February 5, 2014

2 game losing streak. Road game. Another slow-paced defensive-minded opponent.

Miami is off to a 2-6 start in the ACC. In no small part because their schedule has been brutal for what should be a middle to lower middle team in the ACC — Syracuse (twice), Duke, FSU, at Maryland.

The team plays a matchup zone defense.

“Theirs is a matchup zone, we haven’t seen a lot of that matchup zone this year. We’ve seen more of it in other years, but not so much this year,” Dixon said. “They also play a little bit of the Syracuse zone, a type of 2-3, but we saw it a little more in the Big East. It is something that coach Larranaga hasn’t played a lot of [in the past], but is this year because he feels it matches his personnel.

“They match up more with their three perimeter guys, they play more man-to-man on the ball than say a 2-3 zone.”

Dixon said the key to Miami’s zone is it slows teams down on offense. That meshes with the Hurricanes’ philosophy of keeping the possessions low and scoring down.

He said the only way to attack it successfully is to be patient. Dixon thought the Panthers were pretty good at that Sunday in the loss against Virginia but noted they were not good at making shots.

“I think we are good against a zone,” Dixon said. “The matchup zone is something that we prepare for, but we are also built to have success against zones because we pass it well and shoot it well. But it is something that we are going to have to be patient with and adjust [to] as they adjust as the game goes on.

The Canes have some length on the perimeter which is why they play the zone.

Lamar Patterson will be a focus for them — as he has been for the past couple of teams. So unless other guys start making shots with more consistency and finishing at (not simply getting to) the basket, that isn’t going to change.

This will be a slow tempo game. Hopefully it will be more along the Clemson game than the Virginia/Cinci style.

Miami media cares little for this sort of thing. Especially on signing day. Their lone story focuses on how there will be four players from Nigeria on the court tonight — not the actual game. As for Talib Zanna, there isn’t much being said about whether his ankle is okay from the nasty roll it got on Sunday.

It’s a 7pm game down in Coral Gables.

The game is on and ESPN’s FullCourt package. The RSN distribution includes Root Sports — Pittsubrgh, YES, NESN, SportsTime Ohio, Sun Sports and others.

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Comment by wbb 02.05.14 @ 4:09 pm

I am very worried about this game. It will not be the match up zone that does Pitt in if they lose but it will be Jamie’s stubbornness at trying anything new to get our scoring out of the funk. JD simply has to try to score as even in the Match-up zone, Miami will be able to double on LP if we have no scoring presence from the point guard position,

On another subject, Engram would be a fool to come to Baltimore. The coaching staff of the Ravens is in chaos and Harbaugh is under the gun and has been threatened by the owner if he does not produce in 2014. Really think the Ravens explode this year and finish last in the division with Cleveland.


Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 4:13 pm

Just looking at Scout’s 2014 team rankings for basketball

Duke #1
N Carolina #4
Louisville #8
Syracuse #17
NC State #18
Miami #24

Good luck Jamie !

Comment by Chick 02.05.14 @ 4:22 pm

don’t think Harbaugh is going anywhere soon even with a terrible year or 2. Just won SB last year.

Plus, Engram would still be a hot commodity. He’s young, knowledgeable and relates well with his players, especialy since he was an accomplished pro.

Comment by wbb 02.05.14 @ 4:22 pm

Duke may still get there, after most were writing them off.

Comment by Dan 02.05.14 @ 5:00 pm

Yep Miami’s Top 3 scores are ALL seniors.

The top 2 are 6’6″ guards which could cause problems for our 2 especially if they decide to post up JR.

Might have to go to the JD dreaded Zone !

Their top big is 6’9″ 230 bs, Captain (er I mean) Donovan Kirk. Avg’s about 10 & 6. And again another senior.

These guys could give us trouble if it becomes a slog fest. Again we need to push the ball and create opportunities to score more easily.

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 5:19 pm

@Chick, As far as I know Pitt has been out recruited by Syracuse every year that Dixon has been coach. It’s a good thing because otherwise they couldn’t beat us one out of every 3 times we play. Based on recruiting rankings UNC and Duke should never lose a game. Yet they lose plenty. I am very confident we will compete with and in most cases out perform all 6 of these teams. Calhoun, Patino, and Boeheim always out recruited us in the Big East yet we had a better record. I don’t think luck was that much of a factor either.

Comment by spiritofsection22 02.05.14 @ 5:33 pm

Let’s push the ball and beat their zone before it sets up.

Force the tempo of this game like Maryland did to them 2 games ago, MD beat them 74-71.

We need to control the tempo !!!

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 5:40 pm

EMel …speed it up…get down the floor quick, fast break, press…do anything but sit back and let Miami control the pace…agreed!

Now for the reality. Jamie will let Pitt do what it always does and plod along with Miami figuring we have the better personnel. Nothing will change and JR will pass up one open shot after another as Miami just stops covering him completely.

The result of will not be a pleasant one if he takes that approach and we will all be in for another Maddening evening. I am out of scotch and for once would like to see Pitt dominate from the opening tip.

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 5:46 pm

Severe sprains like what Zanna suffered Sunday can be a reoccurring problem. Once an ankle has been severely sprained it never fully heals and is more vulnerable than prior to the initial injury. If he is able to run up and down the court it doesn’t insure he will he will be able to extend himself and stop and cut with confidence. Since Zanna has always been an inegma I am concerned this injury could be a major mental hurdle for him to overcome as well. He sure didn’t look like much against Virginia, and if the real Talib doesn’t return we are in deep doo doo. That plus about the time he reinjures his ankle this could get worse. I will be saying a prayer that the Big Cahuna from Kaduna responds with a double double at the U.

