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March 8, 2014

Open Thread: Pitt-Clemson

Filed under: Basketball,Open Thread — Chas @ 2:47 pm

Guess who has two thumbs, but has been without power in their house since 6am?

Yeah, it’s been a day. A bit overly optimistic that things were settling down last week. Now, I’m being pessimistic and saying it might not be until the end of next week.

Anyways, precious power on my phone is being used so it’s time to keep it simple. A Pitt win and they clinch 5th in the ACC and are relatively safe into the NCAA Tournament. A loss can drop them as low as 7th and puts them legitimately in bubble talk.

Hopefully power comes back soon so I can watch some of this. It’s on the ACC network syndication along with ESPN3.com and ESPN Full Court package.





P-I-T-T

Let’s go Pitt.

Seriously, it’s time.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 2:52 pm

Hoopies upset KU. What if they get in and we don’t?

That’d be a kick in the head, oy vey (apologies to Emel)

Comment by BATR 03.08.14 @ 2:55 pm

Hail Pitt

Comment by Justin 03.08.14 @ 2:56 pm

I’m very nervous for this game for so many reasons. First looking at Clemson home record this year it has been really good 15-3. They also seem to be playing alot better down the stretch last five there 4-1 and beat NC State at home something we couldn’t do. So they seem to be a team that is comfortable playing at home and they have a decent player in KJ Mcdaniels not as explosive as TJ Warren but can hurt us on Off and Def. I want to be wrong but I have a bad feeling about this game last game Talib was the difference maker if were going to win he needs to be the guy in my opinion
that needs to play well for us to win.

Comment by Nate_PittPanfan 03.08.14 @ 2:56 pm

This from the PG:

“The winner today will be the fifth seed in the ACC tournament, which starts Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C. That means the winner will play its first-round game at 2 p.m. Thursday against the winner of the No. 12- No. 13 game the day before.

If Pitt loses and falls to the No. 6 seed, the Panthers will play at 9 p.m. Thursday against the No. 11 or No. 14 seed.

If Pitt loses today and Florida State beats Syracuse Sunday, the Panthers will be the seventh seed and play at 7 p.m. Thursday against No. 10 or No. 15″

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.14 @ 3:05 pm

We are a 2 point favorite on line

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.08.14 @ 3:08 pm

Zeise said:

“So think about that – Pitt is 1-6 against the top 50 RPI teams and only 5-8 against the top 100 now and a loss to Clemson (No. 73) would mean they would fall to 5-9 against top 100 teams (as opposed to rise to 6-8 with a win).

I don’t know if that pushes Pitt out of the field or no but given how awful their non-conference schedule was and given that they haven’t beaten anyone of consequence other than Stanford – a borderline NCAA team at best – I’m not sure what the argument to put them in would be?”

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.14 @ 3:14 pm

In Rochester, NY visiting my daughter at college, probably will be a challenge to find this game. Might be for the best, pretty uptight about this one. Then again, as rough as the last month has been for Pitt, almost feel like nothing more to lose. H2P.

Comment by Iron Duke 03.08.14 @ 3:14 pm

Yet again Pitt fans need to get ready to have their hearts ripped. But the other side of.being a Pitt fan is…that won’t stop me from holding out hope! Go Pitt…as the head male cheerleader used to say at Pitt stadium way back when….oh yeeaahh!

Comment by DD 03.08.14 @ 3:20 pm

We need stops today, except for missed shots by NCS we failed to get stops once they had momentum. We can’t let them get comfortable. Agree with Zeise, lose today and we get no consideration for those heartbreaking loses to Syr & V and we could be NIT bound. Need15 from Cam & Lamar, 10 from Newkirk

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 3:25 pm

You can use Zeise type statistics to reject at least half the teams that will get bids. It is easy to kick Pitt and he won’t miss his opportunity for sure. Let’s beat these guys today and quiet these statistical geniuses.

When he says he doesn’t know what argument would get them in. How about that they are a better team than several bubble teams that are likely to get in. There are 8 teams at least that both Lunardi and Palm have rated below Pitt. My guess is their opinion “ranks” a good bit higher than nobody Zeise.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.08.14 @ 3:30 pm

Pitt’s oldest known living football letterman turns 100

link to triblive.com

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.14 @ 3:33 pm

I guess we’ll see how hungry this Pitt team is to make it to the big dance. I’m hoping they show some emotion and play desperate, which they should be today.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 03.08.14 @ 3:33 pm

I love how all the great sports writers in this town pin a loss on us before the game is played and then ramble about what happens next. Have you seen one word in print talking about what happens after we win?

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.08.14 @ 3:34 pm

Iron Duke, you can watch it here online if you want:

link to stream2watch.me

Don’t download any players though…

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.14 @ 3:34 pm

yeah, bad feeling here.

Clemson is going to be pissed from the first game and playing at home.

Depends which Pitt team shows up today.

H2P

Comment by Pittscript 03.08.14 @ 3:49 pm

“John DeGroat” LOL

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.14 @ 4:07 pm

Thanks Jackagain

Comment by Iron Duke 03.08.14 @ 4:08 pm

Levance Fields is starting. Not sure about John Degroat.

Comment by Mailman 03.08.14 @ 4:08 pm

DEGROAT RETURNS

Comment by tacocat 03.08.14 @ 4:09 pm

Is the Clemson Univ. TV station running the production of this game today or what?

Comment by Mailman 03.08.14 @ 4:11 pm

Doyle Hudson is there too. Huh?

Comment by Annie 03.08.14 @ 4:12 pm

Wow, this is ugly.

Comment by Annie 03.08.14 @ 4:14 pm

LMFAO. They definitely bungled that. Jamie always had a soft spot for DeGroat

Comment by Pap76 03.08.14 @ 4:14 pm

I was a bit worried about Pitt coming out flat to start the game. Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case.

Comment by Mailman 03.08.14 @ 4:16 pm

Doyle’s a beast

Comment by longsufferingpittfan 03.08.14 @ 4:16 pm

Horrible feed. Watching Directv. You guys have crummy feed?

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 4:16 pm

Comcast ok. Announcers not so much. If not for delay I’d have Hillgrove and Groat on

Comment by Pap76 03.08.14 @ 4:19 pm

The flow of the game is nice…and the offense isn’t stagnant…why won’t JD let them play like this all game??

Comment by Keith 03.08.14 @ 4:21 pm

Great feed on eespn 3 hi def. so tired of seeing JR get caught inside while his man hits a wide open 3. What is he even doing in there?

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 4:27 pm

wright and zanna are useless

Comment by cas myzlinski 03.08.14 @ 4:28 pm

And we’re back to same old Pitt. Missing bunnies and giving up open looks.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 4:28 pm

Pitt must be shooting 30%. Clemson will kill us in the zone

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 4:30 pm

yes JAMIE DIXON go to fckin zone that is exactly what happens easy 3pt shots WTF

Comment by Nate_PittPanfan 03.08.14 @ 4:31 pm

Better be man out of TO.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 4:32 pm

Zanna is a liability, our weakest link. Our offense has that collapse, tight look now and Clemson is hitting 3s

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 4:32 pm

Over

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 4:34 pm

Now we are just falling apart

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 4:35 pm

NIT

Comment by isnore 03.08.14 @ 4:38 pm

Train wreck.

Comment by Annie 03.08.14 @ 4:38 pm

i just turned that fckin stupid ass game off I can’t stand watching these fools anymore

Comment by Nate_PittPanfan 03.08.14 @ 4:38 pm

Clemson on a 19-4 run. Pitt just giving the ball away and playing ole defense

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 4:38 pm

Long way to go. I actually like our chances when Clemsons big man is out

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 4:41 pm

turn it back on and were down by 7 what i miss. were to predictable going zone easy 3 and are offense is so easy just to jump into the passing lane that stupid motion its so easy to guess where were going to pass the ball. JD just doesn’t get us ready he’s gotta be the easiest coach to plan for you know exactly what he’ll run.

Comment by Nate_PittPanfan 03.08.14 @ 4:42 pm

When Patterson doesn’t take the shot the play was designed to get, it hurts the team.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 4:43 pm

Selfish.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 4:44 pm

Ole ole. My god what has happened to our defense?

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 4:46 pm

This team just isn’t very good.

Need a big talent infusion.

Would love to see a true badass.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 4:46 pm

No way we go to the NCAA it is NIT here we come

Comment by Frankcan 03.08.14 @ 4:49 pm

Going out with a couple buddies later. Thought i would wait til then to start drinking. I should have known better…

Comment by Pap76 03.08.14 @ 4:50 pm

Time to start drinking. Might need to go stronger, maybe start a little heroine habit to cope with this, next year not looking any better.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 4:52 pm

At least we were holding our own on the boards …until now.
Clemson shooting 58% Nice d Pitt

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 4:52 pm

Pitt dug itself in a hole and it will take a perfect second half to pull this one out.

Comment by MariettaMike 03.08.14 @ 4:53 pm

But we’re supposed to be ok with this, right?

That patronizing little pat on the head from those who say “Now now, you’re just poor little Pitt fans. Stop looking for Pitt to be a really good team. 20+ wins over cupcakes is all you should expect. And that’s all you’ll get for the next ten years, at a cost of $25M for our head coach, we’re locked into this, so shut up and be happy and quit bitching cause this is all you deserve.”

Comment by BATR 03.08.14 @ 4:55 pm

Rebel IPA tastes good. I’ll start there……..

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 4:56 pm

No defense, poor ball movement…it looks as if this team has tuned Jamie out.

Let’s not kid ourselves we have to play over our heads to win because our talent is mid-level at best. We are the definition of a bubble team.

Comment by isnore 03.08.14 @ 4:56 pm

I know you dont want to here this but Dixon lost this team 6 or 7 games ago i know we are not a great team but we were not this bad.
some thing DIXON did or said made this happen he lost this team they just dont care or he broke them some how there will to win is gone they have tuned him out.

Comment by Frankcan 03.08.14 @ 4:56 pm

why can’t we just play a pressure defense instead of that ridiculous zone that gives away easy 3pt shots every time or an easy pass in the middle that zone is so soft its unreal JD would run it. Like I said Talib needs to have a good game for us to win him and wright are no shows first half.

Comment by Nate_PittPanfan 03.08.14 @ 4:56 pm

yea are off is not good but that defense is even worse no chance of winning tday

Comment by Nate_PittPanfan 03.08.14 @ 4:58 pm

Hey, we’re not in foul trouble. Maybe they turned in down too much on D to avoid that.

No feed? Can’t get ESPN3 with my DirecTV

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 4:59 pm

Hard to argue with you, FRANKCAN.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 4:59 pm

Right at the half Zeise tweeted that Dixon told team to foul. Nobody did and almost gave up a layup. This team stinks, maybe they are worried about who is getting run off. Right now nobody should feel safe.

Comment by cas myzlinski 03.08.14 @ 5:02 pm

But that’s the problem with trying to get decent talent to over-achieve. Decent talent usually produces a decent team. Pitt is only decent right now. There is just no room for error. And if the coach can’t get them to play at close to max potential, they’re going to lose to more talented teams.

Has Pitt lost to a less talented team yet? Maybe NCState, but Warren was way more talented than anyone on Pitt and he killed them.

I am convinced Dixon can win with more talent. I am not convinced he can get better talent.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 5:05 pm

They’re going to rush the court when they win.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 5:11 pm

My boy, Young, has really disappointed me.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 5:11 pm

Dixon needs to do more coaching and less crying

Comment by T Bear 03.08.14 @ 5:11 pm

I remember when being down at half didn’t mean a loss. Let’s see if Dixon can make some adjustments and promote so damn defense…our NCAA tournament lives very may well depend on it.

Comment by Snacks 03.08.14 @ 5:13 pm

Surprising Zanna can’t rebound from under the basket.

Comment by cas myzlinski 03.08.14 @ 5:17 pm

That 3 by Clemson hurt

Comment by HL2Pitt 03.08.14 @ 5:20 pm

These refs suck. Lots of ACC home cooking going on

Comment by HL2Pitt 03.08.14 @ 5:25 pm

Zanna is usually the source of the momentum shift away from us. Nice kid, crisp player

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 5:26 pm

Welcome to the bubble

Comment by HL2Pitt 03.08.14 @ 5:26 pm

Hey, we’ve been on the bubble since Warren went for 41

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 5:29 pm

Amazing how so many ACC teams are peaking now and Pitt just regressess

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 5:32 pm

Another close tough loss coming?

