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5 Takeaways: Pitt’s Struggle with ACC’s Finest Was Good, However Cannot Afford Late Chilly Streaks



PITTSBURGH — On Saturday afternoon, Pitt blew an eight-point result in ACC-best Clemson, surrendering a late 9-0 run to the Tigers in entrance of an electrical crowd within the Petersen Occasions Heart and falling 75-74.

Regardless of the ultimate ‘L’ within the win/loss column, the Panthers battled all through the afternoon in entrance of what was arguably the most effective environment the Pittsburgh basketball scene has seen in years. The Petersen Occasions Heart was rocking all day as quite a few Pitt gamers hit massive photographs and the Panthers battled for first place within the convention.

Regardless of the positives that emerged from the sport on Pitt’s finish, the Panthers can not afford to chill down like they did down the stretch in big-time ACC battles.

After constructing its lead as much as a game-high eight with simply over 5 minutes to go, Pitt’s offense went chilly, and the Panthers hit simply three extra subject targets within the remaining 5 minutes. A type of was a three-pointer by Nike Sibande that was too little, too late because it went by way of the web with lower than a second remaining.

Regardless of the late-game taking pictures struggles, head coach Jeff Capel was pleased with his crew’s effort after the sport.

“This was a big-time sport, and we have been very lucky to be part of it,” Capel mentioned. “I’m actually pleased with my crew. I believed we fought, and we put ourselves ready to win.”

Pitt Blows Late Lead, Snaps Profitable Streak with Loss to Clemson, 75-74

“We weren’t in a position to make photographs down the stretch,” Capel continued. “I believed we bought attractiveness, and so they [Clemson] made some robust ones. They banked in a shot over some robust protection, we performed good protection, they get an offensive rebound, and a man that hadn’t scored in convention play makes a shot. That’s the distinction within the sport. These video games like this when you could have two good groups. It’s a decent battle. It simply comes right down to who could make just a few extra performs, and sadly, they did.”


With the win, Clemson took over sole possession of first place within the ACC with a convention document of 5-0 in league play. The Panthers fell to 4-1 within the ACC and transfer right into a tie for second with Miami.

“The very very first thing is that they’re a great crew,” Capel identified concerning the Tigers. “That’s the very very first thing. They’ve measurement, they’re very, very bodily. They’re very, very bodily. It was a extremely bodily sport all through. I believed we have been in a position to get to the paint and get some baskets, however for us, defensively, on the finish, they have been in a position to get to some spots and look, they made some robust photographs. We have been proper there contesting the photographs, and also you give them credit score, you tip your hat.”

The Tigers regarded to Chase Hunter (17 factors, 5 rebounds) and Hunter Tyson (15 factors, ten rebounds) for offensive manufacturing. As a crew, Brad Brownell’s squad out-scored Pitt 34-14 within the paint within the win.

From what we have now seen to date this season, Clemson is without doubt one of the ACC’s greatest. The Tigers got here right into a raucous atmosphere and downed the Panthers in numerous methods, proving that Pitt might want to put collectively an entire 40-minute sport as a way to win these massive ACC matchups.


Pitt veteran guard Jamarius Burton posted 28 factors on 9-for-16 taking pictures within the loss on Saturday afternoon, delivering his third sport of at the least 20 factors and his seventh sport with at the least 15 factors this 12 months.

Burton’s scoring has been great all season lengthy, as he’s now averaging 16.6 factors per sport, which is second to simply Blake Hinson’s 16.8 and ranks within the high ten within the ACC (ninth). He’s additionally averaging greater than 5 rebounds per sport from the guard spot, and his 71 rebounds on the season tie for third on the crew.

“We couldn’t guard him both half,” Clemson head coach Brad Brownell mentioned about Burton. “He’s only a actually good participant. He’s a giant, robust, bodily driver. He’s a keen passer, made an awesome move to Elliott on the high of the important thing for 3 one-time late. He’s skilled. The man is a fifth-year man, he’s seen all of it. He’s not going to waver. He’s made enormous performs of their video games this week in opposition to Virginia and Carolina. He’s simply uber-talented, aggressive, and older, and he’s actually good.”

Burton’s consistency has been key for the Panthers’ sizzling begin to the season. He’s now taking pictures 55.3% from the sector, which ranks fifth in your complete ACC, and first amongst all ACC guards.


As starters Blake Hinson and Federiko Federiko struggled to remain on the ground on account of foul hassle, Pitt regarded to its bench, bringing in Nate Santos, Guillermo Diaz-Graham, and Jorge Diaz-Graham to play massive minutes.

All three appeared to point out optimistic indicators within the loss. Even Jorge, who was in for simply 38 seconds. In that point, the rookie grabbed a rebound, drew a foul, and hit each of his free throws. His brother Guillermo noticed the ground for nearly 12 minutes and knocked down his lone field-goal try in one of many largest photographs of the sport.

After Pitt took a 55-54 lead with greater than 12 minutes to go, Diaz-Graham loaded up for a deep three from the highest of the important thing and drained it, igniting the Petersen Occasions Heart crowd right into a frenzy because the Panthers constructed what was a game-high four-point lead with the shot. On the defensive finish, Diaz-Graham was tasked with maintaining Clemson’s highly effective bigs in examine, notably PJ Corridor. The freshman battled, grabbing 5 rebounds and forcing quite a few misses by the Tigers.

Though Nate Santos struggled to get going shooting-wise (1 for five from the sector), the sophomore supplied assist for the Panthers in different methods, grabbing 5 rebounds, drawing a foul, and hitting a first-half buzzer beating jumper, which had an excessive degree of issue. All through his minutes struggling to hit photographs, his teammates continued to search for him and inspired him to maintain taking pictures.

