It was not said with malice. It was said in a moment of joy.
But senior point guard Tray Woodall let the public in on a little secret Saturday night that the coaches probably wish he had kept to himself.
Woodall revealed there is an ongoing debate within the staff on utilizing the full-court press following Pitt's 72-62 comeback win against Oakland. Apparently, one coach would like to use it more while another takes the opposing view.
Woodall was asked a question about Pitt forcing four turnovers in the final 37 seconds of regulation against Oakland. He then volunteered the following: “One coach who shall remain nameless doesn’t want us to press much and another coach who shall remain nameless wants us to press more.”
An educated guess is that head coach Jamie Dixon is the coach who does not want to press as much. He has never been a proponent of the press unless his team is trailing and even then it’s only been implemented late in games.
The Panthers, who are concentrating on creating more turnovers, forced 18 Saturday night. Eleven of those came in the second half and overtime. At least half of those second-half miscues were caused by the press.
It will be interesting to see if the Panthers go to the press more often after having so much success with it against Oakland.
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