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 5:45 pm

Pitt on an 18-4 run gives up 3straight lay ups and a dunk ugh

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 5:46 pm

Here is where a team that is loose can have any player shoot. Pitt has JD coaching them up real tight and running everything through LP. He’s exhausted and can’t play D well even at his best.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 5:48 pm

Three careless/possibly lazy plays by Lamar in a row. Terrible pass right into the defenders hands. Gets blown by and let’s his man get right ro the rim on defense and then on the following defensive posession just standing there as his guy gets the airball for a dunk. Wake up Lamar!

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 03.08.14 @ 5:48 pm

Why does odom think Pitt is a good defensive team?? JFC!

Comment by Scott 03.08.14 @ 5:51 pm

This would have been Durand time.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 5:51 pm

How do we give up wide open lay ups to their best shooter??
Another turnover for Pitt out of a time out! Why?

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 5:52 pm

Typical Zanna

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 5:52 pm

@CN – it’s conditioning for LP, he’s never been great with that. He breaks down mentally when he is tired.

And then you have Zanna?!?!?!??!

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 5:52 pm

Classic Wright to Zana on that turnover.

Comment by Snacks 03.08.14 @ 5:52 pm

NIT

Comment by Antiguafor200Alex 03.08.14 @ 5:53 pm

End of game situations, Pitt just doesn’t execute.

Patterson is gassed, having to carry Pitt on offense, but that defensive effort on the dunk was unacceptable

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 5:53 pm

Zanna for the TIE!!! OOPS!

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 5:54 pm

Pathetic!!

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 5:55 pm

Zanna is Sunseri of bball.

Comment by Chris 03.08.14 @ 5:55 pm

Patter sons. Lazy mistakes really hurt

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 5:56 pm

Patterson again.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 5:57 pm

Disgusting, HOW ABOUT A TIME OUT SO PATTERSON CAN BREATHE!!!!!

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 5:57 pm

Lack of poise

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 5:58 pm

Never seen a single team of hero makers like Pitt We are done

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 5:59 pm

Total end of season collapse. I hate this.

Comment by Annie 03.08.14 @ 5:59 pm

TOTAL PANIC AND TIGHTNESS!!!

Good look with Young, but….

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 5:59 pm

Dixon mismanaged Patterson minutes.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 5:59 pm

Awful.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 6:01 pm

And that folks is Pitt hoops right there. Every other team has 2 or 3 guys who would have drained that 3 that Young missed. With Patterson so exhausted we have NO ONE.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 03.08.14 @ 6:01 pm

Gave up way too many layups last 5 mins. Tired or whatever, horrible defense late in game. Not even worth mentioning that the offense was terrible, that’s expected.

Comment by Antiguafor200Alex 03.08.14 @ 6:02 pm

Pitt has not scored since 3:36. Where have we heard that before. Hope you gamblers made some money on this. Betting Clemson with Pitt a favorite was a mortal lock

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 6:03 pm

9 more years! 9 more years! 9 more years!

Comment by PO'd Panther 03.08.14 @ 6:03 pm

Need 2 wins in the ACC tourney!!!

Not gonna happen.

SAD

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 6:04 pm

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 6:06 pm

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOOWW.

Comment by Mailman 03.08.14 @ 6:06 pm

I think I just pooped my pants.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 03.08.14 @ 6:08 pm

That has to be good, INDISPUTABLE is not possibly there.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 6:09 pm

what happened in the last 2 seconds .. I’m unable to watch

Comment by wbb 03.08.14 @ 6:09 pm

Typical Pitt so close yet so far.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 6:10 pm

NO WAY THAT IS REVERSED!!!!

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 6:10 pm

This homer announcers are awful! The shot with the clock graphic is clear as day that it is out with .1 left.

Win this in OT! HTP

Comment by Todd Gack 03.08.14 @ 6:11 pm

in·dis·put·a·ble

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 6:11 pm

We’re going to overtime!!!

Comment by Mailman 03.08.14 @ 6:11 pm

It’s good!

Comment by MariettaMike 03.08.14 @ 6:11 pm

NOW DO NOT LOSE THIS.

Please!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 6:11 pm

The way this crew has been, they’ll take that away.

Comment by Panther Pride 03.08.14 @ 6:12 pm

HOLY FUCKING SHITTT

Comment by Snacks 03.08.14 @ 6:12 pm

Wow.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 6:12 pm

Lord we are due for. Some good luck!

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.14 @ 6:13 pm

how did pitt get the ball back

Comment by wbb 03.08.14 @ 6:13 pm

unbelievable ending wbb. Patterson hit a 3 with 2.7 left Pitt down 2 and inbound pass went off a Clemson players leg right into Nuke’s hands. I think he was surprised he even had it. He did a little pump fake and the shot the ball leaving his fingetips exactly as time expired. Overtime!

Comment by Gordo 03.08.14 @ 6:13 pm

I’m surprised they gave him the bucket to begin with real time.

Comment by Panther Pride 03.08.14 @ 6:13 pm

Really like to win this, we are the better team. Held them to 27 2nd half. Let’s Go Pitt!!!

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 6:14 pm

Finally one falls our way. I am hard on Dixon so credit to him for coaching htn up at the end

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 03.08.14 @ 6:14 pm

Glad he did that “little” shot fake.

Any bigger and it is over.

Now lets put the pressure back on them

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 6:14 pm

Big shot to start. After all the times they fought this season to lose, it is time to turn the tables.

Comment by Todd Gack 03.08.14 @ 6:15 pm

Are these clemson’s home announcers? Seriously?

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 6:17 pm

Pitt has life! YES!

Comment by MariettaMike 03.08.14 @ 6:18 pm

Very nice start!

Comment by Gordo 03.08.14 @ 6:18 pm

Nice 7-0 run. They are on a mission. Don’t even put yourself in the bubble discussion.

Comment by Todd Gack 03.08.14 @ 6:18 pm

thx Gordo, just watching some of OT on ESPN Buzzer Beater – so far so good

Comment by wbb 03.08.14 @ 6:18 pm

omg i almost had the game off checked back in this is crazy first time in awhile i don’t want to speak to soon

Comment by Nate_PittPanfan 03.08.14 @ 6:18 pm

Does Odom just pick any Pitt guard and say his name? He’s got the wrong guy half the time

Comment by Antiguafor200Alex 03.08.14 @ 6:19 pm

YES!!!
H2P!!!

Comment by Gordo 03.08.14 @ 6:30 pm

Glad I didn’t turn the game off when others were saying it was “over.”

H2P.

Comment by Mailman 03.08.14 @ 6:31 pm

We had them all the way!

Comment by Howard 03.08.14 @ 6:31 pm

“WOW, what a game.”

Thank GOD. Thanks.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 6:31 pm

They’re extremely lucky that got this W.

Comment by Panther Pride 03.08.14 @ 6:32 pm

Come on Robinsion, you’re a Divison 1 player, playing in the ACC, you’ve got to be ready for any and all passes.

Especially as the count is at 4 or 5. Geeez!

Comment by Dan 03.08.14 @ 6:32 pm

Come on Robinsion, you’re a Divison 1 player, playing in the ACC, you’ve got to be ready for any and all passes.

Especially as the count is at 4 or 5. Geeez!

Comment by Dan 03.08.14 @ 6:32 pm

A wonder bounce to Newkirk

Comment by Frank 03.08.14 @ 6:33 pm

What a great 5 minutes and 2.4 seconds! About time we were on the right side of that score. Looking forward to the tournaments.

Comment by Todd Gack 03.08.14 @ 6:33 pm

Whewwwwwww. Damn.

Very good win fellas, we needed that.

Free throws baby, free throws!!!!

Comment by Dan 03.08.14 @ 6:33 pm

Whewwwwwww. Damn.

Very good win fellas, we needed that.

Free throws baby, free throws!!!!

Comment by Dan 03.08.14 @ 6:33 pm

Under the circumstances one of most enjoyable wins this year. Like the resolve in 2nd half & OT. Lamar is exhausted. Happy hour just officially began

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 6:34 pm

Sorry for the doubles, don’t know why, hitting enter once.

Comment by Dan 03.08.14 @ 6:34 pm

What clutch play by Newkirk and Young! I officially declare them to be sophomores today!

Comment by Howard 03.08.14 @ 6:34 pm

Pitt has been perfect in OT this season, haven’t they? Hard fought must win that they did win, so good for them????
H2P

Comment by Dr. Tom 03.08.14 @ 6:36 pm

THIS IS WHY WE DRINK!

Comment by CompLit 03.08.14 @ 6:36 pm

What a way to make the tourney…with so many close wins this year it’s fitting to win in that fashion.

Comment by milobloom 03.08.14 @ 6:37 pm

Maybe karma stars to swing in Pitts favor thru the tourneys this is a win that can change a teams fortune

Comment by Steve h 03.08.14 @ 6:39 pm

Panther pride they were unlucky enough this year why not get some back

Comment by Steve h 03.08.14 @ 6:41 pm

Not a perfect game but Pitt showed their mettle. A very big confidence builder going into the ACC Tournament. Hats off to all players and coaches. Hail to Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 03.08.14 @ 6:41 pm

On Postgame show with Hillgrove and Groat, Dixon says that they used a different press for that last play in regulation.

Comment by Howard 03.08.14 @ 6:43 pm

Never thought they had that in them. All the bad luck of the year given back in one game.

NO MORE BUBBLE TALK!

Hats off to everyone. Total team effort.

Comment by gc 03.08.14 @ 6:44 pm

OH MY GOD! Now I know how I’m going to die. I’m going to have a heart attack during a Pitt basketball game. Either from that or from burst blood vessel in my forehead after a bonehead turnover. AMAZING comeback. I thought in the closing minutes when it looked like that they going to lose, that they played a good ballgame.
Big win in a big game. Go Panthers!

Comment by Justinian 03.08.14 @ 6:44 pm

Steve, don’t get me wrong. I’m very happy to get the Win and yeah they got stabbed in the heart many times this season, so perhaps it was karma going their way this time. It’s just that they shot themselves in the foot sooooo many times today. Refs were horrible too, except for calling a shot good as time ran out. If they called that a no-bucket, I’m not sure replay goes their way.

Comment by Panther Pride 03.08.14 @ 6:46 pm

Confidence builder maybe, maybe not.

Do you think JD is going to give the guys a day off?

Can I pay someone to give him a couple of Valiums in his food/drink right before every game. He makes ME tight.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 6:46 pm

Next game is Thursday 2pm.

Comment by Howard 03.08.14 @ 6:52 pm

Pitt won the game by out rebounding Clemson. Remember this was Clemson’s house and they had to win this game as bad as Pitt. Let’s celebrate a big Pitt win and save criticism for another day. We won! ;)

Comment by MariettaMike 03.08.14 @ 6:52 pm

@Howard…the Dixon haters won’t give him credit for that..they’ll say he was lucky to win…How’s that quote go…..
….”Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”.

Comment by milobloom 03.08.14 @ 6:54 pm

A miracle!

Comment by Steve 03.08.14 @ 6:55 pm

Lady Luck is an equal opportunist for sure. The good news is that she has given us the shaft most of the season so she owed us a little attention. let’s hope that she realizes that we are still on the negative with her attention so she owes us a few more.
Nice coaching by Dixon at the of the game. Team never quit. That should remove us from the bubble talk for sure.
H2P

Comment by Pitt Fan in Atlanta 03.08.14 @ 6:56 pm

If your writing a post criticizing the coach or team between now and Thursday’s game your not a Pitt fan…These are the games you sit back and really enjoy….they don’t happen every year.

Comment by milobloom 03.08.14 @ 6:57 pm

Off the bubble for sure…no way a team with 11 wins in a major conference misses the tourney.

Comment by milobloom 03.08.14 @ 6:58 pm

What’s weird is that down the stretch, Pitt won the games I thought they’d lose and lost the games I thought they’d win. Odd how that works out sometimes.

