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December 17, 2013

The wife and one of the kids have been sick for the past week. It’s been nicely staggered so that just as one started improving the next goes down. Spare time has been minimal.

Guess who said this?

“It’s an area we love to recruit. Playing in New York City is something we try to do every year. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue to do it on an annual basis one way or another.”

Nope. Not Jamie Dixon. That’s Cinci Coach Mick Cronin. With Rutgers off to the Big 10, and not even Seton Hall to kick around there is no NY area team in the American Conference. Cinci has four NY area kids on their squad, so there will be families from both sides.

That loss over the weekend to Xavier has Cronin questioning his players’ “toughness.” So, expect a chippy effort.

Have to remind myself this is now a non-con game. Thankfully the River City Rivalry Trophy is not involved. Apparently so do the players.

“I’m predicting that game will be a lot more physical [than any of Pitt's games to date],” point guard James Robinson said. “It is going to be up and down, they have good guards and wings and they always have a good presence inside, so we are going to have to focus on our defense first.

“But, like I said, they are going to be physical, I’m sure they are going to press us, but it is going to be a fun game.”

The game is unlikely to offer much, if any goodwill.

Robinson recalled that, as a freshman last season, he got schooled on how physical the Big East would be when Pitt opened its conference schedule against Cincinnati.

“That was the first conference game for us last year, and I could definitely feel the difference in how physical it was from the non-conference games to the conference games,” Robinson said. “I’m expecting them to bring a lot of energy, a lot of toughness, and they will be physical. They are going to attack the whole game, and we just need to be confident and know that we can be just as physical and just as aggressive.”

The focus will be on shutting down a guard (again).

The onus will be on Pitt’s backcourt to stop senior guard Sean Kilpatrick, who averages 19.3 points. The Panthers know it will be an emphasis, after allowing Youngstown State’s Kendrick Perry to go for 28 points Saturday and Penn State’s Tim Frazier to score 27 earlier this month.

“He is basically going to attack the whole game,” Robinson said of Kilpatrick. “He is going to try and score any way he can.

“He’s physical. He’s going to go for the entire game, whether it be to the bucket or shooting 3s.”

7pm on ESPN.





What’s Jamie’s record vs Mitch?

Comment by alcofan 12.17.13 @ 6:55 pm

Pitt not shooting, getting open or rebounding…

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 7:27 pm

terrible rebounding

Comment by usd121 12.17.13 @ 7:45 pm

Kilpatrick shooting 1-6, you know thats going to improve

Comment by alcofan 12.17.13 @ 7:45 pm

So far this is the reason you don’t play a paddy cake schedule

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 7:46 pm

UC 17 bounds Pitt 10

Comment by alcofan 12.17.13 @ 7:47 pm

Pitt 1-7 from 3

Comment by alcofan 12.17.13 @ 7:51 pm

IC forcing the style and the pace. So far not much Pitt can do about it

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 7:51 pm

Great pick by Wright then a turnover by Patterson

Comment by alcofan 12.17.13 @ 7:52 pm

Brutal half. Looks like last year offensively.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.17.13 @ 8:04 pm

Wow, just a stinker of a half by us. We’re lucky they can’t shoot so it’s 20-20 tie.

Pitt’s offense is dreadful, way too much trying to go ‘one on one’. We don’t have the players yet to try to play ‘one on one’. Our bread and butter this year is quick passing and reversing the ball (if need be ) to the open man.

Robinson as you saw can not take an equal or better D1 guard to the rim, that last attempt was
weak. Surely we can call a better play than that.

Need to step it up, UC is playing much more aggressive than us, especially on the boards.

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 8:06 pm

Play up tempo Pitt. Be more aggressive. You got this.

Comment by TX Panther 12.17.13 @ 8:07 pm

And Emel returns! Welcome back, your legion of fans were in a near panic over your recent radio silence!

Comment by Iron Duke 12.17.13 @ 8:08 pm

Thanks for joining the living Emel.

Comment by TX Panther 12.17.13 @ 8:09 pm

Only positive I can think of for the 1rst half.
JD should have an EASY time convincing them, they have to play…….’within the system’.

