Senior Night for Three

I’ll toss up the open thread closer to game time. For now, just a focus on the players that move on after this year. Senior night still matters. It gives us a chance to be reminded that the kids that have been wearing the blue-and-gold are more than the names on the jerseys. They are more than the victories and losses. The successes and failures. The way we support our school through...
Via Pitt Blather
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

That Was Oddly Dominating

If I told you Jamel Artis would be held to 11 points on 3-6 shooting. That Pitt would only go 7-13 from the free throw line. That Derrick Randall played 18 minutes, while Josh Newkirk only played 6 and was 0-2 shooting. That the Tar Heels would shoot a single basket under 50% (29-59). That UNC would hold the edge in rebounding for the game and turned the ball over less than Pitt...
Via Pitt Blather
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Panthers roll over Swords 81-68

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Michael Young had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and Pittsburgh rode a dominating performance on the glass to beat host Chaminade 81-68 Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. Pittsburgh (3-1) used its size to a big advantage, out-rebounding the Silverswords 51-17, while scoring 34 points on 27 offensive boards. Derrick Randall had 11 points and set...
Via AP on Fox
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Better to Be in Maui Than Buffalo

The Pitt basketball team is in Hawaii. They play the University of Hawaii at Midnight tonight/tomorrow morning. If you watched the Samford game, then you saw Pitt go small for large portions of the game. The front court of Mike Young, Jamel Artis and Sheldon Jeter. It’s surprising only insofar as Coach Jamie Dixon has always played a true center. This year, however, the options...
Via Pitt Blather
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Basketball Season Rolling Up

The Blue-Gold Scrimmage was Sunday. There’s another fan/student event on Friday night — nice tie-in for homecoming weekend. The first exhibition is on Halloween. The season opener is in 3 1/2 weeks. Time to run some links. I’m going to skip specific preseason prognostication mags. Basically Pitt is being projected into the NCAA Tournament. The expectations in the ACC are anywhere...
Via Pitt Blather
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Unleash the Irrational Optimism

Don’t lie. You read the articles on the pro-am games last night. You try to tell yourself to take it all with a grain of salt. To keep perspective. And yet… Derrick Randall looks different. He’s got a different aura about him this June. Physically, he’s night and day from last summer with a stronger, leaner frame. The rising senior has more energy as he sprints up and down...
Via Pitt Blather
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pro-Am Starts Tonight

The Pittsburgh Summer Pro-Am kicks off tonight. There are seven teams. Only one lacks any Pitt players — past or present. Five of the other squads has at least one key Pitt player who will be scrutinized or have hopes projected on them. Joseph Uchebo is on one squad, and given the way he looked afraid to run in the limited time last year, I have a great deal of curiosity as to...
Via Pitt Blather
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Randall May Be Weaving Out of Pitt

Even though Derrick Randall didn’t contribute an overwhelming amount during the conference portion of the season, I did expect that Randall would be a nice cog for 2014-15. If, for no other reason, the lack of experienced depth in the frontcourt. Especially as far as true centers go. The Rutgers transfer had noticeably slimmed down and gotten into very good shape by the end of...
Via Pitt Blather
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Basketball Link Run Through, 4/22

Well, the Barry Rohrssen departure is finally official. It wasn’t money. It was about opportunities. As has been the case the entire time. 2. Money was not a factor. Pitt was ready to match and exceed any money Kentucky offered and Dixon met with Rohrssen last week to try and see if he could work this out but again, it wasn’t about Pitt, it wasn’t about money. 3. Rohrssen and...
Via Pitt Blather
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

BC, the Cure For What Ails You

Or at least serves as a masking agent. Shortly after halftime, the nasty bug that has been running through the household finally hit me. Overall, February has truly, deeply, unequivocally sucked. It’s been years since Pitt and BC faced off in basketball, but it’s nice to know somethings just don’t change. Things like the local media barely noticing them to the point where the...
Via Pitt Blather
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Open Thread: VT-Pitt (oh, you mean basketball)

We’ve got ourselves a nooner. Let’s get this out of the way quickly. Obviously it’s or ESPN Full Court’s package. But there are plenty of other outlet options for this one. Root Sports Pittsburgh, Sports Time Ohio, YES, NESN, CSN Fox Sports South and others. It’s been a decade since Pitt faced the Hokies in basketball, but it seems like nothing has changed. In...
Via Pitt Blather
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Not There Yet

Missed bunnies, missed free throws and some unkind iron. Those are the top three reasons for me that led to Pitt’s 5-point loss yesterday. The officiating sucked, but it sucked both ways so I consider that a wash. The freshmen looked like freshmen for large portions of this game. This was their first game in a truly hostile road situation (sorry, I can’t count NC State or GT...
Via Pitt Blather
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Rutgers basketball player sues school for Mike Rice incident: Report

Derrick Randall, a former Rutgers basketball player who transferred to Pittsburgh this spring, is suing his former school relating to the incidents that ultimately led to basketball coach Mike Rice being fired.The lawsuit was filed in federal court, according to a report by Courthouse News Services, and names the school, Rice, Rutgers president Robert Barchi, former athletic director...
Via The Other Paper
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Thanksgiving Day Leftovers

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hope your day is a relatively low stress affair. Just some basketball links I need to clear through. Finishing up the loose ends from the Legends Classic. Coach Jamie Dixon is making no apologies for doing this tournament, even if the competition was a bit lacking. Though the Panthers are no longer in the Big East, Dixon said they will always try to play...
Via Pitt Blather
November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Lehigh’s Back

Well, not in a competitive way. Just, you know, the second straight year of having them come to the Pete. Once more in the guise of an arranged game in the Progressive Legends Classic. Last year it was for the NIT Tip-Off Classic. The common thread for Pitt is that these preseason tournaments put Pitt in the NYC area. Something that Coach Jamie Dixon wants every year. Both for alumni...
Via Pitt Blather
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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