Comment by spiritofsection22 02.05.14 @ 5:51 pm

Yep Dan72

JD is pretty stubborn and he thinks we can ‘outslog’ everyone still.

This isn’t those teams from the past with the wide bodies, who played bruiserball.

Everyone once in a while we play a stretch like you and I like …however ‘old habits die hard’ and we seem to revert back to form…somewhere as the season progresses. Very frustrating and requires much drinking to get thru it.

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 5:54 pm

I’m thinking JD loves slogball…as it’s much more easier for him to micromanage each and every possession.

And in the halfcourt he can scream a lot more effectively. :-)

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 5:56 pm

@Dan 72, I doubt JD will change the game plan just because you are out of Scotch. You still have an hour or so before tip off, I suggest you hustle out and grab a half gallon or so in case this goes overtime.

Comment by spiritofsection22 02.05.14 @ 5:58 pm

I’m with sos22…Z will be alright. Now if he didn’t play again Sunday and played a lot of minutes I’d be more worried.

Let’s hope JD pulls him out of the lane a little if we’re having a tough time getting him the ball.

Z’s assets are his quickness for a bigman. his ability to take other Centers off the dribble and his ability to hit mid range jump shots.

Those are all negated if he’s limited to just playing with his back to the basket. Should be obvious now, since he is a 5th year senior.

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 6:01 pm

The line is evolving from +5.5 to +6

Comment by spiritofsection22 02.05.14 @ 6:04 pm

This game shouldn’t be important but it really is.

Must stop the slide into the abyss.

Stop the spasming sphincter tonight, play loose, make shots.


Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 6:09 pm

Miami has some really bad losses.

So losing tonite, IS NOT AN OPTION !!!

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 6:20 pm

Spirit we are getting points?????????

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 6:25 pm

UPBB, giving of course

Comment by spiritofsection22 02.05.14 @ 6:26 pm

gc,slide into abyss and spasming sphincter. I am all for free speech and a relaxed discourse here at the blather but please get your head out of your ass.

Comment by spiritofsection22 02.05.14 @ 6:29 pm

Right about now, Slice should slip a Lude into JD’s water bottle.

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 6:34 pm

Nice one Spirit but if they choke again we probably won’t hear from you for two weeks.

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 6:38 pm

GC, My computer was on the blink , I am not one to hide although being so opinionated makes one want to hide sometimes. I was at both games. Duke was hot, we looked tired and they are very good. Virginia Zanna gets hurt, we suck at the line, and I had a lot of problems with the officiating. Virginia gets a lot out of a little like us and I was impressed with their coach. I still think we beat them most nights. Patterson needs to relax and let it flow, work his passing game and use his teammates. He can play much better than he did in the last two. “Choke” is a little abrasive but we do need to get back on the winning side pronto. I think we can, but Miami is capable of making us work for it.

Comment by spiritofsection22 02.05.14 @ 6:58 pm

ESPN3 is blacked out in my area. Any other live feeds for the game tonight?

Comment by Lou 02.05.14 @ 7:00 pm

Lou, Root sports has the game here in the Burgh

Comment by spiritofsection22 02.05.14 @ 7:02 pm

Here ya go Sweet Lou Hudson

link to

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:04 pm

It’s easy to keep up with tropes such as Jamie loves slog ball after they played a really good defensive team. If he loves to slow down the game so much then why was Pitt averaging second most points in ACC for most of season. They had 3 really bad offensive games. All against really good Ds. You’d think Pitt was averaging 50 points a game based on comments.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.05.14 @ 7:04 pm

Patterson was 7 for 28 with few assists in those games. Zanna had 11 points, 7 from the foul line against Duke and 2 points against VA. Where I grew up we called that choking.

It may be harsh, but they know it’s true. There really isn’t another explanation. They couldn’t handle the big stage. This has been their history.

We all hope for a different outcome, but time is running short.

I will be there cheering for them. But only they can make their shots.

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 7:07 pm

Looks like a really hostile crowd in Miami. If Pitt wins by anything less than double digits it’s bad.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.05.14 @ 7:07 pm

Thanks, Emel!

And I even like the name!

Comment by Lou 02.05.14 @ 7:08 pm

crap had a chance to get out to 8-0 and blew it

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:09 pm

miami can’t shoot, but we’re playing down to their level….oy vey

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:12 pm


Is JD going to be outcoached in this !

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:15 pm

Miami getting some strange bounces for buckets

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 7:16 pm

Ugh…just turned it on for a 9-0 Miami run. Don’t want to see play to their level. Miami taking the formula of Pitt’s last two opponents. Crashing the boards. If Dixon is going to keep saying “we need to win the battle of the boards” after every single loss…every team is just going to focus on that.

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 7:16 pm

Want everyone to take note:

Announcers went over everyone that Miami lost.

We apparently didn’t lose anyone. Including our leading scorer and an NBA lottery pick.

did they just forget…or just purposely OMIT IT !

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:17 pm

How to beat the press.

throw it to mid-court where no one is.

only a miami guy….double yoi

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:24 pm

Not good… Down to Miami… Final Four Hoping…. Hell Now I hope we make the Tourney, LOL

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 7:28 pm

Damn. Calling every touch foul against us. This could be a long night.

ACC a finesse league my ass.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 7:29 pm

after 22 games i think the Panthers are use to the defensive rule changes,,,contrary to this color announer

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:30 pm

may sound funny..but if we lose tonite…that could be the case…upitt

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:31 pm

“JR makes plays”


Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:32 pm

The Panthers haven’t had foul problems until the last few games. Their style hasn’t changed. Are they getting lazy? Too physical and trying too much? Refs calling it tighter? More freshman playing?

