Close Call Wednesday Has Panthers Hopeful for Win On Saturday For Retro Day

Pitt held the lead for most of the game on Wednesday, as high as 15 points at times.   But as the game drug on, the young Panthers went cold and they would surrender the lead with less than 2 minutes to play. They were on fire from 3-point range in the first half, but would go 0-14 in the second half.  In the end, they would fall by 4.

On my Panthers Weekly show this past week, I predicted that they would get their first win against Syracuse.  I did not think they would play well enough to beat NC State, and they nearly made liars out of me.   They should really well for about 34 minutes of the game.

During The last 6 minutes the Panthers would take some suspect long range three pointers down the stretch.  They were not able to get Parker Stewart open enough for him to get hot in that second half.

Jared Wilson-Fram was the driving force for Pitt in that game scoring 22 points but most of those points came through early.   The Panthers shot 53% from 3 in that first half and 53% from the field in that half.  As mentioned though, 0-14 in the second half from behind the arc was their ultimate undoing.

I made the prediction of a win at home Saturday because the Orange can struggle offensively. It took them a while to Put Pitt away in the first game, and the Panthers are coming off their best game of the season.

The zone that Syracuse plays may allow Parker Stewart to not only get open often but also get hot.  Carr will need to stay out of foul trouble because their depth at his position is limited.  Jonathan Milligan was largely ineffective against the Orange in his first go around.

The Panthers will have a bit of a reunion as they will welcome back some of their best players ever including the great Jerome Lane.


Speaking of Jerome, This week also marks the 30 year anniversery of this great Pitt Moment.

Pitt (8-13, 0-8 ACC) vs. Syracuse (14-6, 3-4 ACC)
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 • 4:00 p.m. • ACC Network
Pittsburgh, Pa. • Petersen Events Center





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