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On location: Wichita State 73, Pitt 55, NCAA Tournament

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

SALT LAKE CITY — Looking ahead to tipoff …

Game: No. 8 seed Pitt (24-8, 12-7 Big East) vs. No. 9 Wichita State (26-8, 12-6 Missouri Valley)

Time: 1:40 p.m.

Site: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City

TV, radio: TBS, 93.7 The Fan

Here is Pitt’s official page.

And here is TribLIVE’s Pitt basketball page. Kevin Gorman and I are 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. JohninOshkosh says:

    Let the madness begin….

    (I would link a Madness video but I don’t want to obstruct the thread. Feel free to hum “Baggy Trousers” to yourself).

  2. Bizrow says:

    Check out Dejan’s tweet

    Betcha he doesn’t go to Salt Lake City again ;-)

  3. Milo Hamilton says:

    Vern Lundquist announced the most famous Valparaiso alum as Lloyd McClendon. Who knew ?

  4. NMR says:

    Ha, I responded to your comment on the last thread after I saw that.

  5. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yeah, DK can’t find coffee & Ron Cook says he can’t find beer.

  6. JohninOshkosh says:

    Easily the most famous alum for Gonzaga is Der Bingle.

    For Pitt, it’s a toss up between Jenna Morasca or Bill Cullen.

  7. Milo Hamilton says:

    Kornheiser mentioned Bing Crosby yesterday, I did not know that. I’m the 2nd most famous Pitt alum in my house. Tony Dorsett is 1st.

  8. NMR says:

    Oh nonsense, Cook.

    The Bayou on State and Beerhive on Main are great pubs. Wasatch, Squatters, Uinta, and Epic Breweries all are based in Salt Lake Valley.

    They sell the damn stuff in gas stations for gosh sakes.

  9. Milo Hamilton says:

    We think other states are backward 7 we can’t even get a 6-pack in a 7 eleven.

  10. JohninOshkosh says:

    You can get single shots of hard liquor (airplane size) at grocery stores here. I’ve even been through a drive-through liquor store where the guy hands you the liquor through a window and you pay him right from your driver’s seat.

    Cook would love it here.

  11. JAL says:

    Awww, who needs caffeine for this–let the atmosphere of the tournament be your caffeine

  12. I don’t think even the atmosphere of Winnepeg will sub for caffeine for DK.

  13. JohninOshkosh says:

    I think I saw Dejan on TV-if he is wearing that same hoodie.

  14. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    DK: The Bill Belichick of columnists…Nice hoodie

  15. Was the guy’s hair gray?

  16. JohninOshkosh says:

    Oh no, Gottlieb is part of the CBS crew there.

  17. NMR says:

    Nothing to read over lunch so I decided to click one of JAL’s links from BucsDugout.

    What a sniveling, unsufferable bunch. Of all the things they decide to criticize, it’s spending $1.5m on a backup shortstop that can actually, you know, play shortstop. God forbid somebody get in the way of Bob Nutting and his money.

    Much like rubbernecking a wreck on the Parkway, I couldn’t help myself. I continued to read on. There I found an entire post criticizing Dejan, by name.

    This isn’t 1950. Good journalism can be found in blogs all over the internet. Often times better than in print. But my god, nothing says bush league and unprofessional like bashing a guy by name with your bunch of little followers. Those guys clearly read Dejan, clearly know his blog, and clearly know he doesn’t back down from anything, yet choose to hide wipe each others tears in their own sandbox.

    I don’t think anyone here would confuse me with Dejan’s biggest supporter(to put it lightly), but the guy has earned levels of magnitude more respect than what I just saw.

  18. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    Most beer in Utah is 3/2, is it not? I know I can buy beer on Hill AFB with a warner sticker that says “strong beer.”

  19. Milo Hamilton says:

    I was going to do an over under on how long it would take Adams to be benched with 2 fouls & there’s 1 already.

  20. radio wave says:

    Is it a big crowd? Sometimes the 1130 game does not sell well.

  21. JohninOshkosh says:

    It looked like a taped shot. The media seats were empty. Might have been taken during the chat. It was not a close up so certainly not certain, Lucky.

  22. TJ says:

    Is there any possibility that Dixon hasn’t been open to the USC position in the past because he didn’t want to have to recruit against his former boss Ben Howland?

