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Final: Pitt 88, Stanford 67

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to tipoff ..

Game: Pitt (5-0) vs. Stanford (5-1)

Time: 9:32 p.m.

Site: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Pitt 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. JRay3 says:

    Tonight the Panthers go for their sixth early season tournament Championship under Jamie Dixon since the 2006 season when rule changes in the NCAA allowed exempt tournaments.

    The Panthers will be going for their second Legends Classic Championship having won the event back in the ’08-’09 season defeating another PAC 12 team Washington State.

    Some interesting stats from the computer following the 23 point demolition of Texas Tech last night. In the Sagarin Index Pitt moved up to #7 and in the Pomeroy Rankings the Panthers jumped to #6 with an offensive efficiency rating of 17 and defensive efficiency rating of 10.

    Pitt’s SOS jumped quite a bit after last evenings tilt as it now sits between 197-258 depending on site an improvement of 78 spots at minimum in just one game. Currently Pitt has an RPI rating of 73.

    Well tonight is the Panthers first true test against a team with size. Some have said with Adams leaving, this is the one area Pitt maybe susceptible. Stanford boasts a 6’11” center, 6’10” PF and a 6’9″ SF. Really interested to see how Pitt fares on the boards and how their speed and athleticism translates versus a team with a size advantage. Should be a good one this evening.

    And for entertainment purposes only, the folks out in Vegas peg Pitt as 5.5 point favorites.

    Go Panthers!

  2. I was critical yesterday of Pitt’s early season “Little Sisters of the Poor” schedule. I hate it!!!!

    Yesterday they looked good against a good coach and moderate team. These are much better games for Pitt to play, and will make the team skills better, so I congratulate Pitt and Jamie Dixon for their performance last night.

    Good coach, even better team tonight! Go get ‘em, Pitt.

  3. Stuart says:

    They certainly dominated last night. Hoping for more of the same against a much taller team.


  4. Arriba Wilver says:


  5. Johnnie Ray III,

    I just read your reply to me from yesterday.

    Score comparisons?! Really?! College basketball?! In the first weeks of the season?!
    Really?! This early?!

    A good loss against a decent team out of conference frequently teaches more than beating up the Woodland Hills High School JV team.

    I enjoy your research . . . . but be a fan . . . . not a fanatic!!

  6. Vette60 says:

    Looking forward to tip-off…

    Will try to catch a bit of it in between packing for the trip to Pittsburgh tomorrow for Thanksgiving…

    Take care all.

    Randy in RVA.

  7. JRay3 says:

    Pitt opens game by forcing turnover after :25 of solid defense, which allows Pitt to get out in transition which leads to Zanna dunk.

    Both teams playing some zone to start, Pitt using it to counter the Stanford size as they are quick to trap the center low in the paint.

    Panthers force the Cardinal into early TO, and really are showing their unselfishness on the offensive end of the court with their ball movement.

    9-5 Pitt at first TV stoppage.

  8. JRay3 says:

    Pitt opens up double digit lead with 57% shooting from beyond the arc, 8-8 from the line, 9 assists to just 3 for Stanford and holding a 10-9 rebounding edge.

    The patience of the Pitt offense is getting them looks down low. 10-2 run and Stanford burns their second timeout of opening half. 32-20 Panthers.

    Another very solid start for Pitt and tonight versus a Top 50 team.

  9. JRay3 says:

    Wow another dominant half of basketball by the Panthers as they lead the entire half en route to a 15 point halftime lead at 43-28.

    A look at the halftime stats:

    Rebounds- Pitt 15 Stanford 11
    Assists- Pitt 10, Stanford 6
    Blocks- Pitt 2, Stanford 1
    Steals- Pitt 6, Stanford 2
    Turnovers- Pitt 4, Stanford 8

    Pitt goes 13-14 from the line shooting 93% and hits five three pointers in the opening half as this Panthers squad continues to shoot the ball very well.

