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On location: Duke 80, Pitt 65

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to tipoff ..

Game: No. 18 Pitt (18-2, 6-1 ACC) vs. No. 17 Duke (16-4, 5-2)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: Petersen Events Center

TV, radio: ESPN (national), 93.7 The Fan

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Pitt pageKevin Gorman and I are 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.

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    • 1/27/2014 4:49 PM

    Even Drew in Fla might need another blanket in the next few days

    I’m pretty sure its a Three Dog Night, so hopefully, he’s covered from that aspect

  2. Pitt’s weakness seems to be the full court press.

  3. Greetings from Vegas where the local books peg Pitt as a 4 point favorite tonight for this Big Monday and huge ACC tilt. Taking a look at the numbers for Pitt:

    Kenpom Rating: #5
    Sagarin Rating: #14
    ESPN BPI: #3
    Human Polls: #17/#18

    RPI: 14
    SOS: 67 (and this has moved well into top third of the 351 Div 1 teams, and gets a huge boost this week with Duke and UVA)

    Bracketology: 4 seed West – Jerry Palm / 5 seed South Joe Lunardi

    Tonight Duke gets a taste of their own medicine as they will see a home court advantage with the Oakland Zoo that rivals the Cameron Krazies. Really feel Lamar Patterson is the X factor, not sure Duke has anybody to keep with his versatility. Pitt needs to out tough Duke and be unrelenting on the glass, if so, Duke could be in trouble this evening.

    For Pitt, make Jabari Parker earn everything, get back into the half court defense. Great chance on National TV for the Panthers led by a great coach of their own to make a statement tonight.

    Go Pitt!

  4. Boy, can’t state how jazzed I am for this one…

    Duke, of course, one of the world’s finest academic institutions has an impressive catalog of alumni.

    The university has graduated two presidents of nations in the Western hemisphere. Richard Nixon was a Blue Devil as was former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos.

    Many have left Durham to make their mark in broadcasting and journalism. Smart but smug Dan Abrams went there. As did Chicago sports talkster, Dan Bernstein. Seth Davis and Jay Bilas are both Dukies. Jay is in the house tonight as a matter of fact. John Feinstein spoiled few good walks on the Duke campus. David Hartman wished people “Good Morning” while doing a “walk through” Durham.

    A few notables in entertainment. After working at Mystic Pizza, Annabeth Gish left her native Iowa and attended Duke. Lovely songwriter and reality television personality, Kara DioGuardi, is a Dukie. And Ken Jeong presumably did not hang out in car trunks or befriend bearded Zach Galifianakis types in Durham (he’s a physician, don’t you know).

    Of course, the list is not complete without one Dick Groat. The real “Crash” Davis ? Why, he played ball at Duke. And just because I love his name, former major leaguer Quinton McCracken makes my list.

    The fictional lawyer portrayed by actress Catherine Bell on “JAG” went to Duke Law School. I mention this only because it never sucks to think about Ms. Bell. I dated a lovely southern women who graduated from Duke. She didn’t want to live in the Upper Midwest anymore, and I didn’t want to move to anywhere below the Mason-Dixon line. So we parted ways which worked out for me as I met my wife not too long after.

    And, of course, as most know, our own Groatie right here on the blog graduated from Duke and is at the Zoo tonight.

    This Sunday, Wilver’s Virgina will be highlighted.

    Go Pitt!!!!

  5. Here we go…

    Duke in the Duke Blue unis with white numbers and trim. Pitt in the gold homes and blue numbering.

    Pitt wins the tip. Both teams start in man to man with young Parker on Z.

  6. Dick Groat received a commerative basketball from both coaches. What a great night. H2P.

  7. Young with a drive and gets fouled, JRob with a drive and easy bucket, Patterson with a drive and gets to the line…Pitt attacking the rim early on offense, playing with no fear.

  8. First media timeout at crazy Pete: Pitt off to a strong start. 8-2 Pittsburgh.

  9. Josh Newkirk, y’all.

    Penetration and the dish!

  10. Duke always seems to play great D.
    Up to Pitt to pass through it and score.

    The electricity is even coming through my TV.

  11. Wow, refs letting them play a bit, appeared Young was able to draw body and not sure that block by Jones was not clean.

    Pitt getting minutes from everybody tonight as Coach Dixon has played nine players early.

  12. Keep it up, Mr. Wright!

  13. I hope all this missed bunnies 2-3 feet from the basket do not come back to haunt Pitt.

  14. Good start overall. The unfortunate trend of missing close shots continues though.

  15. Duke settling in. Parker is pretty good.

  16. Will I be watching Parker next year at the Bradley Center or will he be doing his thing in Philly?

    That is the question.

  17. Like what I am seeing from Mike Young tonight, finally getting a little more assertive on offensive end.

  18. Parker with at least a 25 foot shot that clanks off the iron.

    Freshmen.

    • Dude is impressive though. Quick, great footwork. Dribbles like a point guard and a threat from inside and out.

      NBA scouts are busy on the IPads tonight. Hopefully, they are making a note or two about Patterson.

  19. Parker with 16 of Duke’s 31 points, Panthers have to figure way to slow him down a little.

  20. When did Artis become a three point threat? Has come up with some big shots in opening half.

  21. Intermission in Oakland:

    Duke 34 Pitt 32

    Fun, physical first half. This one goes down to the wire.

