February 12, 2007

Pitt falls to UofL 66-53

On Monday night, Louisville played in Pittsburgh for the first time ever, and the No. 7 Panthers would probably prefer that the Cardinals never return, as Louisville beat Pitt 66-53. The game was Pitt's worst loss at home in the Petersen Events Center's four-year history, and the Panthers' record dropped to 22-4 overall, 10-2 in the Big East.

For a game that, in the final tally, wasn't even Pitt's worst loss of the season (a 14-point loss to Wisconsin takes that prize), the Panthers played quite possibly their worst-looking game of the season, missing their first 13 three-point attempts, making just five first-half field goals, and committing 19 turnovers in the game.

That offensive ineptitude led to a 17-point deficit at halftime, as Louisville led 36-19.

"Obviously we didn't play very well," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said after the game. "We didn't have the patience offensively, and our impatience early carried over and put us in a difficult situation. We couldn't get out of that hole."

Pitt's impatience was forced in part by Louisville's press defense, a trademark of Rick Pitino teams.

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