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State Recap: Pitt edition

Following one of the most disappointing 3 game stretches in recent memory, the Wolfpack fought back from 7 down to get a much needed win against the floundering Pitt Panthers. The Pack had to play small ball throughout using a variety of wing heavy lineups. Offensively, Terry Henderson and Maverick Rowan were the key tonight, shooting a combined 10 for 19 from beyond the arc to provide the spark.

While I’m not ready to say the ship has been righted, I am happy to see that the Pack came out with an improved level of intensity. I think it’s safe to say that a fire must have been lit under this team’s ass. Even though the defense came in spurts (still confused with amoeba D – why don’t we play straight up man-to-man!?), the effort was consistent the Pack showed some character in the last 8 minutes. Overall, good win.

Player(s) of the Game: Omer Yurtseven

Could have gone with Mav tonight, but I need to give some props to the big guy. He still needs to be tougher, but 12 and 16 boards is nothing to shake a stick at. And with Abdul Malik-Abu still battling to figure things out, his play was tonight was crucial. Also, that stroke from the free throw line looked smooth coming down the stretch. If (gigantic IF) this team ever really puts it shit together, it’s nice to know we have a big we can keep in for late game situations.

Honorable Mention: Michael Young

The guy can fill it up. Obviously, he’s been around, but I came away really impressed with his game.

What’s Next:

The Wolfpack (13-6, 2-4) take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-7, 1-4) at the PNC Arena on Saturday. Both teams have struggled out of the gate in ACC play, but the Pack needs a W here before heading on the road to play at Duke then at Louisville.

Sidebar:

Don’t have stats on me, but I feel like we’ve been beaten Pitt a lot since they’ve joined the ACC. Must be a good match-up. Also, props to Coach Schroyer for leaving the all black at home. Just open collar is a start, but we’ll set up an RCS fundraiser to get you those gameday ties.