#9 Virginia vs Pitt recap…

This could have been a great win for the Pitt Panthers knocking off the #9 ranked Cavaliers but once again only two players showed up to play, Jamel Artis and Michael Young. Pitt hung in there through the first half only down 2 pts at halftime, 29-27. The 2nd half was a different story as Virginia took off from the start and never looked back. Virginia shot 48% from the field with the Panthers only shooting 39%. Pitt continues to show their biggest weakness as they have no outside shooting at all unless Artis decides to get hot. Pitt was 2-13 behind the arc while Virginia was 9-16 which was a big difference in the game. Until Jamie Dixon finds a way bring in some outside scoring threats this team will never make it far in the big tourney or ACC.  It won’t get much easier for the Panthers next week as they travel to play Miami and UNC.

GO PITT!

Virginia Tech vs Pitt recap

Just when I thought the Pitt Panthers didn’t have much of a chance to win unless Jamel Artis or Michael Young led the way they proved me wrong. Last night at home against the Virginia Tech Hokies they were led by another junior forward named Sheldon Jeter. Sheldon led Pitt in scoring putting up 23 pts on 9-13 from the field and also added 7 rebounds.  Pitt’s future looked bright last night as their top 2 freshman, Cameron Johnson and Duane Wilson added 9 and 8 pts respectively. Johnson also pitched in with three from the arc and James Robinson dished out 10 assists. The Panthers do have a lot of depth and hopefully last night was a sign of things to come.  Pitt travels to UVA this Saturday to play the 9th ranked Cavaliers. They will need all the help they can get!

GO PITT!

Pitt basketball season review…

Let’s take a look at Pitt’s basketball season so far in 2015-16. As of today, the Panthers are 16-4(5-3 in ACC) which has them tied for 5th place in the conference.  They spent a couple weeks in the AP Top 25 poll but losses to Louisville and NC State knocked them out for now. I thought they had a shot to jump back in after their win at Florida St but for some reason the poll Gods thought Notre Dame should be ranked. The Panthers beat the Irish on their home court earlier this year.

Pitt has pretty much relied on their two junior forwards, Jamel Artis and Michael Young. Both are logging over 28 MPG with Young averaging 17.3 PPG and Artis right behind with 15.7 PPG. Young has been huge for the Panthers on the boards this year pulling down almost 7 rebounds per game. They are both shooting over 50% from the field and 78% from the free throw line. Pitt is actually 3rd in the nation in FT% coming in at 77% per game.  Pitt has good depth and a lot of experience but in reality they will only go as far as their senior PG, James Robinson will take them. They really need him to step up and help out Artis and Young with some outside scoring.

It doesn’t look like things will get any easier for the Panthers. They play VA Tech at home tomorrow which they should win but then Virginia comes to town next Saturday and then they hit the road to go play Miami and UNC. We will see what my boys are made of in the next 2 weeks.

GO PITT!

Introduction!

Hello ACC Confidential world! Dean Olivieri here, my friends call me DeanO. I was born and raised in DaBurgh. Yinz know what I mean??  By now I’m sure you probably figured out which ACC team that I am going to blog about for The Confidential.  That’s right, PITT! I lived a good 21 years or so in Pittsburgh and enjoyed every bit of it. I’m currently living in Charlotte, NC where I have been living now for the past 15 years.  I’m probably showing my age here and more than likely the old man on the site.

As you could imagine I was ecstatic when I heard that PITT would be moving to the ACC. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the good old days and hard-nosed battles of the Big East but it’s very cool having PITT in the ACC.  Anyway my plan is to provide game summaries, player news, opinions, predictions, recruiting news and so on about PITT Panthers basketball and football.

I would like to thank the Commander for giving me a shot on his site to blog about Pitt hoops and football!

 

I hope you enjoy!! GO PITT!!

Hyperbole Alert, But Duke Win “Saves” Syracuse Season

Syracuse Confidential

At the risk of drifting well into hyperbole, last night’s Syracuse win over Duke has saved the season for the Orange.  With a 4-5 swoon under interim coach Mike Hopkins, and then a loss to North Carolina in Jim Boeheim’s return, Syracuse stood at 0-4 in conference play.  With a win over hapless Boston College and not quite there yet Wake Forest, Syracuse was still only 2-4.  Now, with a win over Duke–at Duke–Syracuse stands at 3-4 and 13-7 overall.  This is a record that will allow Syracuse to control its destiny–saving the season.

If Syracuse had lost, they would be 2-5, 12-8 overall.  To get to 20 wins, Syracuse would have to find 8 wins out of a remaining schedule that has 11 games left in the regular season, including trips to Virginia, UNC, and Louisville, as well as home games against Notre Dame.  Not much margin for error. …

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Greg Robinson? Greg Robinson.

“one can only imagine how much money could be raised for the University if G-Rob agreed to sit in a dunk-tank for $20/3 balls. That would be worth a trip to the ATM, that’s for sure. “

Syracuse Confidential

The folks over at TNIAAM did a nice write up on the Daily Orange’s interview/article with former Syracuse disaster of a head football coach Greg Robinson.  Check it out.  For any Syracuse fan that was following the football team from 2005 to 2008, the absurdity of what Greg Robinson had to say… it is really shocking.

Perhaps there is no need to nitpick with the idea that he is a nice guy.  However, one can only imagine how much money could be raised for the University if G-Rob agreed to sit in  a dunk-tank for $20/3 balls.  That would be worth a trip to the ATM, that’s for sure.  As profitable as that would be, it would be equally damaging for this delusional failure of a head coach.

An argument (albeit unsound one) could be made that Scott Shafer deserved a 4th year. No argument can be made that Greg…

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New Year, New (Old) Coach, Same Result: L

“Expect more losses and a colder/longer winter for Orange fans in Central New York.”

Syracuse Confidential

Syracuse welcomed Jim Boeheim back into the fold on Saturday against #6 North Carolina.  If it seems like the Tar Heels were toying with the Orange, it was not just you.  Marcus Paige was a non-factor.  Brice Johnson did more passing than scoring/rebounding.  UNC could get easy baskets at will against the 2-3 zone.  And, in the end, a Trevor Cooney-led Syracuse performance fell well short.

To be sure, the Orange were competitive most of the game.  And a large part of that goes to the great game by Cooney, as well as a very good game by Malachi Richardson.  But with Michael Gbinije very “off” and little other production elsewhere, there was no real sense of urgency on the North Carolina sideline that this would be a loss.  Of course, even if there was an upset, it would have been attributed to the emotion of Boeheim’s return anyway.  So…

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