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 7:35 pm

@Pendulum – refs making more calls and not always the same way on both ends.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 7:36 pm

try JD has lost the team!

Comment by markp 02.05.14 @ 7:38 pm

Patterson is missing lay ups. It’s one thing to get passed a ball with 1 second left and have to force a shot, but a star caliber player like him should be making these.

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 7:41 pm

My goodness, Lamar.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 02.05.14 @ 7:43 pm

how come we give up so many facial dunks…revs up the crowd and the opponent…better to foul them hard ,,put them on the line

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:43 pm

Miami up 4 with the ball. Patterson 0-4, 2 assists, 3/4 free throws, 3 TOs.

Wright saving us with 10

Comment by KeyboardKev 02.05.14 @ 7:43 pm

Right now it appears this team has lost it’s mojo. Good thing we aren’t playing a decent team tonight or this game would be over already.

Comment by Iron Duke 02.05.14 @ 7:44 pm

Don’t anybody say again, please, that Newkirk is a viable option for JR. He is clearly not ready.

Comment by Iron Duke 02.05.14 @ 7:51 pm


Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:52 pm

And Patterson with 2 3’s in the last minute of the half. Pitt up 29-28 at halftime.

Newkirk with 3 fouls.

Comment by KeyboardKev 02.05.14 @ 7:53 pm

We keep playing like this…we’ll be lucky to make the Dance….as a 8/9 OUT in the 1rst Round

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:53 pm

If this pace keeps up, that is in Pitt’s favor.

Comment by xfmrman 02.05.14 @ 7:54 pm

What the heck is up with Root’s cameras? Maybe the layout of Miami? Just interviewed Dixon right by the announcers…yet they just showed a zoomed out floor shot. Then on the on Pitt possession they showed an angle from the back corner where you couldn’t see half the play.

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 7:54 pm

Up by 1 at the half in spite of playing well below our ability.


Comment by MariettaMike 02.05.14 @ 7:54 pm

dicky v…time to put on some music at halftime…can not stand that putz

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 7:55 pm

Jamie Dixon and this team can have 24 seconds on the clock. They will 99.9% of the time take it down to 1-2 seconds and have to force up a terrible shot. Happens every game guys. Amazing how bad either the plays are or the execution of the plays. Every game we have a final shot or whatever we screw it up. That shot by Lamar was a gift i will take but wow.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 7:55 pm

Also missed the first point of the game Pendlum.

they were too busy with their “Keys to the Game”, to bother….lmao

Amateur production and announcers !

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:00 pm

Wright kept us in the game. Good to see Patterson get of the snide, hope he goes off in the second half. Nice half by Young. Newkirk a very bad half.
Zanna needs to finish his plays.

This is not a good Miami team. Hope we play up to our ability in the second half.

Root always has poor production. Announcers have miss called our players three times, they are wearing numbers.

The ACC announcers just don’t know us yet and just repeat the same old drivel.

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 8:03 pm

Nice…I was putting my daughter to sleep. Good thing I didn’t miss it…since everyone else did too!

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 8:03 pm

We have no inside game at all and cannot find driving lanes. Need to hit some threes and outside shots. Looks like Lamar woke up.

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 8:04 pm

We still look tentative, must be the Duke/VA hangover.

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 8:05 pm

I thought we always attacked a Zone, by passing into a player at the foul line and then working it from there.

All we’re doing is playing patty cake around the perimeter until the shot clock wears down and then Cam or Lamar attempt a drive, get swatted, maybe make a floater.

It’s not like we haven’t seen a 2-3 zone before. Cuse plays it much better than miami….lol

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:06 pm

Cameron Wright stepping it up this game. What does his tattoo say?

Comment by Howard 02.05.14 @ 8:07 pm

Where has our interior passing game gone?

Comment by Iron Duke 02.05.14 @ 8:11 pm

And hope that JD realizes that a some point in the 2nd half, Larranaga will pull that ‘full court press’ out again.

As it did net at least 1 pitt turnover and pitt was confused as sh8t….

He’s just waiting for the right opportunity to put thAT press on again.

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:11 pm


Comment by xfmrman 02.05.14 @ 8:13 pm

1st commercial of the 2nd half – still no points scored in the half. Pitt 29 Miami 28. Pitt 0 for 5, Miami 0 fo 7

Comment by KeyboardKev 02.05.14 @ 8:13 pm

Howard – Wrights right arm tat says ‘Courage’.

Comment by dinosaur 71 02.05.14 @ 8:15 pm

Ugly stuff

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 8:15 pm

This is so painful to watch

Comment by cas myzlinski 02.05.14 @ 8:17 pm

wish someone for Pitt could go up strong with the ball, so soft

Comment by cas myzlinski 02.05.14 @ 8:19 pm

How many wide open 3s has Miami missed? Wide open.

Comment by xfmrman 02.05.14 @ 8:21 pm

And Miami is getting into the lane with relative ease. Pitt is lucky that they cannot make a shot.

Comment by xfmrman 02.05.14 @ 8:22 pm

So… Wright man CAN jump

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 8:24 pm

can’t understand Young, shot looks pretty good but never falls

Comment by cas myzlinski 02.05.14 @ 8:25 pm

this is Pit i-full..yea we’re winning but they’ve scored 4 pts in the last 11 minutes…we should be up by the 15 not 5.

