 pm

Voodoo brewing Big Black Voodoo daddy here. Great little brewery up in Meadville, Pa

Comment by Pendlum 01.08.13 @ 9:04 pm

Pitt usually plays G’town well….we’ll see….

Comment by Jackagain 01.08.13 @ 9:07 pm

Anyone else remember last year where Zanna was great in the non con, sucked through the big east, and then did ok in the cbi? Hoping that isn’t the case this year

Comment by Pendlum 01.08.13 @ 9:08 pm

this is painful to watch. like big 10 football in november

Comment by scott 01.08.13 @ 9:10 pm

I love the Chesapeake & Potomac Pitt Club making some noise at the Verizon Center.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.08.13 @ 9:13 pm

Adams’ wrist taped?

Comment by Pendlum 01.08.13 @ 9:13 pm

Lots of Pitt fans in the house.

Comment by alcofan 01.08.13 @ 9:13 pm

Not so much perimeter nonsense. So far so good

Comment by steve1 01.08.13 @ 9:14 pm

Adams looks good on the glass tonight…

Comment by Jackagain 01.08.13 @ 9:19 pm

woodall = tino

Comment by scott 01.08.13 @ 9:21 pm

Looks like Karl Hess polished his whistle tonight.

Comment by ECH 01.08.13 @ 9:21 pm

Not sure if I was expecting this start tonight, but I’ll take it!

Comment by Mailman 01.08.13 @ 9:23 pm

Lets forget about Ti.. tonight. Please.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.08.13 @ 9:25 pm

Over under on number of players to foul out is set at 3

Comment by BCPITT 01.08.13 @ 9:25 pm

We will always have a decent chance against Princeton offense…So far so good halfway through first half.

Comment by SilverPanther in NYC 01.08.13 @ 9:25 pm

It’s funny how a couple of shots falling makes the team almost appear workman-like as opposed to lost.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.08.13 @ 9:31 pm

Holy crap even tho I set the number I’m taking the over

Comment by BCPITT 01.08.13 @ 9:31 pm

Where the f is Adams?

Comment by steve1 01.08.13 @ 9:33 pm

Why is Adams on the bench? He has no fouls..

Comment by Jackagain 01.08.13 @ 9:34 pm

There you go Steve.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.08.13 @ 9:34 pm

Was Pitt not ready for a press? Ugh….

Comment by Pendlum 01.08.13 @ 9:34 pm

Just me or do we always suck against full ct pressure?

Comment by BCPITT 01.08.13 @ 9:35 pm

They got to stop overplaying on D G-town can’t hit the broad side of a barn make them shoot from outside

Comment by Steve h 01.08.13 @ 9:35 pm

Pitt is going to struggle against press with Robinson out. Woodall and Zeigler need to push it and get some easy hoops.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 9:36 pm

We always suck, try to dribble than pass..

Comment by alcofan 01.08.13 @ 9:36 pm

3-3 from 3, can’t last.

Comment by alcofan 01.08.13 @ 9:37 pm

How Woodall can be so bad defensively after being in this program for five years is stunning. He has been beat off the dribble no less than five times so far tonight.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 9:42 pm

Made the switch to ommegang Hennepin. Figured I would hedge my beer bet

Comment by Pendlum 01.08.13 @ 9:45 pm

Attack Attack

Comment by steve1 01.08.13 @ 9:46 pm

Dixon has really changed his approach so much. He switches to the 2-3 in the middle of the halves these days, even with leads…On offense, they should run more high posts with Zanna. That’s a nice look.

Comment by SilverPanther in NYC 01.08.13 @ 9:48 pm

much more intensity tonight

Comment by gc 01.08.13 @ 9:48 pm

More zanna is a good thing. Never did like teams with dogs as mascots. And a hoya isn’t even a dog for that matter. Hope Pitt comes out strong in the second half and continues to…well, do whatever they’re doing tonight that’s working. Need more zanna.

Comment by TX Panther 01.08.13 @ 9:56 pm

Omfg not a minute after commentator says healthy Woodall is great he gets hurt!!!!

Comment by BCPITT 01.08.13 @ 9:56 pm

15 point lead vs. gtown is like 22 vs anyone else.

Comment by scott 01.08.13 @ 9:57 pm

I saw fouls at both ends

Comment by gc 01.08.13 @ 9:58 pm

Should be a flagrant call. Clear cheap shot to Woodall’s throat. That’s old school Geaorgetown hoops.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 9:58 pm

Woodall gets popped in the throat and wright has his arm raked and officials decide that’s the time to swallow the whistle??!

