Feb. 2, 2009
Robert Morris at Pitt, February 2, 2009, Petersen Events Center
Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon:
"That's a good win for us against an NCAA tournament team. Robert Morris played us very tough tonight which is what we anticipated. They're a very good team which does a lot of things very well and they're going to win a lot of games in their league. They're particularly good on offense, but I was also impressed with how they battled the whole way and never gave an inch."
On defending a hot shooting team:
"In that situation you just hope your defense can stick with it and not get too down on itself. If you do that you're going to make some stops and try to slow their momentum down a little bit. Give Robert Morris a lot of credit tonight. I thought we defended pretty well; they just hit some tough shots and really took care of the ball offensively."
On the play of Levance Fields:
"Levance was tremendous tonight. He really ran the show, controlling the pace of the game and getting us into a rhythm on offense. I thought he also played tremendous defense again tonight, which he's been doing a lot lately. Robert Morris' guards didn't quit playing and Levance was really up to the challenge of staying with them the whole time he was on the floor."
On what Mike Rice learned from him:
"I think you'd have to ask him that, really. He has a tremendous passion for the game and a great understanding of what it takes to be successful. He's in a great situation right now with a school that's growing and in a city where he wants to be. When you've been around as many great coaches as Mike has, you can't help but pick up little bits and pieces from all of them."
On Pitt's upcoming schedule:
"It's a little bit rare to play so many Saturday/Monday games. It's almost like being back in the Mountain West or WAC Conference. Fortunately, we're very familiar with all of these teams that we're playing, so I don't think preparation is going to be much of a factor. What you worry about more is fatigue, and making sure you have your legs at the end of that second game. It can be a challenge sometimes, but we have a pretty good idea how to handle that."
Quoting Pitt's Levance Fields:
On Pitt's offense:
"I thought we just did a good job playing our game tonight. We made the extra pass and were very unselfish with the ball. We pushed it pretty effectively in transition, and when we had some open shots we were able to knock them down."
On playing Robert Morris:
"It can be a bit of a challenge. You can't overlook anyone, but at the same time you're aware that it's a non-conference game in the middle of conference play. Those are the kind of games that can trap you sometimes, but I thought we handled it well. They're a very talented team. We just came out and battled hard."
Quoting Pitt's Jermaine Dixon:
On facing a zone defense:
"Coach Dixon is always preaching to us that when you see a zone, you want to try and catch the ball in the middle. If you can get the ball there, you can either take an open drive, an open shot or get a good pass out of it. I've just been trying to get to middle and take advantage every time we see a zone."
Quoting Pitt's Ashton Gibbs:
On his play:
"It's nice to be getting a little more playing time. I've been working very hard with my coaches, just practicing every chance I get. It definitely makes you more confident, and it's a good feeling when it finally starts to pay off."
Quoting Robert Morris Head Coach Mike Rice:
"Once we got out of our own way and started making mistakes, it was difficult. We can't do that against a top five team in the country. We stopped ourselves. Pitt is very good in transition. We tried to keep it simple by playing the game by every four minutes. I thought we did some good things even though we didn't see much of us out there. Pitt has size, strength and they're disciplined."
On the loss to Pitt:
"It's difficult to come into the Petersen Events Center and survive the crowd and a Jamie Dixon-coached team. We're just not used to that in our conference. Playing a game like this tells you where you are. It will help us find weakness. Tonight, we found some things out about our team that we might not find in our league that we'll attack in practice."
"They are beasts. I think they have more scorers. They have 10 guys that can score and we only have six. That's a cure to win. They don't blink. Pitt stays calm in a situation and they continue to play their game."
Quoting Robert Morris' Jeremy Chappell:
"It was fun playing against these guys. We know them from playing in the summers, but we were still trying to get a win. We came out strong and then got too comfortable and that's where Pitt took over. We had a good second half."
"It's good to play out of conference, but it's still on the road and it's still a loss, but we'll take it because it will help us bounce back. This game showed that guys are getting too comfortable and now we just need to get back to business. This loss will help us in the long run."