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Pitt 79, Maryland 59

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to tipoff ..

Game: Pitt (13-1, 1-0 ACC) vs. Maryland (10-5, 2-0)

Time: 7:02 p.m.

Site: Petersen Events Center

TV, radio: ESPN3, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Pitt pageKevin 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.

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    I really, really think we need a firstbaseman though ;-)

  2. JRay3 says:

    Well tonight the Panthers get right back at it, on a quick two day turn around after opening ACC play with an impressive 12 point road victory in Raleigh.

    Taking a look at some of the metrics for the Panthers after their 13-1, 1-0 start to the year:

    RPI: 18, 30, 31 (depending on site used)
    SOS: 140 (Conference play should continue to move this number upward at this point)
    ESPN BPI ranking: 5
    Kenpom Ranking: 8
    Sagarin Rating: 18
    AP/Coaches Poll ranking: 30/26
    Bracektology: 6 seed in the East according to Jerry Palm, 7 seed in the East according to Joe Lunardi

    The Panthers now get two straight at the Pete in ACC play against Maryland and a Wake Forest team coming off of a nice home win against North Carolina. Great opportunity for the Panther to get off to a 3-0 league start. Panthers are a considerable home favorite tonight as they are favored by 9-10.

    Really would like to see the team get off to a better start than they did on Saturday, pretty much the only major Division 1 game on the docket tonight so much attention will be directed to this contest and would like to see the team put a whole 40 minutes together.

    Go Pitt!

  3. theplanisworking says:

    ++

  4. theplanisworking says:

    I haven’t seen much on Maryland……… but all ACC games should be hard-fought contests this year…….. but seeing that Pitt is a 9-10 point favorite makes me happy.

    I, like you, JRay want to see a 40-minute performance tonight.
    Time to see how an ACC team does on the road at the Pete.
    I feel confident.

  5. Arriba Wilver says:

    I checked and the game is on ESPNU, not ESPN3.

  6. JohninOshkosh says:

    The turtles got manhandled by a good Buckeye team. A Pitt loss here in front of what should be a raucous crowd at the Pete would constitute the proverbial “bad loss.”

    Go Pitt!!!

  7. theplanisworking says:

    Reverend,

    just saw your post on the Morning thread about praying for your “leaders” down there. If I were you, I would be praying for better leaders, in addition to your other prayers.

    Or, just keep praying for a 1B for the Bucs. ;)

  8. You’re not far off, brother.

    I won’t pray for a 1B. I’ll let the BMTIB find one, since we now have the best minor league system in baseball.

    ;)

  9. JohninOshkosh says:

    Famous celebrities that are alums of Maryland: Karen Allen (Animal House!), cartoonist Frank Cho, Brandie’s guy Jim Henson, Robin Quivers, and genius Larry David, himself.

    It’s a world class journalism school so no surprise it has a fair share of notable journalist alums including the great Norman Chad, E! “News” anchor Giuliana DePandi, one of my favorites, the late Bert Sugar and the smoking Bonnie Bernstein.

  10. Arriba Wilver says:

    I didn’t know Bonnie smoked?

  11. JohninOshkosh says:

    Marlboro lites, I believe.

  12. JohninOshkosh says:

    7-6 Terps at first media timeout.

  13. JohninOshkosh says:

    “Thank goodness this is being played indoors”

    That’s some brilliant ESPN analysis.

  14. theplanisworking says:

    That’s why this game is being shown on the lowest of the ESPN channels………………….

  15. JD says:

    Thanks AW. I was trying to get hooked up for ESPN3.

  16. JRay3 says:

    Not having to wait tonight for Patterson and Zanna to get involved as they both are very involved offensively and Zanna just battles and works on the defensive end.

    Nice to see the Durand Johnson sighting hitting a three on his first shot attempt, he has struggled mightily of late.

    Pitt pushing tempo and running lots in this opening half, letting their athleticism play.

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    Seth Allen makes Maryland a better club than earlier in the season. Quality ballplayer.

  18. Arriba Wilver says:

    Patterson with 12 already.

  19. JohninOshkosh says:

    If Durand Johnson’s jumper is on, Pitt is exponentially harder to beat.

  20. theplanisworking says:

    As you were saying…….. :)

  21. JohninOshkosh says:

    Entertaining first half. Patterson solid and Z with some beastly rejections on defensive side. Solid fundamentally with only 3 fouls and few turnovers. 11-2 run and the Panthers go to the locker room up by 6 at 36-30.

  22. theplanisworking says:

    Only thing that is a concern in the first half is Pitt’s struggles in their half-court offense. When they fast break, or drive to the basket, good things happen. When they try to do a regular half-court O, they seem to just stand around. I am not too concerned about the rebounding………. that should improve in the second half.

