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February 25, 2014

On The Bright Side… Recruiting

Filed under: Basketball,Recruiting — Chas @ 8:35 am

Frustrating as the season is going, there is always the hope of the future. Pitt is still recruiting for the 2014 class, despite appearing to be filled. It may be that they don’t know if Detrick Mostella will get his grades in order. It may be that they think someone might leave. But, Pitt is still pursuing Kobie Eubanks with a vengeance.

Eubanks is a high 3- to 4-star guard and teammate of 2015 commit Damon Wilson. He’s going to be waiting to the end of the last recruiting cycle to make his decision, but based on his visit choices Pitt is in the final mix.

The 6-foot-5 Eubanks will trip to Wichita State (March 1), Pittsburgh (March 3), Missouri (March 5), Baylor (TBA) and Minnesota (TBA).

Last Sunday, Eubanks told SNY.tv Pitt was working the hardest. His teammate, Damon Wilson, is committed there already for 2014.

“Kobie Eubanks is as good of 3-point shooter,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said. “He has a picture-perfect stroke and shooting remains basketball’s EZ Pass. He can really shoot the ball.”

It’s still a tough group to beat. Frank Haith at Mizzou may be a “meh” coach, but he has been a tremendous recruiter. Same with Scott Drew at Baylor. Minnesota now has Richard Pitino running things, and he does seem to have his dad’s gift in recruiting.

I’d like to think that anyone who can shoot a three with any consistency has moved up in priority this season.

The primary target remains power forward Cheick Diallo — one of the top-10 players nationally — and another teammate of Wilson and Eubanks.

Pitt is also aiming high for 2015 and guards with the pursuit of Isiah Briscoe continuing.

Here’s a nice article on 2016 commit, Maverick Rowan.

Rowan comes by his basketball skills honestly. His dad, Ron, was an all-state player at Beaver Falls in the early 1980s then matriculated first to Notre Dame then to St. John’s, where he enjoyed an excellent career in the Big East.

Although Rowan was blessed with natural athletic ability, the player he has become today and hopes to turn into in the future was credited to one attribute — practicing.

“Practicing means everything,” Rowan said. “If you don’t practice, then you won’t be any good. That’s why I practice as much as I can. Coach always tells us that we need to take anywhere between 500 to 1,000 shots a day.”

I said it when he made the verbal, and I think it bears repeating. I’m not angsting over whether he is going to still be at Pitt in 2016. Not because of the Terrelle Pryor past example. It’s simply because he is a 16-year old teenager. Interests. Emotions. Everything changes. I can’t honestly believe a kid should be expected to be locked in to his future school more than 2-years in advance.

I hope he does become a Panther. Everything about the kids seems really positive and that he would be a great player and student at Pitt.





As bad has he played in some stretches, Cam Wright’s 14 was the difference between us being up 6 or 7 at the end instead of clenching away a 1 or 2 point lead near the end. We need 14+ and 6 from him every game. We’re 16-1 when he scores 12 or more.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 02.26.14 @ 10:18 pm

And they still lost, wbb… It’s a team game. Go figure.

Comment by Pitt2Cali 02.26.14 @ 10:20 pm

Let me describe a sequence wit 2 minutes to go with Pitt up 6. BC brings the ball up and drives to the hoop. Zanna and Nuke have coverage but for no explicable reason, JR leaves his man and drops inside to help, leaving his man to drift to the corner and hit a wide open 3.

Then BC presses and Pitt leaves JR to bring the ball up with no Pitt player on his side of the half court line. He is double teamed and turns the ball over.

BC misses a 3 and presses Pitt. Again everyone runs away from JR and he turns the ball over with an over and back.

Nuke makes a great drive for a layup

Stupid stupid panic basketball with no idea or plan. BC is horrible. Only reason Pitt won. Ugly pathetic effort by Pitt!