“It was massive, the minutes that we bought from Nate,” Burton mentioned. “He’s on the market battling for us. With him, no matter if he makes or misses, it’s me and the opposite man’s job to proceed to provide him confidence. That’s all you noticed proper there, was us persevering with to place the battery in his again and inform him the following shot was entering into, and we did that.


Blake Hinson and Federiko Federiko are arguably Pitt’s most bodily forwards proper now (whereas John Hugley is out). When each confronted the robust, hungry Clemson offensive assault, each struggled to remain out of foul hassle.

Pitt was pressured to look to the Diaz-Graham twins, who’re definitely tall, however are massively under-powered in opposition to among the ACC’s true bigs, together with PJ Corridor, who Guillermo spent quite a lot of time guarding in his 11+ minutes of play.

“Look, he’s not going to be bodily, so he has to grasp what his strengths are,” Capel mentioned about Guillermo. “He’s bought to make use of some quickness, he’s bought to make use of some intelligence, and he’s bought to make use of his size. I believed he did a tremendous job defending him [Hall]. He contested photographs, he bought 4 offensive rebounds, he hit a 3, he bought fouled, he made an awesome shot pretend within the first half, drove, and made a extremely good move to Nate. He’s getting higher, however I’m not stunned by that as a result of he works.”

With a standard rotation of seven, possibly eight gamers, Pitt goes to have to remain out of foul hassle and maintain its robust entrance court docket on the market at any time when it might.


Getting back from a loss just like the one on Saturday — an energy-filled, back-and forth sport during which Pitt surrendered a late run — is not any simple activity.

The duty is made even harder when the crew’s subsequent sport comes at probably the most historic, rowdy environments in school basketball in opposition to one of many high 25 groups within the nation.

Pitt now advances to play Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. on ACC Community. The Blue Devils sit at 12-4 on the 12 months and 3-2 within the ACC and are led by a mix of five-star freshmen, savvy veterans, and all-around proficient gamers.

Getting back from the hard-fought battle that the Clemson sport was will probably be a tall activity for this crew, however Capel says, win or lose, the mindset stays constant throughout the locker room.

“We fought, we simply got here up a little bit bit quick,” he mentioned. “It’s actually cool to be in a second like this, however hopefully we will proceed to play nicely and the place we have now extra moments like this.”


Jim Boeheim Alleges Pitt ‘Purchased a Workforce’ in School Hoops Rant to ESPN



In an interview with ESPN Nationwide Analyst Pete Thamel that was launched on Saturday, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim alleged that Pitt ‘purchased a crew,’  when speaking concerning the present state of faculty basketball.

“That is an terrible place we’re in in faculty basketball,” Boeheim advised ESPN. “Pittsburgh purchased a crew. OK, positive. My [big donor] talks about it, however he doesn’t give anybody any cash. Nothing. Not one man. Our guys make like $20,000. Wake Forest purchased a crew. Miami purchased a crew. … It’s like, ‘Actually, that is the place we’re?’ That’s actually the place we’re, and it’s solely going to worsen.”

Since his assertion went viral, Boeheim reportedly advised ESPN that he “completely misspoke” about Wake Forest and Pitt shopping for groups.

Shortly after the interview was launched, Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes advised ESPN that Boeheim’s allegations are “one thousand p.c unsuitable.”

Since Boeheim’s feedback went viral on-line on Saturday night time, the Syracuse head coach has reportedly spoken with Forbes and “walked again” his preliminary assertion.

This offseason, Pitt added former Colgate level guard Nelly Cummings, former Ole Miss/Iowa State wing Blake Hinson, and former Marquette wing Greg Elliott out of the switch portal. Pitt additionally added freshmen Guillermo and Jorge Diaz-Graham, in addition to Dior Johnson and JuCo huge man Federiko Federiko.

Jeff Capel has not commented on Boeheim’s accusations.

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The Frank Walker Legislation/PSN Each day Pocket book- February 5



UPDATE (10:21 AM)- **Pitt has prolonged a proposal to 2024 3-star defensive finish Tyclean Luman from Miami Norland Excessive Faculty in Miami, Florida. Luman (6’3″, 255) acquired the information from Charlie Partridge. Together with Pitt, Luman additionally holds affords from Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, Miami, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, South […]

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Pitt has Probability to Tie for First in ACC on Tuesday In opposition to Louisville



On Saturday, each Clemson and Virginia misplaced in ACC matchups, serving to Pitt transfer into second place within the league whereas the Panthers have the weekend off.

No. 20 Clemson — who got here in because the No. 1 crew within the ACC standings — misplaced to No. 23 Miami at house, dropping its document to 10-3 within the ACC. The Tigers personal the tiebreaker over Pitt this season, after beating the Panthers 75-74 again on Jan. 7.

No. 6 Virginia fell to Virginia Tech by a rating of 74-68, dropping to 17-4 general and 9-3 in convention play.

Pitt at present sits at 9-3 in convention play, with one win over Virginia and a loss to Clemson on the yr. As a result of Clemson has the week off (subsequent recreation: Saturday Feb. 11), Pitt has an opportunity to tie for one of the best document within the convention with a win over Louisville on Tuesday. *Clemson owns the tiebreaker because it beat Pitt earlier within the season. The 2 won’t meet once more, until it’s within the ACC Match.

Pitt has by no means received the ACC common season title since becoming a member of the convention in 2013.

Pitt and Louisville will face off at 6 p.m. est on Tuesday. The sport shall be televised on ACC Community.

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