Comment by BCPITT 01.08.13 @ 9:59 pm

Dirty play on Woodall. Typical
Georgetown play and style. It was flagrant.

Comment by JR 01.08.13 @ 9:59 pm

I’ve seen that called a flagrant in a lot of games this season.

Comment by Mailman 01.08.13 @ 9:59 pm

Intentional foul to Woodall. Pitt playing with better movement and emotion tonight.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.08.13 @ 10:00 pm

Refs suck. With Pitt Gtown rivalry U can’t let call on Woodall go. Flagrant foul should have been called.

Comment by frankarms 01.08.13 @ 10:00 pm

Guinness Black Lager.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 10:00 pm

Unfortunately a 15 point lead doesn’t seem so safe right now? Is it too much to ask for a good 2nd half as well?

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 01.08.13 @ 10:00 pm

A word to the optimistic. G’town has played miserably all year in the first half and come back to win almost every game but the last. Pitt better be ready.

That being said, a good first half where at times they punished the G’town press.

Comment by Dan 72 01.08.13 @ 10:03 pm

I like that we’re running our offensive sets better…great defense or terrible offense by gtown?!..gotta beat that press and hold on for this W…h2p

Comment by Keith 01.08.13 @ 10:03 pm

Different Panther team has showed up. 57% FG and not allowing any G-Town offensive rebounds. They have Zero.

That looked like a bow to the throat, that guy was all over Zanna as well. G-Town is still a dirty team

Comment by Emel 01.08.13 @ 10:04 pm

Still can’t stand the site of John Thompson.
Use to always sit behind the G-town bench at Fitzgerald or Civic Arena and tell him to sit his fat ass down. lol

Comment by Emel 01.08.13 @ 10:05 pm

The trend is being set. This Pitt can play well against a poor rebounding team.

But who’s complaining at this point?

Comment by PittofDreams 01.08.13 @ 10:06 pm

Pitt needs to play like they are DOWN 15. Every time Pitt gets careful, they get tentative and they SUCK when they’re tentative.

Georgetown is going to crank up the ball pressure. Make them pay by tracking he hoop after beating the press.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 10:07 pm

Does JJ need more minutes??…i think so?

Comment by Keith 01.08.13 @ 10:08 pm

Sorry. Attacking the hoop. Damn iPad.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 10:09 pm

Yes he does. At the three.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 10:10 pm

play physical, play hard

Comment by gc 01.08.13 @ 10:10 pm

Can’t take Zanna out.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 10:11 pm

Great block from Adams

Comment by alcofan 01.08.13 @ 10:11 pm

Interesting, my favorite player Robinson on the bench

Comment by steve1 01.08.13 @ 10:12 pm

hope Woodall is ok

Comment by gc 01.08.13 @ 10:12 pm

Adams looks focused tonight….

Comment by Jackagain 01.08.13 @ 10:13 pm

Refs are keeping G-Town in this. they only have 6 baskets…..but got 12 Freebies from the FT line.

and made 9

Comment by Emel 01.08.13 @ 10:13 pm

Pitt 3-5 from the line. G-Town 9-12, no offensive bounds for G-Town, 5 for Pitt

Comment by alcofan 01.08.13 @ 10:14 pm

Thought it was interesting Pitt’s surge came with Patterson mostly on bench. Wonder if his leash will start getting shorter too.

Comment by JW 01.08.13 @ 10:17 pm

Karl Hess looks winded. Not from running the court, but from constantly blowing his whistle.

Comment by ECH 01.08.13 @ 10:18 pm

THAT was pitt basketball!

Comment by scott 01.08.13 @ 10:22 pm

Like what I see. JJ needs more mins. Cracking a head hunter for this last 15.

Comment by Carmen 01.08.13 @ 10:26 pm

Jamie needs to reconsider playing Robinson and Patterson together. Both good facilitators, good passers, smart glue guys BUT the are very slow and not attackers. One of those guys is helpful, two Ivan be an issue.

Start wright instead of Patterson. Bring Patterson in with Zeigler.

I also would consider Moore at the three.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 10:27 pm

How can you boo that??? Dude just body slammed adams

Comment by BCPITT 01.08.13 @ 10:28 pm

i want to see an alley oop to jj!

