January 21, 2014

Open Thread: Clemson-Pitt

Filed under: Basketball,Open Thread — Chas @ 3:30 pm

First up this game is not an easy one to watch outside Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. The syndicated ACC Network is only showing up in a handful of markets on the weekdays (but at least Happy Valley gets to watch some good basketball). So the other viewing options are online at or if you have the ESPN FullCourt package (hooray for a wife that forgot to cancel the package!).

It’s an 8 pm start, so that feels a little awkward.

As a brief aside, it sure seems like the early returns on ability to watch non-ESPN aired ACC games is inferior to the old Big East. Say what you will, and I know we have said plenty, but at least the Big East got their syndicated football and basketball games on wider reaching sports channels.

I’ve convinced myself that this is going to be a very tough game for Pitt. Clemson has only one inexplicable loss — at Auburn. After that, their other losses were to good teams like FSU and UMass and at Arkansas — which is one of those bad road/great home teams.


This game is important not only because it is a home game, but because this is part of the rough stretch in conference play.

That stretch starts Tuesday when the Panthers (16-2, 4-1) play host to Clemson (13-4, 4-1). The Tigers are tied with Pitt and Virginia (13-5, 4-1) for second place in the conference.

After that game, the Panthers will play a tough road game Saturday at Maryland (11-7, 3-2), a team picked by some to finish in the top six in the ACC and a team that has been much better at home than on the road.

The Panthers then come home for back-to-back home games against two teams that were among a short list of favorites coming into the season — Duke (Jan. 27) and Virginia (Feb. 2).

At that point, the Panthers will be halfway through their ACC schedule and will have a good idea of exactly where they stand in the conference.

Pitt is trying to bounce back after the tough loss in Syracuse. Saying all the right things about being disappointed and not happy with a respectable loss.

“We still lost,” Patterson said. “I know what this team is capable of. It really doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks. We should’ve won the game, I feel like.”

Where Syracuse (18-0, 5-0) moved into sole possession of first place in the ACC, No. 22 Pitt (16-2, 4-1) dropped into a three-way tie for second place with Virginia (13-5, 4-1) and Clemson (13-4, 4-1), which visits Petersen Events Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The Panthers saw the Syracuse game only as a missed opportunity, one in which their porous free-throw shooting cost them the game. Pitt was 13 of 23 from the line (56.5 percent), its second-worst showing of the season.

“I don’t really think we’re into moral victories like that,” Pitt point guard James Robinson said. “We’ve just got to get ready for Clemson. We will have a chance to see (Syracuse) again (Feb. 12).

I’m not worried about how Pitt responds after the game. I just worry that they are going to find it a slog against a tough, defensive team and give in to some frustrations.


If anything in tonight’s game, Pitt must focus and improve their FT shooting. Tight games are lost or won on the FT line and smart teams know how to take advantage of this important part of the game. Pitt demonstrated earlier in the season that they are capable of shooting 75%+ at the FT line. If Pitt can make their FT ‘s tonight Clemson will be looking at Pitt’s tail lights.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.21.14 @ 3:53 pm

While I think the home team will win, worry is in my DNA (mother’s side) .. note that in this past week alone, (Iowa St, Oh St and Wisc) once they lost 1 game, they lost 3 or 4 in a row

Comment by wbb 01.21.14 @ 3:54 pm

Pitt favored by 10 or 11 depending where you get your line. That seems like too many.

Finding this game on TV is a bitch. Anyone know if it’s on the net anywhere??

Comment by Dan 72 01.21.14 @ 4:11 pm

It’s on ESPN3

Comment by Velvil 01.21.14 @ 4:13 pm

It is actually on in DC. I find it odd that the ACC doesn’t have a larger TV presence here.

Can anyone remember a Pitt team that had decent free throw shooting or can hit them when the game is on the line? I can still remember Sean Miller who had something like a 97% FT average, missing two near the end of the 1992 NIT game against Florida. Being a Pitt fan can be hard.

Comment by Yeti 01.21.14 @ 4:41 pm

Chas, I take it, the wifie doesn’t read this….

Comment by dcpinpgh 01.21.14 @ 4:44 pm

This game is important to stay in the ACC race. A win & they’re tied for 2nd, a loss drops them to 4th. Protect home court & bring home the W.

Comment by Nick 01.21.14 @ 4:46 pm

Sorry to repeat this on the OT:

I may go out and buy a Roku box. Any suggestion which one to buy? Do I need to connect it directly to the TV?

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 5:11 pm

How much snow did the Burgh get today?

