February 14, 2021
Before I comment (eviscerate) the Pitt Basketball team and coaches over this game, I would like to say that it has to be difficult being tested for Covid daily, not being able to see friends and family and being one of the youngest NCAA Basketball teams. Games cancelled and rescheduled at the drop of a hat make additional angst for any basketball team.
Having said that, today’s effort (or lack of) was the worst since the opening loss to St Francis! In fact Pitt had 18 turn overs (12 in the first half) second worse only….you guessed it!…. to the St Francis game where they had twenty three. Pitt was coming off 8 days of rest while Tech had played 3 games in the last five days.
Craig Meyer of the PG said it best “they were undone by relatively simple mistakes”; 18 TOS, shooting 8 – 15 from the Free Throw line as Tech went 21-23.
This loss was Pitt’s fifth in the last six games! It was well deserved. Pitt was tied 6-6 in the first five minutes and then Tech opened a nine point lead at halftime which could have been 19 if they shot well.
GA Tech has a terrific proven pointy guard in Alverado and he ate Xman’s lunch. In fact, Xman alone could have killed Pitt with his selfish play and fouls; four in the first half and all of them avoidable stupid mistakes. He rode the bench most of the game. Femi was awful as his replacement and the Pitt offense just stood around and watched! Pitt played so bad and with such little effort in the first half that if I was coaching, I would have benched the entire starting five. I find lack of effort and being outhustled……unforgivable!
Yes the refs were horrible to Pitt but we should be used to it by now in the ACC who can’t even find a network the majority of fans can watch!
Georgia Tech was nothing special! They had one shooter Moses who had 24 points and Alverado, a gutsy hustling Brooklyn point guard who showed more effort than the entire Pitt team. These late season fades are becoming a habit for Pitt Basketball under Capel and he and his coaches do not escape blame.
Last but not least is Champ who is underperforming at an alarming level. I know he’s hurt and I heard he may have reinjured his left knee in practice but he is not half the player he’s been and no one seems to be able to pick up the slack. At least the NBA talk has stopped.
This loss was unforgivable and pretty much ends any hope of post season play. I was a strong Capel supporter but am wavering greatly after the last six games. His unusual use of time outs as well as his substitution patterns are puzzling to say the least. Oh well…it can’t much worse!