masthead.jpg

February 28, 2017

9pm, ESPNU.

As disappointing as ending up in the NIT is, there is one thing more embarrassing. Not even being able to qualify for it. To make the NIT, a team has to finish with a record at .500 or better. Pitt is poised not to make it, if they can’t win at least 2 games. With only 2 regular season games left and the ACC Tourney, the odds are getting longer.

Pitt is still looking for that second ACC road win (Boston College still counts). Georgia Tech is trying to clinch a first round bye in the ACC Tournament and possibly get into the ACC Tourney.

Like Pitt, GT is changed coaches last year. Like Pitt, they plucked a coach who had his job status in question — but for contract issues that might have helped keep him in place. Unlike Pitt, Josh Pastner has proven that he learned something from leaving his old job. Recognizing something that has escaped Pitt all season.

The Yellow Jackets have not been as bad as Pastner envisioned. They are fourth in the ACC in scoring defense (66.6 points per game) and center Ben Lammers leads the conference with 100 blocks, nearly double the total of the player in second place, Louisville’s Anas Mahmoud.

“We hung our hat all season on defense,” Pastner said, “because for us, that doesn’t take a lot of skill. Offense is very skill-oriented, and that’s where we struggle.”

But is it fun?

GT was picked to be second-worst in the ACC — BC keeps the basement dry for everyone else. They’ve managed to overachieve. Some surprising upsets — UNC, ND and FSU — as they have been very strong at home. 6-2 at home, 1-7 on the road.

Josh Pastner still has the hyperbole of his mentor, John Calipari.

The fact his team is in the conversation for an NCAA tournament berth fewer than two weeks from Selection Sunday and in position to finish with a non-losing record in one of the deepest conferences in recent memory never ceases to amaze Josh Pastner.

Actually, if you ask him, the Georgia Tech coach will take the rhetoric a step further.

“I literally think it’s a modern miracle and the eighth wonder of the world,” he said Monday. “Because if you would have told me that back in April at our first workout and through the summer, you would have to be checked out because you’d be like ‘Wait, what is this guy talking about?’ ”

He does make it easy to be disliked, doesn’t he?

Ryan Luther probably won’t play, but really, he’s getting closer. It would be nice for Luther to finally get back on the court. But, really, he isn’t the reason Pitt has been such a struggle. And he won’t be much of a difference in his return.

 





If Stallings was smart he’d totally purge the roster.

Start with 15 fresh new bodies.

Else the cancer developed could spread to the noobs

Comment by Emel 02.28.17 @ 11:30 pm

Emel – I would to knowing I had to work for pumpkin head

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:31 pm

Lorena Bobbit’s Husbands Weiner > Stallings

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:31 pm

1978 Brissel Vaccum > Stallings

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:32 pm

And if Pitt was smart….they’d purge Stallings.

Comment by Emel 02.28.17 @ 11:32 pm

Purge the entire AD staff and All Coaches except Narduzzi.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:33 pm

Doesn’t matter who the next basketball coach is of this program, pitt fans won’t be happy unless either of the Miller’s are here, pitino, calapiri, or self come

Yeah, that’s how unrealistic pitt fans are

Comment by Keith 02.28.17 @ 11:33 pm

lol upitt

So you buying drinks in our Charlotte meetup ?

Comment by Emel 02.28.17 @ 11:33 pm

Dog’s Taint > Stallings

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:33 pm

Yes. Sunday Night dinner and let’s go smoke cigars at a gentlemans club.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:34 pm

Use the word gentleman loosely. LOL

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:35 pm

Emel – you’re getting your wish. 6 kids already and still recruiting. One kid already is being pushed out. Two more likely. Despite what Upitt says, they actually have a decent class coming in. He needs two really good kids (top 50) in 2018 to compliment them but a foundation will be there. I have my doubts Stallings can coach them up though.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.28.17 @ 11:35 pm

Keith keep
Swinging off his sack and tell everyone how lucky we are. It’s ok but you can’t fool me, Emel, Jack or Gasman. Hell
Even Dan 72 knows better. Stallings sucks.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:36 pm

Again after a disgusting loss nothing is said about barnes

Id love if Barnes sat on the bench of these games so pitt fans could spew their venum where it actually belongs

Comment by Keith 02.28.17 @ 11:36 pm

Tossing – These kids are morons if you would want to play at this dumpster fire. They will win 2 games next year in ACC. 3-5 k a game

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:38 pm

Again
I am not a StAllings supporter, that’s probably the 10th time I’ve said that!!