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:26 pm

And then Young travels trying to put up a bunny.

I love playing freshmen but come on.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 8:27 pm

Doesn’t get much uglier. Hard to believe we could
Lose to this team

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 8:27 pm

Does anyone want this game?

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 8:28 pm

Is it me or are we travelling a lot more this year?

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 8:28 pm

just pathetic against this team….

no excuses tonite we’re playing a Top 50 team…this is like a bottom 50 team

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:31 pm

This is the worst I have seen Pitt play all year.
Someone make a F;n basket. No inside game for Pitt at all.

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 8:32 pm

Poll: How many points will Pitt score in the last 6 minutes?

6 7/8

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 8:32 pm

Why does Robinson even see the court. He is atrocious. No offense to the young man but oh my. Guys at the YMCA are better and they are 40.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 8:34 pm

this team is really hard to watch…..i need stronger booze….like Bookers

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:35 pm

They call that foul on Artis but they aren’t calling the same over the back on Miami on their offensive end.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 8:35 pm

We cannot play any worse!

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 8:36 pm

@Upittbaseball – because Newkirk is worse, especially tonight. Barely seen the floor and he has 2 points and 3 fouls (although at least one should NOT have been called).

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 8:37 pm

he went to DeMatha…JD prolly thinks we’ll develop a pipeline to it….lol

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:37 pm

another facial

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:41 pm

We suck so bad it is unwatchable

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 8:41 pm

Pitt is settling for 3s and knocking rebounds out. Great strategy…I see an ending like UVA coming up. Everyone missing shots until the last one.

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 8:42 pm

JD knows how to win! He doesn’t know how to score…BUT HE KNOWS HOW TO WIN! lol

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 8:42 pm

what were the choices….Jackagain…

how about zero

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:42 pm

We are playing just a brutal brand of basketball right now.

Comment by ECH 02.05.14 @ 8:42 pm

Don’t know why I got my hopes up earlier this year that maybe we have slightly better athletes and could run a little. This team is as unathletic as the prior two. No quickness or speed. While I am not a Jamie basher and like him generally as a coach, I have followed the debate about him closely. My view is that a couple things are squarely his fault – foul shooting and missing layups and tip ins. So, if you blame the kids for these “lapses” then you have to blame Jamie for being a lousy recruiter. But, coaches are responsible for the fundamentals and his teams never do those “little things” well – ever. Love to hear others view on that.

Comment by htp123 02.05.14 @ 8:45 pm

hope none of our recruits are watching this garbage

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:45 pm

We are going to lose to these bums. We have
Done so much wrong I cannot believe this is
The same team

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 8:46 pm

this team is so unathletic it is sickening. Miami winning every loose ball, the seniors really need to step up.

Comment by cas myzlinski 02.05.14 @ 8:47 pm

Team is struggling to close out close games. Cinch, Cuse, UVA… Miami?

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 02.05.14 @ 8:48 pm

it would be nice if you could hit the rim

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:48 pm

How can JR not even hit the rim?

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 8:48 pm

Why does Wright always score in the first half and never the second?

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 8:48 pm

Big crowd at this game

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 8:49 pm

That’s 2 so far Emel…

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 8:49 pm

Why are we settling for pass arounds and 3’s? Newkirk should be benched. Thank goodness Miami is just as bad at this point.

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 8:52 pm

why is Nuke in the game….he’s not in sync on offense is the guy he is attempting to guard has 5 inches on him…very strange

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:53 pm

Patterson at the line late? Holding breath

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 02.05.14 @ 8:53 pm

Can we win a close one?

Comment by Howard 02.05.14 @ 8:53 pm


Comment by dinosaur 71 02.05.14 @ 8:54 pm

Did I hear a Let’s Go Pitt chant there?

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 8:54 pm

Good question Emel.

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 8:54 pm

htp123…ya won’t get an argument out of me…

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 8:54 pm

Patterson folds under pressure

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 02.05.14 @ 8:54 pm

29 points in 36 and 1/2 minutes! I knew the loss of Durand would be costly, but I had no idea it would be this bad! What is the coaching staff doing during their game planning? Not much, I’m afraid! I’m very disappointed, and somewhat depressed!

Comment by Stanley Schweiger 02.05.14 @ 8:55 pm

if they win, it will be grossly undeserverd. And how did i know Patterson would miss one of those FTs.

Comment by Carmen 02.05.14 @ 8:55 pm

wtf is Dixon doing…jones, nuke in the game at this point…is he drunk

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:55 pm

that large guard for them…is just taking the ball to the rim against nuke and the switch…we got lucky he missed there

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:56 pm

Pitt Dad..I thought I heard that too…

Miami missed FT’s are keeping us in the game…

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 8:57 pm

I will take under in any game plays for the rest of the year. Not scoring 45 is gross

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 8:57 pm

smart play by JR.,.this announcer is nuts…he was already over the halfcourt line…lmao

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:58 pm

Does Dixon have a grey squirrel on his head?

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 8:58 pm

I apologize…it was 36 points in 36 & a 1/2 minutes — but all of you get the point (terrible pun)!

Comment by Stanley Schweiger 02.05.14 @ 8:58 pm

Here comes a bad shot guaranteed with 11 sexonds left on clock. Mark it down

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 8:59 pm

yea both JR and Cam can make plays for themself…who is this nutbag announcer

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 8:59 pm

This team reminds me of those Ralph Willard teams

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 02.05.14 @ 8:59 pm

I can see it already. Miami runs 25 seconds off, gets a wide open 3 and drains it to take the lead. Pitt can’t get a shot off in the last 10 seconds because they just pass the ball around.