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.21.14 @ 5:24 pm

In MD/DC/VA game on WDCAD TV or Comcast 810/215/10 or ESPN3 at 8 pm.

Comment by Frank 01.21.14 @ 5:46 pm

Anyone have home vs away stats for free throw shooting? I think Pitt does pretty well with FTs at the Pete. They just gotta get to the line.

Comment by Lou 01.21.14 @ 5:59 pm

Clemson is one of the better defensive teams in the ACC, as opposed to Maryland & NC State, who are the 2 worst and GT not far behind.

So it was a good thing to have played a good defensive team like Cusey to get prepped for this game.

The odds makers don’t give much respect to them
Pitt is – 11

@Pitt Dad
You can buy those devices online, the pricepoints are only $20 apart from the 1 thru the 3. The 3 is much faster, so I’d go with that !
Yes it connects directly to your TV and your internet service.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 6:03 pm

Dr. Tom, we got two to three inches of powder. We keep dodging bullets from the heavy stuff. We hear you are getting hit pretty hard. My daughter lives near Manassas. Cold here though hope it doesn’t keep the pantie-wastes from the game.

Comment by gc 01.21.14 @ 6:04 pm

@Emel – despite the snow I went to Radio Shack to get one but it’s closed so I’m reduced to watching on the computer. Thanks anyway.



Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 6:16 pm

Does ANYONE remember how to drive in the snow, anymore?
Yep, me = CAS ’93..

Just a tad b4 this whole “Global Warming,” phenom…. And that was when we had snow and expertly drove front-wheel drive tin-cans @tier III DUI levels in ice-sleet-snow 8-12?


Vrs Clemson (really?). Just Natan B. Forest ‘em.. “Hit ‘em on ‘de ends” & flank this southern hoopla.

Comment by Neil 01.21.14 @ 6:21 pm

Comment by Neil 01.21.14 @ 6:23 pm

We have 11 inches here N of B’more with about 3 more to come. Lets score early and often tonight and see Newkirk, first off the bench to help with shooting. H2P

Comment by Dan 72 01.21.14 @ 6:25 pm

Driving to Radio Shack was fine. Roads are more or less plowed. Low gear. Traction control. No one else on the road.

About 7 inches of snow so far. Expecting 2 to 3 more inches.


Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 6:28 pm

Actually now they’re saying 5 to 8 more inches.

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 6:29 pm

@ Pitt Dad.

I’m amazed how fast they can have this stuff to you when you order online. And they have expedited shipping via Fed Ex, if you want it tomorrow.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 6:33 pm

Neil, I was at Pitt in ’93…I lived off-campus, and drove in to school after that big dump of snow. Long before text messages and the internet was still in its infancy-I tried to walk into the Cathedral, only to see someone had a sign up, saying all classes were canceled!

Comment by Lou 01.21.14 @ 6:35 pm

Wow, the League of Angels ad block is kind of cool.

OK, it is not like any of us has superstitious issues. But, I have learned that I need to wear my “blue and gold” plaid boxers of game days. Missed a few during football season and regretted it. Also, did not have them on for Cincy and Cuse.

They are on tonight—and will probably stay on since my wife will be asleep before the game is over. So,I am passing up sex for “the team.”


Comment by pmdH2P 01.21.14 @ 6:36 pm

@Emel – think they can get it to me in an hour? LOL.

Pitt now 18 in Power Ranking. Gasaway has us highest at 11.

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 6:37 pm

@pmdH2P – I’m getting a Verizon ad in Spanish. I have to find who’s been using my computer and where they are going on the web.

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 6:40 pm

lol pmdH2P yea that kinda of got my attn to. Some of these games are like soft porn.

Must do wonders for the dating scene. lol

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 6:40 pm

Emel – I like Pitt to win but not cover. Bad weather, let down after Cuse, etc. Go Pitt! But put $ on Tigers and the points.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.21.14 @ 6:42 pm

@ Pitt Dad

You can always stream from computer to TV via HDMI cable. That’s about the only way for tonite !

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 6:42 pm

“It ain’t a fit night out for man nor beast”

But I’m going out anyway, see you at the Pete.

Comment by gc 01.21.14 @ 6:49 pm

@ upitt…11 is a lot of points. if it was 8 I’d go.

We’re not shooting FT’s well enough for my liking !

Clemson will try to hold the score down as well, I believe.

Over/Under is 118…might make a play on that !

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 6:51 pm

@Emel – I have a Samsung Smart TV connected to my wireless browser but it’s apparently not that smart (no web browser). I’m looking for a WatchESPN app but not finding one.

