Takeaways: Pitt vs. Nicholls State – Nov. 9, 2019

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Head Coach Jeff Capel signals from the sideline while standing in front of the Oakland Zoo

Pitt dropped a game at the Petersen Events Center in November for just the third time ever on Saturday, as they lost 75-70 to the Nicholls State Colonels.

Pitt took a very early lead with a 1-0 edge after Xavier Johnson hit a free throw to kick off the game. That would be their only lead of the game though, as Nicholls State took the lead on their next possession and never looked back. Pitt never regained the lead, and never even pulled into a tie with the Colonels.

Nicholls had taken Illinois to the wire just a few days prior to their matchup with Pitt, falling to the Illini 78-70 in overtime. While the Colonels have played well to start the season and might be better than their no. 273 KenPom ranking might suggest, this was still a game that the Panthers should have won on their home court.

Film study

As a disclaimer for the film review of the Pitt-Nicholls game, I must say that this game was broadcast on ACCNX, which is the extension of the new ACC Network. I do not have access to ACCNX, and instead followed the game by listening to Bill Hillgrove on 93.7 the Fan and following live on Sidearm Stats. As a result, the only clips that I was able to pull were from the condensed game on the ACC Digital Network.

Apologies for that, since there were surely several other plays that I would have liked to break down from today’s game. Regardless, there were still some interesting moments from today’s game that we can analyze here at Dream Backfield.

First, I want to take a look at a broken pick-and-roll play that Pitt attempted to run early in the first half. As we can see, Trey McGowens motions toward Eric