November 25, 2013

Open Thread: Texas Tech-Pitt

Filed under: Basketball,Open Thread — Chas @ 5:40 pm

7:30 game on ESPN2. The Red Raiders are coached by a coach who’s reputation at this point is stronger than any recent accomplishments. No, they did not rehire Bob Knight. It’s Tubby Smith. A coach with a national championship under his belt. A coach who was smart enough to flee Kentucky before they canned him, parlaying that into a huge deal with a desperate Minnesota.

After little of note, Tubby has moved on to Texas Tech. A place that had its own issues of desperation after the Billy Gillispie experiment became an even bigger trainwreck than expected.

Little is expected from the Red Raiders. They are off to a 4-1 start. They’ve handled their four patsy games and then got beaten up at Alabama.

Naturally Coach Jamie Dixon is focused on playing it up, by playing up the coach.

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said he has never faced a team coached by Smith, but he knows Smith’s reputation and expects Texas Tech to give the Panthers a stiff challenge.

“I anticipate them playing some zone, but we will prepare for everything,” Dixon said. “I never really played against one of Tubby Smith’s teams, but I’ve always heard to expect a lot of man-to-man defense, physical hard-nosed defense and unselfish play from his teams.

“And the times I have watched Texas Tech this year they have been a physical team with good size, good strength and some older guys. I think [he has put his stamp] on that program, the way they are playing hard-nosed defense and they seem to be sharing the ball and running his sets.”

And now that Pitt has made through the first four games with little problem, Coach Dixon gets to play up the opponents in the next two games by admitting this wasn’t the best possible competition faced.

Pitt will face Stanford or Houston in the final set of games Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“We’re probably going to play bigger teams, more physical teams, than we played the first four games,” Dixon said of Texas Tech, Stanford and Houston posting a combined 13-2 record this season. “Texas Tech (is) a physical team, a tough team. We’re going to have to execute (better) in the halfcourt than we did the first four games. We’re going to need to do better in the halfcourt and get the ball inside.”

First game away from the Pete. I expect a bit of struggling with the shooting. At least early.

This is Pitt’s first game away from home. The first game against a major conference team. The first game against a taller team. That being said we should still be up by at least a dozen by halftime. There is an early season projection on foxsports site that forecasts us losing to Texas Tech. Those that do have us advancing all pick us to play Stanford. Only half of those forecasters have us beating the Cardinal. I think we will handle both teams and win tonights game with ease.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.25.13 @ 6:07 pm

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is a HOT venue in Noo Yawk……possible future home of the ACC Tourney.

Comment by isnore 11.25.13 @ 6:45 pm

Pitt needs to stop relying on these tournaments to play quality teams out of conference. They thought they would get UVA last year, they wanted better competition in NY this year, they wanted a better B1G team than psu. It’s funny how they did better in the NCAA tourney when they went on the road vs the likes of Wiscy, Texas, Ok St, & Wash.

Comment by Nick 11.25.13 @ 6:57 pm

spirit–That projection is probably old. We are favored by low double digits in tonight’s game by the odds makers and the sports computers.

Comment by pitt1972 11.25.13 @ 7:00 pm

Don’t think this Syracuse/Minnesota game will be over in time for the 7:30 tip at the Barclays Center. I wonder if they’ll show the start of Pitt/TT on ESPN News.

Comment by Mailman 11.25.13 @ 7:15 pm

better get your computers ready for ESPN3 just in case

Comment by wbb 11.25.13 @ 7:18 pm

I don’t think the game will be aired on ESPN3. At least I can’t see it listed.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 11.25.13 @ 7:36 pm

Tip is at 7:40 and available on

Comment by Pendlum 11.25.13 @ 7:37 pm

Game isnt on espn 2. Ok st and usf is on.

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.25.13 @ 7:37 pm

Little Petino already has Minnesota competing. Down 4 to Cuse.

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.25.13 @ 7:42 pm

Zanna not looking pretty…

Comment by Pendlum 11.25.13 @ 7:46 pm

Pitt D looking solid. 4 turnovers in first 5 minutes

Comment by Pendlum 11.25.13 @ 7:52 pm

UK & OSU in close games against rent-a-wins.

Comment by Jackagain 11.25.13 @ 7:58 pm

Zanna needs to careful.

Comment by Frank MD 11.25.13 @ 8:00 pm

The baby goatee helping Patterson.

Comment by Panthoor 11.25.13 @ 8:01 pm

Pitt up 14-6 thanks to Lamar Patterson.

Comment by Pendlum 11.25.13 @ 8:01 pm

Does anybody buy tickets for this tournament?

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.25.13 @ 8:03 pm

The stands look like a Wednesday night Big East game in football

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.25.13 @ 8:04 pm

We’re looking beautiful right now.

