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Final: No. 1 Syracuse 71, Pitt 63

Looking ahead to tipoff …

Game: Pitt (11-7, 0-5 Big East) vs. No. 1 Syracuse (19-0, 6-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

TV, radio: ESPN, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the official live summary, and here are news updates on our Pitt page. Orange you glad John Grupp is on the scene for coverage?


  1. Steve Smith says:

    This may get ugly quick, but wouldn’t it be awesome for the first Big East win to come again #1 in the country. It would be shocking due to the way this season has transpired to this point. Still rooting for Pitt!

    DK: Actually crossed my mind after how well they played at Marquette … but not for long.

  2. JohninOshkosh says:

    One great thing about college basketball is that anything can happen and it usually does. It is highly unlikely that Syracuse will finish the season undefeated so Pitt might as well be the first to beat them.

    Also, really like that college basketball, the NHL and the NBA play some matinee games on MLK Jr day. I think it helps in a small fashion to reinforce the legitimacy and importance of the holiday.

  3. JAL says:

    Number 1 usually loses to someone unexpected. Most college teams are so close in talent that a team coming in flat can lose. Who saw Florida State 90 UNC 57 coming?

  4. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ugly start.

  5. JohninOshkosh says:

    Agreed with Pitt waiting for the TV timeout as opposed to panicking with a TO that would get the crowd going further. Pitts has had the shots…just can’t get them to fall. Coaches can’t say much about that.

  6. JohninOshkosh says:

    Gibbs has some skills!

  7. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nice beating of the press. Players with good positioning for rebounds. Pitt is playing well in attempt to dig out of early hole.

  8. JohninOshkosh says:

    Its the oldest story in the world: can’t turn the ball over to good teams. Pitt has 11 TO with 2 min to go

  9. JohninOshkosh says:

    Down by 9 at half. Not insurmountable, given the slow start.

  10. JohninOshkosh says:

    Second half about to start. 35-26 Orange. Most blowouts are determined in the time period between the second half and first media timeout.

  11. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pitt owns the boards and Gibbs can score. Hopefully no blowout.

  12. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Dante Taylor must cost Jamie Dixon all kinds of sleep.

  13. JohninOshkosh says:

    18:26 Technical on Pitt bench for someone jawing.

  14. JohninOshkosh says:

    Check the rims-nothing is falling.

  15. JohninOshkosh says:

    First media TO. 46-34 Syr, Starting to slip away.

  16. JohninOshkosh says:

    Dumb foul by Syr. 12:44. Lead cut to 8

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    11:01 Media TO. Time for Aaron Rogers to sell insurance. 48-40 Orange.

  18. JohninOshkosh says:

    Rodgers, of course.

  19. JohninOshkosh says:

    51-45 Orange. The 3 is the great equalizer.

  20. JohninOshkosh says:

    After rare take away from Pitt Boeheim wants a TO. 6 pt lead for Syracuse.

  21. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nice to see Derrick Coleman at the game.

  22. JohninOshkosh says:

    Orange come out strong after TO. Now 59-49. Pitt wants TO at 7:07. Don’t know what Boeheim told them but there is a reason he is a good coach.

  23. JohninOshkosh says:

    6:53 TV Timeout Orange still up by 10.

  24. JohninOshkosh says:

    Agh…the turnovers. But Syr finding it hard to run and hide. Still 10 pt lead with 5 to go

  25. JohninOshkosh says:

    4:22 TO Orange. 60=52. Beware of Syr. coming out of TO’s

  26. JohninOshkosh says:

    What was that Gibbs?

  27. JohninOshkosh says:

    62-52. 3:16 left. Syracuse going for 20 in a row. Pitt trying not to drop 7 straight.

  28. JohninOshkosh says:

    2:30 left. Syracuse in the one and maybe.

  29. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pitt taking their time..meanwhile game is slipping away.

  30. JohninOshkosh says:

    1:20 left. Syr. forced to call TO after nice press by Pitt. 65-54.

  31. JohninOshkosh says:

    Orange’s Melo fouls out but crowd is leaving. 67-58 Orange. 53.6 left

  32. JohninOshkosh says:

    Final score 71-63. Despite cutting it to 6 at 51-45, the Orange were never really in jeopardy of losing this game. Syr. now 20-0. Pitt remains winless in league. Goodnight all.

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