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March 8, 2017

9pm, ESPN2.

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.





90 comments

The bench needs to step up. Need good games from Jeter and Cam. And maybe Luther shows up.

Comment by TX Panther 03.08.17 @ 5:48 pm

Chas – Time outs! You takin’ Time Outs!

Nah, Stallings ain’t calling no meaningful Time Outs.

I heard a rumor (and it is just that and I won’t reveal a source – but I have one) that HC Kevin Stallings will be resigning as the Pitt BB coach later this week.

If I was acting AD Dr. Randy Juhl, I’d suspend him for tonight’s uva game for conduct detrimental to the team AND university.

HTP!

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 6:29 pm

Didn’t Otis say something about protecting the Pitt basketball community or something on that order.
(don’t really care to look it up since this putz is such a dickhead)…after dismissing Kithcart.

Like our program was in such disarray when the putz came. And then has the nerve…gall…to swear at Lex and seem so unconcerned with Jeter.

You know the kid who he’s know for what…5 years since recruiting him to Vandy.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 6:37 pm

who he’s known ^

Maybe there is an ‘escape clause’ in dickweed’s contract.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 6:39 pm

The heck with grabbing rest for the starters…this is the season tonite.

Make or break. Again these kids play non-stop for days at a time.

I know they all want to look and act cool…but it’s alright to break a sweat and get emotional if the play bears it.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 6:52 pm

A 500 record gets Pitt the nit. Not that gay fictitious lion in creepy valley.

Comment by Tx panther 03.08.17 @ 6:55 pm

If nothing else Erie, your rumor mill gives me hope!
This guy is a disgrace to the profession and a colossal embarrassment to the University. How on earth anybody signed off on this loser being the face of a once proud basketball program is a damn shame.

Comment by wally 03.08.17 @ 7:00 pm

I dont believe it. Gallagher and the BoT have no guts and won’t admit their mistake. Who hired Barnes? That’s our friend Patty under BoT orders. One of Pitts worst hires given that it led to the hiring of KS and damages Pitts brand. Pitt isn’t good enough for AD’s. destination school. He did a lateral move based on some cooked up reason. Pitt athletic department. The place to wallow in mediocrity and die.

Comment by Tx panther 03.08.17 @ 7:07 pm

No Tex…they brought in Herman as a ‘hired gun’ to get rid of Dixon.

then the hired gun skirts out of town. Job done, program wrecked.

Pitt can correct that mistake, and Otis has given them the means after last night.

After all don’t all these University’s stand for Political Correctness. And last nite’s tirade was far from Political Correctness. IU got rid of an accomplished national title winning coach because of PC.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 7:16 pm

Rutgers got rid of Mike Rice for swearing and berating the players.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 7:18 pm

Pitt got rid of Wanny for ‘mild’ indiscretions by his players.

But Pattys in charge now and not NerdBall and we have no AD. Will the new AD be empowered to take matters into his own hands and basically be left alone by the BoT? I dont like my AD’s reporting to a Chancellor who reports to 40 bureaucrats…many of them closet Nitters.

Comment by TX Panther 03.08.17 @ 7:34 pm

If HCKS wins the next two ACC games his rant will be erased from the ESPN audio GT replay.

Comment by Frank MD 03.08.17 @ 7:46 pm

Wally – Dr. Randy Juhl and Sir Patrick G received my letters today.

Neither was in the office to read the letters as they were mascorading around as “front porch” caretakers.

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 8:34 pm

Erie … been w higher ups at UPMC last 3 days. Also heard the rumor. Call u tomorrow re: golf. Ok. Now I’m ready for my head to explode watching this game. Got my bottle of scotch right here!

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.17 @ 9:23 pm

Pitt’s RPI is higher that Syracuse’s lol

66 to 75

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 9:32 pm

Pitt’s grave is more shallow that the Cuse though

Comment by TX Panther 03.08.17 @ 9:33 pm

Plus we got dickhead

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 9:37 pm

Want a good laugh….Fox Sports has Pitt at #14. I may need to take a screen shot of this.

link to foxsports.com

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.17 @ 9:47 pm

Pitt had a very tough schedule this year.

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.17 @ 9:52 pm

Jack ACC Ranking for Tourney not Nationally

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.08.17 @ 9:59 pm

Stallings and his terrible suits. Does he do anything psoitive?

