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Jan. 14, 2010

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No. 16 Pitt at No. 15 Connecticut, XL Center, Hartford, Conn., January 13, 2010


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon


"I'm very proud of our guys. Obviously, everybody knows, I don't have to sit here and tell you how tough this place is to play (in), and what their record is over the years, and how good they are, and how good a program, and everything that goes with it. That needed to be said to recognize how important this game was for us.”


"We came in at halftime; I told them we got beaten on the boards by four. We had to turn that around."


"We out rebounded them by 13 in second half, and clearly that was the difference."


"We just battled. We seemed to get every loose ball in the second half."


"I think Connecticut is the best transition team we've played all year."


Quoting Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun


"Congratulations to Pittsburgh.... We allowed them to, and they did, control the game. Early they looked like they were going to score an awful lot of points. They basically controlled the tempo of the game."


"I felt good at halftime that we were going to come back. We just have a problem with 40 and 35 - 40 full minutes and 35 second shot clocks."


"We got beat on the backboards, miserably, in the second half. And we don't really have an excuse for it."

"I thought they were tough. They were physical. They weren't overwhelmingly big, but they did create mismatches for us, obviously, by spacing the floor. Then if you allow them to play their game and get second-chances - and we don't make any foul shots, six for 13 - it makes life very difficult."

"Congratulations to them, and we have a lot of work to do."


"This has been a season-long problem."


"They played with a sense of purpose and hungriness, and I don't think we played with anywhere near the sense of purpose, particularly offensively."


"We don't execute offensively, or use some of the talent that we have.


On Stanley Robinson:

"For Stanley Robinson to get two rebounds in a game is bewildering to me. The way he was playing, he wasn't going to get more than two rebounds. And I'm not blaming Stanley, trust me."


"Our big three have to be good every night, and they weren't great tonight. Whether it be turnovers, whether it be loose balls - our freshman twice couldn't get down to the floor to get a loose ball. That's what wins those close games, and that's why we've have a pretty good history of winning those close games."


"Bottom line, Pittsburgh took the win, did the right things, made the right plays to win the basketball game."


Quoting Connecticut’s Stanley Robinson


“It starts in practice. We have to look forward and play hard."


"We had a run there but it ended up falling apart. They basically out-toughed us and out-played us."

"I didn't rebound. I have to crash the boards harder. We have to outrebound teams. That's something we used to do."


"It's all our losses have been tough because we've been playing great and then when it gets down to the end we're not doing good."


Quoting Connecticut’s Jerome Dyson


"We still didn't do a good job of playing solid defense. If we don't get stops, we don't get the runs."


"When it came down to it and we got the lead, we didn't get the stops when we needed them."


"We come down make a good play and then let the other team get a three or a layup."


Quoting Connecticut’s Gavin Edwards


"They ran their offense pretty well. We were kind of in disarray the whole game. We never ran things the way we were supposed to, we didn't set screens. It comes down to execution and they just out-executed us."


Quoting Connecticut’s Kemba Walker


"We play in spurts and that's something we have to get out of. We have to go out there and play 40 minutes. A lot of times we don't."


"Is there frustration? Nobody likes to lose. One thing we have to understand is that it's not easy to win."

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