Here is a recap by Dan72 of our Pitt 70 – Wake Forest 53 win
How on earth did we ever lose to this team earlier this year? OK, Xman could not, or did not want to, cover his three point shooter who was red hot in that game, but still geez. I blamed Xman entirely for that loss as he was out of control all night on offense.
Tonight, in what was a sloppy game, Pitt dominated the paint outrebounding Wake 42-23. While Pitt seemed to shoot badly they ended up shooting 46.2% from the floor and 40% from the three point line. Turnovers were 13-9 Pitt on the wrong side.
First, I am ecstatic that Pitt won on Senior Night and after what might have been the worst week for our team since Stallings roamed the floor. I see hope for the future for Pitt as a team playing together in a Capel system …but…we are severely lacking in talent vs the rest of the ACC. Today, I saw we offered a 6’10” center today from NC. We need to make many more offers!!!
Now, to answer some of the questions on tonight’s blog. First let me say that I could not coach a team under the Covid circumstances and obstacles of a short preseason (which caused the St Francis fiasco), never knowing until last minute who and/or when you are playing next, being away from family and friends and having cotton swabs stuck up your nose daily. This has been a very strange season.
It’s no wonder coaches call strange time outs, players don’t know what sets we are in, etc. There’s been virtually no time to practice… and now a new set of players need to learn to play together. Disjointed will be our motto until we start next year.
Next I would tell you that any coach would rather face a team with only three scorers (no matter how good they were) than a team like Pitt tonight, while not as talented, but a threat for everyone on the floor and bench to score.
I am somewhat perturbed though that it has taken the recent events to get Sibande on the floor as I called for him to start and play some point guard from day one, but he had a great night …again…leading a scoring challenged team with 23 points. Champ, still not looking right physically, had another double-double with 20 points and 13 boards. Horton again, was no help with zero points in 11 minutes. However, I saw some promise with Jeffries who had eight points and like all players he just needs time on the floor.
So it’s on to Clemson, and I have to say I like our chances but Pitt should have won by 30 tonight. We are 10-10 and I would like to see Pitt finish with a winning record. Beat the 15-5 Clemson Tigers on Saturday to win one last one in the ACC and that will help a lot in the off-season.