That’s a big win for sure. Always a tough place to play and Jeff Jones is a pretty solid coach. I was following on my phone while watching Villanova-Pitt courtside. Worried, when down a bunch early, as I fear the ability to comeback without CJ. But, great win and 2-0 start, against most likely 2 of the best 3 teams, outside of Lehigh, in the conference.
Man, do they defend in the Big East. Every possession is like a wrestling match. Everything contested, everyone doubled inside 12 feet. Pitt plays some ferocious defense and won a very ugly game. Close until the end, with big spread late at the foul line. Not much offense either way. Was good to get a barometer on how good Pitt is after they dismantled Lehigh in the frontcourt. Pitt is now only 2-3 in the Big East. Adams, the frosh center, is really huge, as is the power forward, Zanna. Watching those guys up close, you realize how small we are in comparison. But, Pitt defends every bit as hard as VCU, in a different style, but man is it physical.
Around the PL …
HC wins by 15 at Navy, to bounce back from the Lehigh drubbing. Dudzinski with 16.
Army batters Lafayette at home by 23. Ellis with 23 for Army.
Bucknell rolls at Colgate 73-59. Usual suspects for Bucknell, Muscala 25/10, Johnson 15, Ayers 14, Willman 10. Burnatowski, probably best relatively unknown player in the conference leads Colgate with 17.
Lehigh should have an easy time on Saturday, at home, with Colgate, but really all eyes are on the following game, at Bucknell, next week. That night, we will see for certain, how good Lehigh is without CJ.