3 Thoughts From SU vs Pitt

SU (18-3) was unable to bounce back from their loss to Villanova last Saturday and ended up suffering a loss to the hands of the Pittsburgh Panthers (17-5). Here are 3 thoughts from the game:

1. The interior presence of the Orange was seen as a possible problem when the season started and it has now become one of their most glaring weaknesses. The Pittsburgh Panthers were able to get good looks underneath the basket and ended up outrebounding the Orange by 16. Talib Zanna was able to capitalize on the weakness by grabbing six offensive rebounds and had 12 rebounds overall. Freshman Jerami Grant led the Orange with 5 rebounds.

2. The lack of continuity was one of the biggest faults on the offensive side of the ball for the Orange. They lacked any offense stability and typically relied on one-on-one play rather than ball movement. They were unable to finish at the rim and were typically seen trying to run curls and off-ball screens for CJ Fair in the middle of the floor. The one positive to be taken away from the game was their efficient free throw shooting as they shot 80 percent from the charity stripe.

3. Surprisingly the Panther faithful did not rush the court, but that may be because of their recent domination of the Orange. Pittsburgh has now won 9 out of 11 matchups against Syracuse. Many credit Panthers coach Jamie Dixon as being a master of breaking down the 2-3 zone run by the Orange and that has been a main reason to why the Orange have failed to win in Pittsburgh since February, 29th 2004. 

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