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5 Takeaways: Virginia Tech Sticks to Pitt Exterior, Irritating Panthers in Loss



BLACKSBURG, Va. — Pitt had knocked down no less than ten threes in every of its final three wins, which had been part of its six-game successful streak.

Sitting in first place within the ACC heading into Blacksburg to face Virginia Tech, the Panthers had appeared to the three-ball all yr lengthy for offensive dominance, understanding that they might compete with nearly anybody in the event that they shot the ball to their potential.

Pitt struggled to search out attractiveness on the surface, hitting a season-low three three-pointers all recreation.

Virginia Tech was glued to the Panthers’ sharpshooters, not letting Hinson, Elliott, or Cummings get a clear look from deep.

“I believe they made a concerted effort to protect the three-point line,” Capel added. “They didn’t swap issues, they usually had been sticking with our shooters extra, not serving to. That’s why we had been in a position to get some issues, so far as rolls to the basket, and extra drives all the best way to the basket.

As Capel talked about, Virginia Tech’s aggressive outdoors protection did permit for Pitt to get to the basket. Federiko had 12 factors within the loss, rolling to the basket off of screens and receiving dimes from Cummings (8 assists) all through the sport.


All through the sport, Pitt struggled to maintain its greatest 5 on the courtroom resulting from foul bother involving Federiko Federiko, Nelly Cummings, and Blake Hinson.

Federiko solely had one foul within the first half, Nonetheless, simply two minutes into the second, as Pitt was attempting to return again, the Finnish massive man picked up his second, third, and fourth fouls of the sport in a 23-second span.

Jeff Capel pleads with a referee throughout Pitt’s recreation towards Virginia Tech. Photograph by George Michalowski.


Quick ahead a couple of minutes, and Hinson and Cummings had every picked up their fourth earlier than the clock even confirmed 11 minutes remaining.

“Foul bother at all times hurts the rhythm, as a result of sure lineups we haven’t performed with, we needed to play with right this moment,” Cummings mentioned.

In complete, Pitt fouled the Hokies 24 occasions, which ranks second on the yr in most fouls in a single recreation for the Panthers. Elliott additionally had 4 fouls, becoming a member of Cummings and Federiko. Hinson fouled out, incomes his fifth foul simply seconds after checking again in on a charging foul.

“Hey man, you already know I can’t touch upon that,” Capel mentioned concerning the foul-calling. “These guys have a tough job, a tough job. Each groups performed actually actually onerous and competed, it’s what it’s.”


In entrance of a rowdy atmosphere, Virginia Tech took house an enormous convention win over the Panthers, sending Pitt out of first place within the ACC.

“Congrats to Virginia Tech,” Jeff Capel mentioned. “Heck of a school basketball atmosphere, the Cassell was rocking right this moment. They did an excellent job. They shot the heck out of it, they executed the heck out of it, they did a very good job of taking us off the three-point line, being there on the catch. They had been extra bodily dwell in individual than I’ve seen them on tape all yr. You may inform that Mike had them prepared.”

The Hokies appeared to their stars for manufacturing all evening lengthy. Wright State switch Grant Basile led the best way with 22 factors on an environment friendly 8-for-13 capturing, together with 4 for 8 from three-point land.

Guard Sean Pedulla put collectively an amazing efficiency from the purpose, shelling out 5 assists, grabbing six rebounds, and scoring 12. As well as, Mylyjael Poteat had 15 and Hunter Cattoor and Justyn Mutts had 12 apiece.

“They’re good, they’re a extremely good offensive basketball workforce,” Capel mentioned concerning the Hokies. “They’ve loads fo guys that may shoot. They’ve 4 guys on the market that may shoot threes, after which Mutts is such a novel participant. With their motion, they’d us chasing all afternoon, all night. We didn’t do pretty much as good of a job speaking at occasions, however man, all of the credit score goes to them, they actually did a heck of a job executing their stuff.”


Apart from Nike Sibande, Pitt’s bench may be very younger, and battled regardless of the powerful environment and circumstances towards the Hokies.

Guillermo Diaz-Graham had an incredible evening, scoring eight factors, grabbing six boards, blocking two pictures, and incomes two steals. His brother Jorge added three factors, hitting a key three throughout the second half whereas Pitt’s starters had been sidelined resulting from their fouls.

“I believe we did what we needed to do,” Cummings mentioned concerning the workforce’s communication. “We communicated on the courtroom, they ran some great things, they acquired some good pictures, and hats off to them, they performed properly.”


Pitt’s six-game successful streak got here to an finish on Saturday, as Virginia Tech gained its sixth recreation of the season in convention play.

The Hokies had been ranked because the No. 66 workforce within the nation based on the NET rankings, making this a Quad One loss for Pitt.

Pitt’s Quad One report is now 5-3, placing it in strong place heading into its final 4 video games, as solely one among which is a Quad One alternative.


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Duquesne Reaches Out To Boise Middle Switch Middle Burke Smith



The Duquesne Dukes are amongst a listing of groups which have reached out to Boise State middle Burke Smith.

In two seasons with Boise State, Smith hasn’t acquired a lot taking part in time, however the potential is actually there. This previous season, Smith performed in simply 10 video games and averaged simply 3.4 minutes per recreation.

