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Pitt notebook: Duquesne coach praises Pitt

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 8:04 p.m.
Pitt's Tray Woodall scores past Duquesne's P.J. Torres in the first half of the City Game on Wednesday at Consol Energy Center. Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review

• Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said following his team's City Game loss that Pitt was “significantly better” than No. 15 Georgetown, whom the Dukes played on the road Nov. 11. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said Ferry told him the same thing but figured he was just trying to give him a hard time so the media would jump on it. “Georgetown is good, we're good. It's who's going to be good next month and February and March,” Dixon said. “We've got a long way to go. But I was excited because we improved on the things we wanted to this week.”

• Dixon said he got the sense in practice Thursday that his players knew they didn't play as well as they could have against Duquesne. “They focus more on the offensive part, probably, individuals, and we probably had some guys who felt they could have played better in that regard. I think they came out ready to do something about it, and that's good. I think they've seen our improvement, and they're excited about what they can become.”

• The Panthers have just four games remaining in the nonconference schedule, and while it's easier to compare rankings in statistical categories once the Big East season opens, Dixon said he does still look at how his team measures up in some areas. Pitt's scoring offense is ranked fourth (74.8 points per game), their scoring defense is second (54.7 points per game) and they lead in field-goal percentage (49.4 percent) and rebounding defense (28.6 per game).

• Cameron Wright, whose father passed away at the beginning of the season, said he's gotten the same support from his teammates that he has from his family. “That's why I always mention they're like my brothers. I guess since they're my brothers, I would say my coaches are like my uncles,” he said. “I'm not going to say they're my dad. I feel even stronger knowing (my dad's) with me.”

— Karen Price

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