Comment by scott 01.08.13 @ 10:33 pm

I want to see Adams make hook shot…

Comment by Jackagain 01.08.13 @ 10:34 pm

Georgetown has no shooters

Comment by gc 01.08.13 @ 10:36 pm

Is that Othella Harrington on the gtown bench?

Othella Big Fella – the legendary Bill Raftery.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 10:42 pm

Finally attack pressure

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 10:42 pm

How good was that pass by Adams?

Comment by Boubacar Aw 01.08.13 @ 10:43 pm

LOVING IT

Comment by steve1 01.08.13 @ 10:43 pm

That’s how you respond to a run post-timeout.

Comment by JW 01.08.13 @ 10:44 pm

JAMIE!!!! Your team can run!!!!!!!!!!! Lol.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.08.13 @ 10:44 pm

Loved how the announcers were talking about g-town getting the lead down to 13…then Pitt promptly takes it up to 21. Love the alley-oop to Adams!

Comment by Lou 01.08.13 @ 10:46 pm

Pitt players need to learn that they don’t have to foul on drives with Adams guarding the bucket. Just let him block the shot.

Comment by Jackagain 01.08.13 @ 10:47 pm

Really not digging the Steven Adams mustache but loving his presence and D

Comment by BCPITT 01.08.13 @ 10:47 pm

The Pitt Panthers are looking a little better this evening.

Comment by Justinian 01.08.13 @ 10:48 pm

Hope everyone is enjoying this extended shot of Steve Pedersen.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.08.13 @ 10:48 pm

Guys, I’m going to out on a limb here and predict a Pitt win.

Comment by Justinian 01.08.13 @ 10:53 pm

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by steve1 01.08.13 @ 10:56 pm

Just when you think all is lost, they look like world beaters.

Comment by gc 01.08.13 @ 10:59 pm

Ok, maybe I will keep those hotel reservations in NYC for March.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.08.13 @ 11:02 pm

Anyone paying attention in the stands, who is the guy to SSS’s left?? That would be to his right on the tube. First right, is a woman, then a guy, looks very familiar????

Too his left, has to be one of Hillgrove’s kids!

Comment by Dan 01.08.13 @ 11:02 pm

Didn’t see this coming. But it’s amazing what a little bit of early confidence can do for a team.

Great, resounding win!

Comment by ECH 01.08.13 @ 11:03 pm

Let’s Go Pitt!

Comment by steve1 01.08.13 @ 11:04 pm

HTP!!! I fear every game I will now have to wear my bright yellow socks, blue shorts, and script yellow/blue shirt. It’s not weird if it works, right?

Comment by Pendlum 01.08.13 @ 11:07 pm

10 men deep tonight, still haven’t won a close one, but we’ll take a laugher

Comment by gc 01.08.13 @ 11:08 pm

Nice win against a top 20 team.

H2P

Comment by MariettaMike 01.08.13 @ 11:09 pm

OMG, we needed this so badly after this past weekend! HTP!

Comment by panther94 01.08.13 @ 11:11 pm

MM, nice ROAD win against a Top 20 team!

Comment by Lou 01.08.13 @ 11:14 pm

Pitt finally put 2 halfs together.

Comment by Jackagain 01.08.13 @ 11:15 pm

We are off the schneid. Good win. Now let’s beat Marquette. H2P!

Comment by Scott 78 01.08.13 @ 11:15 pm

This one somewhat confirmed my thoughts on the last two games. Pitt was still playing defense, and they were still getting open looks against good defenses. They just weren’t knocking those shots down. They played a good first half against Cincy and a good second half against Rutgers. This wasn’t like last year’s start to Big East play. they just let some things get away from them for short stretches and weren’t making their shots. In this one they started falling again, and it was an easy win. This was almost exactly the game I thought UC at home would be.

Comment by pittbaster 01.08.13 @ 11:22 pm

Marquette beat Georgetown 49-48 on Saturday. Can’t wait to see if we can put two good games together.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.08.13 @ 11:23 pm

Great frickin win for us & Coach Dixon.

Who would have thought a 28 point win on the road against an old nemesis.

And they started attacking that press in the 2nd half and ended up with many easy transition baskets.
Missed a few too.

Attack, attack, attack, let’s play aggressive like the 2nd half. It worked and it’s a lot more fun to watch. This team is built to run.

Run damn it ! lol

HTP !
VEV !
GRP !

