Pitt lost a Big East battle to Louisville 64-61 on Monday night and it's not hard to pick out why Pitt lost this one. The foul shooting ended up an abysmal 3-12. It is just another game where the free throw line was a major factor in the loss. Pitt also played uncharacteristically bad with their interior defense, allowing the Cardinals to get easy dunks more often than not. Another major sequence was a missed layup by Cameron Wright, and a missed put back by JJ Moore against air. Despite all of these frustrations, Pitt nearly pulled off an improbable win against a very good Louisville team.
Pitt received some very strong performances from Steven Adams and Dante Taylor. Adams finished with eight points, seven rebounds, and a block. His biggest play of the night may have been beating full court pressure off the dribble before getting fouled. He is slowly turning into a really good player, his past few games are evidence to that. Lamar Patterson led the team with four turnovers, but made some important three pointers to keep Pitt in the game. Woodall also made some big shots, but missed a key one and one in crunch time.
The general consensus out there is Pitt played terrible, yet found a way to stay in it. I may not agree with the masses. Pitt gutted out a tough loss on the road. There were plenty of times Louisville could have stretched this thing out of reach, but Pitt kept coming back. Pitt shot well from behind the arc, and out rebounded the Cardinals as well. They also cut down the turnovers in the second half, but still the negatives are often more noticeable. This team is a work in progress, but to lose by three to a team that is not too far removed from being number one is not all that bad. Pitt gets a crack with #6 Syracuse at home Saturday.