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 8:10 pm

lol Iron Duke…concur with your thought of 8:04

And thank you kind sir. Since I bleed Blue & Gold it’s hard to ‘kick the habit’….so to say.

And thank you to Tex as well !

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 8:12 pm

Bilas was right – the ball isn’t moving. Cinci is over playing the passing lanes. Pitt needs to either drive the ball, set ball screens or go back door.

Moved it much better. Young has to go stronger

Comment by Boubabcar Aw 12.17.13 @ 8:15 pm

Pitt getting out hustled for rebounds playing the ball not the man. Welcome back to misery EMel

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 8:39 pm

Had a family function so just digging in now. Thankful for the score, but where is Zanna? Looks like Pitt is getting crushed on the boards and I have just seen Zanna fouling and doing nothing. Need some big men, from what I see.

Comment by Pendlum 12.17.13 @ 8:44 pm

Zanna is disappearing like he does in every close game

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 8:50 pm

This is exactly the type of game that Patterson needs to press the issue offensively. Pitt needs a scorer, he’s their best hope, but he doesn’t think like a scorer.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.17.13 @ 8:52 pm

Really hoping Pitt can pull this out. Definitely the toughest competition they have seen based on history and familiarity. If they win they should be ranked. If they lose, experts will say that is the reason they weren’t ranked. Not beating a 7-2 a opponent in their “other home” would be troubling.

Comment by Pendlum 12.17.13 @ 8:56 pm

Pitt’s argument for the top 25 is fast going down the drain…

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 8:58 pm

We are getting killed in the paint and cannot buy a basket. This one is looking bleak

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 8:58 pm

Over 20 minutes total without a field goal. Ugly….

Comment by Pendlum 12.17.13 @ 8:58 pm

Need games like this to make Pitt hungry and embarrassed. The media was right.

Comment by TX Panther 12.17.13 @ 9:03 pm

WTF is this game?!

Comment by Pitt it Is 12.17.13 @ 9:03 pm

WTF exactly….finally a drive!

Comment by Pendlum 12.17.13 @ 9:04 pm

You got to be kiddin’ me…

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 9:06 pm

Missed 2 and a foul….ugh…

Comment by Pendlum 12.17.13 @ 9:07 pm

LAMAR WHAT THE #$%$

Comment by MikePITT 12.17.13 @ 9:07 pm

Senior leadership Lamar??????????

Comment by alcofan 12.17.13 @ 9:07 pm

Bad habits die hard. Patterson reverted to his old off balance form to miss both

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 9:08 pm

Can you imagine what Xavier would do to Pitt!

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 9:09 pm

Hold your breath.

Comment by TX Panther 12.17.13 @ 9:10 pm

Again Zanna out of position to rebound. Inept is too kind

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 9:11 pm

Patterson standing there

Comment by alcofan 12.17.13 @ 9:11 pm

And rebounding kills Pitt. Worried about it from the beginning of the season. No big man when Zanna hides in his hole in good competition.

Comment by Pendlum 12.17.13 @ 9:11 pm

I thought we had that rebound…he should have pushed the ball out of bounds instead of at Cincy.

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 9:11 pm

So much for being ranked next week. We’re gonna be the joke of college basketball until we play somebody real, and after tonight, probably rightfully so. God damnit.

Comment by MikePITT 12.17.13 @ 9:11 pm

What a joke. Guess we didn’t deserve to be ranked

Comment by Kenny Powers 12.17.13 @ 9:12 pm

Terrible final shot

Comment by alcofan 12.17.13 @ 9:12 pm

Pitt didn’t deserve that one…Patterson crapped the bed at the end.

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 9:12 pm

jamie, THIS, THIS is why you get players who can create their own shot. THIS is why your system doesn’t work in crunch time. THIS is why we lose in the tournament. Close games? Forget it. We NEVER win close games. We haven’t won a close game since I was a freshman in 2008. We don’t win close games because we don’t have anyone who can demand the ball and score on their own. God I am so god damn mad at this team right now.

Comment by MikePITT 12.17.13 @ 9:13 pm

The only thing missing in this game was underhanded freethrows.