Comment by Dan 72 02.26.14 @ 10:21 pm

ACC as a conference is a disgusting brand of basketball due in part to ACC officiating. The ACC centric refs who make terrible calls for both sides of the ball and make me miss Jim Burr.

Pitt did what they were supposed to. Should have won by more. Talk about being sloppy at times. Some of you say Dixon micromanages players too much but I do think he didnt do it enough. Artis makes some really dumb plays and I would have benched him tonight. Robinson better hope that Newkirk never learns how to shoot FT or he will end up losing a ton of minutes to him.

Positive side Lamar looked more aggressive without his hand wrapped and Zanna played great.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.26.14 @ 10:21 pm

Wright needs to keep driving strong to the hoop and stop those unforced errors.

Comment by gc 02.26.14 @ 10:21 pm

I think Robinson has missed the front end of 3 1 and 1’s in a row. 2 for sure.

Comment by gc 02.26.14 @ 10:25 pm

Worried if anyone will show up for a 9:00 game at the Pete on Monday.

Not many blathering tonight, Chas didn’t even show.

Has Elvis left the building?

Comment by gc 02.26.14 @ 10:28 pm

I hope Chas is OK. I don’t recall a time in the past when their was no post for a game. As for the game, a win is a win. Now on to the completion of the Notre Dame football-basketball sweep!

Comment by HbgFrank 02.26.14 @ 10:29 pm

Newkirk hitting his first free throw at the end is big. He’s been working on his free throws.

Comment by Howard 02.26.14 @ 10:30 pm

Albert King was great, wish I would have saw him live. Goodnight guys.

Comment by gc 02.26.14 @ 10:32 pm

Robinson only took 1 FT according to the box

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 02.26.14 @ 10:34 pm

Gc, I heard ticket office is really worried about attendance vs NC state which is why Senior night was switched. Also I think it will be Pitt’s spring break.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.26.14 @ 10:37 pm

I’m sure the pete will be half full Monday night…our fans have become uninterested and lazy…it’s not the home court advantage it use to be…not even close

Comment by Keith 02.26.14 @ 10:38 pm

Wardapalooza, funny you should mention ACC referees and bad calls all around. Did you see the last 10 seconds of regulation between vs NC and NC State tonight?

what a joke. A non-call against UNC and then a flop that is called in UNC’s favor … followed by a make-up call finally against NC. UNC finally wins in OT. Paige had 35 points or something like that …. 30 in 2nd half.

Pitt may not win another game … Sat may be their best chance

Comment by wbb 02.26.14 @ 10:39 pm

GC, I stand corrected. Robinson’s only missed FT against FSU was a missed 1 and 1 making tonight two in a row. He made all his FTs the game before that.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 02.26.14 @ 11:09 pm

22 pts off 17 turnovers – some sloppy ball handling, bad passes in the lane – that’s what comes from taking off the reins but this was a good game to try it. JD looked more relaxed tonight (well, most of the time). Left guys in who would have been benched in other games. Artis got 17 min tonight. 22 for Newkirk.

Meanwhile, in other news, UNC got a gift no-call at the end and beat NC State on the road in OT by 1. State is now 2 games behind us. Clemson lost on the road to WF yesterday so they are a full game behind us.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.26.14 @ 11:12 pm

lol Dan72

I decided not to watch the game. Is it worth watching the replay ?

I saw in the play by play we were up by 15 points in the 1rst half. 30-15 with 4:33 left in 1rst half. So I guess I should watch it to that point and then turn it off.

After averaging 8.3 ppg the last 7 games, Zanna had a big effort, 21 points & 6 rebounds.

So I guess we can say, he is over his sprained ankle. Although he had 16 & 14 in the 2nd Cuse game, 2 weeks ago tonite.

At least we got the W and didn’t get embarrassed by the 2nd worst team in the ACC. Could use a few more cupcakes to get some confidence back.

H2P !

Comment by Emel 02.26.14 @ 11:16 pm

LOL @ the guys on here crying about Dixon. I guess they expect Coach K to leave Duke and come to Pitt. I don’t know who you think Pitt is going to bring in. Some young up-and-comer? They’re no given.

