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Final: Pitt 88, Savannah State 55

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Pitt vs. Savannah State, season opener for both teams

Time: 7:02 p.m.

Site: Petersen Events Center

TV, radio: ESPN3 (national), 93.7 The Fan, Pitt IMG Sports Network

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Pitt page. John Harris 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. JRay3 says:

    A couple of things really intrigue me this season as it relates to Pitt hoops and Jamie Dixon’s squad:

    – A lot of talk about running more in the offense and more transition style basketball, well we have heard that before is this really the year we see the offense open up.

    – With the transfers, and with Adams leaving early it appears this team is going to have to rely on a bunch of youngsters to carry some minutes, excited to see what Young, Newkirk, Jones and eventually Mostella add to the mix.

    – Much discussion on style of play when comparing the ACC to Big East. Interested in seeing if Pitt adapts or if they force ACC teams into their style of play, and will the refs dictate that answer in this new conference.

    Over the past 12 years the Panthers have made the NCAA’s 11 times making this truly the golden era of Pitt hoops, most to only Duke who has gone a perfect 12 for 12. Early season projections have the Panthers anywhere from a #6 seed to a #12 play in game seed.

    Should be fun ride, with Dixon at the helm it always is and I’ll just leave the March discussion for another day. Go Pitt!

    DK: Honestly, I like the way you phrased that last paragraph. I’m going to try to do the same. It’s so easy — similar to the Penguins of late — to get caught up in playoffs and fail to appreciate that the regular season comes with its own merits, its own stories.

    This will be a VERY interesting season, I think, for Pitt, even beyond the ACC fun.

  2. JohninOshkosh says:

    Go Panthers!

    Go Badgers!

    Go Dukies!

    All three schools should be in the Dance.

    Just so giddy that college buckets are back. Was watching a little of the Army-Air Force game at work. Nothing like the sound of basketballs bouncing and sneakers squeaking!

  3. Substitute the Buckeyes for the Dukies and I’m with ya, John.

  4. Arriba Wilver says:

    Good to see you, JRay. And good to see you’ll be here for the analysis. Looking forward to seeing more ACC BBall.

  5. Your case for Savannah State on the blog this morning ain’t flyin, John.


  6. JohninOshkosh says:

    Just got back from dinner and I see Pitt is cruising to an opening game victory. Savannah State will have a better chance tomorrow night against Robert Morris.

    Pitt will be undefeated as a member of the ACC. Sure sounds weird saying ACC!

  7. JohninOshkosh says:

    And it’s ovah, it’s all ovah at the Pete.

    Pitt with an impressive 88-55 victory which saw Savannah State score a meager 13 points in the first half. That’s Angola vs the US territory.

    ..and we’re off in running for the winter.

  8. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pitt’s next game is Tuesday Night, 11/12, with an interesting match up against Fresno State.

  9. James Thompson says:

    It’s good to have Pitt basketball off to a flying start! Hopefully, they’ll keep up the good work through the season!

  10. James Thompson says:

    Coach Jaimie Dixon said after last night’s game that he loves this team and he hopes he can build off it, and let’s all hope the Panthers can measure up to this early assessment.

  11. Milo Hamilton says:

    Talib Zanna – completely unreliable.

  12. Savannah State is not very good, to tell the truth, so I suppose we’ll have to wait until Pitt plays Fresno State on Tuesday night to see just how good Zanna is.

  13. May the fires of heaven come down upon . . . . . .

  14. Well, anyhow, I’ve just heard that the Pitt football team has contracted to play Oklahoma State begining in 2016 and that should satisfy those who think that playing opposition tougher than Savannah State should improve the team.

  15. Milo Hamilton says:

    Stinks. But I could be wrong.

  16. Well, Pitt started off with a 19-2 run and gave up only 13 points in the first half so that you tell you just how bad Savannah State is if nothing else.

  17. Milo Hamilton says:

    I will say that Jamie has shown the ability to coach up some less than talented big men, Gary McGhee comes to mind, and have them show great improvement when they’re seniors. It could happen here, if he stops breaking the rules. He should know better than that by now.

  18. I think against teams like Duke, Carolina, Syracuse, Notre Dame, and maybe Clemson and Florida State, Pitt will only go as far as Zanna carries them.

    He has to come close to breaking even against their big guys.

    Zanna is like the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead.

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