Comment by Mailman 03.08.14 @ 7:04 pm

I can’t believe all the criticism. They played extremely hard the whole game and then made a terrific comeback in the closing seconds. What’s not to like? Yes, I know the Panthers had seemed to have lost their mojo down the stretch of the ACC schedule. Loosing heart-breakers to Virginia, Syracuse and North Carolina is what put them into that tailspin. Let’s enjoy this win and look forward to the ACC Tournament.

Comment by Justinian 03.08.14 @ 7:12 pm

I didn’t realize Lamar had 30. Wow. Cam’s 8 in overtime (16 total) were HUGE. Hit that big, unexpected 3.

17-1 when Cam scores 12 or more. 6-7 when he doesn’t.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 03.08.14 @ 7:21 pm

Also, kinda rooting for NC tonight. A Dook loss would put them at 12-6 in the conference (one game better than us) and 23-8 (same as us), for the season. Virtually impossible for us to not make the tourney.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 03.08.14 @ 7:27 pm

I said NIT earlier and I was WRONG!! We have had way too many OT games, however, a win is a win is a win..is a WIN.

I hope that Jamie gives this team an extra day of rest…they have probably played more OT games than anybody else in Div I this year.

Comment by isnore 03.08.14 @ 7:31 pm

Cam’s 8 included 4 for 4 from the line AFTER Michael Young had missed 2 and JR had missed 1 of 2.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 7:37 pm

I am much more hopeful for the Big Dance.

Now maybe, IF, we get lucky and get past the first round in the NCAA, then the second round team won’t have enough time to prepare and learn that they just need to guard LP to beat Pitt.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 7:38 pm

Taken from the ESPN recap (link to espn.go.com) is this gem – “It was also a game of contrasting styles with the high-pace, high-possession Panthers attacking whenever they saw a crack in the defense.”

These ESPN writers sure know Pitt basketball.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 7:44 pm

As the No. 5 seed, on Thursday at 2 pm we play the winner of Wednesday’s 1pm game between No. 12 Wake Forest vs. No. 13 Notre Dame.

Then if we win, we play the #4 seed, the loser of Duke v. North Carolina, at 2pm Friday. I’m getting all of this from:

link to syracuse.com

Comment by Howard 03.08.14 @ 7:52 pm

Not a thing on ESPN’s BB page about Pitt’s OT win and miracle finish. Of course they have “Winthrop upsets top seed High Point with last-second 3-pointer”.

Wouldn’t want anyone to miss that important info….

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.14 @ 8:00 pm

Good thing we won this one…a lot of bubble teams won today, like Oregon, St. John’s, Colorado…

Oklahoma St. lost though as well as Utah lost to Stanford by 1.

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.14 @ 8:08 pm

Clemson knows how we felt vs. VA and Syr. Although this one was even more improbable. The dagger lingered much longer.

The guy doing the aftergame on the FAN needs fired. A total jerk that only wants to hear himself speak. I thought it would be great having an all sportstalk radio on FM. What a joke these guys are. One would think that an after game show would be pro Pitt, not in this town.

Imagine any other team having an announcer bash or make snide remarks about the home team. The Steelers or PSU would have them fired in a New York minute.

This guy says: depending how the do in the tourney, they (meaning Pitt) could go back on the bubble. Then he goes on to talk about the controversial call regarding the Newkirk shot.

Give me a break. How about something positive after a game like this one.

Leave the negative rehash for Cook and Poni or for Smizek tomorrow.

Comment by gc 03.08.14 @ 8:19 pm

In retrospect, we played a whole lot of very entertaining games that went down to the wire.

Some, including this one were very difficult to watch. This one had loss written all over it, up to the very last shot in regulation.

The true freshmen all played well. I did not see Jones, did he play at all, I guess I can check the Box Score.

As was said before, there were enough mistakes in this game to make you gouge your eyes out, but it feels so much better to win.

Comment by gc 03.08.14 @ 8:27 pm

Jones did not make the box score so I guess he didn’t play

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.08.14 @ 8:29 pm

Hey gc…I was listening to that and thought the same thing, it was Andrew Filliponi…got to remember he’s from Syracuse..,,he was clearly upset Pitt won….
..the going back on bubble if they lose Thursday that he kept saying is stupid talk…11 wins in a top 5 conference is automatic to tourney..that was the case even before they added 4 more teams.

Comment by milobloom 03.08.14 @ 8:30 pm

Epic fail by Clemson. Can you imagine being a Tiger fan right now? Credit to Pitt for taking advantage.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.08.14 @ 8:30 pm

Was working so didn’t see the game. Watched the last min of regulation and the OT. We deserve a break this year. Looks like team played hard to every whistle. Proud of our guys for not folding and pulling out this one.

On to the ACC tourney.

H2P!!!

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.08.14 @ 8:37 pm

Clemson blog blaming coach Brownell for not calling a TO before the inbounds where Newkirk scored to take it to OT.

link to shakinthesouthland.com

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.08.14 @ 8:42 pm

@@@@

To all of you negative folks this was
an incredible win by Pitt. Kudos to the coaches
and players who never quit….unlike most
of the fans in this blog. Take the
challenge and make a positive comment!

Comment by JR 03.08.14 @ 8:50 pm

Wasn’t here during the game, but reading the posts made during the game was enlightening…

Confusing to me but as I understand it, when the team plays loose, they make shots, but when the Coach puts the squeeze on the offense, they miss?

Anyway, I thought the 3-pointer by Lamar to start the OT was huge – guess he was loose.

Go Pitt.

Comment by MajorMajors 03.08.14 @ 8:55 pm

No mention of Pitt Clemson on College Game Day even though they are at an ACC venue

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.08.14 @ 8:58 pm

The comeback reminded me of the almost impossible comeback in the pitt vs WVU game at the Pete a few years ago..H2P!!!!

Comment by Jerry S. 03.08.14 @ 9:00 pm

From CBSSports.com Bubble Watch:

“Pittsburgh: The Panthers basically saved their season in the final seconds against Clemson. It looked like a sure loss, but Josh Newkirk stole the ball and knocked in a buzzer-beater to send the game into overtime — and then Pittsburgh pulled away in the extra period. It was essentially a must-win for Pittsburgh, which had fallen to the cutline after losses in four of six games. The Panthers have just one top-50 win, but they have generally avoided bad losses and they have a solid record away from home. The non-conference SOS of 232 is not a plus, though.”

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.08.14 @ 9:01 pm

@MajorM….In the spirit of positivism – gotta give credit to LP, as it looked like he was the one to knock loose the in-bounds pass that bounced to Nuke.

And of course he was able to hit the opening 3 pointer of OT, he was able to take a rest during the delay on the Nuke shot plus the break before overtime.

You, meaning JD, shouldn’t coach up your team to only have confidence in ONE player at the end of game situation. Even Nuke, with 2 seconds to shoot, looked to pass the ball(hence the “little” pump but LP wasn’t open to get a pass. He was forced to take the shot and fortunately didn’t clank it from 6 feet.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 9:19 pm

Whether its football or basketball, whether Pitt wins or loses, Fillipponi’s postgame commentaries are almost always negative. I’ve heard enough so I just turn off the radio after Bill Hillgrove’s wrap-up. I don’t expect a cheerleader in a postgame talk show but the constant negativity is over the top.

Comment by dinosaur 71 03.08.14 @ 9:28 pm

Not surprised not on Gameday…no number (rank) by our Team so it wont get much press…considering some of the games today I actually agree…Big win for us..but overall in college bball it’s not that worthy.

Comment by milobloom 03.08.14 @ 9:43 pm

“Dixon haters”. What is that? Who are they? Where are they. Who hates Jamie Dixon? I’ve never heard of anyones who HATES Jamie Dixon.

I know of no one who hates Dixon, anywhere.

Comment by Dan 03.08.14 @ 10:02 pm

@milobloom – I agree but it’s at Duke. They might mention the other big game in the ACC today. It has a bearing because now FSU has less to play for tomorrow against Cuse which could have an effect on where UNC or Duke are in the ACC tourney.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.08.14 @ 10:02 pm

I’m not yet convinced we’re a lock for the NCAA tourney. I’d like to see at least 2 wins in the ACC tourney-giving us a win over UNC or Duke.

Comment by Lou 03.08.14 @ 10:08 pm

Funny you guys are talking about 93.7 The Fan. Used to turn it on first thing in the a.m., and leave it on all day.

Several guys on there now, Filiponi, Mueller, and Dunlap reading from radio 101. Same things the opposite of what fans want to hear, or something inflammatory to get the fans ire, and generate phone calls.

Turn it on once in awhile now, mostly music in my office for the last 3 months.

Comment by Dan 03.08.14 @ 10:09 pm

“Say” things

Comment by Dan 03.08.14 @ 10:10 pm

@ Lou — THE ACC WILL HAVE AT LEAST FIVE TEAMS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT. PITT IS #5. WE’RE IN.

Comment by MariettaMike 03.08.14 @ 10:15 pm

Interesting how the ESPN Play-By-Play page link to espn.go.com

shows the end of regulation:
0:02 Pitt timeout
0:00 65-67 Damarcus Harrison Turnover.
0:00 End of Game

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 10:20 pm

Interesting how the ESPN Play-By-Play page link to espn.go.com

shows the end of regulation:
0:02 Pitt timeout
0:00 65-67 Damarcus Harrison Turnover.
0:00 End of Game

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 10:20 pm

0:00 End of Game
0:00 Josh Newkirk Steal. 65-67
0:00 Josh Newkirk made Jumper. 67-67
0:00 End of 2nd half

Guss someone at ESPN thought the ball was on Nuke’s fingertips.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 10:21 pm

^Guess

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 10:40 pm

@Lou, is Iowa in with a 20-11 overall, 9-9 conference and 5-7 lat 12 in?

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 10:47 pm

5-7 last 12 in?

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 10:49 pm

The announcers weren’t biased: couldn’t have been a Clemson fan throwing stuff on the court. With 4.2 ticks left one guy said essentially over. On first replay of Josh’s bucket one guy said itbeas on his fingertips. Frankly, I’m amazed his bsfkrg wasn’t disallowed. I’ve watched every dribble of every Pitt game this year and absolutely my most favorite moment has been Patterson’s smile after he hit 3 to open OT.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 11:04 pm

If we can beat WF-ND winner I think we would play number 4 seed NC.

Comment by Frank 03.08.14 @ 11:07 pm

Hey Old School Panther, your keyboard is almost as bad as mine. Either that or my 5 thumbs.

Comment by TVax 03.08.14 @ 11:08 pm

well….if we get by the #5 game on Thursday…it look like pitt will play NC…that would be fun!!

Comment by Keith 03.08.14 @ 11:12 pm

Why is it that some of those that post often after a Pitt loss are missing now?

This team shouldn’t go far into the NCAA’s but they are a huge upgrade from 2 years ago and you never know there is A LOT of parity in College basketball right now.

Are they in? Hell yeah on the bubble shit is put to bed.

Comment by Tony In Harrisburg 03.08.14 @ 11:15 pm

To quote the great Tyler Palko…”I’m so F@#$ing proud of these guys”! This team and coaching staff have dealt with their share of adversity this year. They played hard, never stopped playing, and put themselves in position for the miracle finish…Nice to be on the other side of one of those for a change.

Comment by HbgFrank 03.08.14 @ 11:19 pm

Sorry, just watched replay my droid keyboard is so narrow an infant’s finger is too wide. Cold Innis & Finn high gravity Scottish brew also to blame.

Played good man second half, kept their man in front, positioned between their man & the basket, helped out. One of the best defensive efforts all year after a horrendous defensive effort in 1st half. Need to credit Dixon for waking them up. That kind of defense will serve them well in a tournament. Pitt has never had a tournament run w/o solid defense.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 11:29 pm

Innis & Gunn

Comment by Old School Panther 03.08.14 @ 11:30 pm

ACC Bracket (blank – no teams)

link to raycomsports.com

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.08.14 @ 11:48 pm

Just finished watching the replay on Espn3…

As usual, really proud of the effort. They never gave up.

As usual, really disappointed in some on this blog. They always give up. You know who you are.

No matter what happens the rest of the way… It was one a hell of a season, every game was entertaining, win or lose.

Looking forward to watching at least two more games, win or lose, I know it’s going to be fun!