I’m proud to say it.. I’m a Jamie Dixon fan!

Comment by Mailman 02.26.14 @ 11:23 pm

8.2 2.9 3.9

Comment by Emel 02.26.14 @ 11:27 pm

JJ Moore’s line tonite in another Buttgers loss, this time to annual basketball power Central Florida.

28 minutes, 8 point on 3 of 12 FG (of which 10 were 3′) needless to say never got to the FT line and 2 rebounds.

Same ole JJ, jacking up 3’s, never driving to the hoop. Kid didn’t learn anything under JD, just took his 3 point jackup show somewhere else.

Comment by Emel 02.26.14 @ 11:35 pm

Season stats in 26 mpg

10.9 3.0 0.9

Not much different than what he did here in 18 mpg

Comment by Emel 02.26.14 @ 11:38 pm

He did retard Lamar’s development though, by taking minutes away from him.

Comment by Emel 02.26.14 @ 11:39 pm

Much like what playing Levon Kendall did to Sam Young. Who would have transferred to K-State had not Thuggy Bear left for Morganhole.

Comment by Emel 02.26.14 @ 11:42 pm

I was at work so didn’t get to watch game. Listened to some on the radio. I honestly didn’t even DVR it like I usually do when I can’t watch.

Considering the opponent, the only thing I really took from the game is the team has not quit on Dixon. I didn’t really think that was the case, but have to admit I was wondering if Dixon may have lost this team.

Next game will tell a lot more. Not a real good Notre Dame team, but they seem to have our number.

Hoping this team can still make a late push, not holding out a lot of hope.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Pap76 02.26.14 @ 11:58 pm

Are we now 21-7? To read this thread you would swear that we were 13-14! Got to give TZ credit for his senior play tonight. Cam for his energy! The first half went pretty well for a road game. The 2nd half started promising until mind boggling stupid mistakes! Ah well, I’ll take any road win I can get! Umm, news flash anyone who wants to complain re: our loss last season to Wichita State might want to check what D-1 team is still undefeated and blowing teams out. Also, LP missed two foul shots vs. the Bearcats, true, but who was it who missed two foul shots vs. Cinnci just before LP did? H2P! UPone

Comment by UPone 02.27.14 @ 12:36 am

By the way Huggins a good recruiter? Anything he did so far @ Morganhole was with Coach B’s recruits. His problem now is recruiting. Saw that he unloaded on his current players in the media after the loss to Baylor. Thought blame the players excuse was used up last season. H2P! UPone

Comment by UPone 02.27.14 @ 12:45 am

2/25/2014 – 2015 PF Derek Pardon (6-7, 215, 2?) has received an offer from Pittsburgh. – Per Link

Not good news, this 2 star kid plays the same position as the bluechipper we’re trying to land.

Cheick Diallo:
Star Rating 5? 5? 5? 5?
Overall Rank 8 0 6 0 8 ?2 9 ?1
Position PF C PF PF
Position Rank 3 0 4 0 3 ?1 3

One wouldn’t think you would offer a 2 star at the same position in the same recruiting year class if you had any hope that 5 Star was coming.

Oy Vey !

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 5:11 am

Some good news:

Per a source, 2014 Our Savior New American SG Kobe Eubanks will officially visit Missouri on March 5th. Pitt is considered the favorite.

The Ying and the Yang !

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 5:21 am

We got a break when their best player who is 80% from the line missed front end of 1 & 1.

Pitt had much better footwork, I would use that to change pace v ND. I’d run on them at every opportunity. If we get sucked into Brey ball we don’t have the shooters. Need to avoid slog fest. Need 15-20 points from Lamar and 10-15 points in transition baskets. Facing double whammy from the refs: home calls & welcome to the ACC calls.

Newkirk, Jones, Artis & Randall need to score esp in transition.

