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Feb. 17, 2009

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Pitt at Connecticut, XL Center, Hartford, Conn., Feb. 16, 2009


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon

Opening comments:


“I’m obviously very proud of our guys and how we battled through.  I know everyone was talking about this game going into it and obviously it lived up to it, especially in our minds as far as the result.”


On his team’s performance:


“It was a great performance by a number of our guys.  I was very impressed how we battled through some things -- had foul trouble, they had foul trouble.  It really came down to a war of attrition.  DeJuan obviously was big on the boards.  He played phenomenally.”


On hitting shots down the stretch:

“I told them in the huddle that we were going to knock some shots down the stretch, when we were missing some wide open ones.  And sure enough, we did.  Levance’s two threes, and Jermaine’s, really changed the game.  Obviously I can’t say enough about Levance, he’s been hitting big shots all his career at Pitt.  And I would certainly say those two fit into that category.”


On the key to the win:


“I thought the key to the game was, simply put, rebounding.  I never thought we could win by that many, but Thabeet being in foul trouble was key.”


Quoting Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun

Opening comments:


“I want to congratulate Pittsburgh on a terrific job.  They came in here and played a particular style of basketball that we hadn’t seen this year, and it was very effective against us.”


On getting down early:


“After playing tentatively early, and physically…getting handled early, we made a nice comeback.  Then we made some poor decisions, and Fields made two great shots to end the game.”


On his team’s play with a five-point lead:’


“The problem was, when we had the five-point lead, I did a very poor job of substituting in the backcourt.  I should have gotten the freshman out of the game, and tried to get someone else in to run the offense.  The offense got stagnated at that time, so it’s my fault.  But they made big play and did a great job and congratulations to Pittsburgh.”


On the physicality of the game:


“It’s just a different type of game than we’ve played all year…We haven’t played in that kind of basketball game.”


On the game:


“Pittsburgh won the game.  When you get caught in a game – racehorse, whatever it may be – you have to adjust.  And we did adjust and got the lead, and then we didn’t get into offense and they made some big plays.”


On the play of Pitt’s DeJuan Blair

“He was wonderful.  He’s a great, great basketball player.  A terrific player, great warrior.  When he’s allowed to roam the post like that and use his physicality in the post, he’s absolutely wonderful.  He’s a nightmare for every single coach.”

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