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.08.17 @ 10:00 pm

If Pitt hits 3s we win. If not… no. Nothing new

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.17 @ 10:00 pm

Seriously Samurai Boy is killing us.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:00 pm

so does espn jack,,,,we’re the 14th seed in the ACC tourney,,,lol

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:01 pm

Another Pitt pass to no one. Head has exploded. I’m done!
So’s Pitt and hopefully Stallings.

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.17 @ 10:04 pm

Take a screen shot EMel….no one will know.

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.17 @ 10:09 pm

Embarrassing. UVA isnt even good this year. Stallings is a joke.

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.08.17 @ 10:10 pm

Would be nice if dickhead would at least wear a Pitt gold or blue/gold tie. Since he’s getting 2 Million Plus per year.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:11 pm

haha jack…what u smokin tonite…oh that the old days :)

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:12 pm

Going to bed. Gross display of Pitt basketball. All
While Jamie beat Oklahoma. Stallings sucks goat dicks.

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.08.17 @ 10:12 pm

You alright upitt….never see u refer to Otis as Stallings. You can’t bail out …yet !

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:16 pm

Tired boss. 7 year old bday party at Dave and Busters and had a few drinks. Feeling dizzy again. Might be fucksocks suit pattern or his atrocious coaching or maybe thoughts of Barnes puckering his fat lips when he said noise in thatgherto press con he threw to welcpme otis pappy dick pickle

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.08.17 @ 10:21 pm

lol….those 2 did con Pitt…or the BoT went along with it. We need some inside info here…any Snowden’s ?

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:25 pm

Remember whenPitt hoops mattered to people.

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.08.17 @ 10:26 pm

Raycom Sports Network did ACC games for decades…you got serious bball announcers for the games. Dan Bonner, etc.

Not this fluff garbage you get from ESPN. It’s like these 2 are flirting with eachother.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:32 pm

Get women the hell out of mens sports.

there I said it.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:33 pm

Pitt getting back on D like a lunch time pick up game with a bunch of accountants.

Comment by Barvo 03.08.17 @ 10:33 pm

I’m so glad this will be young and artis last game, selfish pricks

Comment by Keith 03.08.17 @ 10:34 pm

VA bench with 18 points

Comment by Frank MD 03.08.17 @ 10:35 pm

this game is as bad as last nite…

This ACC isn’t a patch on the old BigEast Tourny.

The vibe in MSG was incredible compared to this.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:37 pm

Too bad it won’t be Otis’s last game…or maybe it will be.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:38 pm

Not sure about anyone else but your donations are paying pappy AARP fucksock 70k tonight. More than I made today. To walk around and bark shit and generally act like a a douche. More respect for bankrobbers.

Comment by Upittbaseball 03.08.17 @ 10:39 pm

Pitt was down 3 with 2:25 left in the 1st half after NOT scoring for over 5 minutes.

UVA goes on a hot run of 8 straight and Stallings finally calls his 1st TO of the half with 34 seconds left. Pitt did NOT score in the last 7-1/2 minutes to end the half.

Coaching? You talking about coaching? There ain’t NO coaching going on for Pitt BB tonight. NONE!

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 10:41 pm

Upitt, you or Dan72 could coach this team better than Otis.

Yea I didn’t make $70K either today.

Heck we’d even give Pitt A HOMETOWN DISCOUNT.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:43 pm

bingo EE….dickhead is just collecting paychecks

Which he did for 17 years at Vandy without producing squat

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 10:47 pm

Pitt shot 35% in the first half on only 20 shots.

UVA took 8 more shots than Pitt and shot 50%.

Let’s hope the resignation letter is already written, signed and delivered. I know Stallings is not taking the shots, but the CEO is responsible for all things good and bad. Jamie almost always had a scoring play coming out of a TO.

Wait, that’s not fair as Stallings doesn’t believe in using TO’s. I’d love to know his reasoning.

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 10:49 pm

I give up trying to point out the flaws on this team

It’s all Stallings fault

I surrender

Comment by Keith 03.08.17 @ 10:51 pm

Virginia isn’t a slogball team….they can shoot it.

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.17 @ 10:56 pm

UPitt…Oklahoma is 11-20 and beat Dixon 4 days ago 73-68.

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.17 @ 11:00 pm

come on Pitt…don’t lose to these dorks from UVA.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:01 pm

Do you believe in miracles!!!

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.17 @ 11:09 pm

Love the inspired play.

Maybe Stallings gave the “good-bye” speech at halftime.

Fingers crossed…

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 11:11 pm

Keith – go ahead, point the flaws out – just don’t call anyone names.