Comment by Emel 01.08.13 @ 11:27 pm

Let’s see who doesn’t show up to post tonight. For we get flooded with God knows what when we lose.

Somebody should keep an up to date troll list. :-)

Comment by Emel 01.08.13 @ 11:29 pm

The guy 2 to the right of Stevie P is Jimmy Barber. He is a doctor in Pittsburgh, a Pitt grad and attends every game he can, home and away. He gives many thousands to Pitt and reads this board often. He is a good friend and we have sat through many bball and football games together. He is no fan of Stevie Pederson but they are cordial. White hair and glasses.

Exceptional game by Pitt. Never behind. It’s a new season and I am so happy for Jamie and the team…..and us. Passionate fans who only ask for a little in return.

Comment by Dan 72 01.08.13 @ 11:33 pm

I hear you Emel. I’m so happy we got this win. Hopefully we can put 2 together. What did you guys think about the small starting lineup?

Comment by panther94 01.08.13 @ 11:35 pm

agree with most of posts, I will distill my beliefs about the keys to Pitt success today and going forward:

1) Attack/run when you can. Great finishers at the big man spots and iffy halfcourt O
2) Defend
3) Most important–play hard and get those 50-50 balls like we did today!

Comment by Joe 01.08.13 @ 11:36 pm

right Dan72

Definitely needed after Saturday….and then some.

And did you all hear “Let’s go Pitt” echoing thru the Verizon Center so loud, the announcers couldn’t ignore it.

And we sent the snobs of G-Town home a crying.

Boo-hoo….boo-hoo.

P.S. Jerome Lane must be loving this after reading the PG article about our historic battles with the Hoyas. I was at all those games when the fists flew and the game was called with still time on the clock at the Civic Arena.

Comment by Emel 01.08.13 @ 11:40 pm

I don’t have DVR…does anyone know where we can get game replays?

Comment by panther94 01.08.13 @ 11:54 pm

I’ve been down on my Panthers lately, and my own personal jury is still out on this squad, but tonight was a much needed and very impressive victory over a highly ranked conference foe. Still skeptical, but happy to see progress. Hopefully it can carry over to Marquette.

Comment by MikePITT 01.09.13 @ 12:18 am

You can replay games that are aired on ESPN3.com (which this one was). Don’t know if you have that service, though.

Comment by Mailman 01.09.13 @ 12:23 am

@ Pendulum Hahahaah.

Comment by Gordo 01.09.13 @ 12:56 am

Word is bond…sayinit plain and straight…

Comment by Gordo 01.09.13 @ 1:24 am

I guess Pitt got tired of losing. They need to build on this game or all for not. They need to remember this formula for success. Love beating those thugs and showing their arrogant fans what ACC basketball looks like.

Comment by TX Panther 01.09.13 @ 6:40 am

Wow!! That win was colossal!! All ten of our WARRIORS played well. Even Ziegler played like he has POTENTIAL. Of course, the Hoyas were INEPT, but we really needed this BLOWOUT!! Can it continue!! Oakland Zoo–it is up to you. SOUND OFF!!. Rev. George in Columbus

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 01.09.13 @ 7:14 am

I said this after Rutgers, and I will continue to say this, after wins and after losses, Jamie Dixon is a GREAT COACH. Rather than overreact and make knee-jerk decisions, he simply returned to the hallmark principles of Pitt basketball over the past decade– suffocating defense, dominating the defensive glass, and allowing the offense to work from the inside out.

These ideas are not new, they are fundamentally sound. As a result, the team played with greater confidence. Isn’t it amazing to see how a poor shooting team shoots the ball so much better when they shoot with confidence. In the second half, when they really separated themselves from Georgetown, it didn’t look like they thought they could miss. And they rarely did.

What will determine whether this team is a legitimate threat in the conference will be if they can do these three things consistently. In Pitt’s best seasons, they did these things game-in-game-out. You always knew what to expect. With this team, time will tell.

This film from this game should be place in a time capsule. Last night’s game is what Pitt basketball looks like. Keep the faith because Jamie Dixon is the right man to lead them.

Thanks for indulging, once again. H2P

Comment by PantherChris 01.09.13 @ 7:15 am

I have faith in dixon. Dislike his stubborness at times. I don’t believe one can label him great until he reaches that final four. He is a very good coach. But great is a word to be used lightly.