My longest HDMI cable isn’t long enough to reach. I feel like Doc Brown in Back to the Future.


Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 6:53 pm

@ P Dad

Oh ok if you have a smart TV & a browser go to this website at 8 pm to watch the game there.

link to

Click on Clemson vs Pittsburgh….not the Link 1 or Link 2 crap to the right. First time you click on it, you’ll get an adrotor, click that off immediately. And then reclick on Clemson vs. Pittsburgh again. Sometimes it’s not up immediately at 8pm, so if not retry at 8:02 or later. :-)

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 7:03 pm

Cannot lose two in a row, esp if 2nd game is home. This is not what ranked, tournament bound teams do. Let’s Go PITT

Comment by Old School Panther 01.21.14 @ 7:13 pm

@Old School Panther, abso-friggin’-lutely!!!

You win the next games after a Syracuse type loss, that’s what good teams do.

If we’re really a top 20 team, you win tonight.

Comment by Dan 01.21.14 @ 7:17 pm

gc, from ‘A Fatal Glass of Beer’ spoken by the legendary W C Fields, before he ventured outside to milk the caribou

Emel, wonder how those Amazon delivery drones would do in a snowstorm?

Comment by wbb 01.21.14 @ 7:19 pm

Pitt Dad, sorry you didn’t know about Roku until now. It is great for a lot of shows. I use it with Amazon Prime. Getting a lot of movies for free makes it easier for me to rationalize spending the $79.00 for the two day free shipping gig.

Emel, thought the speed was the same on all 3 Roku’s? I think the #3 shows up to 1080, however I don’t think the internet can broadcast above 720 at present?

In any event Pitt Dad, I own the #2 and it does movie HD fine via the net up to 720. It cost about $50.-$60. As Emel stated only about $20 something between the 1-3.

My grandson took his PAST’s and among the first letters he received was from PITT! They liked his scores. Unfortunately he likes LaCrosse.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 01.21.14 @ 7:26 pm

Terry Smith the PED State…. BOO

Comment by FLPOLE 01.21.14 @ 7:28 pm

@Emel – for some reason this version of the Samsung Smart TV doesn’t have a browser, just the apps Samsung supports.

going to check our schedule for the rest of the season and then order a Roku.

Thanks to all for your help and advice!


Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 7:41 pm

Here are all of the regional television listings for tonight’s game.

Comment by Brendan 01.21.14 @ 7:42 pm

Could you just use the epsn app on your iPad/iWhatever and get a lightning to HDMI cable? Laptop with an HDMI cable works too. That’s the cheapest way.

Comment by Yeti 01.21.14 @ 7:47 pm

Pitt Dad, you may have to add the app from the espn computer site? Time to turn on Dick Grout!

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 01.21.14 @ 7:49 pm

At this point I will be fine with ESPN3. But I really appreciate the way you guys all reach out with support. It’s great to be part of the Blather!

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 7:50 pm

TV Channel #36 in Atlanta. H2P

Comment by MariettaMike 01.21.14 @ 7:58 pm

Bill Beckner ?@jdbbeck 1m
Kiski Area football star Joey Brungo @jsprung23 has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Pitt. KA’s all-time leader in receptions/yds.

Comment by Mailman 01.21.14 @ 8:12 pm

Pitt is out-defensing an allegedly good defensive team!

Comment by Lou 01.21.14 @ 8:20 pm

Excellent start!

Comment by MariettaMike 01.21.14 @ 8:26 pm

Looking good but still very very early.


Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 8:26 pm

Missing game, but following on phone closely.

Comment by Jbizz 01.21.14 @ 8:32 pm

Comment by TVax 01.21.14 @ 8:35 pm


To answer your question from the previous thread, no I don’t currently live in the Pittsburgh area. I live in Columbus now. Moved here 7 years…unfortunately had to give up my season tix to football and basketball that I inherited from my mothers many years of UPitt service in the Alumni dept upon my move.

Comment by Jbizz 01.21.14 @ 8:38 pm

Patterson passes in traffic to Zanna, in full stride, beautiful play! Pitt up 35-18 with 2 minutes left in first half!

Comment by Lou 01.21.14 @ 8:46 pm

12 assists on 12 made baskets so far

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 8:46 pm

The Z is having fun! H2P

Comment by MariettaMike 01.21.14 @ 8:47 pm

Pitt is forcing Clemson to take mostly outside, or bad inside shots. Showing some real defense, and the Panthers are very dynamic on offense.

Comment by Lou 01.21.14 @ 8:47 pm

Superb passing and movement without the ball.

