Young powers Pittsburgh to 79-67 win over WVU


Up 39-37 at the half, No.4 Pittsburgh relied on star forward Sam Young to open the game up against Big East rival West Virginia. Young Pitt‚Äôs leading scorer (18.6ppg), scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead No. 4 Pittsburgh to a 79-67 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers on Sunday. Sunday‚Äôs matchup was between two of the Big East‚Äôs top defenses but the Mountaineers could not contain Pitt‚Äôs front court threat of Sam Young (22 points) and DeJuan Blair (16 points). Blair also added 11 rebounds to record his 13th double-double of the season. Da’Sean Butler led West Virginia with 21 points who are now 14-5 on the season. West Virginia is a dangerous team in the Big East but they lack the inside presence to matchup against a physical team like Pitt who can dominate the opposition in the low post. If Joe AlexanderRead More »

Pitt, WVU basketball Coverage


Finally the Big East Schedule has started and TIOPS will begin picking up our coverage of Pitt and WVU. Pitt 1-0 in the Big East has a tough task ahead of them Saturday afternoon when they take on #8 Georgetown. This is a great game to start the new year for the Panthers and now the real games begin Pitt 13-0 and ranked #3 nationally, have been in this territory before. The difference this year is maybe they actually have a player who can take over a game in Sam Young. The Panthers inability to have a player on their roster that could take over a game in the NCAA tournament is the reason they have yet to get past the sweet 16 during the Howland/Dixon era. Young is showing signs that he is that player. Dejuan Blair looks much improved this year. He did a lot of weight trainingRead More »