Comment by Panthoor 11.25.13 @ 8:04 pm

Total domination

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.25.13 @ 8:07 pm

Good to see Patterson & Johnson hitting the 3′s…

Comment by Jackagain 11.25.13 @ 8:08 pm

I Tech that bad or are we that good?

Comment by Frank MD 11.25.13 @ 8:10 pm

Tech is probably thinking about getting some bagels at the 24-hour deli. I grew up in Queens and Brooklyn Bagels are not as good. Sorry, Tubby.

Comment by Panthoor 11.25.13 @ 8:11 pm

Wow..34 – 11 with 4 minutes to go in the 1st half. Liking this team tonight.

Comment by Pendlum 11.25.13 @ 8:18 pm

Pitt looks platinum

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.25.13 @ 8:19 pm

Mostly with Zanna on the bench.

Comment by gc 11.25.13 @ 8:19 pm

Dang. Panthers putting on quite the performance thus far.

Comment by Mailman 11.25.13 @ 8:20 pm

Raining 3′s tonight and TT has 11 turnovers. Hoping the shooting stays hot when ACC starts up.

Comment by Pendlum 11.25.13 @ 8:22 pm

41-18. Great half by our boys.

Comment by Panthoor 11.25.13 @ 8:30 pm

I was expecting that once we went away from the friendly confines, we would struggle with our outside shooting. I was wrong

Comment by wbb 11.25.13 @ 8:33 pm

Don’t forget to watch former Panther JJ Richardson in the second game tonight. First forward off the bench for the Houston Cougars.

Comment by Mailman 11.25.13 @ 8:33 pm

Man. Pitt could challenge for the ACC title if Mostella is eligible and ready to play in January. I realize it’s early, but this team can play.

Comment by PatMac 11.25.13 @ 8:33 pm

Don’t think Mostella will be here until next season, unfortunately.

Comment by Mailman 11.25.13 @ 8:36 pm

read that Mostella is playing at some prep school and scored 31 the other night. No word when he is coming

Comment by wbb 11.25.13 @ 8:36 pm

8 assists on 12 made buckets – nice

Comment by Pitt Dad 11.25.13 @ 8:39 pm

Judging your basketball team before Turkey Day is like judging your football team when they are still wearing helmets and shorts. BUT…I like the look of this team.

Comment by Iron Duke 11.25.13 @ 8:40 pm

here is the latest on Mostella

link to

Comment by wbb 11.25.13 @ 8:41 pm

Think we’ll let them back in the second half?

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Comment by wbb 11.25.13 @ 8:48 pm

Looks like Dixon is resting Zanna’s knees for the game tomorrow. Playing all 10 guys too…

Comment by Jackagain 11.25.13 @ 8:50 pm

Doris Bukes impressed

Comment by alcofan 11.25.13 @ 8:52 pm

Switched to Cleveland St-UK game until it’s over…

Comment by Panthoor 11.25.13 @ 9:01 pm

ESPN sucks.

Comment by Mailman 11.25.13 @ 9:01 pm

This is ridiculous

Comment by Justin 11.25.13 @ 9:04 pm

I hate Kentucky & ESPN.

Comment by Nick 11.25.13 @ 9:06 pm

same crap on espn3!

Comment by dinosaur 71 11.25.13 @ 9:07 pm

Hey ESPN….the UK game is over now…

Comment by Jackagain 11.25.13 @ 9:08 pm

We’re too good! But they’d never cut away from Duke.

Comment by Pitt Dad 11.25.13 @ 9:08 pm

so instead of going back to the game, we have to see Flo for the 6000th time

Comment by wbb 11.25.13 @ 9:13 pm

Packed house in Brooklyn…

Comment by Altoona Panther 11.25.13 @ 9:14 pm

Flo looks both ways before crossing Forbes Avenue.

Comment by Altoona Panther 11.25.13 @ 9:15 pm

Hey! Flo can save you hundreds on car insurance.

Comment by Panthoor 11.25.13 @ 9:15 pm

Penguins score! Neal!

Comment by Panthoor 11.25.13 @ 9:17 pm

Pens just tied Boston….2 goals by red hot Neal.

Comment by Jackagain 11.25.13 @ 9:21 pm

This team does not look like a Pitt team. It looks so different.

Comment by Frank MD 11.25.13 @ 9:26 pm

WOW! Did you see that Pens goal?! with 0.3.

Comment by Panthoor 11.25.13 @ 9:35 pm

Crosby just tied the game with less than a second to go after accidently knocking in the last Boston goal.

Comment by Jackagain 11.25.13 @ 9:37 pm

Worst case scenario we get a point now. Good stuff.