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 8:59 pm

Worst shooter in the nation shoots the ball. Called that one. Way to draw up a good one grey squirrel dixon

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:00 pm

LOL. Emel

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:01 pm

Groundhog Day

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:01 pm

Pendlum calles it! Wow

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:01 pm

So far we got 5 points inside the 6 minute mark….at least that’s an improvement. lol

Looks like 7 will win it if we can score here…

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 9:01 pm

Here is comes…pass the ball around for 23 seconds then throw up a crappy shot with a second left…

Comment by opitt 02.05.14 @ 9:01 pm

Win or lose this is atrocious

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:02 pm

Anyone not see that 3

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 9:02 pm

why is nuke in…they’re shooting right over him…where is YOung and Artis

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 9:03 pm

Where has that been all night?

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:03 pm

Someone guard 15 on Miami! Even the idiot announcers on Root know it is going to him.

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 9:03 pm

Too much time left

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:03 pm

Pitt is known for D so expect them to fold

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 02.05.14 @ 9:04 pm

how about a press…now to get a turnover…beyond JD I know !

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 9:04 pm

Disgraceful no matter how it turns out

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 9:04 pm

Im watching this on fox sports arizona on espn lol

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:04 pm

but remember JR is not only one of the best ACC defenders by one of the best in the country…per last games color announcer.

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 9:05 pm

Robinson strikes again

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:05 pm

THAT was the shot we wanted at the buzzer???

Comment by ECH 02.05.14 @ 9:06 pm

what a prayer by Cam….

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 9:06 pm

Miami wins by 8 if they make free throws

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:06 pm

Why doesn’t Robinson drive to the basket?
Can some one tell him that he has to be more than one dimensional!

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 02.05.14 @ 9:06 pm

That was the dumbest thing I have ever seen, if you drive to the hoop they have to foul you but wright stops dead.

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:06 pm

I love settling for the Wright turn around prayer. Was he hoping to get lucky and bank it in like UVA?

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 9:07 pm

Great play call 2M a year grey squirrel.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:07 pm

Is this anywhere on an internet feed?

Comment by TVax 02.05.14 @ 9:07 pm

We’re 11 of 16 from the line. 1 more would have done it considering they are 10 of 21 on FTs.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 9:07 pm

32% shooting is terrible

Comment by Frank 02.05.14 @ 9:07 pm

you can’t get drunk enough to watch this.

It’s like watching a YMCA rec league game.

With worse shooting %’s

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 9:07 pm

I think I’ll just go to bed now, and be surprised in the morning.

Comment by Lou 02.05.14 @ 9:08 pm

Miami was 1-6 in their last 6 FT attempts or we’d have another embarrassing loss…

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 9:08 pm

Good call Pitt Fan, the one time Robinson should drive to get the foul he passes

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:08 pm

Where is Carl Krauser or Brandon Knight? We need a PG that can drive

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 02.05.14 @ 9:08 pm

right least try to make some contact and get to the line…

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 9:09 pm

Tvax. Espn app ipad

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:09 pm


Comment by CNorwoodAZ 02.05.14 @ 9:10 pm

wright gets snuffed so much funny he doesn’t have facial burns

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 9:10 pm

OK..pitt mad us feel all warm and fuzzy at the beginning of the year..and now we are who I thought we were…pitt is not good..we have no one that can score..

Comment by Keith 02.05.14 @ 9:10 pm

Wright always falls back on his lay-up instead if leaning in to get the foul. Gets blocked every time

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:11 pm

Patterson put this team on your BACK baby and get it DONE!

Comment by DD 02.05.14 @ 9:13 pm

How have we gone from being so confident on the court to being so afraid on the court? A psychologist could have a ball trying to analyze this team & its coaches, and what’s happened! What seems like “plain,lousy execution” is really a function of the coaching staff! I’m getting a little old for this…

Comment by Stanley Schweiger 02.05.14 @ 9:15 pm

flagrant foul

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 9:15 pm

LP seems to have woken up a bit

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 9:15 pm

No foul call

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:16 pm

Then the foul on Zanna

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:17 pm

Unbelievable the way the OT has been called. Un fucking believable.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 9:19 pm

COVER 15!!

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 9:19 pm

I got the game feed here….lost my other one….

link to

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 9:19 pm

Wright comes through

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:20 pm

blew right past JR

Comment by Emel 02.05.14 @ 9:20 pm

besides lamar…who do you have any kind of confidence to make a big shot late in the game???

Comment by Keith 02.05.14 @ 9:20 pm

Woops….they switched it to the UNLV game…I guess the guy couldn’t take the excitement anymore…LOL

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 9:20 pm

56-55 Pitt with the ball 13 seconds left.

Comment by Howard 02.05.14 @ 9:21 pm

Don’t care that wright just made 2 fts. He should not be out there when they are trying to foul!

Comment by DD 02.05.14 @ 9:21 pm

Need two more foul shots

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:21 pm

And LP goes 1 for 2 when it counts.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 9:24 pm

Patterson saves the day

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:25 pm

Nice steal. If Patterson passed quickly, time would be up. I still don’t trust it until the buzzer sounds.

Comment by Pendlum 02.05.14 @ 9:25 pm

Slice looks like a funeral director from Albania

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.05.14 @ 9:26 pm

WOW, that game sucked. But, a road win is a good win.

Comment by xfmrman 02.05.14 @ 9:26 pm

Patterson took over the game in overtime!

Comment by Howard 02.05.14 @ 9:26 pm

Tougher than it should have been but we finally win a buzzer beater.

