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.

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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.

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Comment by Emel 03.09.17 @ 12:10 am

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


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!

Comment by Bruce F 03.09.17 @ 2:01 pm

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