    Patterson, Johnson, and Zanna playing well again tonight.
    I am simply amazed at the development of Talib Zanna. He is a success story in the mold of Aaron Gray. To see where he was 2 years ago, to where he is today is amazing. That is a benchmark of Coach Dixon…….. he is very good at developing players. Not a superstar stud player, but he can take talent and “coach it up”.

  23. Lad9 says:

    Entertaining first half here. Great to see a full zoo after all the holiday games without students. If Zanna can find himself on the offensive end Pitt could pull away, and I am not sure that Maryland can continue to shoot like that. Great atmosphere for college basketball!

  24. JRay3 says:

    Highly entertaining and well played opening half as Pitt uses a late half run to take a 36-30 lead led by Lamar Patterson pours in 12 and Durand Johnson adds 10 off the bench.

    Panthers shooting 50% from the floor and are 3-5 from behind the arc as offensively they have set the pace and tempo.

    One area the team can shore up in second half is rebounding as Maryland had too many second chance opportunities.

  25. JohninOshkosh says:

    I love the Zoo, Lad.

  26. JohninOshkosh says:

    Give that actor who screeches “Ow” in the WaxVac ad an Emmy. He successfully chews scenery in a one minute advertisement.

  27. Bizrow says:

    Who is No 1 at first base for the best minor league system in baseball?

    Top minor leaguer, I mean

    Lets go Pitt

    During my Slippery Rock journey, I actually took a class at Pitt, Andy Russel’s wife was in it

  28. theplanisworking says:

    Told you guys the second half held no worries…….. ;)

  29. Arriba Wilver says:

    News irk has really been impressive in the two games I’ve seen him in.

  30. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pitt on the verge of smashing the Terps.

    55-44 and MD with the panic TO.

    Patterson making an early case to be first team All ACC.

    Johnson with a career high already.

  31. Arriba Wilver says:

    News irk? Newkirk. Stupid iPad. ;-)

  32. theplanisworking says:

    One of the nicest things to see whenever there is a timeout, is seeing Mr. Dick Groat and Bill Hillgrove at the commentators table. They are like an old. comfy blanket.

  33. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pasadena, CA is currently 85 degrees warmer than where I’m at.

  34. PgherinLev says:

    Imagine if the Panthers were actually making free-throws! 56 percent is Shaq-like.

  35. JRay3 says:

    Very encouraging to see how Pitt just imposes their will on teams in the second half. Their depth, physicality, toughness just wears teams down and tonight is no exception.

    Pitt shooting the ball very well playing very unselfish and the team defense just will not allow Maryland to string a run together.

    So far so good for the Panthers in their entry into the ACC.

  36. theplanisworking says:

    Before my Oldzheimer’s sets in….. I would like to wish anyone of the Orthodox faith a Merry Christmas Eve.

  37. JohninOshkosh says:

    This has been a very impressive second half. Pitt not allowing Maryland to get within single digits at all.

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    Interesting timeout called by Pitt with the 14 point lead. Dixon making adjustments with 4 minutes to go.

  39. theplanisworking says:

    This is a key reason why I think Pitt will be fine this year. He is always trying to keep his player focused for the entire 40 minutes. Underrated aspect of Dixon’s coaching skill set.

  40. Bizrow says:

    ++++ my tree is still up along with the outside lights

  41. theplanisworking says:

    Pitt doesnt have to worry about adjusting to the ACC, the ACC has to worry about adjusting to Pitt.

    Nice 20 point win……… Patterson, Zanna and Johnson did well tonight.

    H2P !!

  42. JRay3 says:

    And Pitt wins their first ACC home game going away as the demolish the Terps who came in winners of their first two conference games by 20 points 79-59.

    This is the Panthers 11th win by 17+ points, as Jamie Dixon and his team with each passing game show they are going to be a force in the ACC race and look to be well positioned to earn yet another NCAA berth.

    Nice to see Joseph Uchebo take the floor in the final minute as he is working towards returning from a significant leg injury.

  43. Bizrow says:

    I like J. Dixon, always says the right things, a real developer of talent, has not left Pitt

    The guy has character, I don’t see him going anywhere

    He loves the Burgh and I think he knows he’s home

  44. casper in a-town says:

    Thank you, sir.

  45. It was good to see Pitt win tonight on ESPNU and the ESPNU crew was quite impressed with how the Panthers played, especially in the second half. And now it’s on to Baylor on Saturday.

  46. Excuse my error, since Pitt is playing against Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon.

  47. Hell Unleashed says:

    I am checking in from the Polar Vortex…

  48. chethejet says:

    Man Maryland’s funding issues are really banging the sports programs. Even if they stayed in the ACC in football, they are sliding. Now they are Big Ten cannon fodder for a promised check is in the mail.

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