Pitt center Talib Zanna said the Panthers were "mad" after their loss Saturday against Syracuse and wanted to "take it out" on Clemson, who happened to be their first opponent after the Orange.
Panthers coach Jamie Dixon said the Panthers "practiced angry" because they knew they let that game slip away and wanted to prove they could play a lot better against a good team.
Mission accomplished ... and then some.
The Panthers jumped on the Tigers from the start Tuesday night, led by 17 by halftime and rolled to an impressive, 76-43 victory before a crowd of 12,508 at the Petersen Events Center.
It was exactly the kind of bounce-back win the Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) needed after that loss, and the win put them in a second-place tie with Virginia (14-5, 5-1).
The 33-point margin of victory represented the fourth-largest winning margin by a Pitt team in a conference game. And if it sounds like it was a blowout, that's mostly because it was.
"We had a good practice yesterday," Zanna ...