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Pitt 80, Wake Forest 65

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to tipoff ..

Game: Pitt (14-1, 2-0 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (11-4, 1-1)

Time: 12:05 p.m.

Site: Petersen Events Center

TV, radio: WTAE, ACC Network (national), 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 more, including 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 top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

77 Comments

  1. Well, the Pens had an infrequent lapse and lost in overtime last night to a team they should have beaten. Also, they well earned Rod Scuderi’s scolding, and, hopefully, they’ll take that to heart when they’re back on the ice next Sunday night.

    • I agree James. Lately, it seems the Pens let up in the 3rd and allow their opponents back into the game. If you’re up 2-0 in the 3rd, against a last place team, there’s no way you should lose that game. Scuds got it right and maybe the rest will listen to him, including Dan. We’ve allowed too many goals in the last 3 games which shows a dangerous pattern. Time to do some tweaking Dan.

      • I saw a replay of OT 3 on 4….Adams Glass and Orpik?
        REALLY?

        • Been saying it for awhile, dating back to early last year. Although I’ve loved what Orpik has brought to the team over the years, it is now time to cut ties and move on. That’s just reality. He’s slow, reaction time slower and he is killing us.

          Engelland botching Letang’s stretch pass was also a killer. Questions: 1. Why the stretch pass there when we’ve got the lead? Why not solid defensive play for a period, waiting or the Oilers to make a mistake since they make plenty? 2. Why is Engelland even on this squad and why is he playing forward?

          That’s all I’ve got.

          • It did seem like the forwards were too far away from d leading to sloppy passes and plays.

            • Was there even a C out there to take a faceoff? All DBs line changes are predicated on always having at least one C on the ice….yet he puts out Gladams and Orpik.

              I guess I’m hoping Scuderi can provide some locker room presence a la Roberts/Geurin.

              The personnel decisions are beyond mystifying. They’re just stupid.

              • So i didnt manage to talk you down the other day? :)

              • Sadly, no….not for lack of trying Monster!! :-D

                Really it’s not just Orpik, it’s why Glass and Adams are out there at that time…..why Engo plays while the youngsters sit. Why there’s no accountability for the Teachers Pets….why our D as a whole loses discipline when Letang returns….and on and on.

                Oh well. They got a point anyway.

              • I hear ya. Gladams looks shakier than usually cuz bottom 6 cant sustain any pressure and gladams arent a huge help there. Sutter needs gibby, connor, ebbett, megna or bennett to be most helpful. Pyatt and adams as his wingers wont get it done long term.

                I’ve been implying Sill should be sent down to work on his overall game but seems like team d has been worse with him out. He’s basically a bigger tougher version of Adams right now. Still think his puck skills need work but i’d play him ahead of Pyatt and Adams right now.

                Not sure what the issue was mentally last night. Seemed like we wanted to turn down every PP refs gave us. Still not sure how Neal dived after that cross check. But going forward with this group in our bottom 6 we need to focus on close puck support even more so than last couple months. Engo shouldn’t need to have to receive 40 foot laser beam passes on his backhand.

                Besides Cammelleri, I’ll be watching TJ Galliardi and Colbourne from calgary. Both would be upgrades to our bottom 6 if my other trade preferences aren’t obtainable.

  2. Hopefully, James Franklin will be clean and well worth the $4.5 million Penn State will reportedly be paying him.

  3. It’s official……. James Franklin next Penn State coach.
    News conference at 4:15.

  4. For those who are out-of-market……… the game can be seen online at ESPN3.com. I am out-of-market, and don’t get the ACC Network.

    Just a heads up.

  5. ACC is weak. Heels are flat, Duke good not great. Cuse and Pitt could win it.

  6. Wake Forest University has produced a dearth of notable celebrities in the entertainment field. Lee Norris (remember Minkus on “Boy Meets World” ? Well, he is an alum.

    Nice basketball history at Wake. The great Tim Duncan went there. So did Chris Paul. And the legendary Mugsy Bogues.

    The school most famous alum is probably Arnold Palmer. Three US Open winners (Palmer, Curtis Strange and Webb Simpson) played there.

    Maya Angelou taught there.

    Question of the day: What exactly is a Demon Deacon ? So it’s a demon….but also a deacon!

    Go Pitt !!!

  7. JAL is on CSPAN2 now, just started.

  8. Watching JAL right now on
    C-SPAN2 !

  9. Well, we know Dejan isn’t watching. It’s about, God forbid, books. Maybe if CSPAN was televising a book burning….

  10. Live from the Pete. Let’s go Pitt. Which set of Demon Deacons will we see today? The group that beat the Tarheels last weekend, or the crew that laid an absolute egg in Charlottsville this week. Tell u in 2 hours. Let’s go Pitt!