Comment by Panthoor 11.25.13 @ 9:38 pm

Wow did ever look like crap in OT though :-(

Comment by Jackagain 11.25.13 @ 9:41 pm

JD was flexing his coaching muscles with early zone, good matchups, and the fastest transition play I’ve seen in his tenure. I’m still a bit cautious about my optimism, but it’s great to see a big enough lead that we get deep bench play. And Patterson was playing glue-guy — almost Wanamaker-esque.

Comment by Four One Two 11.25.13 @ 9:56 pm

Only category Patterson didn’t lead Pitt in was rebounds.


Comment by Pitt Dad 11.25.13 @ 10:11 pm

Lot’s of things to like tonight, u pick your favorite. He will take a little polish but I think that we may have stolen a point guard gem right out from under NC State’s nose in Raleigh! Good luck in the championship game Tuesday night Panthers! H2P! UPone

Comment by UPone 11.25.13 @ 10:18 pm

12 players with minutes. Only 3 didn’t score.

Comment by Pitt Dad 11.25.13 @ 10:50 pm

Most athletic Pitt team I can think of in a long time. Maybe they won’t be the best but they are quick, explosive and can score! I like this team with their depth and the young guys like Newkirk, Young, Artis and Jones play with some flash and they should make any Pitt fan happy for years to come! Combo those young guys with Robinson who is only a sophomore and Wright who is still cutting his teeth and I do feel we will take down UNC or Duke and we have a shot at this thing! I love watching Pitt hoops every year and analyzing the new talent but I am giddy with these kids! Very scrappy and high motor is also impressive! The first half was one of the best halfs in recent memory! Can you believe if we still had Adams what we would do? Great win! Not the greatest test yet but to beat a Big 12 team by 20 is great! H2P!!

Comment by Sweet Caroline 11.25.13 @ 11:48 pm

I know there’s basically no mention of Khem Birch on this site (which is a good thing) but thought you guys would be interested to see his stat line in a loss to Arizona State last week:

11 points; 14 rebounds; 8 blocks; 3 assists

Comment by MikePITT 11.26.13 @ 12:23 am

Taking on Stanford tomorrow night.

Can’t wait to see this team again.


Comment by Pitt Dad 11.26.13 @ 12:29 am

Maybe a good thing Z, only played limited minutes.
We’ll see tomorrow.
Utter BS they swtiched OUT of the game for Kentucky. I like got the innkeeper to put on EsPN2 and no Pitt game. He was like sure you have the right channel.

Anyway this game was over at halftime, 41-18.
Utter rout. Not many points from the bigs yet we still rout them. Lamar had a nice line, career high in points, 23 and steals, 5 with 4 boards.

Be nice to have a good team AND a 20 ppg scorer this year.

Bring on the Tree !

H2P !
VeV !

Comment by EMel 11.26.13 @ 1:50 am

Tubby empty but Donald Hungry! Pitt Is It!!

Comment by Gordo 11.26.13 @ 4:29 am


One Pitino is enough for me.

Pitt pushing the ball up the court……much more aggressive offensively. Like the new Pitt

Patterson looks like he has lost weight…..nice all around player.

Durand is my favorite player. Cam better than JJ

All college teams playing to formulate rotation and prepare for
conference play

Texas Tech coaching changes worst than Pitt FB

Beat Miami!

Comment by JR 11.26.13 @ 7:10 am

It’s Christmas in a few weeks, time to trim the TREE tonite!

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.26.13 @ 7:35 am

Only concern is Zanna’s disappearing act. Hopefully doesn’t get in his head. Needs to have a good one vs. Stanford.

Who are these foul shooting Panther’s? Huge plus that Young appears to be solid at the line.

Has Patterson become the elite player we have hoped for? Looks very poised.

Solid guard play.

Newkirk looking better already.

Next game will tell us a lot.

Comment by gc 11.26.13 @ 7:48 am

Are Pitt’s hedges turning into traps? I think I’m seeing something new on defense this year.

Comment by Howard 11.26.13 @ 7:52 am

off topic but Kamira down to 3 …. UVa, Wisc and Pitt

Comment by wbb 11.26.13 @ 8:01 am

Also off topic, but three days before our final regular season football game and not a peep from Chas, Reed or Justin concernig those particulars. Understand that it’s Thanksgiving week but this is a pretty big game that is going to be a national telecast that has major implications for Aaron’s Donald’s post season awards, where our final bowl destination will be and will impact our future recruiting fortunes. I’d enjoy discussing some of these subjects before I have a mouth full of turkey and stuffing.

BTW, current Vegas line, Pitt +2 1/2. Now Vegas has been pretty much on target with Pitt predictions all season. Less than a FG sounds REALLY good to me. Does Blewitt become the hero in the last game of the regular season?

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.26.13 @ 8:29 am

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