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February 8, 2017

7pm on RSNs (ROOT, NESN, various FOX Sports) or ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.

In the last week, Pitt hasn’t looked… horrible.

It’s damning with faint praise when the media notes tries to spin positive road losses at UNC and Duke by a combined 10 points, but when you are harnessed to an 8-game losing streak and yet to win on the road in the ACC, you take what you can get.

The thing with a good, bad team like Pitt is this year. You don’t know anything about the team from game-to-game. Effort, energy, streakiness… It’s all a question mark. Did they play up to their opponents in the last week? Will they have a complete letdown in effort against a team like BC?

I have no idea. I’m guessing the coaches don’t either.

Pitt shot 2-14 on threes against Duke. The game before, 13-29. From game-to-game, there is no predicting how this team will do. Where it will excel. Where it will look like it never practices that aspect. The only thing that has been consistent over the last 3 weeks or so is that Pitt is on the short end of the scoreboard.

BC is riding its own 7-game losing streak. Despite a 9-15 overall record, Pitt is still looking up at them in the standings.

BC likes to play up-tempo. Not particularly well, but up-tempo. Their offense is not very efficient, so the pace of play gives them more opportunities. It’s a turnover-prone team facing a team that doesn’t force turnovers. They take a lot of 3s. Basically, like the Duke game, it could very well come down to which team is connecting from outside the arc. Like Pitt, they aren’t very good on the offensive glass.

I’ve reached the point that the fact that this game is a toss-up just makes me laugh rather than get depressed.

The game tonight decides the basement of the ACC. Their overall record would be tied at. So, fingers crossed.





Vegas line is Pitt favored by 2.5. I’ll watch until my head explodes.

Comment by Dan 72 02.08.17 @ 1:14 pm

I’ll try to hold my nose through the first ten minutes. No guarantee I make it past that point tonight.

THIS TEAM NEEDS TO RUN & GUN.

Hit the caps lock by accident. I’ll leave well enough alone.

Beat BC, please…

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 6:50 pm

Pulled this from BC Interuption –

What to Watch for Against Pitt:
A. Possible Turnover Reprieve?: Pitt is the worst team in the ACC in terms of forcing turnovers. While BC was able to limit the turnovers in the first half against Louisville, playing against a team that isn’t known for exploiting one BC’s biggest faults could work out for the Eagles.
B. Bring Back the Three Point Game: As I predicted was going to happen last game, BC struggled to find its stroke from three point range. Pittsburgh is a lot easier to score on from three point range, so look for the Eagles to exploit that.
C. Hosting a Weak Team At Home: This might be the Eagles’ last decent chance at an ACC win. The schedule only gets harder from here.

LOL – how far down Barney and Stallings have taken down Pitt.

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 7:00 pm

Bad start

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 7:08 pm

Nice block cam

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 7:09 pm

Looking at the empty Seats… Pitt Basketball (and/or BC) has Officially hit BOTTOM.

No where to go but UP.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 7:14 pm

If it weren’t for all of the PURPLE or whatever, you’d think it was the PETE.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 7:15 pm

or HEINZ

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 7:16 pm

Kithcart’s coming out party. Keep feeding him until he misses.

Ole Artis looks to be in some serious pain. He torqued that ankle pretty good. Probably tore some ligaments at the very least.

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 7:16 pm

Good news artist back

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 7:21 pm

Olsh

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 7:24 pm

Reseller making it happen

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 7:26 pm

Alcofan – good news for BC – the score seems to indicate that to be true.

Pitt down 8 to BC – but Stallings has all his TO’s.

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 7:28 pm

Kithcart Party over. Everyone go home

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 7:30 pm

Erie… dripping sarcasm noted! My head about to explain de at horrendous display of fundamental basketball!

Comment by Dan 72 02.08.17 @ 7:30 pm

That’s explode!

Comment by Dan 72 02.08.17 @ 7:31 pm

The way to beat BC… drive to the Basket and get fouls.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 7:31 pm

Jeter won’t be missed next yr

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 7:32 pm

BC out rebounding Pitt 11-5 with Jeter having a BIG FAT zero in that category.