Comment by frankarms 12.17.13 @ 9:13 pm

That’s why Pitt isn’t ranked

Comment by Nick 12.17.13 @ 9:14 pm

Pathetic game by Pitt. Surprised it was so close. Really makes you wonder what the season will be like against the ACC. Lot of season left but we will see if this fires them up or shows other teams the weakness. No offense at all.

Comment by Pendlum 12.17.13 @ 9:14 pm

On the bright side, psychologically I’m all ready for March!

Nobody let’s you down like Pitt.

Comment by BATR 12.17.13 @ 9:14 pm

I’ll tell you exactly what’s wrong with this team on games like this …. JAMES ROBINSON CANNOT FUCKING CREATE. Same thing happened last year in these games only Woodall bailed Robinson out a handful of times.

I don’t care how fundamental sound he is … you handle the ball MAKE A FUCKING PLAY!!

Comment by wbb 12.17.13 @ 9:15 pm

So much for playing patsies. Pitt has work to do. Patterson’s missed FT’s killed Pitt’s chances of winning.

Comment by MariettaMike 12.17.13 @ 9:15 pm

Pitt hurting underneath and ACC teams will play snail ball against us.

Comment by Frank MD 12.17.13 @ 9:16 pm

I wonder why Newkirk didn’t play more? Pitt needed someone long….I guess one TO and your out with Dixon.

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 9:16 pm

Not making a basket for more than half the game is absolutely ridiculous.

Comment by Nick 12.17.13 @ 9:16 pm

A well deserved loss Pitt was not ready to play this kind of game. Zanna is a huge liability inside and again kills Pitt with his magic disappearing act in big games. My worst fear is that Robinson is too slow to play good point guards! Ugly ugly!

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 9:17 pm

Putrid sums that up I think.

Comment by John 12.17.13 @ 9:18 pm

I hope Mrs. Dixon has another set of sheets.

Comment by Yeti 12.17.13 @ 9:18 pm

horrible, horrible, horrible. Glad we don’t have to watch this Big East BB again. This is how Pitt won in the past, work the shot clock to the end and pray for the best. What was up with Patterson, he should have iced it.

Comment by JP 12.17.13 @ 9:19 pm

Finally on the National Stage, in the Garden and…guess what ?

We lay a Frickin Egg !

Weakside rebounding the whole game was almost non-existent. And Cincy isn’t that good.

This is the 1rst game I watched where the opposing team was in our face on defense all night.

Other than Patterson, the others seem overmatched.
Obviously opposing teams will foul us rather than give up the easy layup and take their chances on us missing a couple FT’s. Which Patterson and Zanna did.

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 9:22 pm

Jackagin,I hope Newkirk does play more. They need his quickness on offense.

James Robinson is Tino Sunseri … a good game manager. He is fine when the he is getting good support but when you need him to make a play …..

Comment by wbb 12.17.13 @ 9:22 pm

“We haven’t won a close game since I was a freshman in 2008.”

lol

Comment by Krayz 12.17.13 @ 9:22 pm

HATE losing to Cincinnati ! They’re sooo below us!!

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 12.17.13 @ 9:24 pm

Some fault goes to Jamie for allowing Cincinnati to dictate the pace of the game. This was how Pitt played in the BE. I saw a different Pitt team offensively this year until this game. Cincinnati fouled Pitt enough for Pitt to win this game on the FT line. But…

Comment by MariettaMike 12.17.13 @ 9:26 pm

BATR – right on the money. Decade Dixon had his team, and himself, in post season form tonight. But before we get to March, can someone remind me who exactly Pitt is going to beat in the ACC? We can’t beat an f’ng team that was crushed by an Atlantic 10 Catholic school, coached by no less a legend than Mick Cronin. And we go half the game without scoring a field goal?

Man, that Sean Miller is one hell of a coach, isn’t he? And there is only 9 years and 5 months left on Decade’s contract. So there is hope in our future.

Comment by PO'd Panther 12.17.13 @ 9:26 pm

Panther fan, trouble is I’m not so sure they are below us. Split last year, beat us this year.

Comment by wbb 12.17.13 @ 9:26 pm

I suppose we should be happy…lose by 1 with terrible FTs, no rebounding at all, no 3 pt shooting, and too mant TOs. Any one of those not happen and we win. Not actually mad here…all good teams lose a few like this, every year. The key is to only make it a “few”!