No snow here in Portland, sunny and 50 today, though the ski areas could use more snow.

Hail to PITT!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 01.21.14 @ 8:47 pm

so impressed with zanna and Patterson…it’s like they’ve been playn with each other forever…pitt looks really good…I still cant believe how good this years team is

Comment by Keith 01.21.14 @ 8:50 pm


Comment by Nick 01.21.14 @ 8:51 pm

Well, Emel – I liked Clemson +11 but it is looking like that may not happen. Nice reaction to a touogh loss at Cuse by the boys.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.21.14 @ 8:55 pm

Well so far Clemson reminds me of DePaul. Pitt (probably) won’t continue to shoot 60%, but sheesh, talk about outclassing a team for a half. So much for my theory of a potential let down.

Just to have something to bitch about, still waiting for us to finish a half with a successful possession.

Comment by Iron Duke 01.21.14 @ 8:56 pm

I did take the over upitt….so that’s looking good.

I almost forgot, that good ACC defensive teams (Clemson) would be poor old BigEast defensive teams. Then I remembered, lol

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 8:57 pm

This team gets the ball inside so easily, unlike last year’s team who could never seem to find a way to get the ball inside to Kiwi Steve.

Strange but true.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 8:59 pm

I don’t know if we are that good or Clemson is that bad. All I know is I am impressed. Now if we can clean up the FTs !

Comment by Dan 72 01.21.14 @ 9:01 pm

I like Artis as a developing player

Comment by Frank 01.21.14 @ 9:02 pm

Robinson dropping threes, Cam dropping threes…what’s the world coming too?

Comment by DD 01.21.14 @ 9:04 pm

Gotcha jbizz

That must be fun (not) living in *ucknut land. lol

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:05 pm

Emel excellent observation. Last years team never looked as fluid as this team. Experience helps. Really would have been interesting to see what this team looked like had Adams stayed.

Comment by Iron Duke 01.21.14 @ 9:07 pm

It’s hard to believe that this same Clemson team beat Duke by double digits.

Comment by gsdodson 01.21.14 @ 9:10 pm

Contract the ACC

Comment by Krayz 01.21.14 @ 9:14 pm

Hopefully the football team will someday near be like our hoop team and blowout Clemson in football too. Like we did in the 1977 Gator Bowl !

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:15 pm

Are there really 16 assists on 16 made baskets?

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 9:15 pm

does anyone know why there are so many tix on stubhub for pitt games??

Comment by Keith 01.21.14 @ 9:16 pm

Clemson is a good team that just got caught in the Panthers lair. H2P!

Comment by MariettaMike 01.21.14 @ 9:16 pm

theres still over 300 left for duke on monday

Comment by Keith 01.21.14 @ 9:17 pm

Young playing good D…just pulling fo rhis shots to start falling….

Hail to PITT!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 01.21.14 @ 9:17 pm

this would be a good game to get my man Uchebo some minutes before total garbage time.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:21 pm

Everything is going in tonight

Comment by Nick 01.21.14 @ 9:21 pm

is zanna for real???

Comment by Keith 01.21.14 @ 9:21 pm

I am almost starting to feel bad for Clemson. Almost. Pitt by F,n 30!!!!

Comment by Dan 72 01.21.14 @ 9:23 pm

Albany and Cal Poly gave us a much tougher time.

See our non-con wasn’t that bad afterall :-)

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:24 pm

Zanna, the sprinter!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 01.21.14 @ 9:24 pm

There are so many Duke tix because people are trying to make money off of them. Cheapest I saw were $190 for the last row. Pitt wants $75 for standing room. I’ll watch on tv.

Comment by Nick 01.21.14 @ 9:24 pm

Clemson has looked like lost puppies from tip off. This game is over. Now after this big win we go to College Park to play a team we beat handily at home and it just happens to occur two dys before Duke rolls in. Pitt better not look beyond Saturday.

Comment by Yeti 01.21.14 @ 9:25 pm

I believe the Syracuse loss is paying dividends. Pitt knew they should have beaten Syracuse and is playing like they knew they cold. This is a very good Pitt team.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.21.14 @ 9:25 pm

@MM – I agree. I don’t like to come to conclusions before the game does but this team looks like it is on a take no prisoners mission.