Comment by Old School Panther 02.27.14 @ 6:39 am

from the PG today re Rowan:

The scoring Maverick

Lincoln Park has made it to the Class A championship game and sophomore guard Maverick Rowan could end up with one of the best scoring tournaments in WPIAL history.

Rowan, who already has verbally committed to Pitt, has scored 25, 37 and 35 points in three playoff games for a total of 97. Another game in the 30s will put him among the top playoff scorers of all time.

Only nine players in WPIAL history have scored more than 120 points in a tournament. The all-time leader is Penn Hills’ Drew Schifino, who scored 147 in four games in 2000. Next is Chartiers Valley’s T.J. McConnell, who scored 144 in 2010.

Comment by wbb 02.27.14 @ 7:02 am

Check out the picture on the attached story from the Trib

link to triblive.com

Comment by wbb 02.27.14 @ 7:11 am

Steve Adams made his 2nd straight start for OKC due to starting center Kendrick Perkin’s groin pull which will keep him out for a while.

It should be noted that sitting the pine and not seeing any action for the Thunder is Hasheem Thabeet.

Comment by wbb 02.27.14 @ 7:50 am

I’d take Adams over Thabeet any day. He’s the better athlete and in time I believe will develop a few offensive moves to go with his defense. I would have loved to see him develop here for at least two more years. I really didn’t think he was ready for NBA.

Comment by Justinian 02.27.14 @ 8:05 am

Adams probably wasn’t ready for the NBA when he was drafted but because the NBA has set salaries for where a player is picked in draft he would of had to jump from #12 to at least Top 5 pick in this year’s draft or he would of lost money.
With the number of Freshman who will go high in this draft it wasn’t worth the risk.

Unless something crazy happens…Pitt looks pretty much lock into the #5 seed for ACC…which means possible Duke or NC if Pitt can win first game.

Comment by milobloom 02.27.14 @ 8:13 am

After digesting the game, I think it boils down to this:

– the only reason BC was in the game was because Pitt handled the ball terribly – both mentally and physically.

– the color commentator kept talking about BC’s ability to hit 3s, how they hit 9 against Syracuse, and at one point he mentioned how BC’s 3-point ATTEMPTS were well below their season average. I think Pitt gave them easy driving lanes to take away the 3 – until the very end of the game. If so, that’s nice game planning.

Free throws were again cluth – until the end. Mike Young needs some confidence – he’s missing too many easy shots.

Comment by KeyboardKev 02.27.14 @ 8:14 am

Thabeet has been a bust, surprised the stiff is still in the league. Career avg of 2.2 ppg.

Thabeet was the 2nd overall pick that year that Blair didn’t go to the 2nd round.

Blair has been obviously the much better NBA player, should have been a 1rst rounder, when you look at over 50% of the first round that year, isn’t even in the league or busts like Thabeet.

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 8:17 am

Didn’t watch or listen to the game. Except for the turnovers, Pitt had a solid statistical game. This win should get some of Pitt’s confidence back.

Pitt will beat the Domer’s and finish with a win at home against the Wolfpack.

If Jamie looks scared, his team plays scared. If Jamie looks relaxed, his team plays relaxed. Just my opinion.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 02.27.14 @ 8:17 am

PITT needs to be bigger up front. Doesn’t take a genius to make that point. Extremely impressed with Newkirks’ development. He can create & see the court well. PITT’s offense,I believe, flows better when he runs the point. That said, I would like to see the combination of Newkirk, Patterson, Artis, Randall & Zanna. More size up front & let Newkirk & Patterson create & dish. Wright & Robinson first off the bench. H2P

Comment by DC33 02.27.14 @ 8:23 am

NBA is so much politics and who you played for in college.

They really screwed Sam Young. So Sam being a smart Pitt man, went off to Australia and signed a nice contract and is 2nd in their NBA league in scoring. Only 2/10ths of a point from being the league leader. 21.7 ppg Good for you mate !

link to foxsportspulse.com

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 8:23 am

wbb, I saw the end of the UNC game. Just ridiculous. Almost every close ACC game I’ve watched this year has had some ridiculous calls.