    Really like how Pitt is battling and competing down low as they have really done a nice job of neutralizing the Cardinal size advantage.

  10. theplanisworking says:

    I understand it is early, but this Pitt team could be the best since Dejuan Blair was here. The defense is good, as it is every year, but the transition defense is even better. Durand Johnson provides an outside shooting threat that has been missing. The team also seems to be using better spacing on offense, leading to better shooting opportunities.

    In the first half, I was worried about Stanford’s height, but Zanna has done a good job, while not getting in foul trouble. And, as an added bonus, Pitt has been much. much better from the line this year. If they keep up the improved FT %, teams wont foul as much, knowing Pitt will make them pay.

    One thing not to overlook, is the return of Barry Rohrssen to the Pitt bench. He was an excellent coach and recruiter for Pitt before he went to be the head coach at Manhattan, and he is back, which will greatly benefit the Panthers.

    Looking forward to another great second half from Pitt.


    DK: Seriously impressive so far, huh?

  11. JRay3 says:

    And Pitt may be adding another scorer to the team in four star SG recruit Detrick Mostella in December if he gains NCAA clearance. Currently he is at a Prep school but scouting reports say he can light it up.

    This team has an explosiveness about them and really like how well they play on both ends of the court in addition to being a pretty deep team.

  12. theplanisworking says:

    And, with next year’s recruiting class, the future looks bright. :)

  13. theplanisworking says:

    DK, after your column earlier this year about Dixon, things have improved unbelievably well. Like I said, its early, but I am really impressed with the improvement in so many areas, all while not having a “star” player on the roster.


  14. Milo Hamilton says:

    My biggest question was who’s going to score. Everyone apparently.

  15. JRay3 says:

    Lamar Patterson has turned into a true difference maker, 23 last night, 14 tonight but he does everything on the stat sheet- dish, rebound, create steals and defends.

    Can see him growing in his senior leadership role.

  16. JRay3 says:

    Amazing and pleasantly surprising all together.

    Oh and let me be next in the long line to wish you a Happy Birthday as I hear your big day is approaching, wish you many more.

  17. theplanisworking says:

    One thing that I failed to mention is that Pitt seems much quicker than previous years. Their speed could pose problems for many teams in the ACC.

  18. Milo Hamilton says:

    20 for 21 from the line.

  19. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thank you sir. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you & everyone else taking the time.

  20. theplanisworking says:

    You are one of the nicest people on this blog.
    You are one of the most knowledgeable people on this blog.
    And, you have great one-liners.

    We would be remiss if we didnt wish you a Happy Birthday.
    But, I have to admit, if I didnt see it so many times on here, I would have forgotten.

    Many more, sir.

  21. theplanisworking says:

    Durand Johnson can shoot.
    That is all.

  22. JRay3 says:

    Durand Johnson dagger, huge four point play to halt the Stanford run as they closed to within 11. This team can hurt you in a few different ways, tonight six buckets from beyond the arc and none bigger than that one.

    Lead right back to 15.

  23. JRay3 says:

    Pitt cruises to a Legends Classic Championship by dismantling a solid Stanford team by 21, with the 88-67 victory to improve to 6-0. Two 20+ point wins versus BCS conference schools, impressive yes. Lamar Patterson led the way with a new career high once again as he poured in 24.

    This Panthers squad does not have the look of a typical Jamie Dixon team outside of the team concept and defense. Pitt can shoot both outside and from the FT line, they are impressive in transition and like to run and are running frequently.

    This team has the look of a legit Top 20 team.

  24. theplanisworking says:

    An impressive 21 point win tonight.
    Never trailed in these 2 tournament games.
    Great D.
    Great O.

    Making 90% of their FT’s.
    Wins against teams that cant be considered “creme puffs”.
    This Pitt team seems to be on the right track to success this year.

    Couldnt be happier for Coach Dixon.

  25. theplanisworking says:

    Enjoy your recaps of Pitt games, like I enjoyed your recaps of Pirate games. Just need to find something to raise.

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