I thought I would do a recap of the Providence game and give a few thoughts before tonight’s Big Monday showdown with Louisville:
The Providence game was a much closer and more entertaining game than I expected. I believe the line for the game was Pitt -13. Providence certainly didn’t play like a team that was in the bottom half of the Big East. Pitt’s star of the day was Aaron Gray and his 22 point performance despite sitting out much of the first half. Gray benefitted from Providence playing a matchup man to man defense much of the game. This allowed Gray to get very deep low-post position which got him many good looks at the basket. Surprisingly, Providence really dominated in rebounding. Kendall had a very good 10 rebound performance but Gray only grabbed 7 and Young only grabbed 4. The guard play, which has been the key to victory over the past month, wasn’t up to the usual standards. Graves made a couple of big plays late in the game and Fields didn’t have a turnover but other than that a listless game out of the backcourt. Also I was glad to see Sam Young get some more minutes as a reward for his improving play. I’m not as up on him as other people I think he leaves a lot to be desired on the offensive end. He is a turnover machine and he takes a ton of bad shots but some games those bad shots fall. Defensively though I think he is becoming a real physical presence. His speed and jumping ability make him difficult to score on even though he isn’t all there in terms of position and defensive savvy.
The Zoo wasn’t that into the game either. We made our usual amount of noise but the atmosphere Saturday inside the Pete was lacking. Just from looking I don’t think the Zoo was completely filled up. We are on our way to a Big East title lets bring the intensity every game. You never know when a team is going to sneak up on you and give you a tough game. We are the class of the Big East and every team is going to give us their best game. Also DONT LEAVE WHEN ITS A TWO POSSESSION GAME WITH TWO MINUTES TO GO. Rant over:)
I really want a blowout tonight because I hate Rick Pitino. Its personal with me I was and kind of still am a huge Celtics fan, Larry Bird is basketball Jesus. Pitino ruined the C’s with a bunch of terrible trades, Kenny Anderson running the point when he was 58 years old to name one. Back on topic to the game tonight, look for Gray to have a huge game. David Padgett just got injured and his back up is only 6-8. Gray should be able to get a bunch of great looks at the basket. Hopefully, he can stay out of foul trouble and be a force on the offensive glass. Louisville has been disappointing this year and I can’t see them having enough to stop us tonight.
Prediction Pitt 72 Louisville 58