PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pitt Panthers head men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon checks in with Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan’s Vinnie & Cook.
Pitt has become known for its depth, as 10 players see quality minutes for the Panthers.
“We’re a better team when we play 10 guys on a regular basis,” explains Dixon. “I came to that conclusion after the Providence game. We didn’t play the 10 guys in that regular rotation, and I just felt that we didn’t get as much out of our team as we could have. We didn’t defend down the stretch the way we needed to. Having 10 guys in that rotation would have helped.”
Free throws have been an issue for the Panthers this season, and Dixon admits, “I thought we were going to be a higher-percentage team this year, but hopefully we can still keep working. We’re working hard on them.”
Still, Dixon also offers this tidbit, “Who’s got the lowest shooting percentage in free throws in our conference in the last 10 years? It’s Connecticut, Syracuse, and Pitt. What do those three all have in common? They have the best records in the Big East.”
Dixon also looks ahead to Pitt’s next two games against Cincinnati and Marquette, and tells how Steven Adams has improved as the season has progressed.