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March 14, 2012

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Wofford at Pitt, CBI Opening Round, March 14, 2012, Petersen Events Center

Pitt 81, Wofford 63

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon:

Opening Statement:

“It’s been an interesting couple days figuring out what we were doing. The guys really wanted to play and they came out and played. I’m proud of that and if you have guys that want to play that’s good. We played well and it was against a very good team. Watching Wofford as we prepared, I was so impressed with what they do offensively, how they run their stuff. Obviously, we knew that from before and they’ve been in the NCAA tournament the past two years. A very good team, a very experienced team and they’re used to winning. We guarded well early, shot the ball well, just really moved the ball well with 20 assists and six turnovers. You don’t know what’s going to happen in a game like this. You wonder if guys are going to look for their own, and you just don’t know. Obviously we haven’t been in this situation before, but I’m very proud of our guys going forward. Our goal at the start of the year was to cut down on our turnovers, but we didn’t do that. Maybe this is a good sign with only six turnovers this game. J.J. was great tonight; I thought he played very well defensively. Lamar played very well and it’s good to see young guys getting better. Talib and Tray played very well as well. We played good defense even though we let them get going a little in the second half. We really wanted to keep Loesing out of the paint and he’s a special player, we knew that from watching film. He’s as good a guard as we’ve seen. A good win for us and I’m happy about it even though it’s in a different situation for us.”

On the way Pitt played given the circumstances:

“We had a really good practice Sunday, and we had all 14 guys out there for like the first time all year. It’s as good a practice as we’ve had. We anticipated getting in to the NIT and then when we weren’t, we found ourselves in the situation we’re in. It’s been a different year for us, there’s no question. It’s been tough on our guys, but they wanted to play and I was eager to see how they would come out. We came out and defended well and we shot and passed the ball well. We were unselfish and that says a lot about our guys. We wish we were in the NCAA tournament, but we’re not. We’re trying to do the best we can with this. Guys wanting to play is a good thing and guys that are unselfish is always a good thing and that’s what we had tonight.”

On being outrebounded in the game:

“That was interesting. At the beginning they took a lot of long shots which became long rebounds, giving them 5 or 6 offensive rebounds from the get go. We were addressing that all during the timeouts and at halftime because the rebounds were close at that time. We didn’t do as good a job and we didn’t get many put backs, but that’s what happens when you don’t miss many shots. We need to do a better job. I thought their 14 offensive rebounds was the most disappointing part.”

Quoting Pitt’s J.J. Moore:

On playing with the lack of attendance:

“I got my energy from my team off the bench and on the court.  We had our true fans there.  No matter what they were behind us whether we were down or not.”

On the loudness of the crowd after his half court buzzer beater:

“The fans were behind me.  The true fans were there.  They had our back.  I showed them that this is what Pitt is about.”

On Coach Dixon being tough on them throughout the game:

“He told us to stick with it and not to let up. Like Lamar (Patterson) said, it’s a game of runs.  They had their runs but we stuck with it and played as a team.”

Quoting Pitt’s Lamar Patterson:

On the importance of extending the season:

“It’s very important.  We are looking to build momentum going into the off season and working hard.  The extra games are great.  We get extra practice time with the team and more coaching from Coach Dixon and the rest of the staff.  It’s great right now.”

On being outrebounded:

“That is something we didn’t do well today.  We will definitely work on it in practice.”

On Wofford’s Run:

“Basketball is a game of runs and they have a bunch of shooters that can get hot.  We had our run after and didn’t look back.”

Quoting Wofford Head Coach Mike Young

Opening Statement:

“I think that this is unfamiliar territory for the Panthers and they could have come in here and lopped around and not been sharp, but they were sharp.  They were clearly the better team.  I thought we had a good game plan, we were fired up.  Then right before the game, I looked up at the score board and saw that the Panthers had only lost 19 times in here in 11 years.  I wasn’t sure our chances were very good after seeing that statistic.  Hats off to Coach Dixon and their guys, I thought they played very well.”

On this game meaning something to rebound next year:

“I don’t think there is any question.  I think we saw four or five games coming in, J.J. Moore was a little bit better than I had anticipated.  We all know how good Tray Woodall is and I’ve seen the kid coming in from New Zealand (Steven Adams). Jamie (Dixon) will have this team back to where you guys are accustomed to being.  This is a blip on the screen for them.  They are going to be just fine.”

On Pitt’s three point shooting:

“That is the basketball gods.  When you play like we did in the first half, and they make one from the bottom of the shot clock at 40 feet, and they make one from mid-court to end the half, they just played well.  We didn’t think, with the exception of Tray Woodall and Ashton Gibbs, that they were a great shooting team.  J.J. Moore certainly disproved that tonight.  They are Big East players and Big East players do things like that.”

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