Nothing to cry about Panther fans! :)

Comment by Pitt2Cali 03.09.14 @ 12:03 am

Sorry… I can’t let this go… Someone earlier (not going to mention their name… *cough* Caz) said Wright and Zanna are worthless or useless or something to that effect… That pisses me off…

Those two kids that have put their hearts and souls into Pitt basketball for 4/5 years and helped this team win a lot of games. They deserve more respect than that. What have you done for Pitt basketball the last 4/5 years, Caz?

By the way, Wright had 16 pts and Zanna had a double double.

Comment by Pitt2Cali 03.09.14 @ 12:44 am

It was good to see an end of game shot roll our way for a change. Hopefully the boys learned how to win a close one tonight and it will carry on into the tourneys. HTP.

Comment by Annie 03.09.14 @ 1:00 am

Didn’t get a chance to watch the game. Very happy PITT won. 30 from. LP is encouraging. He must be feeling a lot better.

Comment by Pittastic 03.09.14 @ 6:30 am

@TVax-I would argue that Iowa has better wins than Pitt, and a stiffer non-con record. The strike against the Hawkeyes is they’ve lost 5 of their last 6.

Comment by Lou 03.09.14 @ 6:39 am

@@@@@

To Pitt2cali: anyone who calls our players useless or
worthless is a moron who should be banned from this site.
Too much negativity on this site for me. Also many
Comments are from people who obviously know little or
nothing about BB or FB.

Comment by JR 03.09.14 @ 7:28 am

@ Tony in Harrisburg, “Why is it that some of those that post often after a Pitt loss are missing now”?

Could it be that those individuals of who you speak, those consistently groaning with their constant negativism actually realize that such whining bullshit doesn’t go over very well after a great Pitt win? And unfortunately that’s all they have to contribute to the discussion most of the time. So for now, CRICKITS. Those types tend to be losers themselves, so it makes them so much better about themselves when they can point out the deficiencies of others when they themselves lose. Can’t do much of that when you’re winning.

So to keep those types off this board we need to do just one simple thing, just win baby Win!

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Dr. Tom 03.09.14 @ 7:49 am

JR, I been sort of stunned about all negative comments. Look at what Pitt has had to overcome this year. First they loose their athletic 7 ft. freshman center to the NBA. Then they loose JJ Moore who transfers out. Whether you liked him or not, he was athletic and capable of big games. We certainly could have used a athlete who could hit 3s. Then in the Wake Forest game the Panthers loose Durand Johnson for the season from a knee injury. Loosing Johnson and his offensive production was an enormous blow. Because of all this they had to play their 4 freshmen more minutes than they would have liked. They seemed to hit a brick wall after several last second losses and lost confidence in them selves. Despite that they are 23 and 8 over-all and 4-0 in overtime games. Not bad considering everything. The Pitt freshmen are maturing and hopefully this win will give them some confidence going forward.

Comment by Justinian 03.09.14 @ 7:56 am

With the big overtime win at Clemson, Pitt’s first ACC regular season is complete. Therefore I agree that it’s safe to say that the Panther freshmen are now sophomores! Way to go guys. Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Justinian 03.09.14 @ 8:07 am

It’s funny how the moods change so fast here.

Pitt beats a poor ND team in OT and I read some comments like ‘bring on Virginia … I’d love a 2nd chance against them’ And then, we lose at home to NCS and the people who make those comments go missing. Now, of course, all of the whiners are again being criticized …. like the world is all great again.

Fact is that this team is just about where it should be. 23 and 8 is a pretty good record as is a 5 seed in the ACC.

And just because the coach is criticized doesn’t mean we want him fired. Fact is that calling time out with 2.8 seconds was indeed stupid and extreme micromanagement.

This team is capable of doing really good things but not great things. But the best thing, to me, is that there is a lot to look forward too …. I see a lot of talent, both returning and incoming to this program

Comment by wbb 03.09.14 @ 8:08 am

It was one of the most unbelievable finishes in the history of college hoops. What? Down 5 with 4 clicks on the clock? Congrats Panthers!!!!

Comment by Pittman4ever 03.09.14 @ 8:10 am

@Lou – you are right about Iowa, they are in, but so is Pitt.

Now lets go do some damage in a couple of tournaments!!!!!!!

H2P!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by TVax 03.09.14 @ 8:12 am

I would love to get a win in the ACC tourney against a team whom we lost to in the regular season-am I correct in that we could play UNC in the second game?

And isn’t the ACC one of those conferences whose championship is played on Selection Sunday?

Comment by Lou 03.09.14 @ 8:32 am

First, my Big Balls award goes to Cam Wright. I have ripped him most of he acc season. He was as clutch as any Panther i can remember. Almost impossible to believe yesterdays finish, only pitt fans that have seen it so many times could believe it..

Comment by cas myzlinski 03.09.14 @ 8:34 am

Unfortunately Mr. Myzlinski those other fantastic finishes that us Pitt fans have experienced always seemed to have Pitt on the short end of the stick. Sure feels a lot better being on the flip side.

“Ennis throws up a prayer from 35 feet at the buzzer, and SCORES!!!!!! WTF, are you frickin kidding me??? I’m still shaking my head over that one.

Comment by Dr. Tom 03.09.14 @ 9:17 am

I would like to give props to Josh Newkirk – after a really mediocre to awful effort the 1st 38 minutes of the game, and being arguably the worst free throw shooter on the team…..money. 2 for 2 from the line. Honorable mention to Cam Wright for doing likewise.

When all else fails, play defense (which the began to do to start the 2nd half) and hit free throws.

Comment by KeyboardKev 03.09.14 @ 9:33 am

Dr Tom, I tend to favor football a little so Notre Dame 1977, all the UCONN losses and the Navy midweek loss at Heinz are still very clear in my mind. This does not diminish the games with Vanderbilt, Villanova or Butler though. No wonder we drink so much.

Comment by cas myzlinski 03.09.14 @ 9:36 am

Funny how the Clemson fanbase is crucifying their head coach for not taking a time out to set up defense at EOR and for calling a lob play, among others.

Faces and names changes- story stays the same. It happens everywhere.

Comment by PaulyP 03.09.14 @ 9:39 am

How many coaches in America would have 23 wins playing in a major conference with the talent on this team? Jamie Dixon is a phenomenal coach. He wins 20 games a year and we have what four players in the NBA. The guy wins without NBA talent.

Comment by Sam Knocken 03.09.14 @ 9:43 am

Top 10 things I like going into the ACC/NCAA Tourney for Pitt:

1) We’re apparently healthy (sans Durand)
2) We’ve battled in many close games– many of which we had to rally back from down double digits.
3) We have not crumbled on the road or on neutral sites
4) Karma is swinging our way
5) We’re going into the dance l”ow on the radar” and will likely not lose to a worse seed than us if we advance
6) The emergence of a “second scorer” is clear to me = Cameron Wright and Josh Newkirk.
7) JR seems to have gotten out of his “funk” and is being more of a late game leader
8) Did I mention we are used to playing in crucial games, close?
9) Did I mention we have played with unbelievable HEART?
10) Oh, and if we rebound and play defense…we’re always in the game.

Comment by PaulyP 03.09.14 @ 9:45 am

To add to your list, Pauly–we’re making clutch FTs! Whether it’s Wright, Newkirk, or Zanna–when has Pitt, as a program, been able to say that in recent history?

Comment by Lou 03.09.14 @ 10:06 am

This was exactly the kind of finish that I had hoped for all season (actually way more than I had hoped for). What a slim margin between victory and loss.

Wbbs on the money about our mood, if Newkirk’s shot is ruled late, it would have been absolute devastation here. You wouldn’t have been able to get a word in edgewise with the guys from Texas (although Tony from Houston has been way more positive lately). As it is, the internet must be down in Texas.

But not to worry, the negativity will be back in force very soon. There will only be two winners, one in the ACC tourney and one in the NCAA’s, all others will be losers, so the griping and hand wringing will be back soon enough.

But at least until Thursday, we can walk the talk or vice versa.

Even if we don’t win another game, I am real happy for Patterson and Zanna who made us extremely competitive this year.

Justinian in his 7:56 comment left out Zanna’s ankle and Patterson’s thumb, two major reasons for our mid-season swoon. I am hoping they have something left to prove.

The comments on Cam Wright are right on, when he scores over 12, we win. He plays tough D and in my opinion is Most Improved Player.

The other salient comment on picking up the D in the second half was also on the money. For Pitt this always is the difference between winning and losing.

The three freshmen are now making a difference and amazingly seem to be better on the road.

Best road team ever, quite an accomplishment.

Comment by gc 03.09.14 @ 10:21 am

Fellow Blatherites

OK, so I grabbed the blue and gold boxers out of the hamper yesterday in the morning. Had a meeting to attend and then a luncheon. Did not want to take the chance that I would not get home in time to pull them on before the game started.

So, I hug this woman right before lunch. And, she says “You smell good.” So, maybe I should wear these guys everyday. Clearly, they make me a hot commodity. Or not.

Anyhow, what a great game and the boxers will be ready for Thursday at 2pm.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 03.09.14 @ 10:24 am

Missed your post last night Pittcali but my comments about Zanna and Cam will not change. Both are great kids but on many occasions cause me to wonder how long they have been playing basketball. Zanna isn’t strong enough to be a center or basketball savvy enough to play the four, Cam can’t shoot beyond fifteen feet so on a team with no shooters its hard to have a shooting guard that can’t shoot. As a fan I can’t sit and watch a game and pretend that these aren’t real problems. I am well aware of what both of these young men have accomplished and happy they represent Pitt, I would just like to see a few less boneheaded passes by Cam and few less double pumps by Talib.

Comment by cas myzlinski 03.09.14 @ 10:30 am

Moved up to #15 in BPI and all the way back to #20 on KenPom.

@Pitt2Cali – even when we were losing the heartbreakers I said this was turning out to be a fun season – frustrating, annoying, gut wrenching but still fun.

Still really proud of our guys and glad to see how the freshman have progressed and stepped-up.

H2P!!!

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.09.14 @ 10:32 am

Important win, amazing finish and this should put an end to the bubble talk. They can beat 2/3 of the ACC field but inferior talent to the top 3 but I do think they can beat an overrated Syracuse. I still don’t see this team getting past the first week of the NCAA’s. The effort is there the talent isn’t.

Comment by Chick 03.09.14 @ 10:36 am

Great win by our road team. Bodes well for upcoming tournaments.

Comment by TonyinHouston 03.09.14 @ 10:37 am

I can’t believe MSG is happy about the Big East tournament. They had to stretch it out to make it last 4 days.

link to raycomsports.com

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.09.14 @ 10:44 am

@cas myzlinski …pretty amazing coaching job to get this team to the tourney with 2 starters that can’t play….

@Pitt Dad..totally agree how fun season has been…as is every season since Howland / Dixon era…(even the one year they stunk they still mad it interesting winning CBI.)

Comment by milobloom 03.09.14 @ 11:06 am

Can we please stop with the stupidity of “Isn’t it great that Jamie wins with lesser talent?”

Or I will be forced to constantly post, isn’t great how Pitt wins with such a structured, unimaginative, boring offense?

Or isn’t it great how Pitt can sometimes win without being able to generate and execute any consistent offense in the last 4 minutes of games?

STOP IT!!!!! It is all stupid, the head coach is responsible for EVERYTHING. And the most important thing he is responsible for is WHO HE BRINGS INTO THE PROGRAM.

Jamie is limiting the program’s success by not attracting better talent. And they don’t have to go after just mcdonalds all Americans, like Duke, Syracuse and UNC. Jamie could certainly do it by getting the right guys, who fit, from the top 25-100 prospects.

Why should Jamie get credit for putting himself at a disadvantage and the sometimes over coming his self inflicted deficiency? It makes no sense. Come on Pitt fans, we’re better than that.

And lastly, it is possible to comment on Jamie’s coaching shortcomings without arguing that he should be fired.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.09.14 @ 11:43 am

Milo, Guess that is sarcasm, but I don’t disagree. I have not been one to bash Jaime. How many of our starters do think would start for the top twenty five teams. I have no doubt this TEAM is one of the top thirty teams in the country, but without Lamar at his best we won’t win two more games this year. By the way with the help coming it seems Pitt will be fine for a while.