Still, trends are emerging:
1. Can d johnson really shoot? He is too rushed. Missing a lot, consistently for the past 5 games.
2. Will zanna dissappear against good competition?
3. Can we go far with promise but a real lack of experience at the 4 spot?

Comment by DD 12.17.13 @ 9:27 pm

concur wbb, JR is a nice guard as far as not producing many turnovers, etc. But he couldn’t even take a center off the dribble on a switch.

I don’t see much elevation or quickness or shake & bake moves in his game which is why he threw up a prayer on the last play of the first half of the YSU game that luckily went in, and tonite JD called the same play and he could barely get a weak shot attempt up at the end of the 1rst half.

If you notice PITT plays much quicker when Newkirk is in the game and he can create off the dribble and the other players feed off of that. Yea it’s been in limited amounts so far……but you can see the difference.

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 9:29 pm

Cincy played good defense tonight, they are long and athletic, but they are not a very good team. Lots of weakness exposed tonight against the first athletic team we’ve faced. Pitt not this bad but just shows once again how you cannot judge a team based on how they look vs. inferior competition. You will never convince me that loading up on patsies is a good thing.

Comment by Iron Duke 12.17.13 @ 9:30 pm

Seniors – Patterson chokes two free throws then Zanna fails to box out and grab the last rebound. Sickening.

Comment by Boubabcar Aw 12.17.13 @ 9:30 pm

Pitt’s bench finally got out scored and that was a big plus for Cincy. Pitt’s really gonna take this one out on Cal Poly…LOL.

I’m really glad now we’re out of the defunct BE. I’ll take up watching international soccer before I’ll watch a team that plays like Pitt did tonight all season.

I wonder if Dixon learned anything watching all those athletic guards tear up Pitt’s defense the last few games? I guess not since he played Robinson all game. See you guys in January…

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 9:32 pm

Emel, reminds me of a B12 FB team. They score all of these points against the nobodies, then when they play against a team who actually plays defense, they go 9 and 10 minutes without a FG.

Newkirk is the only guy on this team with the quickness to create.

Comment by wbb 12.17.13 @ 9:33 pm

I had a bad feeling tonite, UC losing 3 games in a row is something that hasn’t happened since Andy Kennedy was cleaning up Thuggy Bear’s mess at UC.

Plus they have players who have beaten us and are not intimidated by our physicality.

I was going to blog that I think Uchebo should just be redshirted this year. But after tonite, if the guy can provide some inside muscle, defensive intimidation and rebounding…….

…..maybe he should play.

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 9:35 pm

DD…can we win with a short, fat, slow PG all year in the ACC with Dixon keeping Newkirk on the bench?

That’s the real question…

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 9:36 pm

EMel. Agreed on Robinson. Newkirk is the key to our season. Robinson is Tino. Great observation earlier. He can manage a game but no creation at all off the dribble his first step is pathetic.

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 9:38 pm

This just might have been the worst rebounding game for pitt in 15 years.

Comment by DD 12.17.13 @ 9:40 pm

Freshmen Mike Young taken to school by senior Justin Jackson 12 pts 7 rebounds 3 assists.

Comment by alcofan 12.17.13 @ 9:43 pm

wbb….that was ridic. actually I think we wen close to 13 minutes in the 2nd half without a FG.

So if you add 13 + 8 (let’s say) equals 21 minutes.

We went a complete half of basketball without any FG’s.

Again I do think this is a tactic by opposing coaches to foul PITT and put them on the line, rather than give up easy FG’s (see Stanford) but still we missed tons of shots. (30% FG ?)

Sucks….on the brink of being ranked !

And worse yet it validated all the PITT naysayers including that a-hole Gottlieb. Oy Vey !

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 9:44 pm

Jackagain i dont disagree. Not sure what i have seen from newkirk at this point is a huge upgrade…though with experience he might become that.

Anyway jr didn’t lose this game and comparisons to tino by others are a bit over the top i think,

Far more worried about a weak frontcourt than backcourt right now. I have seen every game and we have yet to play anybody with a hint of a decent frontcourt…until tonight and cicny’s is not even that good.

