Category Archives: Pitt

Survive and advance

Based on his 3-5 shooting from deep, including the halftime buzzer-beater (and didn’t the final margin turn out to be three points?!?) I have added CJ Fair to yesterday’s tribute to Syracuse’s outside shooting:

I don’t know if you noticed, but they’re all holding up three fingers.
Not pictured: Michael Carter-Williams, but he played the pivotal role [...]

Pitt-cher Perfect

OK, this is now the twentieth winning game recap in a row I’ve written. By now you know the drill:

Description of my personal game-watching experience that is relevant only to me
Statement of obvious factoids and game trends that have been thoroughly discussed on other sites
Nugget of insight that I self-importantly feel has been under-reported elsewhere [...]

Big East Scoreboard Items Of Note

DePaul 84, Pitt 81
USF 74, Villanova 57 (at the Pavilion no less!)
Both Pitt and Nova are now 0-3 in conference play. In case you forgot, Pitt won the conference last year and was a 1 seed in the NCAAs. I know they lost some key guys from last year but Ashton Gibbs and four rocking [...]

Ah phooey

I thought this game turned when Triche missed a relatively easy layup with SU down 1 and a chance to finally take the lead (I believe it was 44-43 or thereabouts). Psychologically it was a huge swing. And when you are basically playing 6 guys against wave after wave of Panthers, you can really use [...]

Georgetown-Pitt Ticket Fail

With all the malarkey that has been going on regarding Syracuse’s visit to DC in February, and how Georgetown is refusing to sell individual-game tickets unless you are a Hoya Athletics donor, I thought this needed to be shared. Tonight’s Georgetown game against #5 Pittsburgh is not sold out. In fact, it is far from [...]

Big East Conference review, part 2

As promised, here’s the second half of my survey of the Big East “preseason” results. For the first seven teams, see my previous post. This post will cover the exploits of the nine teams predicted by the coaches to finish in the top…uh, eight. I’ll quote myself from the last post to explain [...]

they’ve got a sick sense of humor, but I’ll take the #1

Quick hit reactions on the bracket here on Monday morning in China:

The committee must have some kind of sadistic streak to pair us with Vermont. Not that I fear a repeat performance from 2005, but the amount of flashback highlights we’re going to have to endure is not something I look forward to. And there’s [...]

reading material

If you’re sick of thinking about Blake Griffin but still want to consume some college basketball and Syracuse press (because you can’t get the NCAAs out of your head), here’s some help.

Syracusan’s Big East coach of the year: Jay Wright

There are two ways to pick a coach of the year, and neither one is particularly helpful in the Big East this year. Either you pick the one coach who’s team was so overwhelmingly dominant that they clearly did the best job, regardless of whether everyone expected them to win; or you pick the coach [...]

How Not To Be Soft, by the Pittsburgh Panthers

I realize no one in this space has posted about the great Georgetown win, so I feel a little bad about jumping to a different subject first. But frankly, Saturday’s win was one of the most frustrating I’ve ever seen, and rather than harp on all the ups and downs, swings of emotion, gripes, and [...]