Comment by cas myzlinski 03.09.14 @ 11:45 am

And one more thing, those commentators yesterday, were awful. Would much rather listen to Doris Burke.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.09.14 @ 11:50 am

I predict a shortening of the Panther bench for the post season. Instead of playing Randall, Young will move to the 5 when Zanna comes out. Instead of playing Jones, Wright will move to the 3 when Patterson comes out. Newkirk will play 30 minutes per game and Artis will play 20 minutes per game.

Comment by Howard 03.09.14 @ 11:53 am

@Boubacar Aw – best thing about watching the game on replay was not listening to the announcers. If I needed to hear an explanation, I could always rewind and turn the sound on.

I was trying to see if the game would sync up with “Dark Side of the Moon” but couldn’t quite get it to work.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.09.14 @ 11:54 am

I do think Pitt will be “fine” with the talent coming.

There’s a big gap between “fine” and ACC champion. I don’t see final four type talent on the team and in the pipe. Enough talent to finish 3rd in ACC and make a sweet 16, sure. But it will tough to go much further.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.09.14 @ 11:57 am

I feel there is no way to predict how this Pitt team will do in the NCAA tourney.

Here’s why.

There are so many teams that can win or lose on any given day. Kansas is a team that has many stars but doesn’t play as a team. They have been in the top 10 all year and have 8 losses. To me they are no different than an Iowa, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan, U Conn, or most of the teams in the top 25. The differences between the top 40 teams in the country are very slim.

Wichita State looks to be the best team based on them being a final four team last year returning almost all their key players and rolling over everyone this year. Outside of them, Florida & maybe Arizona anyone else is beatable.

The officials are all over the place. We play Duke & North Carlina they call everything. We play Cincinnati & Clemson and people are getting raped and there’s no whistle so the crews are all over the place with the new rules.

Both of these things tell me that there are few favorites going into this years tourney and I fully expect to see more upsets and more teams that no one saw coming advancing in this years tourney.

Is that good for Pitt? Beats me but they can play with anyone so lets hope brackets, style of play, and officiating pans out for us.

Comment by Tony In Harrisburg 03.09.14 @ 12:01 pm

Howard, I think you are right, unless of course, there is foul trouble, like we had against NC State.

It did appear they let them play without the incessant foul calling yesterday, just an observation, I did not look at the numbers.

Food for thought, How many ACC underclassmen go pro next year?

Comment by gc 03.09.14 @ 12:01 pm

Good question gc, my guess, 5 or 6.

Parker, Hood, Ennis, Grant, Warren, off the top of my head. Probably missing someone.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.09.14 @ 12:21 pm

I will say one thing about people getting negative when Pitt is down 10. And that is, we got used to such excellent b ball for so many years, we r all spoiled a bit. so yeah, I too find myself in all sorts of.angst. but that bar is too high, I need to remember, I am truly grateful to have Dixon and for so long at that.

How about nuke…gets ball, maybe thinking “gottta pass I am a groan and this should be a bunny for me.in the most high pressure situation I have ever faced!!!

And then he sinks.it.

Here is to hoping many more moments for nuke!

Comment by DD 03.09.14 @ 12:23 pm

Somehow auto correct changed frosh to groan!

Comment by DD 03.09.14 @ 12:25 pm

Loved the GUTS-y win!

Bring on the tournaments…. :-)

Hail To PITT !

Comment by The Truth 03.09.14 @ 12:25 pm

Good post Tony In H.

I have won $ in more than my fair share of brackets in past years, but it has gotten more difficult to pick due to all of what you mention happening over the last several years.

Comment by TVax 03.09.14 @ 12:34 pm

Re; Offensive scheme/philosophy/recruiting

JD has only had two teams that had the attitude to shoot first and defend second. One almost made the Final Four. One paid to play in the CBI. One had multiple NBA players. One did not have any.

Just saying. So, if any of y’all think “opening up the offense” or “give ‘em a green light to shoot” crap is going to produce any FFs with this team– expect to play in the CBI, cause there isn’t NBA talent on this team with the offensive skills to score 30+points at will…

You need multiple NBA talents to advance far in the tourney — on average– or a ridiculously great player like a Kemba or Trey Burke. — that wills a team on its back with some luck. But you need defense and rebounding to get you there if you don’t have that NBA talent. Jamie is taking the approach of getting you there and hoping for mismatches and karma to push us through. It will happen one day. Not sure when, but it will.

Why is that so hard to understand for people? Also, why is it so hard for people to understand that NBA talent DOESN”T WANT TO PLAY FOR PITT. They want UK, Kansas, Duke, UNC and few others.

SO….if you’re mostly going to get EU NBA talent (at best) or Juco and 3 star projects, we need to run this system as is and deal with it.

Let’s hope karma falls on our side this year.

Comment by PaulyP 03.09.14 @ 12:38 pm

Still nothing on ESPN’s page about the miracle Pitt win…and nothing on the Saturday re-cap either.

link to espn.go.com

Comment by Jackagain 03.09.14 @ 12:43 pm

I think getting a shot blocking rebounding center is huge for next year. We have given up way to many easy baskets down Main St. as the guy said yesterday.

If DJ and CJ can come back healthy, with Wright and the freshman we should be able to score the ball.

Comment by gc 03.09.14 @ 12:46 pm

A lot of folks have said here wright (paraphrasing) is close if not at his full potential. May be true…but he may suprise us next year too. 3 or shot, wannamaker-like assists and drives…that is my hope!

Comment by DD 03.09.14 @ 12:52 pm

Baseball may lose 7th in a row. The talent just isn’t there for us to compete in the ACC especially with the lack of commitment to baseball by Pederson. Come on boys pull one out today.

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.09.14 @ 12:52 pm

Obviously any program can be faulted by fans unless they win the final game of the season. Pitt has had some NBA talent and of those, some have stayed but some have left. There has been a fairly consistent approach with JD to get the most out of that second tier talent and he unquestionably had done that extremely well for regular season success.

The karma and/or match ups working out in the tournament hasn’t happened to anyone’s total satisfaction yet, but personally I have loved the past 10+ years and would not mind 10 more of the same “opportunities” not because I am satisfied but because I think with minor tweaking and any luck(preferably good), it can all work out.

Comment by TVax 03.09.14 @ 12:53 pm

@Jackagain – of course not

Maryland holding their own against Virginia – MD win should help our RPI since we beat them twice. On the other hand, UVa looks awful. A good sign if we see them in the ACC tourney? That would be a semi-final game.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.09.14 @ 12:55 pm

UVa ball down 1 with 5.4 sec left

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.09.14 @ 1:05 pm

Offensive foul (Wells flop?) on the inbounds. MD at the FT line.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.09.14 @ 1:07 pm

@Caz..yes it was sarcasm but not necessarily directed at you but to the board in general…mainly the Dixon bashers.

@Boubcar – Criticizing Dixon is not all bad (though if your doing it after yesterday’s game your either a chronic pessimist or just not a Pitt BB fan) however many who do act as though Pitt BB would be better off without him as coach…which I will always argue against…they need to look around college BB to understand how lucky we have it….for the past decade+ we get to watch Selection Show and hear Pitt called out.

Also a lot of the criticisms are just plain wrong…Like “Jamie is limiting the program’s success by not attracting better talent.”…..He gets the best players who want to come to Pitt and will fit into the program….it’s the same thing they do at Duke and Syracuse and UCLA and also Purdue, Clemson and Penn St. Yet Dixon gets to the tourney every year while most other programs do not.
You could make the same comment about Coach K or Bill Self or Brad Brownell or Pat Chambers. “Coach K is limiting Duke from going to Final Four every year because he hasn’t attracted so and so to come to Duke.”

Comment by milobloom 03.09.14 @ 1:22 pm

Maryland won and, of course, they storm the court. Don’t they remember that they’ve been ACC Champs in the past? Oh well. Still helps our RPI.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.09.14 @ 1:25 pm

@Pitt Dad – Last ACC regular season game EVER for UMD, I expected it if they won. Reasonable for that fact only, and not likely for simply beating UVA.

Comment by TVax 03.09.14 @ 1:34 pm

In praise of Dixon/Staff….

I do not know of another coach who could have gotten 11 ACC wins and 23 regular season wins out of this team. We have a point guard who would not start for any other ACC team and our post play and lack of a tall defender/rebounder is well noted on this site.
Anything else Pitt does is icing on the cake and I congratulate Jamie and his staff for getting the team to the NCAA’s! I have been a huge critic of his tactics, not him, and putting in the new inbounds ball press on Friday was huge.

Finally yesterday, Pitt got a lucky break. Any coach will tell you that the proper release on the inbounds pass for Clemson is a long lob 3/4 court and whoever touches or catches it, the game is over with 2.5 seconds to go. A real brain fart on Clemson. Great heads up play by Newkirk who I think is going to be a star (super?) for Pitt and who has a huge upside.

As GC said earlier though, Pitt BBall does some things that make you want to gouge out your eyes.
The 4 open drives for layups by Clemson in the last 4 minutes of the game were awful. One is inexcusable, 4 unbelievable and rotating our defense when it is flooded strong side has been a problem the last 10 games.

Great win for Pitt. Gutty inspired play within the last 1 minute and OT.

Comment by Dan 72 03.09.14 @ 1:36 pm

Great first ACC regular season. So many young players with so much potential. JD did a great job.

Comment by notrocketscience 03.09.14 @ 1:40 pm

Looks like a 7 seed now unless a loss to WF-ND winner then probably a 10 or 11. Huge that kids didn’t quit-says a lot for the team and staff.

Comment by John 03.09.14 @ 2:55 pm

IMO, very good, not great season, and possibly DJ away from great. JD does a great job getting the most from his players with his intensity and emphasis on teamwork both defensively and offensively. The shortcoming to me is on offense where at the end of games and especially at the end of the season, he loads everything onto his most experienced player and makes sure his team understands this. Most years we do not have that player who can carry everyone. Last year was Woodall, year before Gibbs, year before it was balanced and we went far with Wanamaker, Gilbert Brown, Gibbs and Nasir.

Maybe the years where it seems like it is on one guy, it is because that is our only hope and therefore balanced offense isn’t an option, but more so, it seems the offense becomes more tightly controlled and restricted to one guy. This year more varied options seemed available and should be created like MY shooting away from the basket, Nuke getting more time and pg opportunity earlier, etc. Too often, I see Pitt players pass up open looks probably because the play isn’t designed for them or because they are made to be gun shy. All this does is effectively tighten defenses on the one player and at the same time tighten up any spacing the remaining individuals can create thereby limiting room inside for Zanna.

I’m probably wrong on all this, but its what I see
happening with many of Pitt’s teams. It is why I see us fail sooner that we should in tournament play.

Don’t want this to be just complaining about JD, but does anyone else see it this way?

Comment by TVax 03.09.14 @ 3:03 pm

@ Boub

Are you really going to take the Jamie can’t recruit talent angle? Seriously?

You must not think very highly of the FRESHMAN class he just brought in? Have you been watching them play this season?

Steven Adams must not be starting at center for the statistically best team in the league.

You must have been under a rock when players like Damon Wilson, Maverick Rowan, and consensus top 25 national ranked Mustapha Heron all committed to Pitt.

Maybe you missed consensus top 25 national ranked Cheick Diallo has us at the top of his list and his teammate Kobie Eubanks (teammate with Wilson too) about to commit.

Sorry, your JD can’t recruit better talent argument just doesn’t hold water anymore. We’re in the ACC now. The future is bright. Even if you are too blind to see it.

Comment by Gordo 03.09.14 @ 3:24 pm

I didn’t read all these comments, but did anyone touch on Jamie’s great TO with 2.4 seconds left?

I hope so.

Comment by steve1 03.09.14 @ 3:48 pm

Baseball got the last game. Good win and good job stopping the losing streak.

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.09.14 @ 4:03 pm

Gordo Maybe you missed the fact that none of the players you named have signed. 2015 and 2016 are a long way off and alot can happen. As I’ve stated in previous posts if any of those players get into the top 50 the big boys will come calling. Do you honestly think that Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke etc will sit back and let Pitt sign top 50 players you’re nuts.