Comment by DD 12.17.13 @ 9:48 pm

Now I see Adams’s value. In the first half we were down 20 to 14 rebounds. We got very few second chances. The players were afraid to shoot, because if they missed, Cinn would get the rebound. Foul shoots also did us in during the final run.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 12.17.13 @ 9:52 pm

We had plenty of open shots and just missed them.

Comment by HbgFrank 12.17.13 @ 9:52 pm

Stanford had that 6’10″ forward who scored over 20 points DD. TT’s best player was also a frontcourt player.

PITT’s backcourt can’t create and doesn’t penetrate, albeit once or twice a game with Cam.

Also it’s up to your backcourt to push the ball in transition and we had like zero or 2 points in transition.

When you can’t score in the half court, it’s imperative you try to get east baskets in transition. But our guards were hesitant of getting the ball stripped so they didn’t push it.

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 9:54 pm

Yeah Old Pitt…..I wonder if Uchebo is anywhere close to ready? Could have used him tonight.

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 9:55 pm

Pitt outscored Cincy from the line 19 to 1 … which means they scored a total of 12 FGs … TWELVE

Comment by wbb 12.17.13 @ 9:59 pm

Ahhh, let’s see, where was I??

Oh, yes, I was speaking on how much fun this team is going to be to watch, and how it’s so much different than the previous two years.

Ah, ya, that’s where I was. LMAO!!!

Comment by Dan 12.17.13 @ 10:04 pm

It was a strange game….Pitt looked it’s best when it went up 30-25. I thought they were going to move it up to 7 then 9 and then double digits. It was the first time the whole game (up until that point) their offense looked in synch, they were moving the ball quickly and found the open man.

There was a TV timeout at that point 30-25 PITT, and we never really played up to that level again.

That was about the highlite of the night.

I do believe Cincy beat NC State by 11 points earlier this year.

It sucks though, now we won’t have a chance to be ranked (and it is important for perception reasons and program reasons, let alone seeding reasons) until we play Syracuse in mid-January.

I’m bummed !!!

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 10:05 pm

A good natured jab to a couple of blatherite brethern.

Might want to tuck that “lack of respect” card back in your sport coat pocket!!!

LOL

What’d the one announcer say??

An ugly win is better than a pretty loss???

Where does an ugly loss fit in???

Comment by Dan 12.17.13 @ 10:06 pm

Maybe it’s time, or past time, so sweat the non-con.

Comment by TonyinHouston 12.17.13 @ 10:07 pm

Who that powell guy? He played on the wing all day….oh wait i forgot about the awesome lehigh backcourt…we stopped them at least…that freshman center only was able to score like 20 points! :)

Comment by DD 12.17.13 @ 10:08 pm

We got Cal Poly right where we want them!!!!!

Comment by Dan 12.17.13 @ 10:10 pm

The top four schools are Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State and Wisconsin, and what do those schools have in common besides great tradition and top-tier coaches? Answer: Consistent and reliable point guards — namely T.J. McConnell (Arizona), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Aaron Craft (Ohio State) and Traevon Jackson (Wisconsin). And, yes, I realize Ennis is a freshman just like the starting point guards at Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan. But the Canadian has adjusted more smoothly to the Division I level than Andrew Harrison (Kentucky), Frank Mason (Kansas) and Derek Walton (Michigan) have adjusted, so much so that Ennis’ coach said this about him after Sunday’s win in which Ennis got 21 points and six assists:

link to cbssports.com

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 10:11 pm

I am sooo disappointed with this game..this team is the same team as the last couple of years…we have NOONE than can score except maybe Patterson..robinson needs to sit on the bench and newkirk needs more minutes…..to much to respond to…very very frustrateing

Comment by Keith 12.17.13 @ 10:15 pm

Pitt struggles when we have to rely on a player to step up. Patterson and Zanna choked under pressure. Average players are unable to step up against talent. Now I realize why we are not ranked.
Make FTs and we win. They are called free.

Comment by Pitt Fan in Atlanta 12.17.13 @ 10:16 pm

Any chance (at all) Mostella will enroll for the 2nd semester ????

Somebody…….anybody …….help !!!