    If Howland gets canned at UCLA it would be interesting to see if Dixon does go to USC.

  23. JohninOshkosh says:

    Lot of empty seats around the court and behind the basket, RW.

  24. JohninOshkosh says:

    I think UCLA will go deep. Kinda under the radar-if that is possible with being UCLA.

  25. TJ says:

    3 turnovers in 4 minutes. Since when did Tino Sunseri play for the basketball team?

  26. JohninOshkosh says:

    Did you catch Taylor’s pass, Dejan?

    7-5 WSU at first media TO.

  27. radio wave says:

    The national radio crew says pit passes are week which is causing the turnovers.

  28. Frankie says:

    Pitt is so much better with Taylor than with Adams

  29. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sniveling indeed.

  30. I can’t get those comments to come up, just the story, if you can call it that.

  31. JohninOshkosh says:

    WSU falling in love with the three early but not much falling for them.

    Good lord, Woodall is having a sloppy start.

  32. Frankie says:

    How many turnovers can Pitt have? 6 already .

  33. JohninOshkosh says:

    Jaimie Maggio makes up for Gottlieb.

  34. TJ says:

    As many turnovers as WS has missed 3pt shots

  35. TJ says:

    Wide open 3… jeezus this is an ugly game

  36. JohninOshkosh says:

    Glad someone is still awke. D-U-L-L so far.

  37. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pitt honoring Stockton & Malone with their liberal use of the pick & roll.

  38. TJ says:


  39. radio wave says:

    Three on one break in the pull-up for a three pointer? They haven’t made any all day. Need to drive to the basket. Adams needs the power to the basket not try fadeaway shots. Right now they couldn’t put the ball in Temple Square.

  40. TJ says:

    0-6 from 3pt land and 2 missed layups.

  41. TJ says:

    Bucknell up on Butler by 6

  42. Frankie says:

    Woodall needs to step up

  43. Milo Hamilton says:

    Teams shooting a combined 56%. That’s when you add their percentages together, that is.

  44. Milo Hamilton says:

    There has been 1 made jump shot so far.

  45. JohninOshkosh says:

    14-13 Shockers 7:53 left First Half TO on the court.

  46. JohninOshkosh says:

    Woodall doesn’t want this to be remembered as his final game.

    With Taylor and Adams-should be working the ball in. WSU would have problems with that.

  47. Milo Hamilton says:


    Would you please tell them they’re not playing Notre Dame ?

    DK: They’d never hear me.

  48. JohninOshkosh says:

    What was JAL squawking about a few weeks ago-how there were no shooters in BB anymore? :)

  49. TJ says:

    The reason no one on Pitt averages more than 12pts per game is cause they can’t shoot to save their lives.

  50. TJ says:

    Bad call… that was a 3

  51. TJ says:

    Does the NCAA have to let the winner advance to the next round?

  52. TJ says:

    Best thing I’ve seen so far was that venture card commercial with Barkley

  53. Milo Hamilton says:

    Then have Dave Sims do it. They can hear him in Winnipeg. Without a microphone.

  54. Milo Hamilton says:

    Actually it’s because nobody averages more than 27 minutes a game.

  55. TJ says:

    Would you want them too if they can’t shoot to save their life?

  56. JohninOshkosh says:

    7 turnovers for Pitt.

  57. Frankie says:

    Lamar Patterson misses a layup….He is a big non factor for Pitt

  58. TJ says:

    Are you kidding me… they called a flagrant foul on a drive to the basket? Unfreaking believable.

  59. JohninOshkosh says:

    I predict Adams plays for 15 NBA teams. Tall, timid, non-aggressive center needed to kill minutes during the 2 and 3 periods are too numerous to count in the NBA-and they all bounce from team to team.

  60. Milo Hamilton says:

    The wussification of sport in this country continues.

  61. TJ says:

    Officials are absolutely horrible. That should have never been reviewed. You don’t even blow the whistle for a foul but review it and call a flagrant?

    Karma with the 1 FT and turnover

  62. NMR says:

    It’s the altitude.

    Every shot is long. Except the ones that are short. And to the right. And left.

