The last time these two teams met, all of five days prior, it didn’t go so well for Pitt. Senior suspensions. Blowout loss. And the look of a team that just wanted to pack it in.
I know, getting hyped for this game, huh?
Let’s see how they feel now that they finally won a game for the first time in over two weeks.
Can’t say I’m expecting too much. Virginia looked like a different team, and Pitt just hasn’t shown anything — even in the win yesterday — that says this game will be anything but a loss.
Add in the fact that with Virginia’s defense, Pitt has to work hard on every possession and they will be on their second game in the ACC Tourney.
The starters last night played 169 of 200 possible minutes. It would have been higher, but for Cam Johnson’s foul trouble kept him to just 26 minutes. The four senior starters each played 34 – 38 minutes.
Kevin Stallings will have to try and manage minutes and grab rest for the starters where possible. Maybe use some timeouts in this game just to get them a minute or two extra between the TV breaks.