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Final: No. 23 Pitt 62, No. 17 Cincinnati 52

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Looking ahead to tipoff …

Game: No. 23 Pitt (19-5, 7-4 Big East) vs. No. 17 Cincinnati (18-5, 6-4)

Time: 6:02 p.m.

Site: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati

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. 21sthebest says:

    This should be a good one!

    DK: Maybe, eventually, they’ll air it!

  2. JRay3 says:

    Taylor please finish…this is a game where defense needs to lead to offensive transition. This one will be chippy.

  3. Reading says:

    Need to stay within striking distance.

  4. JRay3 says:

    Big 8-0 run…Panthers look very composed out there.

  5. Eric Bowser says:

    21-21.. this is some ugly unwatchable basketball.

  6. 21sthebest says:


  7. Eric Bowser says:

    Jamie Dixon’s brand of basketball is like watching the New Jersey Devils coached by Jacques Lemaire…

  8. JRay3 says:

    Tenacious man to man defense the two teams play…it is the basis why both are ranked top Big East squads.

  9. 21sthebest says:

    One reason why I’m looking forward to the ACC. I’ve seen enough Big East.

  10. JRay3 says:

    There will be runs both ways…Panthers doing well on road…keep it close for chance to win at the end.

  11. 21sthebest says:

    Remember who his teacher was.

  12. Eric Bowser says:


  13. JRay3 says:

    Look forward to the Duke/Pitt games still remember the Fields 3 at buzzer at MSG to take down Blue Devils. Will miss Georgetown, Villanova, UConn as Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech in hoops will take some getting used to.

  14. Reading says:

    That three foot radius ice zone underneath the basket is going to lose the game for Pitt. Layups blocked or bricked. Dunk the ball!!

  15. Naje says:

    Cam Wright sure knows how to draw negative attention to himself when the pressure is on. Sorry DK, he’s not very good under duress.

    DK: Didn’t play well — or smart — at either end tonight.

  16. Reading says:

    Foul shots! Can’t close the deal. Get to within one, then go ice cold for five minutes.

  17. Reading says:

    Come on Man!!!!!!

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    What a pass from Patterson

  19. Naje says:

    Now that’s some really solid, confident offense.

  20. JRay3 says:

    Huge 3 from Woodall…patterson nice find an zieler finish…pitt retakes lead…time to d it up.

  21. Eric Bowser says:

    really smart move by Woodall to jump into Kilpatrick to draw the 4th foul.

  22. Eric Bowser says:

    54-48 Pitt… outstanding push up the court, move it around and quickly getting open man, Woodall, to drain a 3.

  23. Naje says:

    We’re watching this team climb the charts with every test they face. Wow, that’s a really solid bunch of Panthers.

  24. JRay3 says:

    Woodall- en fuego…senior stepping up…strong second half from Dixon’s Panthers.

  25. JRay3 says:

    Couldn’t agree more…this team continues to improve. Makes for a potential high ceiling if they continue with this kind of trajectory especially when you see teams like Kansas, Michigan and other top teams struggling to find consistency.

  26. Eric Bowser says:

    Jamie Dixon wins 75% of his games…. and yet, he would have higher % if it wasn’t for some terrible free throw shooting.

  27. Eric Bowser says:

    Adams to Zanna… throw it down!!

  28. Naje says:

    Adams doing his best impression of Alvin Adams with those sweet passes!

  29. Eric Bowser says:

    If the ball doesn’t even make it into play…. why not call intentional foul…

    I hate this part of the game… foul this, foul that,

  30. JRay3 says:

    Seven of last eight Big East games, four road wins in conference including two versus top 20 teams, a top six home win…8-4 in league play…20-5 overall, outside of the need for improved FT shooting tough to find fault with much from this Pitt team. Going to see a big jump up in rankings come Monday.

    Just another fantastic job being done by Jamie Dixon.

  31. Naje says:

    Nothing better than the sound of the very loud CLANG of the Cincy errant three pointers.

  32. JRay3 says:

    Dominant second half, great win Pitt!

  33. Reading says:

    We had ‘em all the way!! Alarmist posts come through.

  34. Arriba Wilver says:

    Really nice win. Adams still getting better every game.

  35. Eric Bowser says:

    My role served well…

  36. Naje says:

    As Pitino says: Dixon is one of the top five coaches in America. Really, he’s got a winning record against every coach they play.

  37. Drew71 says:

    The only thing I like about pitt is its basketball coach.

    That and…um…

    No. That’s it.

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