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Pitt routed by Duke, 81-54

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NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Pitt lost by Duke by 35 at home ten days ago and a similar performance was expected today as the Panthers traveled to play the Blue Devils on the road.

Similar it was, as Pitt was completely outgunned in an 81-54 loss.

Recapping this game would be kind of pointless since we basically just saw it. Not much changed this time around. Pitt struggled to score, struggled to defend, and even the most basic tasks such as getting the ball beyond halfcourt in the allotted time were difficult. Pitt was also beaten badly on the glass and, in a theme we’ve seen all year, turned the ball over way too much.

The result wasn’t unexpected and while frustrating, I’m not sure that any of us envisioned it going much differently. We’re reaching the rinse, repeat part of the season where Pitt is continually turning in bad performances and, with a team full of mostly freshmen, there’s just not much that can be done at this point.

Of some note, I think, is just how bad the team looks. I’m hard-pressed to come up with a single thing they do well. Yes, the team will be better next season as players mature, a decent recruit comes in, and Ryan Luther presumably returns. But this will largely be the same team and I don’t know how you objectively look at these guys and think there will be any kind of significant turnaround. It’s going to take at least one more bad season after this one before the team can be respectable and the question that remains is if head coach Kevin Stallings will be able to last beyond that.

Ugly game, ugly year.

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