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Final: No. 25 Notre Dame 51, No. 20 Pitt 42

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Looking ahead to tipoff …

Game: No. 20 Pitt (20-5, 8-5 Big East) vs. No. 25 Notre Dame (20-5, 8-4)

Time: 7:02 p.m.

Site: Petersen Events Center

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. Eric Bowser says:

    There’s Adams in his freshmen year in the first few minutes of game.

    – his ball skills bouncing the rock off the floor and make a move inside the post is slow, weak and clumsy.

    – nails a swisher between foul line and right arch….

    – boxes out too much and gets called for the lame foul

  2. bob spagna says:

    Do you ever have a kind word to say about anyone ? It’s sports we’re talking about here, ya know ?

  3. radio wave says:

    A real good chance for a pit blowout

  4. JRay3 says:

    15-3 in first 11 minutes, nice bounceback effort being displayed by Pitt in third straight game versus ranked opponent.

    All about improving seeding for Big East and NCAA tournaments at this point.

  5. JRay3 says:

    Don’t know how you can not find positives with a 20-6 team starting two true freshman with wins over 3 top 25 teams, 6 top 50 teams and maybe bounce back team of the year.

    This has been such a fun team and season to watch unfold and has far exceeded expectations.

  6. JRay3 says:

    Total defensive domination being shown…Panthers have the Irish totally frustrated. 19-3 start, wow.

  7. Milo Hamilton says:

    Great coaching by Mike Brey, trying anything he can to wake his team up. The move to a zone hasn’t hurt either.

  8. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah, I just don’t live here posting all the nice things to say about a team who was blowing out ND because it was brick city for the Irish. I save that for Twitter, lol.

  9. Eric Bowser says:

    surprised he lasted that long before going the T route.

    Those were some really ugly offensive sets by the Irish.

  10. Milo Hamilton says:

    Irish shooting 17% & trail by only 4. Not liking this.

  11. radio wave says:

    To listen to ND radio, Pitt has made it a wresfling match.

  12. Frankie says:

    Now 21-17. Pitt no longer dominating.

  13. JRay3 says:

    They are playing a top 25 team, wasn’t supposed to be easy. Still up at the half, hopefully momentum of Brey technical has worn off. Whistle should even out as Irish just six fouls to Panthers ten.

    Pitt has been better second half team all year with ten deep usually can wear opposition down.

  14. radio wave says:

    The game changed after the Notre Dame coach got the technical.

  15. Reading says:

    With Mr. 1992 NLCS announcing the game, this might be tough for Pitt to hold on.

  16. Milo Hamilton says:

    That play by Adams was the equivalent of Viagra for NBA scouts.

  17. JRay3 says:

    The seven footer runs the floor coast to coast…good opening to half get crowd going and get some momentum back.

  18. Arriba Wilver says:


  19. Reading says:

    Pitt has scored 9 points in about the last 12 minutes since being up 19-3. Ridiculous.

  20. radio wave says:

    Oh my

  21. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pitt has missed 17 shots & 2 free throws. Of those 19 they have 0 offensive rebounds.

  22. JRay3 says:

    -13 on the boards has been the biggest disappointment of this contest thus far. Hope they can gut this one out.

  23. Eric Bowser says:

    This kind of basketball won’t do in ACC…. just won’t.

  24. Milo Hamilton says:

    That adjustment will cut both ways.

  25. JRay3 says:

    Did you watch the Miami / Clemson game yesterday? 49-45 slugfest.

  26. Eric Bowser says:

    Have to hope James Robinson and Steven Adams take another between now and next season to be able to help with that transition.

  27. Reading says:

    Will be an embarrassing L at home. Ice cold, once again.

  28. JRay3 says:

    Oops 45-43 was the final

  29. Milo Hamilton says:

    I would say they’re being outworked & outhustled, but I don’t want to get yelled at.

  30. Reading says:

    Stating the obvious, but somebody from Pitt needs to step up and take control of this game. Yeah, that’s it.

  31. Milo Hamilton says:

    ND on a 37-15 run.

  32. tcb says:

    Maybe Dixon needs to get a T. It sure changed this game around for the Irish.

    DK: Ah, just a TV-style narrative. Not buying it.

  33. radio wave says:

    Notre Dame dominating the boards all nights

  34. JohninOshkosh says:

    All the leagues are crazy. Wisconsin dropped Ohio State like a hot potato. Earlier this year Miami trounced Duke. Hard to say any team or conference is unbeatable. Pitt has as good a chance as any (Wisconsin, maybe?!) of going deep next March.

  35. Milo Hamilton says:

    A reminder, ND is bad defensively. Very bad.

  36. Eric Bowser says:

    I have my doubts about ACC officiating being so welcoming to Pitt’s brand of basketball but yes, everyone is going to have those slugfests.

  37. JRay3 says:

    Not many chances left for Pitt with burn offense being deployed. Team has been outworked on glass looks timid on offense.

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    Brey is an underrated coach. Hard to maintain a consistently good basketball program at a football school.

  39. JRay3 says:

    Another offensive rebound for ND, this is turning into the worse loss of the season.

  40. cosmo says:

    This is very tough to watch

  41. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just getting pushed around. Irish on a 42-17 run.

  42. Reading says:

    Everybody is scared to shoot. Two blowouts in a row. Not good.

  43. JohninOshkosh says:

    Shouldn’t happen in your own house.

  44. radio wave says:

    So much for the tip blowout. Even when they were down by 16 Notre Dame radio kept saying they were in it. Turned out they were right

  45. Reading says:

    Where’s the intensity? Getting pushed around by a bunch of stiffs.

  46. cosmo says:

    is that the score or rebound differental?

  47. JRay3 says:

    Jamie Dixon usually keeps his cool but this may have been the game for him to blow his top at his squad. Can’t get pushed around on your court.

    DK: Wouldn’t be surprised if that isn’t exactly what happened, based on Dixon’s rather dark demeanor at his press conference.

  48. Taff says:

    Speak a little too soon ???

  49. tcb says:

    The offense has been offensive.

  50. Taff says:

    This is embarassing to watch..

  51. Eric Bowser says:

    Great coaching by Brey… Dixon… not so much.

  52. Frankie says:

    Dixon???? Give me Buzz Ridl, Dr. Roy Chipman, Paul Evans or Willard. No motivation for this home game ….very disappointing… Wow 42 points……

  53. JRay3 says:

    Dr Jeckyl, Mr Hyde…this team has looked really good at times and the past two games has looked really bad.

    This is a tough, bad loss…have lots of work to do to turn things back around.

  54. JohninOshkosh says:

    Looked forward to the game all day and it, well, sucked. Rest of schedule lends itself to working on weaknesses and getting ready for a good push at the Garden.

  55. 21sthebest says:

    No Howland?

  56. JRay3 says:

    Me too, this has to rank among one of the top five worst games for Pitt at the Pete.

    Still four league games left, hopefully this is just a small hiccup like early in league play and the team can right itself for a March run. But the past 72 hours have shown some areas for concern.

  57. Frankie says:

    When Ben looks in the mirror he sees Jamie. Now that I think about the situation give me Jamie Dixon as my coach.

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