[quote=“MarkH, post:5, topic:2224”]I used to say this about the Flyers but it may apply to Pitt Hoops as well. They both rely on their toughness and physical play to rack up w’s in the regular season. However, when they get to post-season, everyone else can take the physical part of their game up a notch, but you can’t take speed/skill up a level the same way. Therefore, the other teams close the gap on your advantage, while your comparative disadvantage in skill cannot likewise close up.
Therefore, a team like Pitt (or the Flyers) will always do better in the regular season then in a playoff. MSU is sort of the exception to this rule, but Izzo seems to be able to find a guy (or maybe coach-up a guy??) who steps up their skill level in March. Of course, he had no such player this year.
Dixon’s a great coach… maybe too good for his own good. When you’re already getting 100%, there’s no other gear you can drop into.[/quote]
Agree with you. Didn’t know how to say it, but you hit the nail on the head. Pitt is very workmanlike in grinding through teams during the regular season. Seem to be able to wear teams down sometimes. In the tourney, energy levels are up and that gap is closed. Sort of like a running QB during the regular season in the NFL typically is OK, but in the playoffs, the Dline gives that little extra effort to make that facet of the game a non-issue.