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3 keys to a Panthers win

Pittsburgh Panthers team logo   Mar. 19, 2012 9:18 a.m. - by Chuck Finder
No. 1 -- Defense. Fear the Princeton offense. Not only are the Tigers the masters of the cutters and back doors, but they shoot 3-pointers -- G Douglas Davis (41.2), 6-5 G and leading assist man T.J. Bray (41.1) and 6-8 F Patrick Saunders (40.4) all convert better than 40 percent. They can turn it up, evidenced by the Tigers' 96 points at Evansville in the CBI first round. No. 2 -- Patience. Size and talent are one thing, but smarts and patience are needed atop those factors to neutralize Princeton. After all, these Tigers won in triple OT at Florida State and beat host Rutgers -- to whom Pittsburgh lost badly at home in January. Pittsburgh must run its motion, create mismatches and play tight defense. No. 3 -- Raise their game.Princeton isn't an NCAA tournament or even an NIT team, but the Tigers have beaten one NCAA Round of 32 participant on the road (Florida State) and lost by three at a Sweet 16 team (North Carolina State). Pittsburgh will have to play its best defense and exhibit its most energy, patience and cohesion yet to win.
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