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Tipoff: No. 12 Louisville 64, Pitt 61

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Looking ahead to tipoff …

Game: Pitt (17-4, 5-3 Big East) vs. No. 12 Louisville (16-4, 4-3)

Time: 7:02 p.m.

Site: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.

TV, radio: ESPN, 93.7 The Fan

Here is Pitt’s official page.

And here is the Trib’s Pitt basketball page. Kevin Gorman is on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. I will watch, hoping otherwise . . . .

    . . . . . but I think the Panthers are in for a whooping tonight in LouieCK–ville.

  2. Nate83 says:


    You honestly are a much better version of Chris Berman. With your alternative names. I enjoy them a lot.

  3. JoeyBats says:

    Looking forward to seeing how Steve Adams performs against the Cards 6-11 center Gorgui Dieng ; it won’t get any easier in the NBA…….

  4. Jake says:

    Louisville is 12/13 in new ranks. Don’t know if you anyone cares.

  5. Serious question: Is there a basketball arena in the nation with a more STUPID name than the KFC YUM! Center?

  6. cosmo says:

    I was thinking the same thing. Hope they canned the marketing firm that came up with that one.

  7. JRay3 says:

    Read that Louisville is without both Wayne Blackshear a starter and Kevin Ware. Blackshear averages 22 mpg and is the Cardinals 4th leading scorer. Ware averages 15.8 mpg and 4 points a game.

    Pitino will have some more juggling to do tonight. If Pitt can handle the press and get the ball past half court and limit turnovers this game should go down to the wire.

  8. JAL says:

    At least the ghame has a reasonable tip time, WVU gets thumped by Kansas tonight with a 9pm tip in Morgantown.

  9. JRay3 says:

    I wonder how WV feels about the Big 12 now that they have had a football season and are seeing the impact deep into the basketball season.

  10. macchamp74 says:

    Big East had double headers with 7 and 9 tip also…..Pitt had a few of those at home. Imagine WVU did too.

  11. Bizrow says:

    Just play a good solid game, Pitt

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  12. JAL says:

    It’s all TV on the 9 pm games

  13. pattonbb says:

    The Avron B. Fogelman Arena in New Orleans is always a mouthful to get out.

  14. JohninOshkosh says:

    Very solid college buckets double header with Pitt/Louisville and Kansas/WVU. Probably would have been better for the Panthers if the Cardinals were not coming off a loss.

  15. macchamp74 says:


  16. Reading says:

    Not scoring 90 tonight. Brick/airball city.

  17. JRay3 says:

    Well Pitt is doing a nice job of breaking the press but three turnovers on fast breaks that could have led to easy points if turnover not committed. Louisville getting too many easy baskets early. Can’t play sloppy against this team.

    Team needs to settle down on defensive end. Have to win last seven minutes and keep game within striking distance.

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    Pitt can’t handle the pressure… again.

    I enjoy watching Pitt slow the ball down…. then turn it over.

    Woodall… is playing more like Ashton Gibbs than Brandon Knight

  19. JohninOshkosh says:

    So far not so yummy at the Yum Center.

  20. JohninOshkosh says:

    ESPN hires too many Dukies for its college coverage.

    Yeah, you heard me right, Groat!

  21. Eric Bowser says:

    Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers… feel like I’m talking about a hockey game

  22. JohninOshkosh says:

    PITT cuts it to six at half. 32-26. Not too shabby with all the Panther turnovers in the first half.

  23. JRay3 says:

    Not bad considering, cut 12 point deficit to 6 at the half. Pitt leads on the boards 18-16. Pitt shooting 46% from the field, Louisville 41%. Ten turnovers and 1-6 fromthe FT line the achilles herl in first 20 minutes.

    Need to defend Smith better he has been the on guy on Cardinals squad to hurt Panthers with 13 points.

    Robinson sat most of half with two fouls getting extra ball handler back on floor ahould help in second half.

  24. bpn8pitt says:

    Adams is just a young player. Pretty graceful for a guy his size on the way to the basket, but you got to knock some FTs down. If other teams have fouls to give, he can bet he’s going to the line…Its exciting watching the guy though. I thought Birch disappeared the couple of times I saw him at the Pete last year. Adams looks like a guy who will get better. Id like to think if he gets a better shot, NBA people will be very interested, but thats usually the story with all big men.

    Headed to the Gym to catch the rest of it. Gotta knockem down at the stripe, fellas.

  25. Reading says:

    Can we miss a few more layups?

  26. Reading says:

    Dunk the ball!!!! Nobody can put a layup or two foot shot in the basket!

  27. JRay3 says:

    Have to up strong….so many missed opportunities.

  28. Reading says:

    Inability to make any kind of shot is becoming laughable.

  29. Reading says:

    Press them. Make them work to bring the ball up court. They’re pressing us all over the place. We let them waltz up the court.

  30. JRay3 says:

    Pitt with only two turnovers in second half and has not allowed Louisville to pull away. If only we would have finished some of those layups and made some FT’s. Whatever happens good learning lesson in January road game against top team that will hopefully help come March.

  31. JRay3 says:

    Well no shame in losing to who many believe is a National Title contender on the road. Have lost to # 1 Michigan and fomer # 1 Louisville by total of 8 points.

    Big chance to have a statement game and resume builder on Saturday at the Pete against a Syracuse team the Panthers have played very well against recently.

  32. Reading says:

    Too many “gimme” points left on the floor. The W was there for the taking.

  33. JoeyBats says:


    Pitt 3-12 .250
    L’ville 13-17 .765

    Not the only reason Panthers lose…but a BIG reason they fall 3 points short.

    Every year…they always have a fistfull of games where their horrible FT shooting does them in …. :-(

  34. JRay3 says:

    Yep they will look at this one and place it in the woulda, coulda, shoulda column. For a relatively young team they showed a lot of fight and no quit.

    Regroup and move on only at the half way point of the Big East season.

  35. 21sthebest says:

    Woodall couldn’t sink the front end of a 1 and 1 near the end but hits two bombs.

  36. Arriba Wilver says:

    JoeyBats—certainly one of the weaknesses in Jamie’s program. It’s a recurring theme.

  37. Bizrow says:

    One would think you could teach that

    Like +1

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    WVU playing well against KU.

  39. JohninOshkosh says:

    Kilicli is one guy you want having your back! Tends to get into foul trouble with athletic clubs like the Jayhawks, though.

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