Emel, I always thought JJ just need playing time. But clearly he just was a potential guy. I don’t know about Sam Young though. When he was younger he was such a baby at times. I also remember him having some of the worst effort and attitude in games. Pitt is still the favorite for Diallo according to 24/7 sports. Pardon apparently has been rising. He’s actually a 3 star right now on Scout.

But anyways, the Pardon offer might be the opposite EMel, if Pitt is confident in getting Diallo then no other elite PF will commit. However, Pitt will need a second PF in the class because Diallo could easily be a one and done so definitely need another PF with upside as insurance, which is what Pardon appears to be. Think about it Pardon seems to be an outlier to Pitt’s other offers for 2015 and 2016 as most are elite guys the last I looked.

I remember watching Drew Schifino in high school. That kid could score from anywhere. Too bad he had to give up playing time to Beilen’s son who was much worse than him.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.27.14 @ 8:24 am

@ DC33

I like it, but JR is one of his favs, and thinks it might lead to DeMatha Catholic becoming a pipeline.
.
Had BeJay Anna came, maybe, but he didn’t.

Pitt played better when Lamar was basically playing PG earlier in the ACC sched
ule

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 8:27 am

@ Ward

Yea you might be right, about the Pardon offer, I thought of that AFTER I posted. lol

Another theory of mine, is Patterson had this kind of play in him before this year, but if you remember he played super tentative last year for fear of being yanked off the court and replaced with Moore.

This year there is nobody to take him off the court with, so he’s playing a lot looser, it’s just a real shame he screwed up his thumb, which if anyone has played, never really heals until you stop playing for a while. And that is all playing, practice, etc.

Can’t believe Hampton plays in Quad A, they were like a B school (AA) when I played. We use to play against most of their team which included Brian Shanahan at North Park courts all the time. NA kids too.

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 8:34 am

Hampton is going back to AAA next season.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 02.27.14 @ 9:08 am

Game was not on here in VA. Had to try to follow it online, which is quite painful. Someone please tell me how Zanna played. His numbers look great. Is he back to early season form?

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.27.14 @ 9:12 am

pmdH2P Apparently you had the “magic” boxers on last night. Good Job. Zanna was Zanna. BC weak inside

Comment by DC33 02.27.14 @ 9:23 am

@Ward – I didn’t see the UNC/NCSt game last night but did all the calls go UNC’s way? Every game/conference has some ridiculous calls but from what I’ve seen, I think the ACC officiating has been better than the old Big East (new rules aside). In the Big East there were a few refs who tried to get more camera time than a swimsuit model.

Comment by CalvinHobbes 02.27.14 @ 9:23 am

Zanna looked like his old self. He moved well and hit some free throws. Although it was against some pretty sub par competition. BC’s bigs are not very good.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 02.27.14 @ 9:24 am

The old saying is guards win tourney games…. how many 4-5 star guards has pitt had in Dixon’s era ?
I think just James Robinson.

How many would even want to come to pitt ? With the blue bloods and traditional powerhouses ?

I loved levance fields; true gut player, but not the best shooter, undersized a bit. Still I think he has been one of the better guards pitt has had in the last 10 years. (BK as well) Fields is the reason Pitt got past Xavier. (or it would have been a sweet 16 exit again)

But that can all change.. IF dixon holds on to some of these new guys… 4-5 stars. Heron is now a 5star on espn. So lets see what happens.
Damon Wilson and Rowan should all be interesting. At least rowan is known as a shooter.

Not to say that will solve the problem… but upgrading the talent at the guard is something we haven’t seen at pitt in sometime.

Comment by Snala The Panther 02.27.14 @ 9:50 am

Congratulations to Talib Zanna on reaching a 1,000 points! In addition to playing a great game and a doing terrific job at the foul line he scored 21 points. That’s the number of points he needed to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Good job Talib, let’s pad those point totals down the stretch.