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 10:19 pm

We now have a great chance to sneak up on everybody.

Comment by Frank MD 12.17.13 @ 10:19 pm

ESPN’s analysis:
link to espn.go.com

Comment by TonyinHouston 12.17.13 @ 10:19 pm

I hate when I drink all this good bourbon and we lose.

At least we didn’t go out to a cocktail lounge, blow a C-Note and then leave, tail dragging.

Oh the joy….the joy…..of being genetically coded to be a Pitt man.

HTP !
VeV !

Comment by Emel 12.17.13 @ 10:24 pm

FT’s were the least of our problems in that game.

Comment by HbgFrank 12.17.13 @ 10:24 pm

FLA & Memphis are tied at 36 already with over 2 minutes left to play….LOL. This my be our last invite to the Jimmie V Classic…(snicker)

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 10:25 pm

I am so bumbed with this loss…I hate the position that we’re in…we want to be an elite program… but it doesn’t seem that we can get there….no offense…no recruits…no wins…Jamie Dixon has the wins from the good run years back..the game has changed…..we need athletes than can run and score!!!

Comment by Keith 12.17.13 @ 10:33 pm

Pitt’s weak non-con is a national story. Here is a report written quickly after Pitt’s ugly loss..on MSNBC of all places:
link to collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

Comment by TonyinHouston 12.17.13 @ 10:45 pm

Pretty sure Dixon;s email box isn’t jammed with coaching offers. I have said it before, Dixon is Gene Keady from Purdue. Decent program but just never wins anything.

Comment by chethejet 12.17.13 @ 10:48 pm

When’s Spring practice start?

OK….that wasn’t funny….

Comment by Jackagain 12.17.13 @ 11:04 pm

so pitt’s wrestleing program is the carrot with this sad sad sports program…Stever Peterson has us all fouled!!

Comment by Keith 12.17.13 @ 11:08 pm

As I have said many times. If this Pitt team wins 10 ACC games, I wii lay the first brick of the Dixon statue outside the Pete. Slow PG and a limited front court will be this teams undoing.

Comment by Dan 72 12.17.13 @ 11:12 pm

Well, that sure took the pressure off of trying to get to the Syracuse game undefeated.

Obviously there is much work to do and unfortunately the next few games won’t show anyone how they will respond as they won’t be challenged. Today’s game revealed all their weaknesses we knew and some we didn’t especially ball handling and passing skills.

Robinson has never been a scorer, but I am concerned with his slowness on defense. Lamar missing the FT’s at the end is disappointing but maybe this game needed to happen. This was a bad loss but would have been a bad win had they pulled it out.

Comment by TVax 12.17.13 @ 11:37 pm

I’ll take a bad loss over a bad win at this point. It will wake this team up. It’s like this with football every other week. Pitt basketball fans count your blessings.

Again once Coach Dixon gets shooters and athletes he’ll start winning come March. He and his system can only do so much.

Comment by TX Panther 12.18.13 @ 7:20 am

And that’s the worst Cincy team I can remember seeing.

No surprise on the rebounding — this team has nobody that can go get it. Zanna is a wuss and Young can’t jump either. In last night’s game, every carom on Pitt’s defensive end was basically a 50/50 ball because they’re so weak inside.

Agree on the Robinson concerns. If you’re Pitt and you’re going to take a methodical offensive approach in the halfcourt, your PG is going to have the ball in his hands a lot, and if there is ZERO chance of him beating anybody off the dribble it really hampers any chance you have to generate points. Not sure if Newkirk is ready, but Robinson plays like a 50 yr old dude at the local YMCA.

Comment by hugh green 12.18.13 @ 7:44 am

This is about what we can expect when Patterson is considered the best player on the team.

Comment by Pittastic 12.18.13 @ 7:57 am

Guys, it was one very ugly game, where Cincy slowed the game down controlled the tempo and won by a point.

The only team in the ACC that plays that way is Notre Dame.

We played our worst, poor foul shooting, shooting in general, and rebounding, and lost by a point.

Give Cinci credit, they played ferocious defense, something we have not seen all year, and crashed the boards.

This was a good loss, time to go back to work.