Play Nix and be done with it. He’ll get us ten bounds for sure. And he hustles..

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 7:33 pm

Bc shooting 58%

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 7:38 pm

Jeter can leave now. My eyes hurt from the god awful display of basketball by both sides!

Comment by Dan 72 02.08.17 @ 7:48 pm

Jeter should have dunked that one at the buzzer.

Put Nix in to start the 2nd half.

Young carried us with a little help from Kitcart in that 1st half.

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 7:50 pm

If Stallings can’t win this one… well…

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 7:52 pm

This is like watching an INTRAMURAL Game.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 7:52 pm

This team cant shoot, cant drive, cant defend

We call this sport basketball?

Comment by TX Panther 02.08.17 @ 7:53 pm

Milligan and Wilson mia

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 8:01 pm

Olsh pass

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 8:08 pm

This is the FIRST ACC Game where Pitt is clearly the more ATHLETIC Team.

What does that say?

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 8:14 pm

4 assists for cam

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 8:20 pm

Exactly

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 8:20 pm

If Pitt would keep driving to the Basket… they’d be FOULED to a 20 Point Win.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 8:23 pm

Put Roselle on their big man

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 8:32 pm

Wilson looks lost

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 8:35 pm

Uh-oh!

Pitt is struggling to score – how long will the no-basket run last tonight?

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 8:37 pm

Just dont blow it

Comment by TX Panther 02.08.17 @ 8:38 pm

Wish I could stop saying “stupid F ing basketball!”

Comment by Dan 72 02.08.17 @ 8:41 pm

I almost forget what a winning BB team looks like. Pitt has shown signs tonight, but can they close this one out?

Stay tuned…

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 8:42 pm

Ole Artis calls the first Pitt TO of the game with 45 seconds left and Pitt up 8 points.

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 8:53 pm

The Battle of the Bozo’s

Comment by Jackagain 02.08.17 @ 8:53 pm

BC a GIFT to Pitt. A GREAT Matchup. Still, take the WIN anyway it comes.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 8:55 pm

That boot on Luther looks like it’s going to be on for awhile

Comment by Alcofan 02.08.17 @ 8:56 pm

Game Storyline… a REAL confidence Builder, for the Team… and more importantly YOUNG.

Watch out Syracuse.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.08.17 @ 8:59 pm

Nice game by Young…. Jeter picked it up. A win.
Unfortunately, I’m now blind!

Comment by Dan 72 02.08.17 @ 9:00 pm

Can Luther take a medical red-shirt?

Pitt could build a competitive team around Lex and Slim, for sure with a center and PG coming in that look serviceable.

A win with contributions from more than just two…

Comment by Erie Express 02.08.17 @ 9:01 pm

When Artis went out with the twisted ankle, I thought the game was over. Thank goodness the 8 game losing streak is over. That was the longest Pitt losing streak that I can remember. I don’t recall anything like that since before Ben Howland the Jamie Dixon set foot on the Pitt campus. Coming into this season I thought they would be ok. Things began going south since the Panthers lost in overtime to Notre Dame.

Comment by Justinian 02.08.17 @ 9:27 pm

Ahh…our dear, sweet old Big East brethren Boston College being there for us when we were as low as you can go in the ACC…thanks Eagles!

Comment by HbgFrank 02.08.17 @ 9:49 pm

SO we aren’t Boston College just yet…….

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 02.08.17 @ 10:37 pm

We beat the cuse, and watch out!

We might put ourselves back on the bubble!, and I’m not even kidding!!

The schedule has us primed for some upsets!

NCAA’ s here we come!!!

Comment by Keith 02.08.17 @ 11:09 pm

Keith, drugs are bad buddy. Just say no.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.08.17 @ 11:35 pm

@Upitt, cut Keith some slack…allow us suffering some relief, in fact, I think it should be encouraged.
:)

Comment by TVax1 02.09.17 @ 8:34 am

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