Comment by Chick 03.09.14 @ 4:48 pm

With all the top teams losing, USA Today had Pitt as a play-in game against Tennessee out West. Talk about no rspect (a BO spelling). ;) H2P!

Comment by MariettaMike 03.09.14 @ 5:03 pm

@tVax
You got it exactly right on the offensive side we pass up way to many jump shots because of the play not designed for the player etc. He does put alot on LP to set up the offense and it takes a toll on him as the commentator said during the game wow LP can barely make it back on D he looks tired. I think JD needs to make sure his players know if the play breaks down or you have a wide open look take the shot. I’m afraid that were depending on LP to much other guys need to step up
its to easy for a Defense to key in on LP late in the game we need others to step up and carry the load. I think you got it the best out of any of these other guys in my opinion it just all made sense to me. But the other thing was I stayed up late last night to see the replay and there was nothing even today nothing on espn sportcenter that was just bullsh** couldn’t wait to see the replay had to watch it on youtube.

Comment by Nate_PittPanfan 03.09.14 @ 5:18 pm

This team’s story hasn’t been told yet, the best chapters might be ahead esp if:

The intensity on defense in last 25 minutes carries over

The urgency on offense in OT carries over.

Zanna was airborne getting bounds and flying around with the game on the line. If he does what he does well and stops doing what he doesn’t do well we can win with him at the 5.

MY surprised blowing those free throws in OT.

Dixon pushed the right buttons yesterday, that’ll carry over. He had lots of legit beefs with the refs, but he’s on the court too much. BK looked distressed yesterday, likely pissed at the refs.

In spite of the calls I’m expecting Pitt can make some noise in Greensboro. If we bang with them we can hang with them.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.09.14 @ 5:18 pm

@Nate_ You’ve obviously confirmed your genius to me. Any others? (kidding of course, LOL)

BTW, a couple minutes(maybe half an hour) after the game, the replay link on ESPN would have taken you to the entire game and you could have forwarded the video to the play.

Comment by TVax 03.09.14 @ 5:28 pm

H2P!

Comment by Gordo 03.09.14 @ 5:37 pm

ACC Tourney

link to theacc.com

Comment by Frank 03.09.14 @ 7:11 pm

Hoopies beat Kansas. Students stormed the court. Within 30 seconds they chant ” Eat sh#t Pitt, Eat sh#t Pitt”. Shows their class and longing for their elite breather to the north. H2P!

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 03.09.14 @ 7:57 pm

@PFiH – it’s hard for them to remember too many phrases.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.09.14 @ 8:14 pm

Incensed with media & other deceivers who despite the evidence are still saying Josh’s shot was after game expired. Clemson best player McDaniels was under the basket, saw the entire play. Told reporters he knew the shot was good.

Link from Greenville newspaper:

link to greenvilleonline.com

Comment by Old School Panther 03.09.14 @ 8:37 pm

Based on Frank’s link to the ACC tourney, there is a very possible path to the ACC Championship, where Pitt could play once again, against Syracuse. How fitting that would be!

Comment by Lou 03.09.14 @ 9:02 pm

As much as I wanted Chris Jones to do well, I’m not sure he will be with Pitt for the next 3 years.

Team needs a really good big man!

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 03.10.14 @ 12:19 am

If you were JD who else would you trust? Back in Butler loss Brad should have been handling the ball in vital wasted possession when time expired. I think JD learns from his mistakes but might over compensate to rectify. MY might be an option next year, not now. JR is a crummy shooter. Cam has a pair but has to be in the forest with the trees to be within range. Newkirk hit that shot because he didn’t have to think about it, was pure instinct. Like Artis he’s too young to dismiss the jitters on a set play with his number called. Maybe the only other choice is rehabbing his knee. Zanna isn’t an option. Tough spot with this roster.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.10.14 @ 5:28 am

@ Lou, on the outside chance of getting a third swing at the Orange, I suggest that we play them hard and dirty last time around in the ACC tourney. Given the opportunity, kick them square in the Ennis!

Comment by Dr. Tom 03.10.14 @ 6:40 am

I’ll have to see how Chris Jones plays when he doesn’t have a hand that requires surgery before I write him off.

After Lamar’s great performance against who some say is the best defender in the ACC, it is pretty clear that Lamar’s struggles were more due to injury than anything else.

Comment by Wardapalooza 03.10.14 @ 7:23 am

Well here is to the andrew ziponi and the zeise’s of the world who spent the week worrying about Pitt’s fate after they lose in Clemson.

Dixon deserves huge kudos for getting this years group to the Dance, not to mention the 5th place finish in the ACC.

Partterson and Zanna deserve huge credit for leading this years team to a good year, despite defections, injuries and the NBA draft.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 8:10 am

Wardapalooza, Good comment. It’s tough to catch, handle, or shoot the ball with a bad thumb. That kind injury doesn’t heal in a couple weeks. I’m amazed how well he did with it. Being listed as a 10th seed in the proposed NCAA brackets, Pitt still probably needs another win or two in the ACC tournament to insure their spot. There are a number of automatic seeds in the big dance.

Comment by Justinian 03.10.14 @ 8:18 am

Gotta love Jerry Palm and CBSSports.com. We beat Clemson on the road in a tough fought match and we DROP one spot to the 11 seed.

link to cbssports.com

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.10.14 @ 8:40 am

I want to see what CJ can do with a good hand as well. Especially if DJ does not heal up quickly. I see one or both of those guys picking up Patterson’s minutes and hopefully scoring and assists.

They are both young with a lot of upside.

Comment by gc 03.10.14 @ 8:43 am

Those posting here that Dixon lost this team should take a look in the mirror and ask themselves why they can’t find the decency to treat this guy in a fair and reasonable manor. Saturday’s victory was proof that not only had JD not lost his team but they refused to quit on themselves as well.

If Pitt had lost the game the way Clemson did every other post on this site would be pounding Dixon unmercifully.

Now that we aren’t lost anymore maybe some of the haters will get off Jamie’s back for a change.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 8:56 am

I cannot remember the last time Pitt scored 5 points in less than 5 seconds to tie or win. My guess would be this was the most amazing ending since the triple overtime gem aginst WVU at the Pete.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 9:06 am

Let’s stop focusing on who’s with Dixon and who isn’t. If that’s all you have to post, go find something else to do.

Comment by TonyinHouston 03.10.14 @ 9:11 am

Criticism of Jamie is justified as with any coach or anyone. But the guys that are not happy with the win and don’t congratulate our team because it does not fit their narrative, just might be trolls. They are definitely not Pitt fans.

Along with the lost the team narrative is the Jamie is too tense theme, making our guys tighten up at the end of games. Jamie must have loosened up at Clemson. LOL.

They will be back as soon as our next loss.

I don’t see it happening, but wouldn’t it be fun to beat ND, NC, VA, and SYR or Duke in a row. We could exorcise all of our demons in a weekend.

Comment by gc 03.10.14 @ 9:12 am

@Pitt Dad, I love that 11 seed and I think it shows that we could advance to the Sweet 16. I like our chances out of the 11/12 scenarios way more than the 8/9. I also think our ability to win on the road points towards us having what it takes to make a run. We are looking healthier of late and I am starting to like our chances. Besides we have nothing to lose since half the posters here feel JD lost this team a month ago.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 9:13 am

Funny story I thought I’d share. Despite being a pretty trim, fit, young (early 40s) guy who eats well, exercises 4-5x/week, I found myself in the hospital late last week, eventually undergoing a cardiac procedure.

Was home Friday afternoon, not feeling too hot. Saturday felt much better and, despite my wife’s request, I watched the game — extremely calmly — until the end of regulation. A decision had to be made.

It seemed best not to push things too much. So I quickly set up a recording, left my phone home, and went out to eat with the family.

Of course, I was extremely pleased to see that they won in OT and to see HOW they won. As somebody else said, that smile on Patterson’s face after that opening 3 was great. And the offense for the first few possessions of the OT looked eerily similar to how it looked early in the season.

I’m hoping that the staff and players watch those first few minutes of OT over and over again before Thursday’s game.

Comment by Carmen 03.10.14 @ 9:20 am

@ tony in Houston, Oh I get it— we should avoid discussing Dixon’s status when he deserves praise. We should only spend hours talking about how he lost his team, can’t recruit, micromanages, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Now would be a good time for you serial haters to admit you don’t know squat because this team has again exceeded expectations, as most of his teams do, despite your misguided rethoric.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 9:22 am

@SoS22 – I don’t disagree with your assessment. I was just commenting on Palm dropping us a slot after a WIN and a tough fought win on the road in conference at that.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.10.14 @ 9:25 am

Dad, It is odd I concur.

I was really feeling low coming down the stretch at Clemson because I thought are kids were playing well enough to win, but it wasn’t happening.

The heavy set bald/black official has done several of our games this year and he kills us.

Guys who can’t shoot 3’s turn into stars as soon as they face us.

Zanna picks the worst times to miss the easiest shots.

Then that ball popped loose and I knew we were finally going to get a break.HTP

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 9:37 am

@Spirit..Not 5 points in 5 seconds but The Comeback in Carrier Dome in 2008 comes to mind…Young makes steal and behind back pass to take the lead with seconds left. Pitt was down by 11 with 3 mins left in that game.

5 points in 5 seconds…how about 3 fouls in 2 second (McGhee had that honor if I recall)

Agree with your comment back to TonyinHouston..they don’t want to talk about anything good Dixon does so he makes a comment like that..If Pitt lost on Saturday I guarantee he would not of made the same comment.

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 9:38 am

Most media in love with other teams and conferences other than ACC or Pitt. ESPN loves the one and done players as they promote the NBA on ESPN. I am not 100% we get an NCAA bid especially if we lose Thursday. They say ACC gets 5 bids so conference helps us. H2P

Comment by Frank 03.10.14 @ 9:39 am

The official was Les Jones…also did the Pitt FSU game and Pitt Virginia game.

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 9:42 am

Dokish makes a nice point simply by publishing statistics, “James Robinson has improved in every category this season.” This certainly bodes well for next year:

link to panthersprey.blogspot.com

Comment by Howard 03.10.14 @ 9:44 am

@Frank..yes can’t be 100% sure because of the automatic bids for the conference tourneys could steal some spots so still important to win on Thursday……but if no upsets there then I would say we are a lock.

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 9:46 am

@Milobloom, Is it just me or does this guy have it in for us?

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 9:50 am

One of Dixon’s coaching successes this year was changing his defense so as to adjust to the tighter foul calling scheme.

In the past, the tighter foul calling in the NCAA tournament, as compared to the Big East, threw the team off stride. This year, they shouldn’t have to make any adjustment.

Comment by Howard 03.10.14 @ 9:55 am

@Spirit..you mean the Jones right….it felt like that at times but when we really needed it he gave us the call on Saturday by calling the basket good so I’ll give him a pass for now.

Let’s see if we get in the ACC tourney.

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 9:56 am

@Howard, I actually thought Robinson was playing fine and just getting bad rap, but I wouldn’t have guess he improved in every category. Good to know. Sophomore season’s always seems to be the slowest step for Pitt players…next year I will expect a larger improvement from him though.

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 10:00 am

They better win on Thursday just to remove any potential doubt.

10/11 seed is definitely preferable to 8/9 seed. When you get in the 6-11 range most of the teams are pretty equal and it’s going to depend on matchups. So it’s better to get a potential easier second round matchup.

Comment by Wardapalooza 03.10.14 @ 10:01 am

We’re the 8th team being out of the tourney in new ESPN bracket…10 seed..I don’t put much stock into the matchups because they are so hard to predict but in ESPN Bracket our path would be Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse and Wichita State…that would be an impressive run.

I think we are in tourney..but they still might need to win on Thursday to make sure they don’t put in the Tuesday game for NCAA’s…definitely don’t want to have them see play in that game.
Especially when it is possible a team may have to play Dayton on their home court in that game!!

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 10:09 am

@milobloom, his improvement in shooting could be especially important. I expect him to be moved to shooting guard next year to make more room for Newkirk, as when Woodall moved to shooting guard to make room for Robinson last year.

Comment by Howard 03.10.14 @ 10:31 am

Will never understand why Clemson inbounded under their own hoop and why players continually do that while being pressed at critical time.