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 11:12 pm

Espn types pushing this uni-sex….no he and she’s…just it’s.

Guy looks like a girl. Coincidence ?

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:13 pm

Eventually there will be no cheerleaders.

Rest assured.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:15 pm

Gotta make your FT’s – uva is…

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 11:17 pm

Cut the lead to 3 but let uva run it back up to 8 with 8 minutes to play and NO time out…

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 11:21 pm

Damon Wilson at this stage of the game…are u serious…Otis

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:21 pm

Stallings is only serious about collecting his paycheck and getting by with the bare minimum.

Wilson is in because of the fatigue factor – lol.

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 11:24 pm

i seriously think in a summer pickup type game at North Park between these teams.

no Name Jersey’s no refs….Pitt kicks these dork’s ass

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:27 pm

Erie,
Cry me a river

You want a participation trophy?

Comment by Keith 03.08.17 @ 11:30 pm

And

No flaws, this team is great, all Stallings fault

Comment by Keith 03.08.17 @ 11:33 pm

This team was 13-3 at one point.

They went in the tank,,,,after Otis decided to abandon the team in the L-Ville blowout at the Pete.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:39 pm

And one only needs to look at Otis’s SEC losing record.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:40 pm

I hear Pitt fans!

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.17 @ 11:41 pm

BOT and Gallagher will probably extend Stallings another year! So let’s see, Pitt is up 3 and Artis catches the ball standing on the sideline stripe! If a 6th grade girls team I was coaching did that, I’d be in disbelief.

Comment by Dan 72 03.08.17 @ 11:41 pm

They will be great compared to next year’s team Keith.

So enjoy Fanboy !

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:43 pm

So last night GT was down 9 with 40 seconds left and closed the lead to 2.

Let’s see what Stallings and the seniors can muster up.

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 11:43 pm

Doris the Finksaurus is enjoying Pitt’s demise.

Ugly fat cow.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:44 pm

Cornhole must be giving her a commission on every time she calls us Pittsburgh.

McDonough even with his inane banter at least calls us Pitt.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:47 pm

1:25 left in the season….

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.17 @ 11:47 pm

Stallings honored the seniors…

Comment by Jackagain 03.08.17 @ 11:48 pm

link to s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

Kevin Stallings or Otis Campbell??

Comment by dinosaur 71 03.08.17 @ 11:49 pm

Jack – Stallings just threw in the towel – it was disguised as honoring the seniors.

Comment by Erie Express 03.08.17 @ 11:50 pm

Other than the money, was it worth it for the Military Bowl at the opponents home stadium, and a 6-6 bigjoke team in Pinstripe Bowl ?

aND I guess add in the infamous and long standing Pizza Bowl.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:54 pm

hey dinosaur…check out this one.

link to media1.break.com

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:56 pm

WE got shitty bowl games in the BigEast..but at least we had a Top20 sometimes Top 10 bball team.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:58 pm

Bowl games are still shitty and the bball program is now BC.

Comment by Emel 03.08.17 @ 11:59 pm

Emel – Stallings and Otis have to be related..

Comment by dinosaur 71 03.09.17 @ 12:05 am

Oh well…wait until next year.

Had an excellent day going, I should have skipped this game, like i had the last 10 or so in the season. Stupid me, my bad.

Comment by Emel 03.09.17 @ 12:05 am

To be sure, Jamie Dixon’s fingerprints are still visible on this program, in a negative way. Despite the relatively high level of success he achieved, he left the cupboard remarkably bare, and the Panthers’ lack of depth has been exploited time and again this season. Injuries to key cogs left Stallings hamstrung, but injuries aren’t a good enough excuse.

The fact is, no matter how little talent Dixon left in his wake, there was enough to do better than 4-14 in ACC play. There was enough to not lose — by nine — to Duquesne. There was enough to not be humiliated by 55 points in a loss to Louisville, to not get punched in the face by 26 against Miami, to not find a way to do everything but win in a backbreaking loss to Virginia Tech.

Those three losses happened at home, by the way. Remember when Pitt was unbeatable at The Pete? Me neither. The building was largely lifeless this year, even though it was witness to a few shocking wins, namely those against Virginia and Florida State.

I could keep going on with the litany of ignominious events that have defined this season, but why bother piling on? Sometimes, the simplest statement is best: Pitt basketball is in total disarray right now, and there might not be an easy fix on the way.

link to timesonline.com

Comment by Emel 03.09.17 @ 12:10 am

@keith.
I’m going out on a limb A real long one and predicting more wins next season.