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:26 pm

Wow….even with OT Pitt can’t score

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 9:27 pm

Ugly, but I’ll take it.

Comment by dinosaur 71 02.05.14 @ 9:27 pm

I’m glad we won…but we are not good..and we can’t score

Comment by Keith 02.05.14 @ 9:27 pm

That may be our ugliest win but I will take an ugly win over an ugly loss any day of the week.

LP redeems himself…slightly.


Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 9:27 pm

Pitt shoots 33% and wins. Unbelievable.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 02.05.14 @ 9:28 pm

He hit big shots. He got a great pass into Zanna under the basket. He and Robinson beat the full court press. His first foul shot bounced around. His second was nothing but net. He did miss a foul shot but other that, he was incredible!

Comment by Howard 02.05.14 @ 9:28 pm


A win on the road is always a good thing.

Glad it is over next VT then we play Number

Comment by JR 02.05.14 @ 9:29 pm

Didn’t see it, but sure could not have been the game I had hoped for or expected. Taking back one of the very’s if not both.(v. v. good…..NOT)

Comment by TVax 02.05.14 @ 9:29 pm

And so Pitt wins it’s first good win of the season…that is, a game in which the lead was less than 5 points in the last 2 minutes.

Too bad it was against the worst team in the league.

Comment by DD 02.05.14 @ 9:29 pm

In our last 3 games in the 2nd half we’ve scored 17,22 & 33 points.

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 9:30 pm

check this out …. 24 seconds left in regulation, my station here in Cleveland goes to start of VT – FSU at 9 pm

Comment by wbb 02.05.14 @ 9:30 pm

Patterson finished with 25 points

Comment by Howard 02.05.14 @ 9:31 pm

Come on, DD – give them credit. Miami’s probably only the 3rd worst team in the league!

(Actually, I’d put Va Tech and BC as the worst 2)

Comment by KeyboardKev 02.05.14 @ 9:33 pm

Can’t wait to see the box score, not a game to pad the stats.

Patterson is all we got.

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:34 pm

wbb, hilarious, VT has a big following in Cleveland

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 9:35 pm

we were stuck on 39 pts for 5 minutes 2 seconds. But actually had good looks, just couldn’t throw it in the ocean!

Comment by wbb 02.05.14 @ 9:38 pm

This team needs to run its sets in practice until it makes all its open shots

Comment by Frank 02.05.14 @ 9:38 pm

It was a win. On the road. In conference. Broke a two-game losing streak. And yet, I couldn’t feel less confident about this team. The regression on offense is startling. Lots to address before Syracuse next Wednesday……

Comment by WorkinOnMyPittness 02.05.14 @ 9:38 pm

We won a close game and Patterson is back. That’s enough for me.

Comment by Howard 02.05.14 @ 9:39 pm

Wow. Just wow. Did not deserve that one. Good thing LP decided to take over. Good thing The U cant shoot FTs. Good thing the Hokies are next.

I think Dixon is grasping for combos that work, but don’t understand the small lineup tonite. This team has gone from looking athletic and up tempo to barely getting a shot off in 35 seconds. Credit UVa and Miami some, but it’s not like we haven’t seen this before. Seems to happen every year at some point.

Comment by Iron Duke 02.05.14 @ 9:39 pm

We won. Guess what game doesn’t have a recap yet and isn’t linked to the ESPN BBall front page.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 9:40 pm

Underestimated the strength of Miami D. Didn’t realize they held teams to under 60 a game.

Not sure how they won with Lamar playing poorly as he didn’t do much besides scoring. Newkirk was horrible. I thought we were going to get to see the Hawaiian assassin at one point. Zanna looks tired.

Loss of DJ is starting to build up. It’s like a slow rolling stone gathering mass. Everyone has to do a bit more. Chris Jones is gutsy for playing hurt but the difference between him in DJ is ridiculous.

Good teams throughout college basketball are losing to bad teams on road. Got the W. Best to forget the ugliness.

By the way Pitt isn’t a bad team. Can’t be 19-4 and bad.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.05.14 @ 9:41 pm

Wright had 9 rebounds and two big free throws at the end. Courage!

Comment by Howard 02.05.14 @ 9:42 pm

wbb, yet another reason to move out of Cleveland! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Comment by Iron Duke 02.05.14 @ 9:43 pm

Someone on this team other than Lamar Paterson has to be able to hit an open shot. It was an ugly win. How many times did the Panthers force Miami into taking a bad shot only to miss getting the rebound or on several occasions, when they had position, bump the ball out of bounds? Pitt kept giving Miami chance after chance. I’m glad they won, but this team desperately needs a 3 point shooter. Every team we play from here on in, is going to pack it in and take away the drive.

Comment by Justinian 02.05.14 @ 9:43 pm

Iron Duke, tell me about it!

according to CBS Sports box score, Pitt outrebounded UM 33-31. I thought Pitt got killed off the boards.

Comment by wbb 02.05.14 @ 9:46 pm

Every year , every year, I think its going to be different. And every year I say the same thing! I know JD motto is defense and rebounding. Just listen to an interview and hear him mention it 30 times. But every season this team has NO growth on the offensive side of the ball. A couple of points that I know are quite obvious , but please let me vent. 1. we get no easy looks. How come we cant run a set play and get someone an open jumper or a post player an isolation. 2. We run the same time consuming, keep-away motion offense all season. How bout running something to actually score. Set screens to free someone up, post someone up like we might get the ball. And the thing that really pisses me off is that we run the same offense in game thirty of the season as we ran in game one. Nothing new, no changes, and no progression of skills. What you see early on in the year is what you get on offense. Come March everyone is peeking , showing new skills, and team plays, but not Pitt. We’re gonna try to win by holding the opponent to 14 points.

