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Dec. 22, 2009

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Ohio at Pitt, December 22, 2009, Petersen Events Center


Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon


Opening Statement:


“Ohio is a very good team and their record of 7-4 indicates that. They’re going to win a lot of games this year, they’re very well coached, they’re deep and they’ve got great guards. I thought we played great defense tonight as well as we were unselfish on offense. We made good decisions early on and I thought it was a good performance from our guys. We still need to cut down on turnovers. I thought we were doing a great job of that, but we got careless at the end. We’ll continue to improve now that we have our two most experienced players in Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown back. They’ll make everyone better. I give credit to Jermaine with all that he’s battled through this year. It just goes to show what type of character he has.”


On Gilbert Brown’s play:


“I had an idea of what was going to happen with Gilbert. I wanted to split minutes between him and Nasir Robinson at that position and we were productive from that spot with both of them shooting 9-9. The only drawback was their seven turnovers.”


On the play of Jermaine Dixon:


“Jermaine is a very good off the dribble defender. Most of our guys haven’t guarded that and Jermaine is exceptional. We put him on Ohio’s key player early and he didn’t get too many open looks.”


On the team:


“We’re a defensive team and we’re improving. We were able to give guys less minutes because of our depth and when that happens, we’re more productive.”


Quoting Pitt’s Gilbert Brown


On playing in his first game this year:


“I adjusted. It’s rough playing in a game with only a few practices under my belt, but I made sure I worked hard to stay in shape so I could come back and contribute. I still need to get back into game shape. Because we go so hard in practice, I expect my game legs in couple weeks.”


Quoting Pitt’s Jermaine Dixon


On his play:


“My foot has been feeling better in practice so I feel like I’m getting my stride back and I’m able to drive to the basket. My confidence is building and I’m putting in good minutes. I’m conditioned and I feel good.”


Quoting Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs


On Gilbert Brown’s return:


“He’s a great player. He brought a lot of energy to the floor. We expect great things out of him and there’s more to come.”


On heading into Big East Play:


“The Big East is one of the best conferences in the country and it has some of the best players. We are looking forward to it and we’re anxious to get started. We’ve got through our non-conference schedule by playing hard, especially on defense. Coach Dixon is tough minded and he prepared us physically and mentally for our games and it’s getting us through.”


Quoting Head Ohio University Coach John Groce


Opening Statement:


“We always talk a lot to our guys about playing with toughness and that is what Pitt did to a high level from start to finish. Pitt’s screening, physicality and rebounding wore on our basketball team during the game. Jermaine Dixon had a nice flow and with Gilbert Brown back, Pitt is more potent. We were entirely too soft, that’s what it comes down too. We weren’t tough enough. We have a lot of work to do. After the break we play on December 29th and we’ll be a heck of a lot better and tougher.  


On preparing for Pitt:


“We’ve played a lot of games recently. Every two days we have had a game. We had a good feel for Pitt and were well prepared. It was their toughness and our lack of it that led to the disparity in the score.”


On shooting 23.9 percent from the floor:


“Obviously, you’re not going to win a lot of games only shooting 24 percent. Pitt had a good lead in field goal percentage and our players were taking the shots but they weren’t falling. Pitt played a high level of offense and got away from us early.”


On chemistry after Pitt’s first half 20-3 lead:


“We played nine guys 15 minutes or more. It wasn’t as effective as it needed to be. I don’t think there was one combination of players that was better than another. It comes down to the toughness and quality of a team like Pitt.”


On the play of Ohio’s Armon Bassett:


“His expectations were high for himself after not playing for 15 months. At times I thought he was one of the few players out there taking quality shots. He had a better game and will become sharper and adjust more as the season continues”

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