Comment by Goalie44 03.09.17 @ 12:34 am

29 of Pitt’s 45 FG attempts last night were from the arc. Artis and Johnson combined 8-13. The rest a combined 2-16. Jones was low man among the starters with 3 chucks.

Comment by Barvo 03.09.17 @ 5:35 am

Emel

You are absolutely right and well stated

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 03.09.17 @ 7:01 am

We are stuck with KS so I wish him well, but the fact remains as follows:

1) I don’t believe he was near the best candidate Pitt could have hired, yet he was the only one that was interviewed.

2) He is a miserable human being
— I thought that when I had heard interviews while he was HC at Vandy
— this was reinforced when he didn’t release Jeter to Pitt
— this was reinforced by yelling at his player (caught in public) “I’m going to f…ing kill you”. (What happens if a college player yells the same to his coach?)
— this was reinforced when continuously bellyached about his players this season while accepting little or no blame

This guy should have never been hired at Pitt or any other respectable D1 program

Comment by wbb 03.09.17 @ 7:32 am

Dokish has now gone completely over to Stallings fanboy. He’s supporting the no center, no PG narrative and stating that all Pitt could do is jack 3s. He relisted Mike Young as 6’6″ AND lamented that was all Pitt had down low (mostly true from a back to the basket perspective). I’ve been watching Young for 4 years on TV and at The Pete. Either Pitt was fudging the height of every player on the team by 2-3 inches or Young is as listed.

So does anybody remember Brian Shorter? I am fairly sure he was listed as 6’6″ and he was a dominant beast in the low post. Jerome Lane was a dominant rebounder at 6’6″. Dokish full of shit as usual.

Comment by Barvo 03.09.17 @ 8:03 am

While Dokish provides Pitt fans with a lot of info everything Pitt, he is a Pitt apologist and has been for a long time. Whether he likes a new coach or commit, he always looks at the glass half full once we he is committed or hired … and rarely speaks negatively about him.

He is knowledgeable but at the same time goes overboard in accentuating the positive

Comment by wbb 03.09.17 @ 8:15 am

In this case … since we have KS for at least the next couple of years while Young and Artis are leaving, Dokish chose (like KS) to throw the players under the bus.

There is blame to be shared …. but for him, and others, to blame the lack of leadership solely on the players and absolve the coach is unconscionable. In college, the HC is the leader. In the ACC alone, there is no doubt that K, Williams, Boeheim, Pitino, Bray and Bennett are in charge …. when have you heard any of them whine about their players?

Comment by wbb 03.09.17 @ 8:22 am

Emel – ditto on the well stated, but I’m slightly more optimistic than you. Remember in the Duquesne game, Artis had been suspended. And the Miami game was the first game without Luther and had Young with one eye.

Also, I agree with you on how Dixon provided no depth, but also he left this team with a lack of toughness. I look at Artis and think of a taller Ashton Gibbs. Neither wanted to play much defense, and in the late 1st half when shots weren’t falling, Doris Burke even called Artis out on his effort.

My opinion – Dixon didn’t know what to do in the ACC with this team, so a change was welcome. Is Stallings the right answer? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s too early to tell. He obviously couldn’t win over the seniors, but hopefully the team’s – and his – mindset gels.

Comment by KeyboardKev 03.09.17 @ 8:22 am

Reality check time-Coach Stallings is not going anywhere-Erie Express hears a rumor and that now has everyone talking about how soon Stallings is leaving-give me a break. Pitt has given Stallings a 5-6 year contract and to think they will get rid of him because he gives Luther an earful is beyond ridiculous. I was disappointed as a lot of fans when Stallings was appointed head coach but also understand that this year was going to be tough. I love the basketball team but the 4 seniors were really not a good mix and seemed to want to do things there way. I think we will be get a better feel for the Pitt basketball team in 2 years since we will have almost a brand new team next year. For those who thought this current team was a shoe in for the NCAAs because of the 4 seniors, remember that these 4 guys couldn’t make it out of the quarterfinals of the ACC last year and scored a whopping 40 points in the first game of the NCAAs last year. Didn’t see Dixon shedding tears when he left and blame him for some pretty bad recruiting years. Time will tell for Coach Stallings and please be mature enough to stop with rumors that are so baseless. Guess some of you can start calling me some silly childish names that you have decided are funny for Stallings-seems petty to me.H2P!

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