  63. TJ says:

    WTF is Woodall doing. God Pitt is horrible. I hope Dixon is done

  64. tcb says:

    By the letter of the law, yes. By common sense, NO.

  65. Frankie says:

    Dixon to USC.. I hope so.

  66. JohninOshkosh says:

    WSU leads 26-21 with 1:38 remaining in half. Dixon with the time out.

  67. Stuart says:

    Woodall having worst game this season!


  68. JohninOshkosh says:

    27 seconds left

  69. tcb says:

    I agree. I find it disturbing, however.

  70. JohninOshkosh says:

    And an ugly half ends 26-21 Shockers.

  71. Frankie says:

    Terrible last position by Pitt.

  72. TJ says:

    I take back all the complaints I had about Pitt not being ranked higher

  73. TJ says:

    Gotta laugh at the Dodgers… Crawford is hurting, Greinke has elbow problems and now they lose Hanley for the first 2 months of the season. They are slowly becoming the Washington Redskins

  74. TJ says:

    Here is the crap on that flagrant foul call. It says contact above the defenders shoulder; the defender was leaning down and actually had his head below the shoulder of the Pitt player.

  75. Stuart says:

    Sounds like hey need a Tuck rule.

    I think I would start Wright and Zieglar for the second half.


  76. JohninOshkosh says:

    WSU coach tells Maggio that good defense is reason for poor shooting pct.

    Puh-leeze coach. Both teams have had some good looks and taken some high percentage shots.

  77. TJ says:

    Yeah that was a lame answer. Made me wonder if he was watching the same game.

  78. TJ says:

    Its time for the “just play ball” offense

  79. tcb says:

    They are who we thought they were, unfortunately.

  80. JohninOshkosh says:

    Although he was nicer to her than Bo Ryan would have been.

  81. TJ says:

    Did CBS think this head of officials is going to say anything else?

    Dude just contradicted himself; he said they have to deem whether it was a personal foul or a flagrant foul. They didn’t call a personal foul how can they call it flagrant????????

  82. JohninOshkosh says:

    Steve Smith was one of the best collegiate players I ever saw play. Good dresser, too.

  83. florida steeler says:

    Where is that Steven Adams Fan Club today??? He is pathetic–I said it before and I’ll say it again. Jamie to USC–hire Sean Miller–I am certain he knows you need shooters to win in the game of basketball.

  84. TJ says:

    “I thought we executed well except for the turnovers”.

  85. TJ says:

    God almighty; its like watching a train wreck but I can’t turn it off

  86. Frankie says:

    Great start to the second half

  87. JohninOshkosh says:

    good execution from Patterson there…except for the turnover.

  88. Frankie says:

    It is worst than watching Pitt Football

  89. TJ says:

    Great execution from Pitt except they can’t freaking make a shot

  90. radio wave says:

    National radio crew very very critical of Adams. They are saying he is not keeping eye contact with the ball.

  91. TJ says:

    Similar amount of turnovers; and passes

  92. Milo Hamilton says:

    Something we missed last spring – Pitt bowing out of the NCAA tournament wearing their white uniforms. It happens year after year after year. Someone said the other day that Dixon has never beaten a higher seeded team in the tourney. They rarely if ever get far enough to play one.

  93. JohninOshkosh says:

    How about a flagrant on pretty boy there. Fair is fair.

  94. JohninOshkosh says:

    Should be critical but having a better start to 2d half.

  95. Milo Hamilton says:

    These incessant looks at TV replays by officials is killing sports.

  96. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m going on record here. I hate video review in all sports. Let the refs make their decisions. If they are wrong-so be it.

  97. Frankie says:

    These officials are a joke

  98. TJ says:

    Holy crap are they getting ridiculous with the elbow crap.

  99. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thanks for killing the momentum guys.

  100. TJ says:

    1 on 4 lets throw up a jumper. Nice decision.

  101. TJ says:

    That was a beauty by Adams

  102. Frankie says:

    Get Adams out and go small.

  103. TJ says:

    At least WS got docked a TO for asking for the review.

    I can’t remember a Big East game where this came into play; and its the BIG EAST. You can’t tell me elbows aren’t thrown every time down the floor

  104. JohninOshkosh says:

    Another thing killing BB are the media timeouts. I know they need to pay for that huge contract. But the games just can never get into a groove-especially if you throw in the replay.