Comment by Z-Boy 02.05.14 @ 9:46 pm

Pitt won this game on the foul line. I hope they now realize the importance of FT scoring.

Comment by MariettaMike 02.05.14 @ 9:48 pm

Had to calm down a bit before I could even type.
There are NO BAD WINS! But this one is close. If we had been playing any other team…we lose.

Monster huge win though and when you are fighting yourselves and the other team, a win like this can turn it all around.

Is it possible that the whole team and coaches could go to a brothel and get laid tonight???

I have never seen a team so tightly wound….and maybe not as talented as we thought. But great defense in the end. If Miami just shoots 50% FT’s they win in regulation.

Going to skip the Tech game and ready for Cuse.

Comment by Dan 72 02.05.14 @ 9:48 pm

Ward, Pitt could be 40-0 and still be bad if they played Duquesne and the Bonnies every night…I’m sure the guys on Selection Sunday will be better at explaining this to you than I can..

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 9:49 pm

Ward, didn’t realize Chris Jones was hurt, any idea what it is?

If Pitt had won one of those games at home, I wouldn’t feel so bad about this win. It’s not easy to win on the road, and I would normally take a bad win, but after those 2 losses, it feels like the slump was extended tonite.

Comment by Iron Duke 02.05.14 @ 9:49 pm

They all need to take a couple of days off, because practicing in between games isn’t working. Shooting is getting worse.

Comment by gdodson 02.05.14 @ 9:49 pm

ok, ESPN posted final box score and Miami led 43-37. I thought they even had a bigger edge

Comment by wbb 02.05.14 @ 9:50 pm

wbb..the same thing happened to my link at the same time. My game was switched to the UNLV game.

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 9:50 pm

Pitt was out rebounded 43/37.

Comment by MariettaMike 02.05.14 @ 9:50 pm

that’s rebounds Miami led

Comment by wbb 02.05.14 @ 9:50 pm

Recap up but still no front page link

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 9:52 pm

glodson, I’ve always wondered about Pitt overpracticing come Feb. They often seem to hit a wall about this time

Comment by wbb 02.05.14 @ 9:52 pm

That win was so ugly that they should have played it with the lights turned off.

Comment by Dr. Tom 02.05.14 @ 9:53 pm

Jones has a torn ligament or something on one hand that will need surgery. He wears a brace.

Jackagain, the selection committee looks at things like RPI and record. Both things Pitt isn’t horrible at. Pitt’s non conference RPI is 5. Maybe you’ll learn more about NCAA basketball sometime.

Pitt is getting looks they just aren’t converting those looks. Missing lots of shots they didn’t before the slump.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.05.14 @ 9:56 pm

A number of years ago Dixon noted he needed to recruit more shooters. What decade did he have in mind?

Comment by chethejet 02.05.14 @ 9:59 pm

Pens won 5-1

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 10:02 pm

LOL Ward…how much do you want to bet?

Either the Selection Committee will be touting Pitt’s strong RPI for their great seeding or their weak NC schedule. That’s the bet…you can guess where my money’s going…

Comment by Jackagain 02.05.14 @ 10:05 pm

@Dr. Tom – this win was so ugly my mom tied a chop around it’s neck and, well, you know the punch line.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 10:08 pm

Finally a link on ESPN front page

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 10:09 pm

Newkirk played 18 min, 1/4 shooting, 2 pts, 1 reb, 3 fouls

Artis played 13 min, 0/3 shooting (0/2 from beyond the arc), 1/2 from the FT line, 1 reb, 1 TO, 2 fouls

I know they will get better but it can’t happen soon enough.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.05.14 @ 10:26 pm

Yes, the “fun to watch” team has reverted to the Pitt teams that can’t hit the side of a barn. I don’t get it.

And I agree that Dixon needs to introduce some wrinkles into the offense. As the season goes on, it just becomes stagnant and predictable.

They won. Don’t think they deserved it, but I’ll take it. But the confidence I had that this was a strong team just struggling a little bit is gone. Evaporated like Zanna’s presence in the paint.

Comment by Carmen 02.05.14 @ 10:45 pm

JD has put his usual run the clock down before you make a play offense….boring, low scoring, and we end up chocking because we get afraid to make a mistake! Ground Hog day….

Comment by markup 02.05.14 @ 10:52 pm

18-54, 33.3% for field goals and 4-14, 28.6 for three point shots.

73 percent free throws wins the game.

Is it possible to shoot worse?

Against Clemson, we made everything, I guess we shot our wad on one game.

At least Patterson broke out of his slump starting with the two threes at the end of the half.

Now if we could get Zanna going again…

Comment by gc 02.05.14 @ 11:14 pm

I’m just glad we broke the losing streak. Now, maybe the team can gain some confidence. It’s very apparent to me that this team lost a ton of confidence losing at home to Duke. Add VA to that. A win even against Miami is big because it’s in the other column. Now we have a great chance to make it 2 in a row before a rematch against ‘Cuse…the team that usually brings out our best. Let’s go Pitt!

Comment by Vonteego's Way 02.05.14 @ 11:50 pm

Cincy, Miami and UVA are similar grind it out teams. Pitt has struggled recently with them. See ND. Cuse is the #1 team in the country and Duke is starting to play like their early rankings suggested. Expect FSU and ND to be tough games too.

