Blog: Pittsburgh Hands 'Cuse Its First Loss
Jan. 2, 2010
By Anthony Oliva III
We're down to the final four - of unbeatens that is.
With Syracuse and West Virginia falling in back-to-back days, only Kansas, Texas, Kentucky and Purdue remain unblemished.
Pittsburgh pulled off the upset of Syracuse on Saturday by beating the Orange on their home floor, 82-72. It was the fourth consecutive time that the Panthers went into the Carrier Dome and came out with a win.
Pittsburgh has been stellar defensively all season and held Syracuse to 15 points below its season average. Pittsburgh has now won five in a row and eight of its last nine. Not bad for a squad that returned only one starter. At 2-0 in Big East play, Pittsburgh announced that it will be factor in the conference this year, despite not getting credit nationally.
Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers with 24 points and eight rebounds. Jermaine Dixon added 21 points on the afternoon.
West Virginia lost to Purdue in a battle of the unbeatens on Friday. Powered by JaJuan Johnson's 25 points and 10 rebounds, Purdue ousted West Virginia 77-62.
West Virginia, which shot 9-for-12 from 3-point range, failed to get to 12-0 for the first time since the 1957-58 season.
As for the other unbeatens, Kansas, Texas and Kentucky were all in action on Saturday.
Top-ranked Kansas was the most impressive with a 84-52 win over No. 18 Temple. The Jayhawks held the Owls to 25 percent shooting from the floor. On the other hand, the Jayhawks shot nearly 54 percent from the floor as 12 different players scored. Kansas is now 13-0 and has a margin of victory of nearly 30 points. Dominant is one of the only words to describe the start of its season.
No. 2 Texas edged out Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 76-70, and No. 3 Kentucky knocked off Louisville, 71-62.
For complete results from today, check out the NCAA.com scoreboard.