Comment by Justinian 02.27.14 @ 9:51 am

@DC33

Yeah, I grabbed them from the clothes hamper yesterday. They worked this time. But, they clearly had no magic in them against Florida State.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.27.14 @ 10:07 am

Maybe you need to wash them and start over.

Comment by Justinian 02.27.14 @ 10:09 am

Just one fan’s summary points/opinion, for those who couldn’t get the game last night:

1. The excellent, fun-to-watch Panthers from earlier in the season are still MIA, visibly devoid of their Durandergy.

2. No good excuse, unfortunately, for JR not taking a shot the entire game, shows he is completely out of sync right now for whatever reason. Pitt’s ceiling is guaranteed to be very low unless this changes. Guaranteed.

3. Really lackadaisical/sloppy turnovers by Cam & Lamar on multiple occasions.

4. Artis has an offensive game desperately needed on this team, he just needs to come around on D. Disagree with a comment above, if anything, I’d play him more and allow him to learn on the court, especially given what he brings to the table.

5. Mike Young still doesn’t know how to use his body under the basket. I am not sure what the answer is, but I think he would do well to be a workout fiend over the summer, and start playing angry.

6. Still painful to watch JR & Cam play both guard spots at the same time, since neither penetrate (and Cam certainly shouldn’t try) OR are 3 pt threats. How hard do you think that is to guard? Again, 2 guards in at the same time, neither of which penetrate or are threats from 3.

7. And Finally, there was one play late in the game when Newirk did that blow-by for the layup- wow! A sight for sore eyes!

Comment by 1618mt 02.27.14 @ 10:10 am

It’s like hitting the re-set button.

Comment by Justinian 02.27.14 @ 10:11 am

always fun to make fun of WVU…

link to i.imgur.com

Comment by Snala The Panther 02.27.14 @ 10:12 am

lol pmdH2P

They almost didn’t work last night, you better wash those bad boys before they completely REVOLT against you and more importantly US !!!

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 10:13 am

What does a tornado and a divorce in WV have in common? Either way, someone is losing a trailer.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 02.27.14 @ 10:15 am

lol Snala,

Must have been Paul Rhoad’s son holding that.

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 10:16 am

@1618

Cam penetrates and the ball gets swatted just as fast back out again.

JR has learned after several swats to put the breaks on and either reverse course or heave it back outside.

Don’t know how many shots we’ve had blocked this year, but I knew it was bad when Albany was blocking outr shots. 🙂

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 10:21 am

btw it’s WVcc.

University implies there’s some sort of learning going on there.

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 10:24 am

Pardon offer here is the thing he has 2 offers that is it at this time he my be better then it looks.
But all the outher offers are big time players it seams.
I dont want us to drop back to the kind of offers we have given in the past.
all the 4 star and 5 star that we have offers out to do we want to drop back to 2 star or lower 3 star offers like we had in the past.

Comment by Frankcan 02.27.14 @ 10:26 am

1618mt, You can live with a pure point guard like Robinson, if have a good shooting 2 guard. It’s tough at times with Wright and Robinson in together. Cam did a good job last night and he’s very good finisher in transition. There’s no way to sugar coat it. Durand Johnson coming in off the bench to fill those needs was very important to this Pitt team. I like our freshmen and think they are doing well. Unfortunately you can’t realistically expect them to be playing like seniors.

Comment by Justinian 02.27.14 @ 10:31 am

I still think that there is some magic left in these “blue and gold” puppies. And, while they have failed in both clean and crusty condition, I am leaning to clean being the more powerful. So, they will be clean and on my lovely body for Sunday’s game.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.27.14 @ 10:32 am

JD loves his projects Frankie, he can micromanage them more. And they’ll put up with it. 😉

Always a consideration ! lol

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 10:32 am

Yoi,

That game last night dropped our RPI another 4 spots to #45. Soon we’ll be OFF the first page.

link to espn.go.com

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 10:37 am

Wow it dropped our SOS to #80. Yikes

We were just in the mid 50’s a week or two ago.