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Smith is 6’11”, 230-pounds and is initially from Glen Allen, Virginia. Popping out of Trinity Episcopal Excessive College, Smith was a 3-star recruit as he led his group to a 104-18 report and 4 Virginia Prep League titles throughout his profession. As a senior, Smith averaged 14.4 factors, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a couple of.2 blocks per recreation. Regardless of his measurement, Smith shot 37.6% from 3-point vary and was one of many high capturing massive males in Virginia.

The Dukes shall be shedding measurement of their entrance court docket with the commencement of Austin Rotroff and Joe Reece, so Keith Dambrot shall be wanting so as to add some measurement to his 2023-24 roster.

Different faculties which have additionally reportedly reached out to Smith embody Michigan State, Richmond, Princeton, Florida Atlantic, Wyoming, Tulsa, East Carolina, Montana State and Florida Gulf Coast.


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Duquesne Basketball Q&A With Dave Harper



With each Duquesne basketball seasons within the books, there may be now loads of time to look again on the peaks and valleys each the women and men have skilled.

This piece would be the first in regard to season evaluate as Duquesne Vice President of Athletics Dave Harper spoke to PSN’s Zac Weiss previous to the lads’s staff formally being within the CBI.

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Under are his ideas in full.

General ideas on the lads’s staff’s season: “Clearly we had been all happy with the progress that we’ve made however on the identical time there’s a relentless drive to be a high-level postseason caliber staff and there can be a give attention to recruitment and participant improvement with the gifted core that we’ve bought. Hopefully it would result in extra incremental success.”

Concerning the turnaround from final season to this marketing campaign: “Our coaches work tirelessly in recruiting. They traveled extensively, labored on evaluations and analytics. The mannequin we used final 12 months will assist us this 12 months. We’ve bought work to do however we’ve got issues in our toolkit to maximise alternatives with recruiting. Will probably be the identical tireless method to amass and retain good expertise.”

Ideas on the group the staff had in place this season: “That’s a testomony to the younger males, they’re unbelievable youngsters. They’re profitable youngsters and nice human beings that get pleasure from taking part in with each other, the core coming again helped set up the sturdy tradition we’ve got. Hopefully this could venture to extra success in our convention.”

On the setback to La Salle within the Atlantic 10 Championship: “I do know there’s a bitter style in everybody’s mouths with how all the things ended. We had some inconsistent play which was unlucky however probably the most telling this was the eagerness within the locker room. That scene I used to be proud to see, they’re passionate and categorical gratitude for each other. These attributes contribute to profitable. Now we have to play constantly and recruit extra items. That may result in extra incremental success.”

On what it would take to make that subsequent step: “I’ve an excessive amount of confidence as a result of they’ve been extra adaptive of their teaching and extra targeted on participant improvement. There’s a good camaraderie which is necessary. They’re energized with the place they’re at proper now. We’re 3-4 video games from being in that prime a part of the A-10 and postseason dialog. There may be lots of work to do however that workers is craving that chance.”

General ideas on the ladies’s season: “There was enchancment little question however like on the lads’s aspect, they’re wanting extra. Now we have room for development in a lot of areas. Now we have a core group coming again that may be developed. Recruiting so as to add a number of lacking items is what we have to battle for the highest spot within the convention.”

What it takes to return to the previous commonplace of success: “Our give attention to recruiting on recruiting and participant improvement is vital to get again to the place we as soon as had been. There’s a batch of gifted new coaches, so it’s going to be a tricky climb little question. Now we have to be laser targeted on what is required for extra success.”

Ideas on coach Dan Burt: “The important thing for any coach is how adaptive you might be to the sport and expertise that you’ve. If you are able to do that and perceive what it takes to achieve success, you possibly can adapt and put the gamers in a spot to succeed. That’s one thing all good coaches do and that’s one thing that Dan can give attention to.”

On each groups seeing elevated consideration: “There’s been some excellent advertising and marketing efforts to develop attendance however there’s nothing higher than having an entertaining product and that’s what we’ve got. They’re youngsters you wish to help due to how they play and who they’re. Now we have development in all areas however that’s the place our focus stays and received’t waver.”

Concerning Pink & Blue Collective: “The NIL conversations weren’t a lot inner as they had been exterior. We had been lucky to have a really gifted, passionate group of supporters that perceive the NIL and to be current in that area. You possibly can’t sit on the curve and cease; you must be energetic and have a sustainable technique. We’ll by no means have one the place a participant picks a faculty primarily based on that however these are a part of the general bundle. It’s a mandatory piece for achievement and we’re lucky to place it in place formally and took our time to do it proper. Issues out of the gate had been loopy in lots of methods. We began having discussions 4-5 months in the past and got here to a consensus and realized we had been going to have a robust system for our NIL. Our gamers can be concerned in a lot of NIL actions within the subsequent 2-3 months that can serve a objective. Placing all the help instruments in place was simply as necessary as kicking it off.”

On transferring ahead: “Now we have all the mandatory aims by way of what we’ll help and allocate assets accordingly. Now it’s incremental development. We’ll win the following factor we do in recruiting and creating gamers. It’s a unending focus put it that method. The turnarounds that each made usually are not simple and the problem of attending to the 23–25-win stage with the precise wins is a big climb. We’ve bought lots of work to do.”

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