Blair, No. 4 Pitt Overpower No. 1 UConn

UConn got caught up in something it could not handle Monday night, an onslaught of power and physical play. Full Story
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The Fan

Manchester, CT

#1 Feb 17, 2009
This game was what college basketball was all about....two powerhouse teams slugging it out...and one team just having a bit more in the tank at the end.
The outcome determined by a few mistakes, alittle luck, but just some pure incredible individual performances in the clutch.
Either team could have won....there was much to be learned what it will take to beat one another.
This was basketball as it was meant to be played....and anyone who witnessed it can't wait to see the adjustments made for the sequel.
roberttherugguyr aleigh

Raleigh, NC

#2 Feb 17, 2009
footwork, body position, energy, will, fearlessness
charleyjet

Newington, CT

#3 Feb 17, 2009
Don't tell me Blair didn't purposely flip Thabeet, and then point to him on the floor. And was that a Mike Kitts lookalike seen at Foxwoods betting on Pitt?
Laura

Chesapeake, VA

#4 Feb 17, 2009
Agree with all you said, Fan. This was a game that would be impossible anywhere but at the top of the Big East -- the intensity, the excitement. I give credit to Fields for stepping up at the end, despite a terrible first 36 minutes. I give Blair credit for taking what the officials gave. But they gave him the game -- his flip of Thabeet early in the game was intentional and extremely dangerous and should have resulted in his immediate ejection. That was not tough basketball, that was assault. Mike Kitts demonstrated his outright contempt for Calhoun repeatedly. The Big East needs to seriously consider his ability to be impartial in UConn games going forward.
DOGMA

Newington, CT

#5 Feb 17, 2009
Dejuan Blair said he had never played in such a physical game (he neglected to mention “not without fouling out”). He was “permitted” to be dominant over a much taller opponent who was coming off some stellar performances. How is this? Enter the referees. He was permitted to use his shoulders (like a battering ram) to plow his way thru Hash. The absence of the whistle turned Blair into an offensive juggernaut. The refs kept their whistles noticeably silent for Pitt (even at the end of the first half when Price was run into on a three point shot with the ref standing right there). There was nowhere to hide and still, no call. The league should take a look at this game.
The officiating,(as the lone constant), was uniformly bad throughout the entire contest. One assumes they were driven to and from the game on the Pitt bus (Calhoun can't say it, but he knows it). Still, despite the adversity, Uconn was in a position to win it. They lost their composure, missed some free throws and fell further behind. Some players didn't play to their ability, easy baskets gave way to sensational dunks that missed and resorting to fouling the wrong man on one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the league.
This was a difficult game to watch primarily because of the skewed officiating. One can but look to the next game with Pitt and hopefully the rules of college basketball will apply and be fairly enforced.
More than any other game, we saw where the aggressiveness of Dyson is sorely missed. To be considered a championship team, others need to step-up, on this night that simply did not occur.
GrayPlayer

Granby, CT

#6 Feb 17, 2009
The key word is "tough." UCONN men are over rated in the toughness department. Strutting, swaggering, chest pounding, high fiving does not count, unless you have the toughness to back it up in the trenches. Thabeet is fine until someone gives him a hard time, then its "oh, he hurt my arm I need to go set down." A tough player would of shook it off, glared and said, "is that the best you got."

If UCONN goes past the 3rd round in the NCAA's will be lucky. Other teams, outside the Big East, will key on Thabeet, and the results will be the same.

.......and I have been a fan of UCONN since Christ was a teenager.
Gsyms

Upton, MA

#7 Feb 17, 2009
What ever happened to the recruit that was suppose to make 3"s. Why doesnt he give them a chance to play know. THey just sit on the bench and never get in the game. Beverly 1 minute. Cant figure it out. oh well Watch out for Memphis as the champs
tfs

AOL

#8 Feb 17, 2009
pleeeeeeeeeease dont blame the refs for this uconn loss!!
they got beat by a better team with a much better center--kinda simple really
Martyuconn95

United States

#9 Feb 17, 2009
Could of won last nights game with a little luck,and Pitt played a great game and Uconn did not.No one stepped up except Price who was missing in the second half,and Blair bullied Hash and the Refs let him but i do think if we play our best game we can beat Pitt.Which could be a great mental victoty over the next month but we need big games from all of the team and better officating....... Lets go HUSKIES
charleyjet

Newington, CT

#10 Feb 17, 2009
tfs wrote:
pleeeeeeeeeease dont blame the refs for this uconn loss!!
they got beat by a better team with a much better center--kinda simple really
We will see about that. They will meet again at least once, maybe more. I'd like to see Adrian guard Blair the next time and punch back. Blair got away with murder, won't happen again (unless Kitts does the game again).
ABC

Hartford, CT

#11 Feb 17, 2009
"Blair got away with murder, won't happen again (unless Kitts does the game again)."

