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Jan. 16, 2010

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Louisville at No. 16 Pitt, January 16, 2010, Petersen Events Center


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon


Opening Statement:


“We found a way to win. They’re a good team with good players. It was a well executed game and we battled through. I’m not going to single out any guys. The rebounding numbers speak to how well our guys played, especially against a rebounding team. It was a good win against a good team.”


On Nasir Robinson:


“I love that kid. I remember recruiting him. You find things wrong with him but he plays so hard and just keeps getting better. He brings energy, is positive, and works hard. He played well against UConn. His numbers weren’t big, but his energy and his positive attitude were. He’s finding his role on the team. He’s a good kid and I’m proud of him.”


On the strength of the team:


“They want to get better and that is a talent. They are willing to be coached. Nasir is in the gym shooting free throws everyday. They understand what they need to do to get better. It sounds simple but not easily attained.”


On the Inbound Play to Brad for three:


“The timeout was key. We were able to set up a man and zone play. It just worked. We got it to the right guy. Jermaine made the key pass. You need all five guys doing what they’re supposed to do.”


On the season:


“This season is not different. It’s up to us to decide how good we are. In the end, every season is enjoyable. Improvement is fun. People talk about it and say it, but this team has done it. They want to do things. I know they will be there an hour before practice on Monday working to get better.”


On the atmosphere:


“It was tremendous. I always say don’t take crowds for granted. It’s easy to root for an unselfish team like ours. They are tremendous and always are. We have a special place at the Peterson Events Center.”


On Jermaine Dixon’s impact:


“It’s his team. He’s our toughest guy and he’s going to lead us.”


Quoting Pitt’s Jermaine Dixon


On the second half and overtime:


“The difference for us was rebounding. We out-rebounded them in the second half and in overtime as well as we were able to get more defensive stops. I knew it wasn’t over for us when time was ticking down. I remember when my brother, (Juan Dixon) was playing for Maryland, they were up by ten against Duke in the final minute and they ended up losing. I knew with the shooters we have that we could come down the floor and make a few big buckets and play defense.”


On the team:


“I think we are playing beyond our years, but it’s just basketball to us. Coach Dixon says that we’re as young as we play and that it’s up to us. When a lot of people were counting us out, we knew we were ready to play and that we could play with any team in the country. We work hard in and out of practice and we have an unbelievable chemistry.  Once Gilbert Brown and I were back, that’s when things started rolling for us. The good thing about this year’s team is that there isn’t one superstar. We all bring a threat, where as last year, coaches were more worried about Levance Fields, Sam Young and DeJuan Blair.”


On Nasir Robinson:


“I give him a lot of credit. He plays hard. When he’s on his game, he’s tough to stop and when he’s on, we’re harder to beat.”


Quoting Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs


On Louisville:


“They are a good team and they play hard. They play great defense and they work really hard and it shows in the game. They were tight on me all game, so I didn’t get a lot of open looks, but when I did, I took advantage and knocked it down.”


On starting 5-0 in Big East play:


“I don’t think we’re a target. I think there are still some people who doubt us, we just need to keep on playing hard in practice and taking it into the game.”


Quoting Pitt’s Nasir Robinson


On his play:


“Once I got my first bucket, I got into a grove and just kept rolling. I’ve been working on my free throws and I was able to concentrate more and make more of them.”


Quoting Pitt’s Brad Wanamaker


On his final free throws of regulation:


“By far, those were the hardest free throws I’ve had to make. The guys just told me to relax and imagine it was practice and there was no one around. I did and I hit both of them.”


On his key three point shot:


“Coach designed a play during the time out and it worked. They thought Ashton was the shooter and they followed him and left me open. Jermaine got me the ball and I made the shot.”

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