No coherent theme to the stories in my tabs so it’s a good time for linking and letting them go.
If it helps in the Steven Adams’ future debate, Seth Davis from SI.com wants him to stay.
It’s nice to see Pittsburgh freshman center Steven Adams getting more comfortable, but I really think he would do himself a disservice if he went to the NBA. What’s the hurry, young fella? Get stronger, work on your game, come back to school, and go to the league when you’re ready to have an impact.
Coach Dixon attributes the drop in scoring in no small part to the zone and 3s.
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon made a great point Thursday about low scoring in college basketball. Dixon said that teams attempting more 3-pointers has led to more zone defenses and using up more of the shot clock. Of course, he added that teams are defending better and more fouls aren’t being called. There are a lot of theories out there about low scoring, but perhaps the most important might be the lack of some fundamental shooting.
It’s purely anecdotal and perhaps perception, but it does seem that a lot more teams are utilizing zone defenses this season. They aren’t necessarily sticking with it exclusively, but they are shifting to it for stretches. Trying to keep teams off-balance.
Heck, even Coach Dixon uses it for chunks of the game without gritting his teeth.
“I think now at this point we go into a game thinking we’re going to use the zone,” Dixon said. “I don’t think that has been the case in year’s past, but the game has changed and we’ve changed. We think it is a nice change of pace.”
On Saturday, the Panthers executed a 2-3 zone look to perfection, holding Cincinnati without a field goal in the final nine minutes of the game. That lead to a 62-52 victory on the road, Pitt’s seventh in eight games.
“We work on it everyday so of course it is going to get better,” said wing Trey Zeigler. “We’ve been working on it everyday, and we’re just getting used to it. At first we weren’t sure about rotations, but I think we’re starting to figure out how to play the 2-3 and be effective.”
Incoming Pitt freshman Josh Newkirk is going to need a DVD player in his locker.
The Superstition: Watching the Telfair Documentary
The Breakdown: “Before every game I have to watch (Phoenix Suns guard) Sebastian Telfair’s documentary “Through the Fire.” I just sit back and watch the whole thing and watch what he went through and think about what I need to do.”
The Why: “It just gets me fired up. He was such a beast in high school and it gets me ready to go out there and do what I have to do. It just does something to me mentally. I’m ready to go when I watch that.”
Hey, any story that ends with Rick Pitino not getting his way is a good one.
Jamie Dixon shouting at the team to practice hard with that complete self-awareness of having a mic and camera on him.
If you’ve watched any Pac-12 games on ESPN this year, you know that Bill Walton is doing color analysis. He remains highly entertaining to me, but the one area of discomfort is his absolute abhorrence of Ben Howland. Which reached an apex last week.
Not that I like the color guys that kiss coaches asses, but Walton just completely hates Howland and the style of play. At points openly saying if he was in charge at UCLA he would get a different coach. Most chalk it up to Walton still worshiping at the alter of Wooden, and all others at UCLA are pretenders to the throne.