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 9:27 pm

We’re establishing a rep for just destroying these old ACC teams at the Zoo. Beat the Twerps by 20.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:27 pm

MMIke—excellent point….losing to cuse made this PITT squad determined to Win!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 01.21.14 @ 9:29 pm

Not watching but up 30 says it all. Way to go Panthers.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.21.14 @ 9:32 pm

Coach must have put Superglue on Z’s hands. Look mom, no fumbles.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:33 pm

a oh…..clemson is making a run…they’ve cut it below 30

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:36 pm

Getting a little loose and sloppy now.

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 9:37 pm

Did I see Uchebo in the game?

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 9:37 pm

Good to see Uchebo..would like to see him score!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 01.21.14 @ 9:38 pm

Clemson had 4 points in the first 9 mins of the second half. They now have a whopping 15.

Comment by Yeti 01.21.14 @ 9:38 pm

they took U out..for some reason..hope he didn’t reinjure himself…

NUKE lighting it up !

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:46 pm

Patterson, Robinson, Wright and Newkirk have all hit 3s.

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 9:47 pm

Maybe everyone on Clemson’s team bet the under with UPitt.

Comment by TVax 01.21.14 @ 9:47 pm

Great night of assists! 25 hoops, 22 assists!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 01.21.14 @ 9:47 pm

This is a very unselfish Pitt team. Jamie should be commended on moulding this team into a championship caliber team. H2P!

Comment by MariettaMike 01.21.14 @ 9:47 pm

Had the starters been kept in we could have scored a C-Note (100)

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:47 pm

Only negative, my Roku TV reception through Fios was bad!

Pitt Dad, much better on computer and Ipad. Though Ipad kept buffering.

Love all wins.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 01.21.14 @ 9:50 pm

Smart to take Patterson out. Why risk any injuries.

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 9:50 pm

I’m guessing Hillgrove isn’t wearing a headband since his head is so freakin’ big. :)

Comment by Yeti 01.21.14 @ 9:53 pm

Yes, as a matter of fact, I DO want a 30+ point victory for Pitt! HTP!

Comment by Lou 01.21.14 @ 9:53 pm

Groat was wearing a headband earlier

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 9:54 pm

Routing these teams…has to do nothing….but be good for recruiting….who wouldn’t want to play for PITT in the front of the Zoo !!

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:54 pm

Wow! Pitt’s biggest BE win was by 28 last season @ GTown. They just smacked Clemson by 33. What a dominating effort.

Comment by Nick 01.21.14 @ 9:54 pm

Strong game. The kitchen is closed!

Let’s ride the wave of momentum into the next one.

Great job!!

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.21.14 @ 9:55 pm

Now people will say Clemson is not a good team which why Pitt won big. Well Clemson is a good team but Pitt made them look a mediocre team.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.21.14 @ 9:55 pm

Robinson…eight assists, and 0 turnovers…point guard extraordinaire!

Hail to PITT!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 01.21.14 @ 9:56 pm

Loved the big silhouette of JD,,,,complete with headband….lol :-)

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:56 pm

Loved seeing Uchebo run without a limp…get a few boards and assists. Hate Chris Jones jumper. His shoulders are never square and he is off balance. May be the thumb thing.

Good performance again by Newkirk who simply does what ever is asked of him. Cannot understand why he isn’t in Jones spot?

Hail to Pitt…What domination…this may be our best team…ever.

Comment by Dan 72 01.21.14 @ 9:57 pm

Newkirk – 10 pts, 3 assists but ESPN’s box score says he fouled out. Did he?

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 9:58 pm

That’s right Dan Bonner and his twin brother (?) played at Avonworth HS. Remember them in the WPIAL playoffs and we use to play hoops once in awhile down in Avonworth park courts

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 9:59 pm

Heck all the old ACC writers will continue to diminish us for a bit longer but eventually the tipping point will occur where you can no longer ignore us.

Comment by Yeti 01.21.14 @ 9:59 pm

Pittsburgh’rs are EVERYWHERE !!!

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:00 pm

Crazy we won by 33… And it felt like it should have been more.

Comment by usd121 01.21.14 @ 10:01 pm

I remember 4 fouls on Newkirk but it does say he fouled out. I never saw him ejected.

Comment by TVax 01.21.14 @ 10:02 pm

don’t know about that,,,,the AP writer from Raleigh had us #15 in the latest AP poll and the AP writer from Roanoke had us #10.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:02 pm

@ Yeti

It’s the Northeastern writers (bigeast territory) that are the ones trying to diminish us.

Philly inquirer writer had us #24.
Writer from jersey had us #23.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:04 pm

Well then. Perhaps the tipping point has occurred or is occurring. This makes the Duke game huge. Not due to the talent of Duke but the public perception of beating an “elite” team.