Comment by Keith 02.28.17 @ 11:38 pm

Keith – I hate that pumpkin headed fuck flr
Than Grandpa Stallings.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:39 pm

Well
You act like it. Trying to be voice of reason about him. Fire his asss and make a stand.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.28.17 @ 11:39 pm

Stallings is overhauling the roster, and I bet there’s more to come

Comment by Keith 02.28.17 @ 11:42 pm

Right TT…it’s not a bad class, not great..you never know how any of these classes turn out.

Sometimes in the past we thought we had a good one and it didn’t turn out that way.

I have serious doubts as well about the so-called ‘offensive genius’.

As I do btw about the ‘defensive genius’. But at least that guy has energy, passion, etc.

Comment by Emel 02.28.17 @ 11:44 pm

Keith – Upitt keeps saying I’m defending him too. Lol. Stallings has put players in the NBA and Pitt offers a lot of playing time. Stallings bears a lot of blame but let stand not pretend the culture hadn’t soured before he got here. The problems have been magnified under Stallings so he gets plenty of blame but the problems already existed.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.28.17 @ 11:46 pm

Upitt

And who exactly was lining up for the job???

Pitt became undesirable in a blink of an eye!

And even more so after Stallings was hired, no one liked the bire, I sure didn’t

But pitt became a slow burning golden brown marshmallow of a program for the last few years

Can we recover? Did Barnes set us back even longer?

Comment by Keith 02.28.17 @ 11:48 pm

Emel – no argument from me. This class alone will not be great. It needs to add some elite talent. I have the same concerns about them maximizing their potential under Stallings. On paper I like the class though.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.28.17 @ 11:48 pm

I can’t help but think how good Buzz Williams would be at Pitt. The gig opened up a year too late.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.28.17 @ 11:51 pm

Yep Buzz has the tough look, blue collar, hard nosed look of someone who should coach Pitt.

Stallings is younger than me, but looks like he could be my father.

it’s just not a good look for us.

Comment by Emel 02.28.17 @ 11:54 pm

Funny, that part of Virginia is no hot bed of talent, has little to no bball success unless you went way back to the Dell Curry, Bimbo Coles era of VT….yet it didn’t stop Buzz from taking that job.

Are you seriously telling me, Pitt’s job is thought less of…. than VT’s ?

That nobody wanted to come to Pitt. I find that hard to believe.

I don’t think it was offered to many at all(maybe none), herman was going to use his pac 12 bud’s search firm and there was no search at all. Stallings was already a client of that search firm.

this was all pre-determined in my mind.

Comment by Emel 02.28.17 @ 11:58 pm

And that is all on the BoT & Gallagher for letting that happen.

Herman got his cut, the Search Firm got their couple Hundred K, their client got Guaranteed Millions and got to save face by not being Fired.
Which probably would have either killed his career totally or he would have wound up in C-USA or the Sunbelt.

Comment by Emel 03.01.17 @ 12:02 am

Virginia Tech went after a guy and hired him. They had a fucking plan, they identified there man and got them. Zero leadership zero proactiveness at pitt. Mark my words stalling is gone by the end of 2018.

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.01.17 @ 12:05 am

Last but not least Dixon makes the NCAA tournament with this team. Fact. Stallings couldn’t win a fucking game at the YMCA in Squirrelhill

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.01.17 @ 12:07 am

You mean the Ikes. lol

Comment by Emel 03.01.17 @ 12:08 am

Emel – it was rigged from the beginning for Stallings. Stallings put out feelers when he knew he’d be fired. Barnes found out via his former boss’s (and the guy who hired Stallings at Vandy) search firm and gently nudged Dixon out the door.