I’ll give Pitt credit for the good trap, but if I’m Clemson and need to kill 2.8 seconds it seems safer to lob the ball near 1/2 court where maybe if it’s turned over cleanly there’s time for a 1/2 court catch and shoot (maybe). If it’s thrown high it’s like a jump ball. The offense can defend the pass rather than fielding it and it would be a next to impossible shot on the TO.

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 03.10.14 @ 10:38 am

. . . and yes – for those who didn’t watch, the officiating was putrid, even by ACC standards. They didn’t call anything consistently either way, and they were constantly missing obvious fouls (more against Pitt but not entirely) and calling touch fouls. Lamar had his shooting arm grabbed on a 3 point brick in the 2nd half which they let go. They’d let players with position get mugged going to the basket then call hand checks the other way. It was horrid.

But Clemson benefited more from another uneven defensive performance with too many unconstested shots and drives to basket. This this team is green at team defense and it shows.

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 03.10.14 @ 10:46 am

The inbound called for a lob into the frontcourt. Even if they through it the length of the court out of bounds we would have had 2 seconds to bring the ball forcourt and score. They blew it.

WE are never on the winning side of this kind of bizarre finish and it sure feels good, and it was timely considering the bubble situation.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 10:46 am

I believe JD called a TO right before the Clemson inbound (similar to the Syracuse game). This time it worked out perfectly. Maybe Boeheim is a better coach than Brownell. Maybe our guys listened during the TO and executed better on the inbound. Maybe sometimes it’s just which way the luck bounces.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.10.14 @ 11:04 am

There are 3 basic safer options, you can bet teams are practicing in bounds plays this week. If shoe was on other foot one would need asbestos key board to post here. I hope its Wake, Brey is too familiar and successful v Pitt.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.10.14 @ 11:11 am

At least there’s no danger of being outrebounded by ND. Bigger concern is that we let them shoot %100 from the field.

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 03.10.14 @ 11:33 am

@Pitt Dad — biggest diffence was the score. Pitt needed to prevent score vs Cuse, but needed TO vs Clemson. Probably not enough time to foul, hope for FT miss, and make full court play.

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 03.10.14 @ 11:36 am

Old school, Yes I’m with in that would prefer to see Pitt play Wake Forest. Unfortunately our preferences don’t matter. I just depends on wins the game on Wednesday. Let’s hope that the Clemson game gives the Panthers the lift and the confidence to play well on Thursday. It would be nice to get another shot at North Carolina on Friday.

Comment by Justinian 03.10.14 @ 11:54 am

Dixon called a time out and set the in bound play that sprung LP for the wide open 3, then called out the inbound defense. If he would have called a time out then we probably would have lost because with time to think Clemson certainly would have lobbed the ball forecourt.

This was horrible coaching on Clemson’s part and worse than anything Dixon has done by a wide margin, yet I didn’t hear the announcers criticizing him and the brilliant local media hasn’t offered any criticism either. I guess unless it is JD that they would rather not find fault.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:03 pm

I had the same feeling against NC State as Clemson. I thought we were playing pretty decent but just when we started to take control someone would drain a ridiculous 3 or we would play great D and then give up a rebound put back. Even coming down the stretch against the Wolfpack I thought our kids fought hard and deserved better. Finally the clock ran down and we were out of comeback attempts. Then the ball popped loose. I love how Nuke had to take time to fart before he shot.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:11 pm

Dream Scenario, Pitt makes a nice run in ACC tourney, 2 or 3 wins, gets an 8 seed in NCAA against Gonzaga (or similar) and then plays Villanova(a really shaky 1 seed) in second round in Buffalo, I would make the drive for that one.

Pitt is down by two with 7 seconds left. Newkirk takes the inbounds pass from Wright dribbles the length of the court, dishes to Patterson, who drives the hoop, makes it, gets fouled, hits the free throw and we can forever put Scottie Reynolds out of our minds. Nova goes back to the Mainline.

Ok my lunch nap is over…..

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.10.14 @ 12:12 pm

SOS22, I’m going for the triple overtime game…what made it special:

..with Pitt surging back to tie it after trailing by five points with 35 seconds to play in regulation but then failing twice to put it away in overtime.

It was the second time in less than a month the Panthers came from five down in the final minute of regulation to win; they also did it while beating Louisville 82-77 in overtime on Jan. 16, when they trailed 68-63 and barely a half-minute remaining.

link to sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Comment by KeyboardKev 03.10.14 @ 12:13 pm

Dixon has had plenty of late game success. Not to say the Notre Dame call was ok , it was bad, but he gets it right a lot too.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:17 pm

The comeback against Louisville if I recall Pitino called one of his most painful losses ever at the time. Those were both at home though..I brought up 2008 Syracuse since it was on the road and there was a steal under the basket they gave Pitt the lead.

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 12:20 pm

@SoS22 – I was going by the play by play on ESPN.com which shows the TO coming after the Patterson 3 but it could be wrong.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.10.14 @ 12:23 pm

The 3 overtime game against WVU stands out to me because WVU had so much more talent. I think it was the best game I ever saw Dixon coach( possible exception the Duke game in the Garden),he willed us to a victory. We played our hearts out to stay close and worked miracles until the Hoopies finally wore out and gave it up like a cheap bitch in 3 overtimes. They were way better than us but we won.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:27 pm

I like the 5 seed in the ACC. I feel we have a better chance with a warm up game in North Carolina. Sometimes you can get up some momentum against the team with a bye. The only negative is we haven’t had much success on short turn around games due to second half fatigue.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:33 pm

Pitt Dad, I watched it live and on replay yesterday. Dixon called TO at 4.4 to set the Patterson play, and hollered in the defensive change. If there had been a timeout Clemson certainly would have known to throw the ball forecourt and Dixon would have been remiss to call a timeout. Patterson was wide open and Clemson almost committed a 5 second violation on the inbound. Newkirk was so surprised to get the ball he farted before the release. He didn’t have time to shit himself.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:40 pm

What the hell is Paul Chryst and his staff doing.? West Virginia is 4th in the country with 4-4* recruits and Penn State is 6th with 4-4* recruits already commited. How can you get a program back on the national scene when you’re a distant third in your own back yard. 2-3* recruits aren’t going to get it done.

Comment by Chick 03.10.14 @ 12:40 pm

Patterson made 2nd team all ACC and Zanna caught an honorable mention.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:45 pm

SoS22 – ok – good. Thanks. Then I guess the even better point is that JD learned from his prior “mistake” and kept the TO in his pocket after LP’s made 3 with 2.4 sec left.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.10.14 @ 12:47 pm

I don’t know why the Espn Recap lists the timeout after the 3point shot because it was before. Dixon set that play on his clipboard.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:47 pm

Pitt Dad , The Notre Dame timeout was bad, The Syracuse timeout was the right move IMO.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:50 pm

First team
Jabari Parker, Fr.. Duke (77) 231
T.J. Warren, So., NC State (77), 231
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina (69) 223
C.J. Fair, Sr., Syracuse (47) 200
K.J. McDaniels, Jr. Clemson (46) 199

Second Team
Malcolm Brogdon, So., Virginia (35) 170
Lamar Patterson, Sr. Pitt (10) 158
Tyler Ennis, Fr., Syracuse (13) 156
Rodney Hood, Jr., Duke (4) 148
James Michael McAdoo, Jr., North Carolina (2) 103

Third Team
Olivier Hanlan, So., Boston College (3) 101
Joe Harris, Sr., Virginia (1) 79
Rion Brown, Sr., Miami 52
Dez Wells, Jr., Maryland 45
Daniel Miller, Sr., Georgia Tech 34

Honorable Mention
(10 points or more)
Eric Atkins, Sr., Notre Dame 30
Talib Zanna, Sr., Pitt 28
Aaron Thomas, So., Florida State 27
Akil Mitchell, Sr., Virginia 17
Jerami Grant,So. Syracuse 15
Ryan Anderson, Jr., Boston College 10

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.10.14 @ 12:52 pm

Devin Wilson, Va tech guard from Montour, made the all-freshman team.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.10.14 @ 12:53 pm

Glad Pitt won, for sure. Seemed like a whole new team in OT.

But am I the only one who thinks we got a BREAK?

We certainly deserved it. But it sure looked to me that Patterson’s fingers were still on the Ball. Realize the Refs needed UNQUESTIONABLE EVIDENCE to over-ride the call.

Closest call on a last second shot I can remember.

Comment by PittofDreams 03.10.14 @ 12:54 pm

Dixon did call a timeout right after the Patterson 3. There was 2.4 seconds left.

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 12:55 pm

Chick, I think you are giving way to much credit to recruiting ratings. Let’s wait and see these future stars on the field before we panic. I think Chryst is doing fine. Rivals doesn’t count for a single point on the scoreboard and if recruiting won games we would never beat the Irish.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:55 pm

Boubacar, you should credit Dokish if that’s where you got it.

Sure looks like it.

Comment by PittofDreams 03.10.14 @ 12:56 pm

Milobloom, That is what the game boxscore shows but Dixon drew up the Patterson play on the bench and called out the defensive move as it was right in front of him.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 12:57 pm

Nope. ACC site

link to theacc.com

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.10.14 @ 12:58 pm

@Spirit..I have the ending on DVR..I just watched it 5 minutes ago because I was almost certain he had called one after the 3 and he did.

The announcers spent the timeout saying how big the win was for Clemson as though the game was over…I thought it was over.

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 1:00 pm

Not to be accused of pulling a Biden, here’s the source of my Devin Wilson news.

link to theacc.com

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.10.14 @ 1:01 pm

@Pitt of Dreams…Dokish knows a lot about Pitt BB but I don’t think he gets credit for picking the ACC Teams :-)

Comment by milobloom 03.10.14 @ 1:02 pm

Just looked at Dokish site, guessing he did the same thing I did, copy and paste from ACC site. He didn’t credit a source either, ????

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.10.14 @ 1:07 pm

@milobloom, I stand corrected, but I was sure I watched Dixon draw the Patterson play up at 4.4 seconds. If there was another time out why wouldn’t the Clemson coach make them throw the ball long, any idiot knows to tell his team to do that.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 1:09 pm

Marcus Paige got most improved, wonder where Zanna and Patterson fell in that voting.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 03.10.14 @ 1:12 pm

Brownell had benefit of a time out to set up Harrison’s inbound, Clemson’s spacing was loaded in Pitt’s end, saw no evidence they wanted anyone except McDaniels handling the ball. We should send Brownell dinner at Ruth’s Chris or at least a new white board; he smashed his claiming he did so to shock his players back from disbelief of losing 5 point lead in blink of an eye. I think he did it over anger & frustration. Good role model.

McDaniels and Lamar was a great matchup. Lamar won.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.10.14 @ 1:15 pm

Chick — Maybe you missed the fact that none of those players have signed. 2015 is a long way off and a lot can happen.

Sound familiar?

Comment by Hank the Tank 03.10.14 @ 1:24 pm

@old school panther, Obviously I am suffering from memory enhancement but tell me, didn’t The freshman Newkirk almost shit himself with surprise, but since he was running out of time he quickly farted and sank the shot. In doing so he barely beat one clock and the horn but not another clock and the scoreboard light. Then because it was called a basket on the floor they allowed it. Then we owned the over time.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 1:31 pm

Pitt of Dreams, No actually there was discrepency between the scoreboard clock, which the bankboard was sincronized with, and the official clock. The official clock takes precendence and the oficial clock had another second. If you looked at the lit up scoreboard and his release it would have appeared otherwise. That was even clarified by one of the Clemson sportswriters.

Comment by Justinian 03.10.14 @ 1:31 pm

@Justinian, Sounds about as clear as a bucket of dog dip. All I know is we won , we won very lucky, and we won very lucky at the right time. It doesn’t get much better. How come they aren’t calling for the Clemson coaches scalp?

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 1:49 pm

I tried to post link to McDaniel post game interview. Kid said he knew Josh’s shot was good. The way we were getting hammered by refs if there was any way they could have disallowed and given the game to one of the wealthiest ACC alumni associations they would have.

Sure Josh was surprised but instead of rushing it he pumped faked the two defenders (one was in position to block) and released at the apex with almost perfect form.

