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Sunday column: ‘Sorry, man, I’m a Dixon guy’

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Sunday column barely pauses for a moment to consider Pitt beating Maryland and instead does what everyone else is doing in looking ahead to Duke.

Here’s some of the Pitt reaction from Lamar Patterson, James Robinson and Cam Wright on an elegantly produced video …

The game story is by beat man Kevin Gorman.

Random blogginess from the scene: When athletes say almost the exact same thing as each other minutes after a game, you can bet the BMW, it was just discussed in that locker room. Just something to keep in mind when looking at those player quotes about Jamie Dixon and Mike Krzyzewski in the column. … Have to love Dixon publicly expressing remorse that freshman Jamel Artis didn’t get more playing time, partly because Artis fared well — eight points, six rebounds — and partly because he was before family and friends. It’s a far cry from when Dixon shunned freshmen altogether, huh? … I’m going to say this gently in the context of an 18-2 team: Artis needs to start, and Mike Young needs to figure some things out. … I look at a player like Patterson and wonder, if the NBA can’t use a player like that, is there something wrong with Patterson or with the dunk-happy, travel-allowing NBA? Patterson can flat-out play the game the way it was meant to be played. … Mark Turgeon’s wild remarks about Pitt weren’t just said to be nice to the visitors. I overheard him say pretty much the same thing to the Maryland radio audience. … Robinson quietly put up another 13 points, a figure that would have been a big deal for him even a month ago. I asked if he’s shooting more since Durand Johnson’s loss: “I don’t think so. I’m feeling a little more confident and just taking the shots that are there.” … The Terps came out legitimately hard. But Pitt, as we’ve seen so many times this season, built its foundation by focusing on defense and rebounding. That must drive other teams nuts. There just doesn’t seem to be a rattling, much less breaking point for these Panthers. … Monday will be a blast.

Here’s our full Pitt coverage.

The photo gallery is by our Chaz Palla.

>> Driving back home today. I’ll have a Monday column on pucks and an extra Tuesday column off the Duke game. Enjoy the Pro Bowl responsibly, everyone. (Don’t laugh. It crushes all of the other three All-Star Games in TV ratings, for as much as everyone claims to hate it.)

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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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