Comment by Yeti 01.21.14 @ 10:06 pm

Newkirk did foul out, and Chris Jones came back in to run the point with about 45 seconds left.

Hail to PITT!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 01.21.14 @ 10:06 pm


Sour grapes for leaving the BE? In any case, just keep winning and it will all take care of itself.

Comment by Yeti 01.21.14 @ 10:08 pm

no wonder we are accused of playing a weak schedule we beat the crap our of just about everyone we play … to the point the other team gives up early in 2nd half

Comment by wbb 01.21.14 @ 10:09 pm

Dixon really cleared the bench tonight…all 13 guys. Newkirk was on fire…

link to

Comment by Jackagain 01.21.14 @ 10:12 pm

@ Yeti….bingo

Remember they all tried to blame Pitt for the breakup of the BigEast, and Cusey a ‘pass’.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:15 pm

^^got a ‘pass’. ^^

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:16 pm

2 complaints: Zanna missed a bunny and only ended up with 2 rebounds.

Anyone agree with me?


Comment by TVax 01.21.14 @ 10:20 pm

Buttgers(8-11) and JJ moore lose 56-70 to SMU.

That must be fun for JJ playing for those losers.

Think of all the fun he could have had tonite !

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:20 pm

CBSSports Bracketology has us as a 4 seed.

Anyone going to enter the $1 billion bracket challenge? If so, will you enter a bracket with Pitt as the NC?

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 10:21 pm

Our passing is getting criminal.

Criminal that is for the …other team.

Even Z threw a long pass from the 3 line looking to set someone up for a ‘bunny’.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:23 pm

Love Cam’s solid mid-range game.

And JR looking to score more outside.

A lot to like.

Comment by TVax 01.21.14 @ 10:27 pm

the big man Uchebo had 3 rebounds in limited minutes.

One rebound he really pulled down with authority.
Would love to see him get up to speed before late Feb. Boy would that add to Pitt’s inside depth and defense.

I’m really not happy with 33 point wins ! :-)

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:27 pm

The Panthers are now 2-0 lifetime against Clemson.

Last victory was the year I was born, right here in Charlotte. At the Charlotte Carousel Tournament.

Pitt only won by 10 in that game. 60-50
I was there in spirit, lol

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:31 pm

22 days to Syr. I hope they come in undefeated and ranked 1. We are deeper, we’re at home and it’s our 2nd look.

Joe O definitely running better, doesn’t get off feet through.

Comment by Old School Panther 01.21.14 @ 10:32 pm

Emel: No need to hate on JJ Moore. He was a spark plug off the bench for Pitt who saw the writing on the wall. He transferred so that he could play more minutes, not because he had any dislike for our program. A lot of hate out of you lately, let’s pick it up!

Comment by MikePITT 01.21.14 @ 10:33 pm

Maybe they just had him hitch up his shorts higher Old School…

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:33 pm

@ MikePITT….we’re going to have to start calling you……MomPITT.

And don’t get me started !

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:35 pm

Additionally, you must read into things…for if I directed any so-called hate….it was at Buttgers, not JJ.

Nice try MomPitt !

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:42 pm

Funny this is what ESPN wrote about Wichita State in their ‘Power Rankings’.

“The complaints about their opponents is there, but the Shockers can only play the teams on their schedule. And they’ve beaten them all.”

How come we don’t get that. We can only play the teams on our schedule. lol

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:48 pm

link to

Look at this.

And nothing on the ESPN front page. No there’s no bias against PITT. Not at all.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 10:59 pm

Andy Katz Blog

3-Point Shot: Clemson’s hot ACC start

Can’t wait to hear the ‘followup’ to this blog.

Any real PITT ppl besides me around tonite !

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 11:02 pm

Going out to the local bar and find some Clemson ppl. Hopefully some MD folks as well, willing to place a bet.

Comment by Emel 01.21.14 @ 11:04 pm

Have fun and be gracious…as much as you can.

Comment by Vonteego's Way 01.21.14 @ 11:08 pm

What a fun night at the Pete. The zoo and Zanna were on fire. Best I ever saw Zanna play and he only had two rebounds. One of those nights when everything went in. Everyone played well. Total team effort.

Clemson was 4-1 and beat Duke by 15 at home. They were never in it. A total cigar game.

The passing was amazing, Patterson and Robinson to Zanna. Zanna had hands like Dick Groat and Bill Mazeroski put together. And he was everywhere, the man can move.

So much for a close hard fought defensive struggle. I hope they bottled some of what they had tonight.

