Pitt basketball enjoys season of giving
Pitt has always had good numbers when it comes to having high assists and low turnovers.
In 10 games this season, the Panthers have been even better than usual. Going into Saturday's game against Bethune-Cookman, they are second in Division I with 18.9 assists per game, just behind No. 21 North Carolina (20.1), and first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.05). They're turning the ball over an average of 9.2 times per game, second-lowest in the country.
“The numbers this year are pretty impressive, there's no question,” coach Jamie Dixon said. “I think having two point guards on the floor has something to do with it a lot of the times, but we've done that before. We'll see as we get into conference play, but I think even at this point you can tell.”
Freshman James Robinson is tied for eighth in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.25), and Lamar Patterson isn't far behind, coming in at 12th (3.90). Tray Woodall ranks 20th at 3.29.
Dixon said Patterson gives them a different component than they've had in the past — a small forward who's also a high assist-to-turnover guy. Their big men have also done a decent job in that area, and Dixon said it's a combination of everything that's making them so successful.
“It has to be everything because you can't have the numbers that we have and have it be just one thing or one guy,” he said. “It's really something that's spreading, too.”
The Panthers racked up 21 assists in their last game, an 89-47 win over North Florida, their third-highest total of the season behind Delaware (25) and Fordham (24). Ospreys coach Matt Driscoll said after the game that they counted on the Panthers passing a lot and hoped to use it against them.
“They probably could take a whole lot more shots, especially when they get in close, but they're always looking to pass the ball,” Driscoll said. “That's kind of what we game-planned a little bit. We knew they weren't going to take shots unless it was under 15 seconds or 10 seconds because they're always trying to get the next guy a shot and sometimes that hurts them when they do that. … But it's impressive the way they share the sugar.”
Robinson believes his team's willingness to share has helped it get to a 9-1 record.
“I wish sometimes the big men would be a little more selfish when they get the ball and score it,” he said. “But across the board we're unselfish, and I think that's one of the reasons why we've been successful so far.”
Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at email@example.com or 412-320-7980.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Former Tennessee DE Hendrix announces transfer to Pitt
- Experts high on Pitt tackle Clemmings entering NFL Draft
- Pitt women’s basketball team picks up Southern Cal transfer
- Pitt AD Barnes has enjoyed varied career in college sports
- Pitt lands shooting guard from Coppin State
- Top 30 guard shooting Heron decommits from Pitt
- Ex-Woodland Hills standout making impression at safety for Pitt
- Pitt hires Utah State’s Barnes as its next athletic director