  105. TJ says:

    Nah you have to leave him in to get those rebounds when no one else is in the paint.

  106. Milo Hamilton says:

    Some young enterprising coach is going to revolutionize basketball by putting a team of scorers (gasp) together & playing like UNLV & Loyola Marymount used to.

  107. TJ says:

    Time for Woodall to sit

  108. JohninOshkosh says:

    Dejan knows his hoops. So goes goes the Panthers.

  109. TJ says:

    Great shot selection Woodall

  110. radio wave says:

    Radio crew says pit guards being totally outplayed.

  111. Frankie says:

    Another turnover by Woodall

  112. TJ says:

    Wow they went out on a limb with that statement. Doesn’t take much to out play them today.

  113. Milo Hamilton says:

    Woodall 1-9 shooting, 0-5 from three. 4 turnovers, no assists.

  114. TJ says:

    WTF are you doing launching an NBA three point shot. Jeezus these guys have no concept of shot selection

  115. JohninOshkosh says:

    Gotta go get my kids at school. Enjoyed it gents. Hopefully, I’ll return home to a Pitt victory.

    Jandy-how about a basketball post while I’m gone. lol.

  116. TJ says:

    Freaking dumb 3 point shot from Pitt and then give up a wide open 3.

    What time does everyone want to meet to help Jamie pack up his house?

  117. TJ says:

    Imagine that; someone else doesn’t understand what Jamie Dixon is doing

  118. twentytwo22 says:


    Jamie Dixon can go and take his football team in basketball uniforms with him.

  119. radio wave says:

    Stick a fork in them they are done.

  120. florida steeler says:

    They are giving little effort out there.

  121. TJ says:

    Really not sure why Dixon continues to leave Woodall in the game; completely ridiculous

  122. TJ says:

    well at least they made it to the second round

  123. TJ says:

    Again why is Woodall in the game?

  124. Milo Hamilton says:

    They are playing like they can’t wait for this to be over. Come to think of it, neither can I.

  125. TJ says:

    I hope this is the end of the Dixon era as well

  126. TJ says:

    So you can’t make contact with a player above the shoulder with an elbow but you can slap them in the face. Makes sense

  127. TJ says:

    You can slap them in the face and not get a flagrant

  128. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m on record as saying the next time he plays his little game to get another raise, I shake his hand, thank him for all he’s done & wish him well in his future endeavors.

  129. Stuart says:

    Wort guard play I have ever seen.


  130. Stuart says:

    “Worst” also.


  131. florida steeler says:

    Can Robinson EVER make a shot?? Where the hell does Jamie get these kids??

  132. TJ says:

    I don’t know but I hope they follow him to USC

  133. TJ says:

    Anyone notice how WS is pressing; being down 8 with 7:30 left and being supposedly 10 deep why isn’t Pitt pressuring

  134. TJ says:

    Down 11; no sense of urgency

  135. TJ says:

    And of course 2 missed FT’s

  136. TJ says:

    The route is on…

    Not sure what the foul was on that last play.

  137. Milo Hamilton says:

    Nightmare scenario for Pitt – Southern beats Gonzaga.

  138. Pat4PGH says:

    I have been a Dixon fan, but I am tired of being embarassed to be a Pitt fan every year they go to the NCAA tournament. He was a good coach for the Big East,but he cannot coach in the tournament. Hoping he goes to USC at this point……….

  139. cosmo says:

    Looks like another 1 and done.

  140. Milo Hamilton says:

    This game has you talking to yourself. :)

  141. TJ says:

    Milo this is so ridiculous; I don’t think anyone is even going to care.

  142. TJ says:

    Its better than screaming at the TV

  143. Reading says:

    To a T. The script for a Pitt tournament L being closely adhered to. Not happy.

  144. TJ says:

    I think what your going to start to see is Dixon watch

  145. Milo Hamilton says:

    In true Pitt fan fashion, I’m going to continue to wear my Pitt shirt the rest of the day so every time I pass by a mirror I can torture myself even more.