Comment by gc 01.21.14 @ 11:09 pm

@Emel, if memory serves you were also referring to a former opponent’s (was it Georgia Tech?) cheerleaders as “dykes.” If it makes me a “mom” to think you should think twice before directing mindless hate at NON-OPPONENTS, so be it. I’m just not sure what that makes you. What it does make, is this the last time I write directly at you.

Comment by MikePITT 01.21.14 @ 11:11 pm

@Emel – it’s up on the ESPN front page now on the right side

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Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 11:11 pm

Top for me tonight:

Free Throws
Aggressive defense (6 steals, 4 blocks)
24 Assists (negative is 10 turnovers)
Talib Talib Talib


Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 11:13 pm

Kind of figured that Clemson would be run out of the Pete after their performance @ VT! Ya think Talib approves of the move to the ACC? Lamar is just a pleasure to watch. Anyone catch any of the NCSU win over MD? TJ sat out for the Wolfpack and they still won. UVa wacked the Tar Heels pretty handily. Size-up the ACC with Pitt, Cuse, UVa and the mystery team from Cameron Indoor as the NCAA selections. ACC otherwise is pretty crappy! H2P! Dick Groat in a head-band, classic! UPone

Comment by UPone 01.21.14 @ 11:13 pm

And one more thing:


Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 11:15 pm

Chris Jones had 6 rebounds, 3 assists and no turnovers in 20 minutes. Only 4 points, but he was helping the team in other ways.

Comment by Howard 01.21.14 @ 11:31 pm

short (but great) highlights courtesy of ESPN

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Comment by Pitt Dad 01.21.14 @ 11:47 pm

In the post game interview with Groat, Hilgrove and Aiken, Chris Jones saiad that his thumb is sore and it will be taken care of after the season. Let’s hope that is some time in April. 😉

Comment by xfmrman 01.22.14 @ 12:00 am

Still an impressive line for CJ given the thumb.

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.22.14 @ 12:07 am

Need some advice on getting more and better Pitt BB and FB on TV.

ESPN3 is annoying to watch on the computer–my internet is Verizon DSL–No FIOS available where I live. TV is Dish Network because Direct TV offered (in lieu of FIOS) as a package By Verizon requires several higher tiers of service to match the sports programming of Dish with the Sports Pak and my budget is too tight to go the Direct TV route.

Suggestions for ESPN3 over my TV? Other options, if any with the limitations i am starting out with?

Comment by pitt1972 01.22.14 @ 12:14 am


A couple of options will be mid-level device called a Roku or an Apple TV device:

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Both allow you to stream pay-per-view movies and TV shows (Netflix, etc.), but they also have apps that let you stream free programming and sports (ESPN3, PBS, ABC, etc.).

You can also do this with most newish game consoles (XBox, Playstations, etc.). I watch ESPN3 and Netflix through my XBox in full HD with a wireless connection and the quality is just as good as regular TV.

The Roku you’d want starts at $60, the Apple TV is $99. I think Apple is better quality, but the Roku seems to have a lot more options for viewing content (most pay-per-view or subscription).

I’m sure there are other options, but those are some that I know work well if they fit your budget. Hope that helps.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.22.14 @ 2:31 am

As for the hoops, this postgame quote from Clemson’s coach is EVERYTHING!!!!

“We have a false sense of bravado. Like most young people, they believe ‘yeah, we are ready for all of this’ and then you get slapped in the face and there is nowhere to hide.”


Comment by CNorwoodAZ 01.22.14 @ 2:35 am

@ MomPitt….it wasn’t directed at the GT cheerleaders. If you must criticize, at least get it right. It was at the GT female trombone players, as I had never seen so many female brass players in such a small college pep band ever.

And your obsession with me, won’t be missed. :-)

Comment by Emel 01.22.14 @ 4:30 am

As if on cue, a Clemson hat wearing person was exactly next to me upon my arrival at said local watering hole.

Being the gracious individual that I am, we became fast friends, bought each other drinks and so forth. He even invited me to Clemson football games as he had 9 season tickets.

Too bad MomPitt or whoever was there. Of course that might have spoiled everything, being the type of individual mompitt is.

Comment by Emel 01.22.14 @ 4:38 am

I let that comment slide back then and gave you a ‘pass’ back then, I won’t do that again.

Comment by Emel 01.22.14 @ 4:39 am

And I KNOW what that makes you.

Comment by Emel 01.22.14 @ 4:42 am

Did you even go to Pitt. As it seems most of your comments are directed at me, rather anything Pitt related. Hoopie perhaps, and I attack Pedo State alot, perhaps your into little boys.

