Takeaways: Kunkel, Nunge Dominate Early to Set Tone for Musketeers in Win Over Pitt
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Within the first half of Sunday’s No. 3 Xavier Vs. No. 11 Pitt matchup, Xavier’s Adam Kunkel and Jack Nunge took management of the sport, combining for 29 factors within the body.
Kunkel hit all 5 of his three-point makes an attempt in an absolute taking pictures clinic. That marks solely the second time this season that Kunkel had hit 5 threes or extra. On the within, Nunge overpowered Pitt’s bigs down low to the tune of 14 factors on 6-for-10 taking pictures within the first half alone.
Whereas Pitt improved its protection on the 2 within the second half, the first-half roll that Xavier was on — paired with well timed taking pictures and stout protection within the second — despatched the Panthers dwelling for the 12 months and concluded 12 months 5 of the Jeff Capel period.
“Xavier has been an elite offensive staff all 12 months,” Capel mentioned. “So, once more, I simply thought they have been actually good offensively. They have been transferring with nice tempo. They made seven threes within the first half. The ball had power. I believe 17 of their 19 area objectives — or that they had about — I believe that they had about 14 of 16 area objectives have been assisted on within the first half. In order that’s who they’ve been. We couldn’t disrupt their rhythm.”
PITT’S OFFENSE STRUGGLES TO GET GOING
Whereas Xavier punished Pitt from all around the court docket offensively, the Panthers struggled to attain within the first half.
Pitt’s Nelly Cummings and Greg Elliott couldn’t fairly get sizzling, hitting simply one in every of their first 11 pictures mixed. The pair completed the sport with a mixed 4-for-20 taking pictures day, scoring 15 factors between the 2 of them. Burton and Hinson paced the Panthers with 18 and 16 factors, respectively, and Guillermo Diaz-Graham adopted with 11.
Pitt’s Federiko Federiko was restricted to simply a few possessions in Sunday’s sport as a result of his ankle harm.
“When Federiko got here within the sport, he was limping as he was operating up and down the court docket,” Capel mentioned. “I’m not going to place him able the place he may trigger any additional injury, so I made that call to not play him any extra the remainder of the sport.”
With Pitt’s shooters getting off to a tricky begin, in addition to Xavier’s stars shining early, the Panthers have been in dangerous form heading down the stretch. Late within the sport, Pitt gained a little bit of momentum and gave Xavier one final push, nevertheless it was too little, too late because the Musketeers superior with the win.
“Clearly, it didn’t work out nicely for us,” Capel continued. “We misplaced, however I believed we stored combating. We had an opportunity down the stretch. We acquired it to 10. We had a few actually beauty that we simply missed that we may have put a bit extra sport strain on them. We began fouling. We had a man that hadn’t been a superb free-throw shooter all 12 months, and he missed some, however he stepped up and made some for them.”
FINAL RIDE FOR HISTORIC SENIOR CLASS
With Pitt’s loss, the faculty careers of Jamarius Burton, Nelly Cummings, Nike Sibande, Greg Elliott, and Aidan Fisch all got here to an finish on Sunday.
Cummings finishes his school profession with 1,500+ factors, 380+ assists, and three NCAA Match appearances. Burton, with 1,500+ factors, 470+ assists, and first staff All-ACC honors from this season. Elliott ends with over 1,000 profession factors, 380 rebounds, and 170 three pointers, together with a career-high 77 this season. Lastly, Sibande — the ACC’s Sixth Man of the Yr — caps off his profession with 1,800+ factors and 670+ rebounds.
“It’s going to be wonderful once we can carry our youngsters again to Pittsburgh,” Sibande mentioned. “We’ve acquired a banner now saying we made March Insanity, in order that’s one thing we are able to carry them again to and present them. I want we may have made it farther, nevertheless it’s been a tremendous expertise to be right here for certain.”
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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.
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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