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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





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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