  11. ARoid suspension announced as 162 games, including playoffs, saves the Yankees about 24 mm

  12. 8-4 Panthers at first media timeout.

  13. Pitt has looked good so far. A couple of coast to coast transitions. Getting the ball inside. Not a slow start this morning.

  14. Talib Zanna for Wooden Player of the Year !!!! ;)

    For anyone who questions Dixon’s ability to “coach players up”, I present Aaron Gray, and Talib Zanna as examples.

    • I know Steve Adams made a good decision to go pro after one year at Pitt.
      He is averaging 4.1 points, and 4.4 rebounds per game.

      Just think how much better he would be if he stayed even one more year.
      He could have been a Top 3 pick in the draft.

    • + many So right Plansky!

  15. My contribution about Wake Forest. 10 or so years ago I went college hunting with my oldest daughter. We visited 10 schools. Wake Forest had a beautiful campus. But the thing that really stood out was it had the prettiest girls. It was almost unreal.

    Back to your regular programming.

  16. Will ARod’s salary still count towards the Yankees’ payroll tax level/calculation ?

  17. Boy, what an atmosphere at the Pete. I gotta believe the other ACC teams are going to fear coming there in the future.

    • You are right John. Tough place to play if you are visiting, but the best ticket in the Burgh if you want to enjoy yourself. Just my opinion because the Pens and Pirates do a great job too.

  18. Most people in the know don’t expect Arod to get very far with any appeals, so the
    question will now be whether or not he plays again.

    • That’s true. VERY difficult to win an appeal of a labor arbitration award. Whole process is set up to make them final.

    • James, it will depend on how good ARoids lawyers are, and how much information they will be able to subpoena.

      He may face an uphill battle, but this isn’t over.
      Arbitration awards have been overturned or reduced before.
      Doesn’t happen often, but that isn’t stopping him it seems.

  19. Great 1st half for Pitt.

  20. Best first half in a few games for the Panthers. Pitts’ defense has looked steady.

    40-26. Halftime. Good performance to drop 40 on the Demon Deacons in the first half. Lamar Patterson with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Continuing to make a case for first team All-ACC.

    Shooting better from the charity stripe as well. Came into the contest tied with Duke at 48th in nation.

    If teams are going to beat Pitt, they need to hit 3 pointers to spread out the defense. Solid defensive ball club in Oakland.

  21. 15-point lead with 11 minutes left. Looks like Pitt and Syracuse are the class of the ACC.

    That ought to get Groat out of moth balls.

    • Pot-stirrer.

    • Can’t argue that, Pitt continues to steam roll it’s way through ACC competition, Syracuse rips UNC and between the two former Big East schools they are 6-0 while UNC is 0-3.

      Pitt is almost assured for its long overdue place in the Top 25 come Monday after losses this week by Gonzaga, Illinois, Oregon.

      Pitt is such a balanced team and are just so efficient on both ends of the court, going to be a tough out for anybody this season.

  22. Big week for Pitt coming up. Road games against Georgia Tech and the big one next weekend against their old Big East nemesis. (Maybe Dejan will be in Syracuse for that one ?).

    If this team isn’t a top 25 team, then I’m a monkey’s uncle.

    I love college BB and watch a good deal of it throughout the season. This team looks as good as anybody I’ve seen and that includes my undefeated Badgers.

    But it’s hard to make a good judgment without seeing how the club handles road games. They definitely have an advantage at the wonderful Pete. Just like the Badgers enjoy at the Kohl Center.

  23. Behind Lamar Patterson’s 27 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds………………. and Talib Zanna’s 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, Pitt scores a decisive victory today.

    Next game: Tuesday at Georgia Tech.
    Pitt should be in the Top 25 this coming week.

    Hope Johnson’s knee injury is not serious.
    GO PITT !

  24. Pitt never let Wake make a run in the second half. Fun, nice performance by the Panthers today.

    This ACC is a piece of cake!

  25. I’m getting the feeling that Sean Payton is not a nice fellow. Lot of questionable behaviour by the Saints defensive.

    Glad to see former Badger Russell Wilson and Seattle playing well. Marshawn Lynch is a beast.

  26. Setting the ACC on fire!

    • Given what Clemson did to Duke and what Syracuse did to UNC, Pitt may have a good first year (though not impressesed by any of 3 teams they have whipped,so far).

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