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January 28, 2013

Well, it will be a year after this (barring a meeting in the Big East Tourney) before Pitt plays Louisville once more. Louisville will spend one more year in the Big East with Notre Dame.

The big news going into the game was supposed to be about both teams needing to prove something.

Pittsburgh has won four in a row, but the Panthers don’t have a ton of great wins — the two best are probably Georgetown and Connecticut. A road win over the Cardinals would be impressive. Speaking of Louisville, it has lost three in a row to tumble from the No. 1 ranking. Pace will be a factor in this one, as will the ability of Tray Woodall and James Robinson to take care of the ball. On the other side, the Pittsburgh guards need to stop dribble-penetration and hope the Cardinals aren’t hot from 3-point range.

As a general rule, I find most teams have to hope the other side doesn’t heat up from outside the arc.

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Burying DePaul and Preparing for Ville

Filed under: Basketball — Chas @ 11:16 am

First off, a big, big thanks to Curt and Voodoo Brewery for an excellent Sunday. That was a great time and plenty of Pitt guys showed up — especially from Grove City — to take a tour, sample some amazing barrel-aged beers and just have some good conversation — about beer and Pitt. I can’t say enough about the barrel samples that Curt provided. Those were some of the most complex, delicious beers I’ve had.

The HTP IPA was an excellent beer. Citrusy on the nose, that excellent hop bite, but still easy to drink. Glad I took home a couple growlers of that.

If you like good beer, you owe yourself a trip out to Meadville to tip a couple back at Voodoo. And ask to speak with Curt. As he freely admits, he is always there.

Okay, on to Saturday’s devastation.

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