Pittsburgh (93-7 The FAN) – Pitt Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon joined Ron Cook after Pitt beat No. 4 UConn last night at the Peterson Events Center. Dixon was pleased with the win and how the team set the tone with their defense.
Dixon is stressing to the team that they need to “win with their defense” and that is exactly what they did.
On the offensive side, Dixon said they were good and moved the ball well. In Monday night’s game the team had 19 assists on 25 baskets and Dixon is happy to see the versatility and unselfishness of his players.
Heading into the game all the talk was how to stop UConn’s guard Kemba Walker, who scored 31 points, but on 27 shots. Dixon was fine with Walker taking all those shots as long as he didn’t get to the free throw line.
Dixon didn’t want all the focus to be on Walker because it allowed for his teammates to get going and hurt them.
Dixon sent his players home for the holiday and he is now out on a recruiting trip. He said the atmosphere at the Peterson Events Center and the last night’s broadcast on national television makes it easier to recruit the top high school players.