Does that offend you too ? If so,,,,FU !!!

Comment by Emel 01.22.14 @ 4:46 am

Pitt1972, Apple T.V is what I have it hooks right to your t.v and has ESPN3 on it, it shows it in HD I love it. It cost $100 but no other additional fees. It has Netflix, Hulu, and you can rent movies and some other things but I got it just to watch Pitt games it’s worth every penny check it out at Best Buy.

Comment by Steve h 01.22.14 @ 5:44 am

I heard Dan Bonner on CBS radio yesterday morning previewing the game, he called it a match up of “a good team and a not-as-good team”…

the best comment during the game was at about 3:30 left in the first half, the play by play guy said “Believe it or not, that’s Pitt’s first offensive rebound.” To which Bonner replied “That’s because they haven’t missed any shots”

Comment by KeyboardKev 01.22.14 @ 7:33 am

You have to love the athleticism and potential of the young players. Artis, Young, Newkirk, Jones. The future is bright.

Comment by notrocketscience 01.22.14 @ 7:45 am

After last night’s game, and reading about our tough defense, superb ballhandling, and JRob, Lamar, & Talib (truly shades of Levance, Sam, & DuJuan), it will break my heart if we are “one & done,” or “two & blue” in this year’s dance!! I’m a very proud alum these days! Hail to you-know-who!

Comment by Stan Schweiger 01.22.14 @ 7:50 am

The Zoo yelled “we want Duke” but better heads prevailed as Zanna said “we have Maryland to worry about first.” Looks like our players are maturing. The Syracuse loss was very beneficial for the long run. And we get the Orange at the Pete. Hail to Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 01.22.14 @ 7:53 am

Ok.. So which one of you yahoos hit the easy button?

Comment by Hurriquake 01.22.14 @ 7:54 am

After this game, Pitt’s war chant through the rest of the season should be, “remember Syracuse”. They played like champions! It was pretty obvious that the loss at the hands of Syracuse provided all the momentum necessary for Pitt play at their peak of execution in order to dismantle Clemson the way that they did.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.22.14 @ 7:55 am

There are several almost perfunctory bends in the road for a rising ranked team on its way to the tournament. One of them is a blow out at home and that was last night. I could feel it coming but won’t dare predict or post it for fear of jinx. Pitt was pissed, Clemson was intimidated. Their kids had the jitters, an unfamilier northern big city, a town & team with a hardnosed rep. They aren’t as bad as they looked. Based on that performance you’d think they’re poorly coached, they’re not. We will see a different team in Columbia early March but we’ll still win and I’m planning to be there with my kid.

This game could have huge implications down the road. This team has components that previous Pitt teams didn’t have yet this team still has its connection to the best of those previous teams. Both Dixon’s coaching and teams talent collective are why. Clemson blowout gave minutes and familiarity to kids who we’ll need down the road. This team has the potential to take the program to unchartered territory which runs simultaneously with the capacity for the greatest of letdowns. Either way its a beautiful thing.

Comment by Old School Panther 01.22.14 @ 8:12 am

If you’d have told me before the game we would win by 33 points and Chris Jones would be our leading rebounder (6) I’d of ask you to get me some of the stuff you were smokin’!!!

Comment by virgil 01.22.14 @ 8:43 am

the best comment during the game was at about 3:30 left in the first half, the play by play guy said “Believe it or not, that’s Pitt’s first offensive rebound.” To which Bonner replied “That’s because they haven’t missed any shots”

Comment by KeyboardKev 01.22.14 @ 7:33 am

I said noticed, and said, the same thing while at the game. Spooky.

Comment by xfmrman 01.22.14 @ 9:50 am

OK, so the announcer made a comment about what the Zoo was chanting. He said something like “Now it’s getting personal.” So, what was the chant?


p.s. I promise to wear my “blue and gold” boxers for all games from now on, including football.

Comment by pmdH2P 01.22.14 @ 9:53 am

I distinctly heard over the TV…..”Clemson sucks”

Comment by KeyboardKev 01.22.14 @ 10:54 am

@Emel, you’re a “hater”?? You emit hatred?? LMAO!!

That has to be the most overly used phrase I’ve seen in quite awhile the past few years.

Also, has totally taken away, any significance that the word hate once had.

You also drivel mindless hate too, I now see!!!

You’re a bad man Emel, a very bad man!!!


Comment by Dan 01.22.14 @ 11:06 am

Frankly, I’m offended, that people today are so

easily offended. Could someone advocate for me???


Comment by Dan 01.22.14 @ 11:08 am

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