Comment by Old School Panther 03.10.14 @ 1:50 pm

I think most coaches ingrain in their players not to overthrow to the forecourt because if it’s untouched it comes back under the hoop on the TO with no time moved. If the ball is lofted high enough rather than a baseball pass there’s little chance of it going past to the opposite baseline untouched. Maybe not with 4-5 seconds, but 2 seconds yes.

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 03.10.14 @ 1:55 pm

I am very happy for Lamar who was the most improved player in the ACC this year even if not recognized as such. I am also thrilled that Talib was recognized as his contribution was certainly instrumental in our success. Switching position without complaint for his senior season and playing a key roll in leading us to the NCAA was a great accomplishment for the Big Kahuna from Kaduna.HTP

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 2:00 pm

@Ghost of Hornman, There is no excuse for not lobbing the ball forecourt. There was no one guarding the inbound toss. Lob it anywhere that it is sure to get touched and the clock ends without us getting a shot. The only way they could have done worse is to pass the ball directly to Newkirk.

Did you see yesterday where Maryland almost got burned for fouling with a 3 point lead. Virginia worked a missed free throw play and tied to end regulation. Maryland hung on in overtime but I bet they think twice next time they have a point lead late.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 2:08 pm

^3 pt. lead

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 2:09 pm

From ESPN.com Bubble Watch:

Work left to do: Pittsburgh, Florida State

The ACC remains straightforward heading into the conference tourney this week. There are just two viable bubble teams in the mix: Pitt, which is flailing its way into the tournament; and Florida State, which got nothing out of Sunday’s home game against Syracuse and has to do some serious work in Greensboro, N.C., to earn a hard look from the committee.

Pittsburgh [23-8 (11-7), RPI: 41, SOS: 84] Is it overstatement to say Pitt’s season hung in the balance Saturday? Not really: A loss at Clemson would have added yet another so-so defeat to the body of work of a team with just one top-50 win, a 6-8 mark against the top 100, a nonconference strength of schedule ranked 238 and a 3-4 mark over its past seven games. And the Panthers were very close to losing. It took a last-second steal and score by guard Josh Newkirk to force overtime in Littlejohn Coliseum, and took the length of that overtime for Pitt to finally pull away. For most of the season, even as it lacked marquee wins — and kept missing opportunities to seal them — Jamie Dixon’s team was in fine tournament shape because it didn’t have bad losses, either. A loss to Clemson, in addition to last week’s home losses to FSU and NC State, would have totally tarnished that impression. As-is, Pitt might be able to avoid a bad loss in Greensboro and get in the NCAA tournament as a 10- or 11-seed, but there are no guarantees. What a weird season.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.10.14 @ 2:23 pm

“and took the length of that overtime for Pitt to finally pull away.” – Well he has that wrong!

23-8, 11-7 ACC, with losses by 1, 5, 3, 2, 4, 5 and 7 points in 7 of the 8 losses. Just doesn’t sound like bubble to me.
We should not need a win in the tournament to assure a spot in the Big Dance.

I think we are a 10 seed and higher if we win anything in Greensboro.

Comment by TVax 03.10.14 @ 2:32 pm

I am not confident or even very hopeful about Pitt’s chances in the NCAA’s this year as I have been at times in years past (last being the moment before Gilbert Brown shot the second FT), but maybe this is the year to surprise.

Let’s get in as a 10 and see what happens. Even as an 8 or 9 with any momentum(ACC and first NCAA game wins), it could be great fun.

Comment by TVax 03.10.14 @ 2:38 pm

I think we are in, barring an earthquake of upsets, and I don’t much care what happens in Greensboro. I do want to win at least 1 NCAA game however. Assuming we win an NCAA game I think one would have to label this season a success. We have exceeded preseason expectations despite injuries and our share of crappy luck. Any wins beyond that are gravy.

ACC preseason picked 6 to 9, finished 5th

pre season -might make the dance, might not
looks like we make it and maybe win one.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 2:51 pm

I guess we are supposed to win our Thursday game VS a lower ranked team (like ESPN says). Then we get another chance VS a ranked NC team. Sounds like ESPN gathering stats to make us a suspect team. CBS brings the NCAA and we should respect more what they say.

Comment by Frank 03.10.14 @ 3:03 pm

@Frank – well that’s not good either. CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm dropped us one row to 11 after beating a tough Clemson team on the road. He has us “on the fence” in his bubble watch:

Pitt has played its way onto the bubble after home losses to Florida State and North Carolina State. The Panthers have just one win over a likely tournament team, which came against Stanford in New York. They also have a bad non-conference schedule, which could come into play if they get close to the cut line. They could really stand a win over UNC in the ACC tournament.

Comment by Pitt Dad 03.10.14 @ 3:46 pm

After comparing the details of our profile to other teams considered right behind us on the bubble:
1) We would be in today if the season was over.
2) We can still back into trouble by taking a “bad loss” Thursday.
3) It’s not just what we do; we were just leapfrogged by teams that beat more impressive opponents.

Bottom line: Just win baby. HTP!

Comment by San Diego Panther 03.10.14 @ 3:57 pm

Lunardi has us a 10 seed right now, and we’re definitely in. Like him or not, he has an outstanding track record, why bother with other bracketologists trying to make a name for themselves? That said, I suspect we need to win that 1st ACC tournament game…

QUESTION: Anybody know how the Jamison visit went? Curious if the Haughton commitment may push him elsewhere.

Comment by 1618mt 03.10.14 @ 4:03 pm

1618mt, I am sorry but I think you are mistaken. Lunardi has us on the bubble with 7 teams in below us. Let’s say 4 of the 7 teams in right below us win 2 games while we lose Thursday. That would leave 3 below us. Then 4 teams like non-qualifying Penn State get hot and win there conference gaining the automatic invite. Out we go.

This is not a likely scenario, and even then it could fall either way, but we could still miss the tourney and Lunardi has us on the bubble not in.

We can probably avoid any further discussion of missing the dance with a victory Thursday. we seem to be getting healthier and stronger, plus the Clemson boost has us thinking positive. Unless Notre Dame starts shooting like Buffalo Bill I think we ought to be all right.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 4:29 pm

This is my scenario for winning the ACC. Wake Forest pulls away from Notre Dame in double overtime. The following night Pitt coasts to a 15 point win on balanced scoring and great rebounding to send the deacons packing. Pitt shoots 48% from the field and 85% from the line and sneaks past UNC when the Tar Heels miss 5 out of 7 free throw attempts down the stretch. The next night Talib Zanna has a career game against Virginia and the Panthers roll to a 10 point win. The final against Syracuse sees the Orange self destruct as they get in early foul trouble and Pitt never looks back behind 27 from Patterson and 16 from hot shooting Young. Jamie Dixon is injured when a Pitt fan knocks him off the ladder as he helps cut down the nets. The fan it seems was angry with Dixon for not running more.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 4:49 pm

Also, I was comparing Gonzaga and Pitt’s resume.. Anyone have any idea why they are a higher seed than us right now?

Comment by ShorePitt 03.10.14 @ 5:34 pm

SOS22… I like the scenario! Sounds good to me…

Comment by Pittscript 03.10.14 @ 6:07 pm

@Spirt Clemson fans don’t care about their basketball team. Haven’t since Rick Barnes went to Texas & Oliver Purnell not being the answer. Obviously football is everything with baseball a distant second. Similar to SoCar where it’s football,baseball, women’s basketball then basketball.

Haven’t heard from Emel. Said he was going to Clemson for the game. Like to hear his input.

I planned on going but my wife reminded me that Friday was Grandparents day at the kids elementary school. Didn’t see the game. Spent my time on Disney watching Dog with a Blog & Jessie.

Obviously missed an exciting final last few minutes.

Comment by PITT-cocks fan 03.10.14 @ 7:14 pm

I still remember how a young UConn team beat Pitt at the buzzer in the BE tourney. Then went on a roll. Hopefully the experience at Clemson will help propel Pitt into a good post season.

Comment by gdodson 03.10.14 @ 7:16 pm

@Pitt-cocks fan, The game wasn’t that good. I was sitting there getting pissed off til the last 5 seconds of regulation. Then My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw Nuke with the ball. I screamed YES! so loud the neighbors had to hear. Then it went in and they argued about it for about 5 minutes. The first 2 minutes of overtime were like a Pitt high light film, then we let them start to come back and Robinson had a gaff late but then it was over and we won. The last part was incredible. I am real happy I gotb to see it.

Comment by spiritofsection22 03.10.14 @ 7:26 pm

@Spirt Read the game thread when we got home on Sunday. Based on the comments, I probably would have turned of the the game at halftime and went outside to do something. I would have spent that time pissed off at what could have been with DJ and a healthy LP & TZ.

Clemson and SoCar are good examples of what can happen when you replace a known high quality coach (Clemson Barnes) or try to catch a up & comer (SoCar – Odin & Horn). Doesn’t always go well. SoCar replaced Horn with ex Kansas State (and Huggy Bear protege Frank Martin. He was suspended for last conference game of the year for verbally abusing a player.

BTW, most fans wanted Gregg Marshall to replace Horn when he was fired. Marshall was born in S. Carolina & coached at Winthrop in Rock Hill, Supposedly wanted the job. Rumor has it that he was passed over due to marital problems caused by a dalliance with a cheerleader.

Comment by PITT-cocks fan 03.10.14 @ 8:30 pm

I would almost take the second team ACC straight up vs. the first team.

Comment by Iron Duke 03.10.14 @ 8:35 pm

Nice work by Cam, Jamel, Josh and Mike to make the ACC MBB All-Academic squad. Panthers had four on the team as did VA Tech to lead the way. Imagine that recruiting scholar-athletes to a major university or kids like LP and TZ who are in post- graduate studies! That’s like crazy! H2P! UPone

Comment by UPone 03.10.14 @ 9:36 pm

@UPone – nice info. And the 8 from Pitt and VATech make up half of the 16 total chosen.

2014 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team
Player, Class, School – Hometown – Major
Jamel Artis, Fr., Pittsburgh – Baltimore, Md. – Arts & Sciences
Jarell Eddie, Sr., Virginia Tech – Charlotte, N.C. – Psychology
Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech – College Park, Ga. – Science, Technology & Culture
Trae Golden, Georgia Tech – Powder Springs, Ga. – Science, Technology & Culture
Rodney Hood, So., Duke – Meridian, Miss. – Sociology & Visual Arts
Will Johnston, Jr., Virginia Tech – Midlothian, Va. – Human Nutrition, Food & Exercise
Donnavan Kirk, Gr., Miami – Pontiac, Mich. – Community & Social Change
Josh Newkirk, Fr., Pittsburgh – Raleigh, N.C. – Arts & Sciences
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina – Marion, Iowa – Journalism/Public Relations
Jabari Parker, Fr., Duke – Chicago, Ill. – Undeclared
Joe Rahon, So., Boston College – San Diego, Calif. – Economics
Trevor Thompson, Fr., Virginia Tech – Indianapolis, Ind. – University Studies
Joey van Zegeren, So., Virginia Tech – Hoogeveen, The Netherlands – International Studies
Coron Williams, Gr., Wake Forest – Midlothian, Va. – Liberal Studies
Cameron Wright, Jr., Pittsburgh – Cleveland, Ohio – Business-Marketing
Michael Young, Fr., Pittsburgh – Duquesne, Pa. – Arts & Sciences

Comment by TVax 03.10.14 @ 10:34 pm

Justinian

First I heard that. Thanks. Explains what I thought I saw.

Good to know my eyes are still working though… even after a Miller Lite or two.

Comment by PittofDreams 03.11.14 @ 5:56 am

Upone & Tvax, FWIW, F Aron Nwankwo is also on academic scholarship in Premed .. and made the honor roll.

Comment by wbb 03.11.14 @ 6:52 am

Yeah. Where is Emel? Does anyone recall if Clemson had a really cute cheerleader with red hair? If so, I can guess where he is—or where he wants to be.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 03.11.14 @ 7:48 am

Just looked at Lunardi, he now has us 10 seed in Midwest facing KENTUCKY with winner playing KANSAS!!! No other region is even close to that hard. Hopefully by Sunday nite we will be out of this bracket. Unbelievable !!!!

Comment by Pittman4ever 03.11.14 @ 9:23 am

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