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 10:39 am

No wonder BC’s RPI is a staggeringly bad #186.

Worse than these heavyweights: Drake, Florida Gulf Coast, Utah Valley (yes Valley), Northern Colorado, Bryant (yea that place that offered Trey a scholie), North Texas, Southern U, Wofford, High Point, Montana (to wax some Dental Floss), Stoney (End)Brook, and last but not least…Nebraska-Omaha. To name a few.

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 10:44 am

I can’t believe winning a conference game on the road would lower Pitt’s RPI. I didn’t realize how bad BC really is. If Pitt wants to be safe they better win 2 of the last 3.

Comment by Wardapalooza 02.27.14 @ 11:11 am

First let me say that I hope you and your family well Chas! Very concerned. Family is a priority.
This Pitt stuff is entertainment. Hope your job situation is not threatend by the idiots in DC.

Last night I watchd JR most of the evening and he looks like he is favoring his right leg. In his missed FT, he did not bend his knees at all.

Things not on Dixon catagory….every time a team presses Pitt, we act suprised as hell. You learn from rec ball on that late in a game with your opponent trailing and after a made baske, a full court press is probably coming. Yet….there was Pitt with 2 minutes to go, inbounding the ball to JR and all 4 players running up the court without even a glance back at JR who was gettin triple teamed. TO BC! OK…so now it is the same scenerio a minute later and same situation….ball inbounded to JR and the entire team runs upcourt without even a glance back at JR. This resuled in a desperate JR pass up court and we were called for over and back. This is just stupid non thinking non aware basketball!! Not on Dixon unless they have become such puppets that they have given up on thinking on their own.

Comment by Dan 72 02.27.14 @ 11:23 am

I only heard about 2 minutes worth on the radio, about midway through the second half. And here is what I heard: three possessions in a row where the shot clock went down to 10 before the offense apparently even considered a shot. One of those possessions ended with Lamar apparently heaving up an NBA three and the other Artis stepping out of bounds on the baseline as he scrambled to get a shot off.

Was this par for the last 10 minutes of the game?

Comment by Carmen 02.27.14 @ 11:30 am

Ward… I guess your answer to extending the same benefit to Chryst is “No.”

Now, I do hope and THINK Pitt will find a way into the NCAAs.

BUT, if they don’t… Man, you and the other members of the “Jamie Can Do No Wrong” Gang better get those wagons ready.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.27.14 @ 11:40 am

@EMel – still 18 on BPI and KenPom (no change from before the game) so I guess RPI is just more sensitive to Opponents SOS or the others give more credit for a conference win on the road.

Comment by Pitt Dad 02.27.14 @ 11:50 am

ND isn’t going to help much either as their RPI I think was #112.

A loss there could force us to almost have to win 2-3 games in the ACC tourney.

As a loss at ND would probably knock our RPI down to the 60’s range.

Comment by Emel 02.27.14 @ 12:24 pm

@Snala, you’re beautiful! Already posted it online, 7 “likes” in less than a couple minutes!!

LOL

Comment by Dan 02.27.14 @ 12:58 pm

@Emel, what are we even offering a 2 star for?

I thought are program was past that stage?

Don’t tell me he’ll fit the system. The system needs adjusted.

We need players and athletes. We need horses!!

It’s the same as football. It’s actually quite simple……..

You need to have better players, to have better teams.

I also know, that the star system is many a times a hit and miss, and can be a crapshoot.

However, it is a guide.

Like I’ve said in football, I will do the same in basketball.

Give me five, 4 or 5 star recruits, and I’ll kick your team of 2 and 3 star recruits ass, up and down the sidewalk daily.

Comment by Dan 02.27.14 @ 1:04 pm

“our”, sorry, I can’t, not correct myself.

Talk about a “clang”.

Comment by Dan 02.27.14 @ 1:16 pm

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