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Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 1:21 pm
 


By Jeff Goodman


Jamie Dixon isn't worried.

At all.

Those who say that Pittsburgh will have difficulty moving from the Big East to the ACC need a dose of reality.

As long as Dixon doesn't bolt back to the west coast - which doesn't appear likely - the Panthers will still compete for league titles.

Yes, even in the ACC.

Pittsburgh was able to do it against the likes of Syracuse, UConn and Louisville, finishing first or second in the league in four of the past five seasons.

The Panthers will be able to do the same against North Carolina and Duke.

In case people haven't noticed, Dixon can coach a little bit - and he'll continue to get players.

"A lot of people are making too much of how it's going to effect our recruiting," Dixon said. "We haven't gotten guys from New York in two years."

J.J. Moore is the lone player out of New York that Pittsburgh has gotten in the Class of 2010, 2011 and thus far in 2012.

Let's face it: Khem Birch would have come to Pittsburgh whether the Panthers were in the Big East or ACC. Same can be said for Dixon's two 2012 commitments - New Zealand big man Steven Adams and DeMatha point guard James Robinson.

And as long as the Big East tournament remains in New York, Dixon and his staff will be able to sell the opportunity to play in Cameron and Chapel Hill - as well as the chance to play in New York.

That's what I like to call a win-win. 

Dixon's already proven he can coach - and he wins largely with under-the-radar, chip-on-their-shoulder players.

He'll play the same somewhat soft out-of-league schedule he always does - and then the Panthers will in the mix for the ACC crown - as has been the case in the Big East for four of the past five seasons.

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Comments

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:51 am
 

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

The ACC's depth has gone south in recent years.  After UNC and Duke, there hasn't been a consistently strong program since maybe Maryland 10 years ago.  With Dixon, Pitt is more than capable in finishing in the top 5 annually in the ACC.  The problem for Pitt might be the officials.  ACC officials won't allow the same level of physical contact, that the Panthers are used to in the Big East.  Pitt's style is physical ball, and they may have trouble adjusting.  Either way, it's a great get for the ACC, and a devastating blow for the Big East.
Great post Shawzy, I could'nt agree more.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:48 am
 

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

Yeah, I'm not sure where these ACC fans are coming from when they tell Syracuse and Pitt fans that we'll get our asses handed to us when we start playing in what used to be their conference.
Mike,I have not read all the threads and blogs this week, but I have read several. Unless I missed it I have not seen any ACC fans trashing Pitt or Syracuse. Thats 2 of 3 top teams in the Big East. You would have to be a moron to think they will not be major players in the ACC as well.


I believe Syracuse and Pittsburgh now have a better chance of winning both their conference, and their conference tournament every year.
I dont know about "better chance", but I would say just as good a chance as Carowhina and Duke. BTW....down here in ACC Country, the ACC tourney is better known as "The Duke invitational". Since the tardholes claim they never want to win it, all you have to do is beat is Duke, Good luck with that. :)



Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:42 am
 

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

New recruits from the class of 2012 and 2013 will have the opportunity to play in the Big East Tournament their freshmen and sophomore years and then Cameron and Chapel Hill as upperclassmen, provided they aren't one and dones (rarely the case for Pitt) and Pitt doesn't move until 2014.
That's what I think he means. 


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Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:22 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

The ACC's depth has gone south in recent years.  After UNC and Duke, there hasn't been a consistently strong program since maybe Maryland 10 years ago.  With Dixon, Pitt is more than capable in finishing in the top 5 annually in the ACC.  The problem for Pitt might be the officials.  ACC officials won't allow the same level of physical contact, that the Panthers are used to in the Big East.  Pitt's style is physical ball, and they may have trouble adjusting.  Either way, it's a great get for the ACC, and a devastating blow for the Big East. 



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

Yeah, I'm not sure where these ACC fans are coming from when they tell Syracuse and Pitt fans that we'll get our asses handed to us when we start playing in what used to be their conference. 


I believe Syracuse and Pittsburgh now have a better chance of winning both their conference, and their conference tournament every year.


Duke and North Carolina are also not invincible powerhouses every single year. Syracuse and Pitt are more than capable of beating Duke and UNC everytime they play.  I guess Duke and UNC fans need a wake up call that there are more good teams out there than just their own. Of course, I get why they think the things they currently do because UNC and Duke have been hands down the best two teams in the conference most years, but still. 



Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

"And as long as the Big East tournament remains in New York, Dixon and his staff will be able to sell the opportunity to play in Cameron and Chapel Hill - as well as the chance to play in New York."

How would they play in New York if they're no longer in the Big East? They would play in the ACC tournament. 




Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

acc basketball is gonna be fricken amazing!



Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

yeah....I have been reading this too.  "Pitt is nothing to the ACC and will be at the bottom of the pile every year."  Those who think Pitt is weak is about to get panther piss sprayed all over them. 


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