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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

ORLANDO, Fla. — Morning, Lunatics …

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>> The Thursday column on Pitt’s two terrific seniors, Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna, wasn’t really written by me. It was written, essentially, by the Cam Wright interview that preceded it.

And just so you don’t think Wright was the only one piling praise upon those two on the eve of the NCAA Tournament’s tipoff, here’s James Robinson on the same topic, though this couldn’t fit within the column’s space: “They’re our fifth-year seniors, so we know they want it more just for themselves, this being the last go-round. So as younger players it’s our duty to make sure we leave it all out there for them. They’ve taught us a lot. They put the team on their back many times this year. They’ve been great leaders for us. This is our last opportunity to show them how much we appreciate them.”

Only in college sports. Wonderful.

Tipoff for Pitt-Colorado is 1:40 p.m., and beat man Kevin Gorman has the preview.

The Panthers must cope with a different brand of ball, by Gorman. And this isn’t about styles. It’s about the actual ball. Interesting stuff.

The battle of the big men could be pivotal, by Greg Auman.

Here’s some of what Patterson and Robinson had to say before the Panthers’ shootaround yesterday …

And here, from back home, is yesterday’s opening of Pitt uber-insider Chris Peak’s new TribLIVE Radio show …

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pitt page.

Here’s Chris Horner’s photo gallery from the scene.

Here’s Colorado news from the Boulder Daily Camera.

Here’s the NCAA’s official March Madness page.

>> Maurice Jones-Drew in the house? Awesome. Is it still 2011?

I kid, I kid!

Hey, he’s only 28, and he’s been a premier talent most of his career in Jacksonville. No question he’d be a fine fit in a support role with Le’Veon Bell. In fact, he could be everything Todd Haley had hoped he was getting from LaRod Stephens-Howling or Felix Jones. Bear in mind that MJD made all 43 of those catches last season without a quarterback.

I kid, I kid!

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page.

>> The Pirates will be without backup catcher Chris Stewart only about a month after his knee surgery yesterday, Travis Sawchik reports from Fort Myers.

That’s much less than it could have been, and it bodes well for Tony Sanchez sticking. Or not. The next few days will tell a lot about how management really feels about Sanchez, I think.

Starling Marte wants to keep swinging, by Sawchik.

But hey, never mind all that. Have you seen Andrew McCutchen doing these batting stances, including even Roberto Clemente?

The one that floored me was Albert Pujols tilting his head back. Fabulous.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

>> They’re calling young Connor McDavid the ‘next Sidney Crosby’ up in Erie. Josh Yohe drove up I-79 to take a look at McDavid’s impact on the sport and on the northwestern corner of our commonwealth.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page, with more on tonight’s game at Joe Louis.

Here are official game highlights on NHL.com.

Here’s Red Wings news from the Dallas Morning News.

>> I’ll call in to TribLIVE Radio, live from Amway Center, at 11:30 a.m.

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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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