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Nov. 2, 2012

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Hawaii-Hilo at Pitt, Exhibition Game Two, Petersen Events Center, November 2, 2012

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon

Opening Statement:

“We had good practice this week; I was looking forward to how we would look on the floor. We did some good things, we were unselfish, we had low turnovers, and we forced turnovers which we were trying to do, 24 again. Our offense didn’t flow; we’ve got to make some shots, some threes, and some free throws. I thought we played hard, we played unselfish and those were the most important things. Lot of good things in that regard, we can get better and we will. We’ll get after it tomorrow with some execution, just trying to recognize shots and take them. I thought we passed up some and slowed down our offense some. We defended pretty hard, we defended well obviously since they shot 30 percent. We defended well, but we can do better in that area. Got beat off the dribble a little bit, but we have to work on that. Our big men guarded on the perimeter a little more than they’re used to, so that was an adjustment. That’s something we’re going to have work on and get better at it.”

On if this is the set starting five:

“No, not at all. As I said last week, the guys we have out right now are our best defenders. I think James and Tray are the best guard defenders, John’s right there. On the perimeter we’re still trying to find at the other position. In the post, Talib is probably are best defender there. Steve and Dante are neck and neck as far as that, so that’s what we’re looking at right now. I don’t anticipate that being the starting line-up for the rest of the year.”

On how they executed against the zone:

“I thought it was pretty slow. We were walking like we hadn’t played against it. We’ve got to flow in to it and maybe some indecision on what we were doing. It’s not like we haven’t played against the 2-3 every day. It could’ve been a little better.”

Quoting junior guard Trey Zeigler:

On coming off the bench:

“It’s not been a problem. Just trying to find my spots and take good shots. Just taking good shots, that’s the big thing.”

Quoting senior guard Tray Woodall:

On getting the big men more involved in the offense:

“Just got to make sure I’m finding those guys in the right spots. Definitely trying to make sure we feed them when we’re open. Just try to make good passes and make their game easier.”

Quoting freshman guard James Robinson

On playing with Woodall in the backcourt:

“It went a lot smoother tonight than it did last Friday. I think the week of practice really helped us both out. I know a couple times tonight we got caught in each other’s lanes, but we just have to keep working hard together on what we can do for the team every day in practice.”

Quoting Hawaii-Hilo head coach Jeff Law

On the experience of coming to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers:

“The experience for us was tremendous. There was no doubt about it. The travel, just the time zone for our kids - a lot of them haven’t been east of the Rockies (and) the weather, all those kinds of things were new to us. When we do get (to play) exhibition games like against (University of Hawaii) Manoa, Division-I Hawaii, it’s nothing like what we just had tonight. I’m proud of a lot of the things that we did. There’s a lot of work for us to do and we just ran into too much length and too much strength.”

On his thoughts regarding Jamie Dixon and the team:

“He’s got a lot of options and that’s a really, really good thing to have. Tray (Woodall) is a big time player, no doubt about that. I thought James (Robinson) played really well tonight for them. They’re just so big, and they keep on coming off the bench. They don’t really drop a lot, and if he can get those guys to buy into the team concept, you know, throughout the year, I know that they’re not ranked right now but I think they just play such tenacious ‘D.’ They’re so physical, and they’re so strong and I think that having the depth that they have, I think they’ll be very successful.”

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