  146. TJ says:

    HAHA; this commentator just said that Pitt faithful want Dixon to stay. They obviously have no clue about Pitt faithful

  147. SJB says:

    Hmmm, maybe instead of criticizing Dixon or the players, maybe people should seriously start questioning the person who recruited and brought in these players…oh, wait a minute…

  148. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hang in there. Look at the bright side. We get this out of the way early & we can enjoy the rest of the tournament.

  149. Milo Hamilton says:


  150. TJ says:

    Kind of hope this blows up to a 20pt loss

  151. OZ says:

    At least the committee could have gave us the 10:00 Friday game….you know, to make us feel like we were in the tourney longer.

    I’ve had it with Dixon….he needs to go.

  152. Milo Hamilton says:

    The 4th leading 3 point percentage shooter in the nation is available. Already announced he’s transferring.

  153. TJ says:

    This announcer is an idiot

  154. Frankie says:

    He cannot recruit a top notch player. Good players only…not great

  155. Frankie says:

    Great post…..

  156. cosmo says:

    I’ll never learn, every year I pick Pitt in my brackets and get disappointed each year.

  157. Thundercrack says:

    The announcer just said if Dixon leaves Howland might come back to Pitt

  158. Milo Hamilton says:

    Got blowed aht.

  159. TJ says:

    Rather have Miller

  160. JohninOshkosh says:

    What makes people think USC would want him. I

  161. cosmo says:

    Jekyl and Hyde team all year long.

  162. Thundercrack says:

    I haven’t followed Pitt hoops closely and was out of town when the tournament seedings were announced. Do people think Pitt should have gotten higher than an 8 seed?

  163. cosmo says:

    The way they played today, it wouldn’t have mattered. Just another lose to a lower seeded team.

  164. TJ says:

    Have you seen some of the people they have interviewed? They were considering bringing back a coach they fired a few years ago.

    If Dixon wants the job its his

  165. TJ says:

    Jekyl and Hyde at least had heart and soul

  166. JohninOshkosh says:

    I don’t know. LA Daily News mentions Steve Alford and Tony Bennett (not the singer, the coach).

  167. Naje says:

    Dixon has about 260 wins against 80 or so losses. The man’s winning percentage (over 75%) is better than 97% of the college coaches out there. He has led Pitt to more success than any other coach in any sport in Pitt’s history.

    Please, remind yourself first of the lofty standards the guy has set for this team. Plus the 7 straight appearances in the Big East tournament championship game.

    That said, someone needs to get hold of him at tournament time, hide him in his office, lock the door and let someone else run the team. It’s the same old tight, helpless five uniforms on the court every year. Sad to see for such an excellent, well-respected coach.

  168. Milo Hamilton says:

    Well said Naje. Once again, never get to put the blue uniforms on.

  169. Stuart says:

    If I blame Jamie for anything, it’s for sticking loyally to Woodall, who hasn’t played well in a big game in the last two years.

    Guards did them in. Robinson started the year looking very promising, but ended it with no apparent confidence in his own shot. Zieglar also faded in the end after a promising start. Woodall sucked big time.

    Lamar Patterson seems to lack the necessary effort. Really hope they don’t rely on him next year like they did Woodall.

    Still optimistic about next year, especially if Adams steps up. But then I picked them to advance past Gonzaga.



  170. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:


  171. MadTurk says:

    Is this the Penguin blog?

  172. Drew71 says:

    I think pitt just turned it into the Robert Morris thread.

  173. MadTurk says:

    I think I am 3 threads behind

  174. Drew71 says:

    Well. Then again.

    I haven’t read the earlier posts. But if we’re calling for the coach to be fired, then yes; it IS the pitt thread.

  175. Drew71 says:

    Oops. The Pens thread.

  176. JohninOshkosh says:

    This replay thing is killing the tournament. Marquette just got a free time out to set up a play that resulted in the game winning shot for the Golden Eagles. But at least the Big East doesn’t see their regular season champ exit on day one.

  177. Milo Hamilton says:

    Gonzaga only up 3 at half. Nightmare scenario still in play.

  178. Eric Bowser says:

    Can’t say I’m surprised by that final…

  179. JohninOshkosh says:

    C’mon Southern!!!!!

  180. DJ says:

    Again, Jamie needs to tweak recruiting. Before season began, team lacked “nasty” on the front line and reliable shooters in the backcourt. Those missing specialties were never more evident than today.

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