  22. Great opening half of basketball. Stats just about dead even. Pitt 16 boards, Duke 18, Pitt shooting 41%, Duke 40%, Pitt 3-4 from behind the arc, Duke 6-11, Pitt 9-12 from line, Duke 4-4 and turnovers at 5 a piece.

    Jamie Dixon has been known to make great adjustments, and listening to him in the interview before heading into the locker room, he stated we are in real good shape, almost as if he knows what team can do in second half.

    Really would like to see Pitt get off to quick start, get crowd going and put Duke on their heels. Should be an exciting conclusion.

  23. Have to get out there on Hood.

    Sometimes, Pitt is unselfish to a fault. One extra pass has killed a few opportunities tonight.

  24. Pitt simply HAS to play better perimeter D.
    Duke has way too many open looks from there.

  25. JRob’s paint penetration and kick out to Wright, a thing of beauty.

    42-40 Duke at first media TO of the second half.

  26. DEJAN ON CAMERA!

  27. Pitt just can not get a stop on defense, as Duke getting whatever look they want on offense at this point. If Panthers are to pull this out their trademark D better show up final 12 + minutes.

  28. Not athletic enough to play them man. Can’t play zone because they’re shooting lights out from three. Pretty much screwed right now.

  29. Duke offense owning Pitt’s defense.

    GET A STOP.

  30. Unfortunately Lamar Patterson chose tonight to remember he was Lamar Patterson.

  31. Starting to get away from them.

    Ref almost tee’d up Dixon.

  32. Pitt needs to regain composure, or this one is over.

  33. Was not disappointed when Pitt lost to Cincy, was not disappointed when Pitt lost at Syracuse, the way this game is starting to turn out is disappointing.

    Pitt starting to lose all the little battles, have not been able to make a run primarily due to inability to string together stops and when they do get a stop Duke is their for a tip in or second chance opportunity.

    Next few minutes have now reached critical stage.

  34. Duke with 10 three pointers this evening, half their points on outside deep shooting where they are better than 50% on the night.

  35. Talent. It’s a dirty 6 letter word.

  36. Jamie needs to get his act together about getting on the court or Goodell will take a draft choice from the Steelers.

  37. So worried about Parker. You forget how talented the rest of ‘em are. Dawkins very good tonight.

    Jay Bilas who knows a thing or two about Duke says this is the best they have looked this year on the road.

  38. Ballgame.
    Pitt has had a great season so far, but Duke is rounding out into tournament form. No shame losing to a better team. Better athletes, better shooters, same tenacity on D as Pitt.

    Need to regroup from this loss and get ready for Virginia Sunday.

    Our blog’s Groat should be wearing a big smile.

    Man, this was an opportunity to shine tonight………

    • Well, lets get at it versus Virginia on Sunday. Will get some more national attention playing on Super Bowl Sunday. Maybe they can shine then.

      • I am not upset with this loss, but very disappointed.
        Until Pitt gets that “star” player, this sort of thing happens to them. Happens every NCAA Tournament, happens in games like this.

        Mr. Sheldon Jeter next year could be that type of player.
        We will see.

  39. Cam Wright should not be allowed to take more than two dribbles with the ball in his hands.

    Anywhere on the floor.

    He’s a turnover waiting to happen.

  40. THUD.

  41. Tonight was good practice for how I’ll feel the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

    DK: Milo is my hero.

  42. Well Duke was by far the better team tonight, using 13-25 shooting from behind the arc to hand Pitt its worse loss of the season. Not going to beat anybody with the type of shooting Duke demonstrated.

    Still a lot of basketball left with 10 more ACC games before post season tournaments beginning with Sunday’s important tilt with UVA in a battle of top four league teams.

    Just disappointed that Pitt has not been able to notch that big win, even though I truly believe this team can compete with most anybody. Just makes those final remaining “big” games all the more important.

  43. Pitt is missing one more quality outside shooter.

    Not sure he’s on this year’s squad.

  44. There’s a whole lot more to being a great coach than x’s and o’s, in game adjustments, defense & rebounding. Great coaches also convince great players to come play for them.

    • But Coach K has a bit of a head start on Jamie, wouldn’t you agree?

      • Between the class next year and already commits from Damon Wilson, Mustapha Herron and being in on some other big players, I think we are starting to see a recruiting uptick.

        Certainly will help when kids see Pitt running and scoring and freshman playing this season.

        Jamie Dixon is a great coach, and I would not want any other individual leading the Pitt hoops program, and I think he is showing he can adjust as well, which should bode very well for the Panthers long term future.

        • Jamie Dixon is not a great coach. That’s reserved for guys who accomplish something in March.

          • 280-89, 3 Big East Titles, 2004 Big East Coach of the Year, 2009 Naismith Coach of the Year, 2011 Sporting News Coach of the Year, 2009 USA Basketball Coach of the Year.

            Not to mention an Elite Eight, Two Sweet Sixteen’s.

            Sorry, but that constitutes a great coach. So easy to get spoiled with all the accomplishments and the heights he has taken Pitt basketball which prior to the Howland/Dixon years was an afterthought that went eight years without an NCAA bid.

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