Pretty much. The game was called in a way that favored Pitt's style and we were going to struggle as long as that happened. Surprising we were able to keep it close and even had a shot at winning. Should be a different story on 3/7 as long as we get decent refs.
jon h

Newington, CT

#12 Feb 17, 2009
poor coaching down the stretch.
ABC

Hartford, CT

#13 Feb 17, 2009
The 4th foul on Thabeet was a thing of beauty, too. I'm not sure how a guy doesn't get suspended for making that call in a game that physical. Oh and how about Kitts asking Fields if the ball went off him when he couldn't tell what happened?
roberttherugguyr aleigh

Raleigh, NC

#14 Feb 17, 2009
Fellas it's only one game. Nothing better to get your attention than being bent over and getting spanked with everyone watching. Teams miss an injured player, programs adapt. Everyone needs to adapt Dyson's fearlessness!
Whoa Dude

Manchester, CT

#15 Feb 17, 2009
The Fan wrote:
This game was what college basketball was all about....two powerhouse teams slugging it out...and one team just having a bit more in the tank at the end.
The outcome determined by a few mistakes, alittle luck, but just some pure incredible individual performances in the clutch.
Either team could have won....there was much to be learned what it will take to beat one another.
This was basketball as it was meant to be played....and anyone who witnessed it can't wait to see the adjustments made for the sequel.
How many times have I told you....lay off the weed this early in the morning!!!
Two "powerhouse" teams. Dunno...I only saw one.
I love the "bit more in the tank" comment. I don't think Pitt was under a half tank!
And last, but the best..."Either team could have won...", again, lay off the weed!
Blame Game

Manchester, CT

#16 Feb 17, 2009
ABC wrote:
"Blair got away with murder, won't happen again (unless Kitts does the game again)."
Pretty much. The game was called in a way that favored Pitt's style and we were going to struggle as long as that happened. Surprising we were able to keep it close and even had a shot at winning. Should be a different story on 3/7 as long as we get decent refs.
Yup, uhhhh-huh, it was the refs!!!

“5,24,48,88”

Since: Nov 07

Beacon Falls, CT.

#17 Feb 17, 2009
Good tough game, but when your center looks like Brandon Jacobs bullying his way into the end zone and only has two P/F's for the game something is wrong. Why didn't anyone guard Sam Young, he was open all night. They seemed to miss the toughness of Jerome, and they need to learn to play without him. It's only one game, they play again at least one more time and maybe three if both get to the final four.
PPPP

Roseland, NJ

#18 Feb 17, 2009
GrayPlayer wrote:
The key word is "tough." UCONN men are over rated in the toughness department. Strutting, swaggering, chest pounding, high fiving does not count, unless you have the toughness to back it up in the trenches. Thabeet is fine until someone gives him a hard time, then its "oh, he hurt my arm I need to go set down." A tough player would of shook it off, glared and said, "is that the best you got."
If UCONN goes past the 3rd round in the NCAA's will be lucky. Other teams, outside the Big East, will key on Thabeet, and the results will be the same.
.......and I have been a fan of UCONN since Christ was a teenager.
I can tell you have been a UConn fan for a long time because you are overreacting. UConn is a very tough team. Kemba Walker manhandled Fields for the entire game on both ends of the court. Adrien had a horrible first half and bounced back with an excellent second half. They just didn't play well and Blair was awesome. UConn is a tough team, as is Pitt.

The fact of the matter is that UConn is going to miss Dyson and it already shows. He is the toughest player I have ever seen at UConn and is the one who puts pressure on the defense and starts the fast breaks. UConn is still a final four caliber team though.
Fizz860

Milford, MA

#19 Feb 17, 2009
Has anyone noticed that we have a tough time scoring? Yes defense is good and it wins championships, but you still have to be able to put the ball in the hoop. We couldn't score worth a darn and that's why we lost. Hopefully we can get the offensive side of the ball figured out. Go Huskies!!!
JJP in CT

Addison, TX

#20 Feb 17, 2009
Gsyms wrote:
What ever happened to the recruit that was suppose to make 3"s. Why doesnt he give them a chance to play know. THey just sit on the bench and never get in the game. Beverly 1 minute. Cant figure it out. oh well Watch out for Memphis as the champs
If ypu want to get time playing for UCONN you have to do more than just come in with a 3 point shooting reputation. You have to actually get open on offense, make your shots and play hard nosed defense or you are not going to get minutes. I know the recruit you are talking about and apparently he does neither in practice or he would be getting playing time.

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