Is Pitt a National Title contender? No. But Pitt has shown they can hang with the big boys. As ugly as this game was, it was important. Pitt has to keep beating the teams they are supposed. They’ll get over the hump.

We got another game against Cuse and history suggests we play well against them. Pitt could be a bad match up for UNC even though they are playing better. UNC is not physically or mentally tough as Duke.

This team is definitely Sweet 16 capable and with the right match up, Elite 8. They’ve hit a rough patch in the middle of February. They just came off two emotionally taxing losses to Duke and UVA in front of a crazy Zoo only to play at Miami in front of the rafters. Not an easy thing to do.

No need to throw in the towel yet. Enjoy the last 10 games or so we have of Patterson and Zanna. Two players that finally reached their potential. I still think this team will surprise and I haven’t said that in a few years.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.05.14 @ 11:58 pm

Thanks for the level-headed comments. And talking me off-of the ledge.
I agree.

Comment by xfmrman 02.06.14 @ 1:11 am

Let us remember that Syracuse scored 49 points against Miami at the Carrier Dome.

Comment by xfmrman 02.06.14 @ 1:22 am

Unfortunately, I am on Carmen’s side rather than TT’s for now. I only caught a few minutes of the feed before it cut out and I can’t get myself to endure the replay if I can’t ff through the stoppages.

We definitely need a big win and that will not happen with LP alone. Stats say CW did his job but nobody else. Play by play suggests Miami blew it at the Ft line. The VT game will tell nothing and there is no way I see us beating Syracuse unless TZ plays unlike Zanna AND someone else contributes in a big way.

I don’t see it, so I hope to get surprised by someone. Not fair commenting without having watched, but JD constantly quotes the stats, so why not me too.

Comment by tvax1 02.06.14 @ 3:18 am

I am still on the ledge for now.
Either Zanna helps me back off or…………………… I’m gonna’ jump.

Right now I feel a push rather than a pull coming.

Comment by tvax1 02.06.14 @ 3:26 am

A conference win on the road is always a good thing.let’s appreciate beating Miami.

Comment by TonyinHouston 02.06.14 @ 5:52 am

OK I have slept on it…and walked off the ledge a bit.

Every team in the nation will have 2-3 games in a season where they shoot in the mid 30% range. They will lose most of those games but we didn’t. Even great Pitt teams…I remember a game up at Rutgers about 6 years ago when we came back and squeaked it right at the end. Rutgers was a joke of a team…but we nearly lost with a far better Pitt team than we have today. It just happens. At least we won.

Nevertheless, I don’t see how we go .500 from here on out unless a) the bench can give the starters some more rest b) we figure out how to win when Patterson is double teamed all game or just has an off game, or c) someone becomes more of a 3 point threat. Preferably 2 out of 3.

Comment by DD 02.06.14 @ 7:49 am

Agree, Tony, but I am really concerned about what appears to be some significant regression, as embodied by Nuke. Early in the season, admittedly against inferior competition, he played with confidence. He now looks like a shell of that player: hesitant, scared to make a mistake.

The crisp passing is gone, the offense is stagnant. It feels just like… the past few seasons. Dixon has got to take steps to loosen up the team, himself, and introduce some things into the offense to freshen it up, create scoring opportunities for other players beside Patterson.

Some things need to change.

Comment by Carmen 02.06.14 @ 7:50 am

Jamie looks tense on the bench and it transcends to his team. If you look at the earlier games he was not as animated. Admittedly the competition was not as tough and the teams were not league wins. I contend that if Jamie lightens up on his players, Pitt will play with more rhythm and energy.

Its my opinion, Jamie’s negative energy is sapping the strength from his players.

Comment by MariettaMike 02.06.14 @ 8:05 am


Comment by TVax 02.06.14 @ 8:27 am

DD, last night the bench only produced 3 pts. Against UVa, it produced the leading scorer.

I expect inconsistency from the freshmen and the bench, I don’t expect it so much from the upperclassmen.

At the beginning of the 2nd half with all the starters on the floor, Pitt went 5:09 without scoring. Then it was stuck on 39 pts for 5:02 (from 8:47 to 3:45). The younger players eem hesitant and out of step, the upperclassmen seem not to be athletic enough to create and when they do get an open shot, they clang it.

Comment by wbb 02.06.14 @ 8:29 am

MariettaM, they are just talking on the Fan while I type this how down the stretch last night, every possession seemed like life and death …. and there are so many timeouts called and so much overcoaching.

Wooden and Knight are just two coaches who relied on their players’ instincts as opposed to calling TOs … of course, they had pretty talented players.

Comment by wbb 02.06.14 @ 8:34 am

Young players and bench players always play better at home.

Let’s have some perspective and remember who Pitt has struggled to score against. Scoring D rank of the teams Pitt has struggled to score against:
Miami 10th in the nation
UVA 2nd in the nation
Cuse 8th in the nation
Cinci 4th in the nation
Pitt just can’t score against the best Ds in the nation. Bright side Pitt can play good enough D to stick in those games until the very end.

Pitt’s draw will be more important than seeding this year.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.06.14 @ 8:51 am

Wardapalooza, good data. I guess the only thing disturbing is that Miami has a bad record we barely beat them, but then maybe we shouldn’t be worrying about style points.

Comment by wbb 02.06.14 @ 9:09 am

OK, the blue and gold boxers again did their job. I dug them out of the laundry basket right before the game started. My wife thinks that I am crazy, but it the price I pay to keep guaranteeing wins.

I am hoping that they get washed before Saturday.


Comment by pmdH2P 02.06.14 @ 9:15 am

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