It’s all explained here … link to post-gazette.com

There was no search. It was pure cronyism.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 03.01.17 @ 12:10 am

Yep yep TT

And the Search Firm owner was former AD at U of Washington who had hired Stallings into his first bigtime job as Associate AD.

Reeks of cronyism.

But again Pitt let it happen. When they are the ones who invested upwards of $200 mil into the bball program. Of course it wasn’t really their money. Someone else’s.

Comment by Emel 03.01.17 @ 12:13 am

er hired Herman into his first bigtime job as Associate AD at U of Washington (Huskies).

And that is why I say, Herman was brought into town (like a hired gun) to relieve Pitt of Dixon’s 10 year contract.

Pitt knew Dixon was well liked in the community and had had great success obviously, so they needed a ‘hired gun’ to do their dirty work.

then like all ‘hired guns’…they leave town after their work has been accomplished.

Comment by Emel 03.01.17 @ 12:17 am

Also explains why Herman had the arrogance with Pitt alum and why he had no problems calling them ‘noise’.

He knew his time at Pitt would be short. And didn’t care. Again like all ‘hired guns’ are.

Comment by Emel 03.01.17 @ 12:19 am

KS is allegedly a great offensive coach … yet this offense continues to be abysmal. They is one option – hit the perimeter shots. Otherwise, nothing .. no other alternatives

Comment by wbb 03.01.17 @ 6:52 am

The offensive genius narrative by opposing coaches almost seems like a coaching fraternity joke …yet they all say it with a straight face.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 03.01.17 @ 7:46 am

Kevin offends me, and most Pitt fans, every time we see him on the Pitt bench.

That’s his only genius.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 03.01.17 @ 8:00 am

Coaches and the fraternity take care of each other. Only way to trick people out of millions. Cronyism.

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.01.17 @ 8:08 am

So the latest from Stallings:

Team…..”lacks coachability”…….

This just in for those who think this guy will win once he gets his own recruits:

The only way to guarantee failure is to blame somebody else for your lack of success.

I actually feel sorry for those willing to invest in the future with this feckless loser…..you are setting yourself up for a long trip down misery lane. Even if you can somehow recriut elite talent, what difference does that make if he can’t coach (um, lead) them?

And for those who want to believe otherwise, a perfect example can be found if you Google the last coach at Vanderbilt, a university in Nashville, Tennessee. He recruited some bad ass prospects, but couldn’t get them to play as a team and, ya know, win.

What was his name again? WAIT A MINUTE#$$#@// $@$^

Comment by wally 03.01.17 @ 9:08 am

It’s all right there in front of us guys. Even if it is painful to accept:

Lack of leadership skills + a mediocre track record + lack of a second chance to make a first impression
+ absence of a winner for a boss = bet the house on lack of success.

Comment by wally 03.01.17 @ 9:28 am

@TT I agree Bryce Drew hasn’t yet really accomplished all that much. He put Valpo in the NCAA tourney twice and the NIT twice during his five seasons there. They finished first in the Horizon League every one of those years. His overall winning percentage was 71%. Now compare that with Stallings last five years at Vanderbilt. Beyond that Drew was a successful D1 player and former NBA player. I have to believe he’d be looking pretty good to recruits.

Stallings “pipeline” to the NBA is a joke. There are 3 players remaining in the NBA from his greatness. Festus Ezeli has never been much of a contributor and may never play again. Wade Baldwin has only logged 13 minutes of playing time since the start of the year. Damian Jones has only logged 12 minutes of playing time since the start of the year. DeMarre Carroll doesn’t count for KS. He transferred to Missouri for his last two seasons before entering the NBA.

I’d say that Dixon has placed more lasting talent in the NBA than KS. They just weren’t first rounders.

Comment by Barvo 03.01.17 @ 9:59 am

Good point Barvo….the NBA pipeline tripe is akin to the ‘offensive genius’ rhetoric.

Like those in the news media, and pols, they believe if you repeat this tripe often enough, ppl will begin to believe it.

Marginal NBA player is an apt description of anyone that came out of Vandy during Stallings tenure there.

Comment by Emel 03.01.17 @ 2:06 pm

Powered by WordPress © PittBlather.com

Site Meter