Comment by gc 12.18.13 @ 8:02 am

Thanks gc – I agree – the rebounding showed no effort and no mental awareness to box out – how many times did Bilas comment on that? That’s very fixable, especially with Rohrrson there to coach. And Pitt wins with 1 free throw – Cincy threw there best at us, played ferocious defense, and Pitt still probably should have won. Think of it as a good teaching moment.

Comment by KeyboardKev 12.18.13 @ 8:14 am

I expected bad losses, but a game in which this team goes 20+ minutes with a FG was not what I had in mind. I agree that a big part of the problem was Robinson. He does very little to get the offense going.

That said, that was just a bad game. The first half the ball was bouncing off hands constantly. I counted three chances for breakaway layups that went unconverted. And the FT shooting failed them. If the latter had been better, Pitt wins.

Newkirk needs more minutes, Durand Durand needs to learn to set his feet at least somewhat before firing up a 3 and also go watch some tape of Sam Young and learn the value of the pump and drive, and Zanna needs to finally man-the-F-up when this team needs him.

Sadly, with two patsies coming up, there is no way to even judge whether this team learned anything from that loss last night. We’ll have to wait ’til 2014 for that, which is ridiculous.

Comment by Carmen 12.18.13 @ 8:19 am

Zanna folds when challenged inside, we have no toughness inside and we can’t do damage from the perimeter. Dixon went big at first substitution which made sense provided someone could hit. There were no driving lanes, Zanna cannot hold his ground or box. I like him as a kid, not as our center. He just doesn’t have the instincts. Nasty wins this type of game, we cannot match Cincy toughness. I don’t know if we have a pure shooter that can hit in a real game with real D1 opponent if we’re getting killed inside. Newkirk should have been given a shot last night, prob would have got to the line. Most coaches upon seeing the stagnant offense would have done something to change the dynamic and Newkirk was the most obvious option. I wonder if Cam’s hand is still bothering him, I hope that explains his poor shooting. Lamar and Zanna should feel responsible for the loss. They wilted. Still brothers me that two top fresh split as fast as they could.

In 50 plus years of playing & watching I have never seen a coach as uptight as JD during a game. I think that interferes with his game management and it translates to the players.

Comment by Old School Panther 12.18.13 @ 8:47 am

Old School – I was literally just typing the same thought about Dixon being tight. The team played tight. The one exception would be Wright who stayed aggressive the whole game. Patterson’s two missed throws were a direct result of tension.

Comment by Boubabcar Aw 12.18.13 @ 8:59 am

@@@@@

Don’t panic. One game does not make
or break a season. Some nights the
offense just isn’t there. This team will
play better. That said Zanna was open
in the post all night bit didn’t get the ball.

Comment by JR 12.18.13 @ 9:08 am

This was old BE BB. JD let himself and the team get caught up in it. The only way Cincy wins that game is playing the way they did. This reminds me of the less talented Pitt teams of a few years back. Pitt is a least a 10 point better team but let itself get sucked up in the flow of this game. A better team would have kept pushing to try and get the lead to a point to where Cin. would have to change their style. I thought we would get there when it was 30 to 25 and had a chance to push it to a 7 or 8 point lead but it did not happen.

Comment by JP 12.18.13 @ 9:08 am

@Carmen “Durand Durand needs to learn to set his feet at least somewhat before firing up a 3 and also go watch some tape of Sam Young and learn the value of the pump and drive” AGREE

@Old School “I have never seen a coach as uptight as JD during a game.” MAYBE

@JP “A better team would have kept pushing…” SHOULD HAVE!!! – Robinson doesn’t cut to the basket(doesn’t he think anyone else can feed him?) and Lamar pushed at times but tentative at others

I have to think that Robinson is a better shooter at practice considering his FT%. Does he ever shoot at practice or just looks for the assist?

Comment by TVax 12.18.13 @ 9:25 am

For the most basic opinion, no x’s and o’s, all I had to do was walk into the office this morning.

Girl in the office, huge Pitt fan, like I said, not much on the details of football or hoops, just enjoys watching and loves Pitt.

“what happened to the team I’d been watching and getting excited about this year? They look like they’ve looked the past two years”

Comment by Dan 12.18.13 @ 10:27 am

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