Comment by TX Panther 01.09.13 @ 7:35 am

Here’s how a Washington Post reporter described this Pitt team:

“a tough-nosed squad of scrappers who came off the bench in waves”

link to washingtonpost.com

Comment by Howard 01.09.13 @ 7:38 am

TX Panther,

Greatness is a subjective term, I know, and so is very good. Not all the coaches who have made the Final Four are “great,” either. With a little luck, he would have been there in 2008. Bad luck is not a disqualifier.

Aren’t all successful people stubborn? Isn’t that part of what makes them successful?

Comment by PantherChris 01.09.13 @ 7:40 am

“A tough-nosed squad of scrappers who came off the bench in waves”? Nice. Replace “scrappers” with “thugs” and you get Georgetown of the late 80s!

I was afraid early on when Pitt came out with more fire defensively only to see the refs call it very tight. I didn’t like that the Rutgers guards ate us up and Robinson/Woodall combined for 1 foul, and it looks like we adjusted and had more defensive aggression. Jamie made some good adjustments last night to how the refs were calling it and then…

I was OK in the refs not calling the flagrant on the shot to Woodall’s throat at halftime, but Wright’s arm was grabbed and he was stopped from making it to the basket. Missing that call was inexcusable, especially for the way the whole rest of the game was called.

Kudos for the team for improving and making the right adjustments. (But the rebounding still worries me)

Comment by KeyboardKev 01.09.13 @ 7:50 am

I find that successful people adapt to the situation at hand. Sometimes I think that stubborness holds jamie back. For jamie to become great or elite or whatever you want to call it, he has to do better in the tourney. For starters, reach that first final 4. The hall of fame coaches in basketball have all generally won championships. That’s what I want for jamie and pitt. That goal should be the objective and standard. Once you quantify how to achieve greatness, you can start holding people accountable. I want Pitt to reach that next level and I believe jamie is the coach to do it but the fans are growing restless. I’m patient enough to give him another 5 years. But what good are 20 win seasons and conference championships if it doesn’t lead to final fours?

Comment by TX Panther 01.09.13 @ 8:05 am

@Dan72, thanks! Not who I thought he may be, but thanks out to you!!!

Comment by Dan 01.09.13 @ 8:07 am

Tino, Tino, Tino…

Oh sorry.

Comment by Pitt it IS 01.09.13 @ 8:34 am

Was at the game last night and PITT Fans were awesome!!!! We need to attack the basket once we break the press. D. Johnson needs more min. I like the 2-3 we played last night. I hope we build on this win.

Comment by Gangsta 01.09.13 @ 8:46 am

Justin Moody committed to Pitt. I didn’t see anyone else post it. If someone already did my bad. link to triblive.com

Comment by notrocketscience 01.09.13 @ 8:48 am

I really like jamie as a coach. Just don’t want him to become a casualty if he doesn’t reach that next level. Pitt fires its football coaches for 9 win seasons without championships. Basketball coaches should be held to the same standard sort of. That standard in basketball should be final fours. In football its bcs games. I’m very content if those standards are reached once every 4 or 5 years.

Comment by TX Panther 01.09.13 @ 9:16 am

Loved the beatdown we put on the the Hoyas.Nice to finally let Zanna and Adams get the a ball a bit.Adams is starting to come along,he is way too unselfish. I was impressed with Johnson’s shooting and Zeigler looks like his foul shooting has continued to improve.We still saw too much of the fire one up to beat the clock offense but handled the press much better.Marquette will be a very important test on Saturday and hopefully the confidence gained in DC will pay some dividends.That wasn’t Kennesaw St. we thumped into submission last night and it gives one back some of the hope generated in the noncon.HTP

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.09.13 @ 9:31 am

Loved that first win. But to put that game into perspective,earlier this yr. G-Town needed OT to beat the “Stage Magacians”

Comment by alcofan 01.09.13 @ 9:34 am

Day 26 and no DC.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.09.13 @ 9:34 am

Peterson looked bored at the game. I missed it if he cheered once.

Great game. Intensity and togetherness help on this 4 day trip.

Comment by Frank MD 01.09.13 @ 9:42 am

ya’ll are missing the big picture here — if Sean Miller were coaching this game, we’d have won by 50. FIRE JAMIE RIGHT NOW!

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 01.09.13 @ 9:54 am

Another day and no coaches from Notre Dame’s feared defense have been named Pitt Defensive Coordinator.

It’s a Good Day!

Comment by PittofDreams 01.09.13 @ 10:12 am

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