Tag:Pitt Panthers
Posted on: January 17, 2011 9:58 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 11:56 pm

Panthers refuse the 'Cuse

Posted by Eric Angevine

It's rare to see a starting player as specialized as Gary McGhee. On a night when Syracuse shot under 40 percent, McGhee's 13 rebounds -- eleven on the defensive end of the floor -- were crucial to the 74-66 Panther win. The rest of Pitt's starting lineup had the scoring touch in spades, led by Nasir Robinson's 21. Brad Wanamaker, Gilbert Brown and Ashton Gibbs each pitched in double figures as well.

Syracuse left the ranks of the unbeaten on a night when Kris Joseph was unable to play due to a head injury suffered over the weekend. Sophomore James Southerland scored eight points to go with four assists and two blocked shots starting in Joseph's place, but it was freshman C.J. Fair, coming off the bench, who led the Orange with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

The 'Cuse zone cadged 12 turnovers from the home team, and fought until the final buzzer, but didn't have enough to win in one of college basketball's unique arenas. Hemmed in on three sides by raucous students in gold shirts and buffered on the fourth by luxury suites borrowed from the Lido deck of the Love Boat, the Peterson Events Center continues to build a reputation as a house of horrors for visiting teams.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 16, 2011 9:34 am

Kris Joseph out vs. Pitt

Posted by Eric Angevine

A quick note, garnered from the excellent work of our hoops colleague Seth Davis:

Just spoke w/ Jim Boeheim. Kris Joseph definitely will NOT play vs Pitt on Mon night bc of concussion but should be OK for Villanova on Sat.


Advantage, Pitt? It will be interesting to see which way Jim Boeheim goes with the starting lineup. Will it be a three-guard look, with freshman Dion Waiters getting the start, or will we see a favorite emerge from the triumvirate of C.J. Fair, Baye Moussa Keita and James Southerland? How this team deals with injury will tell us a lot about what they can do in March.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:20 pm

Takeaways from the night's action

Posted by Eric Angevine

Some unexpected squeakers gave us this evening's bold-print headlines.

Pitt doesn't like pressure

Looking at this game beforehand, everything pointed Pitt's way. The top-5 national ranking and the advantage in size and athleticism was bad enough, but the fact that one of Keno Davis's former assistants, Pat Skerry, was sitting on the opposite bench after a summer job-hop was almost insult to presumed injury. Except that the Friars came out in a 2-3 zone that seemed to have the Panthers flummoxed. Only Gilbert Brown was able to shoot over the zone, hitting 5 of 6 treys, and the Providence pressure produced 22 turnovers on steals and passes that shot out of bounds. Pitt eventually found a way to hit Gary McGhee inside in the second half, and narrowly averted an upset at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Pittsburgh doesn't have an elite ballhandler these days, and they'll face much tougher zones than the one Providence threw at them. Syracuse comes to mind, for instance.

Minnesota's high-low game is in the tank

The departure of Devoe Joseph was a blow the Gophers did not need. While the starters did well enough to win, and four starters scored in double figures, there's a story between the stat lines. It took a heroic five blocks and 16 rebounds from Trevor Mbakwe -- nine of the boards on the defensive end -- to keep Minnesota in the game. At home. Against Indiana. Yeah, that's a problem.

The Crash Davis rule is still in effect

Arkansas forward Michael Sanchez doesn't see much court time, so perhaps he can be forgiven for not knowing all the rules. He got into the game early against Texas tonight, got tangled up with another player under the basket, and reacted poorly when the refs called a foul on him. Words were exchanged, and a technical foul was added to the personal. Television audiences couldn't hear what Sanchez said, but the announcers on press row pretty much repeated this line from Bull Durham verbatim.

I've never seen Crash so angry. And frankly, sports fans, he used a word that's a no-no with umpires.
Then again, Sanchez didn't get thrown out of the game. He may have wished he had, because it was an ugly 79-46 road beatdown for the Razorbacks.

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