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March 20, 2014

No games in front of Pitt, so barring a power outage the game should start on time.

1:40 pm on TBS.

I’m either DVR delayed or secretly watching the game at a bar while technically at work. Either way, that means you won’t be hearing much from me.

I do expect a close one. I wish the Buffs was more hateable. I like Colorado and their coach, Tad Boyle. He’s done an amazing job at a place where there has been even less historical success than at Pitt. This is the first time they have ever made the NCAA Tournament three straight years. It was 50 years ago from the last time they went in consecutive years.

Both teams will be emphasizing defense and rebounds. Similar philosophies and all.

The issue for Colorado is offensive efficiency. They turn the ball over a good deal. For Pitt, it usually comes down to the shooting. Not just from outside but are the shots going when they get close to the basket.





ESPN brackets says noon Saturday

Comment by Steve h 03.20.14 @ 5:27 pm

I am PROUD of my Panthers!! H2P
(and for all you ‘haters’ out there, I will say the same after Saturday’s game!)

Comment by giffer-in-Htown 03.20.14 @ 5:33 pm

Florida beat Albany by 12….just like we did earlier in the season.

Yeah, Dan….I heard that too ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment by Jackagain 03.20.14 @ 5:35 pm

Yeah, I don’t see any time set yet…

link to cbssports.com

Comment by Jackagain 03.20.14 @ 5:36 pm

Gotta play physical and keep the pressure on Florida. They have played very right lately and have escaped a few times.

Comment by John 03.20.14 @ 5:56 pm

A few comments:

Looked at Colorado’s blog and they all really handled the loss well, most were just happy to be in the tournament. They acknowledged they weren’t the better team, but also acknowledged they played a terrible game, but are looking forward to next year. People from this blog should take some advice from them about how to handle losing lol.

On the other hand the florida people are not happy with how their team played at all today, and not happy with how they have been playing recently. While some of them are concerned about PITT, the majority seem to think PITT is the same type team as FLA, just without the ability to shoot the 3. So they are confident they’ll just pack it in the middle and make pitt try to shoot from outside and take the W.

Excited for Saturday..enjoy the games today and tomorrow gentlemen

Hail to PITT

Comment by rhyno527 03.20.14 @ 6:17 pm

when was the last time Pitt peaked at this time in the year? I like it!

Had a big project due today (of course) and didn’t get to see it but recorded it .. glass of red and the remote … aah!

Comment by wbb 03.20.14 @ 6:24 pm

This is probably the best site for watching the games online:

link to ncaa.com

Comment by Jackagain 03.20.14 @ 6:46 pm

@rhyn527…10 years ago this blog would of handle a loss the way the Colorado blog is handling it. Winning for a decade plus set the bar higher.

Comment by milobloom 03.20.14 @ 7:05 pm

โ€œThe Univ of Pittsburgh is never intimidated by anyone. Not in academics. Not in basketball. Not in football. Not in anything,” – Cam Wright 20-March-2014

Comment by BATR 03.20.14 @ 7:05 pm

I’m guessing game time will be after 5:00 on Saturday.. the past few years they’ve only had one game on CBS for the first two games and I’m betting those will be the Buffalo games since Raferty and Lunquist are at that site. I’m hoping I’m wrong since plans Saturday night right now.

Comment by milobloom 03.20.14 @ 7:08 pm

If your Florida you can’t be happy about playing Pitt in 2nd round….If your 1 overall seed you should only have to play at worst 32 ranked team in second game…Pitt is playing like a top ten team right now.

National media now saying what a tough task Florida will have to get to Sweet 16….If would of read this blog they would of known that on Sunday when the brackets came out…that’s what most on this blog were saying then.

Comment by milobloom 03.20.14 @ 7:11 pm

Milobloom, I still feel way Pitt was playing in the ACC tournament, that Pitt should have a 6 seed. I found myself rooting for Albany to pull the upset. They actually were staying with Florida until their point guard got kneed in the head and was out of the game. That’s when Florida started to distance themselves. I just hope Pitt plays well on Saturday. There are not tomorrows if they lose.

Comment by Justinian 03.20.14 @ 7:28 pm

It was obvious to me (and probably to most of us) that Pitt was better than a 9th seed … but that’s not the way the system works.

Comment by wbb 03.20.14 @ 8:02 pm

The element of surprise is gone for Saturday. Bet FL is in the film room even as we speak.

Zanna tired in the second half vs. VA, won’t be a problem on Saturday. Don’t remember anyone upping their game at a better time.

Refs let them play today, hope we get the same guys on Saturday.

Defense has not looked this good for years.

Comment by gc 03.20.14 @ 8:19 pm

We have not nearly reached the apex yet my friends. Better believe Pitt is in the film room right now!

One of the most enjoyable Pitt wins I have seen in the tournament. Well oiled machine damn right!

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Gordo 03.20.14 @ 9:36 pm

That was a real nice win for the Pitt Team today. Come out strong and keep the pressure on. So does Pitt attack the full court pressure? Yes, absolutely. Does anyone feel differently?

We might actually get their big guys in foul trouble if that would occur. Could come down to foul shots. Felt bad for ncstate tonight. Terrible foul shooting cost them the game. Let’s go Pitt. Carpe’ Gators!

Comment by dhuffdaddy 03.20.14 @ 10:33 pm

Pitt played well and dominated the Buffs as I anticipated that they would, however I don’t agree with those that said the Panthers “never played better”. The defense was smothering but we missed waaay too many bunnies in the opening minutes.

The best game that I witnessed the Panthers play this season was their 1st win against Clemson. It seemed like everything was going in for the Panthers in that game!

If they had been finishing the shots on so many of those fast breaks and take aways yesterday they could have been up by 36 or so at the half. That was actually how dominant Pitt was on defense! So there is STILL room for improvement and it will probably be needed tomorrow against Florida to pull off the win.

This team is peaking at the perfect time however. The Panthers confidence has to be sky high right now after that ass whoopin they put on Colorado.

My suggestion for Dixon tonight is to take our boys out for a nice relaxing dinner at some Cajun restaurant and order a round of gator bites appitizers for all so that they get a taste for gator meat in preparation for tomorrow, because tomorrow Pitt shocks the World MFers!!!

Hail to Pitt! Flatten Florida!

Comment by Dr. Tom 03.21.14 @ 5:23 am

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