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Nov. 9, 2008

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Pitt vs. LaRoche, Exhibition Game, November 9, 2008


Quoting Pitt’s Head Coach Jamie Dixon:


Opening Statement:


“Games like this are good for both schools. I think it’s a nice opportunity for a school like La Roche to come in here and play. We get a lot out of it too. They were very patient on offense today and really ran some great sets against us. There were some looks we hadn’t seen before so it was good work for our defense and a chance for us to get better.”


On the status of Levance Fields:


“It’s his decision when he can play. The injury isn’t where we hoped it would be at this point and there’s no way to sugarcoat that. He’s been playing with the injury for almost 11 months now. That affects everything you do as a player, be it conditioning to just basic basketball skills. It’s very limiting and it’s not how you want to prepare for a season.”


On the play of Ashton Gibbs and Travon Woodall:


“They may be freshmen but that’s the kind of play we expect out of them. I thought Travon’s defense really stood out today, especially because we’ve been trying to get him to be more aggressive on that end of the floor.  It says a lot though when both players are hustling and diving for loose balls even when you’re up big on the scoreboard.”


On Pitt’s point guards:


“We’re pretty comfortable with all of our guards. Obviously, if Levance Fields isn’t able to go right away you’re losing 120 games of experience that you can’t replace. But both Ashton Gibbs and Travon Woodall played in big games in high school, so they are somewhat familiar with pressure situations. Both of them have been very steady so far and are working hard to get better on defense.”


On Gilbert Brown’s status:


“He thought he might be able to play Friday night against Fairleigh Dickinson, although we’re still not sure. With a foot injury there’s not a lot of conditioning you can do, so you don’t want to rush him back in there cold. Hopefully this won’t be a long term thing and he’s able to get healthy and just move forward.”


Quoting Pitt’s Sam Young:


On Pitt’s versatility:


“I think this is probably the most versatile team we’ve had since I got here. We have a lot of guys that can play different positions because of their size and skill. Once we get used to playing with each other at these different spots, I think we can be very dangerous.”


On playing small forward:


“It’s a challenge, but it’s something I like doing. I realize that playing these two positions gives us a lot of options as a team and makes me a more dangerous player. Depending on the scout and who we’re playing, I can either post-up a smaller guy as a small forward or take a bigger guy off the dribble at power forward. I’m really looking forward to getting more experience at small forward in games that count.”


Quoting Pitt’s Tyrell Biggs:


On Pitt’s play:


“I think you can take something out of every game. Coach told us at halftime that he really liked our patience on defense, especially that we weren’t biting on all their ball fakes. You can learn something and get better in every game you play. I’m very much looking forward to starting the regular season. We beat each other up so much in practice that I’m looking forward to going at it against another team.”


Quoting Pitt’s Jermaine Dixon:


On getting the start:


“It’s really nice, but I know it doesn’t mean I can let up or anything. We have a lot of talented players on this roster, especially at the guard position. In practice we rotate through a lot of different lineup combinations, so I guess today it was just my turn to get the start. I just went out and tried to make the most of the opportunity.”

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