Pitt head coach Jeff Capel met with the media following Pitt’s 71-60 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. Here is an entire rundown on the whole lot Capel needed to say in his postgame press convention.
Capel: Proud of my time. This was a heck of a win for us and the top of a vitality cycle this week to play such a troublesome recreation at Duke on Wednesday. Very, very bodily recreation and to return down right here to get off the mat and to be actually robust and to do some actually good issues. We don’t take successful without any consideration, particularly on the street. It’s very onerous to win interval. It’s very onerous to win on the street and we have been taking part in a crew that I feel is an effective crew. I feel they’re higher than their file, however Josh has continued to get them to play actually onerous all through. They actually did a terrific job within the first, Georgia Tech did on offensive rebounds. I feel they bought 4 or 5 3s off of offensive rebounds. We’ve bought to do a greater job there. I feel we have been a bit of bit higher within the second half. We solely gave up six offensive rebounds.
Nike Sibande was nice. Most importantly he was a terrific teammate and I assumed that’s why he performed very properly. And a man I assumed participant very properly and it doesn’t present up so far as numbers was Federiko. I assumed his protection in serving to us, of defending our basket and serving to us on these ball screens, DHOs (dribble handoffs) and stopping the ball was large. So actually pleased with my group, to have three street wins on this league is a fairly big-time factor.
Were you extra happy with the general rebounding effort this recreation than perhaps you have been towards Duke?
Capel: I used to be happy within the second half, not within the first half. They had eight offensive rebounds within the first half. I wasn’t happy with how we did, I assumed we did we did a bit of bit higher within the second half. Not the place we have to be, however we took a step in the suitable course.
Cummings got here out within the first half with foul hassle. What is there to be say about his effort cleansing issues up defensively within the second half?
Capel: It’s not cleansing something up, he didn’t foul. He performed with 4 for the remainder of the sport. He did a extremely good job. He bought a few robust calls, however we’d like him on the courtroom. But I assumed guys stepped up. I assumed Nate within the first half was actually, actually good. I assumed Guillermo got here in and gave us actually good minutes. Everyone that touched the courtroom actually affected this recreation.
You performed significantly better within the paint and outscored them there. Was that an space of focus, simply getting higher appears on the basket?
Capel: And we nonetheless in all probability missed about six layups. That’s the factor, we’ve got to do a greater job there. The factor we wished to do, we knew that they switched defenses up and we additionally knew typically with their ball display protection they switched. If you watched our recreation towards Duke, which may be what you’d assume to do. That’s what Duke did within the second half. I assumed towards Duke we bought stagnant and we simply tried to go one on one. Today we moved the basketball a bit of bit higher. We drove off of it to go make performs as a substitute of driving it simply to attain and I assumed that’s why we have been in a position to get some issues. We bought second and third penetration.
In the primary half Coleman bought 11 factors, what did you do defensively to close him down the remainder of the sport?
Capel: I feel within the first half if I keep in mind proper, two and perhaps all three of his threes got here on offensive rebounds and kick-outs and so I assumed we did a bit of bit higher job within the second half with that as a result of he made them. He wasn’t taking pictures a terrific proportion and our consciousness for him picked up a bit of bit within the second half and we have been in a position to get to him and contest the pictures a bit of bit extra.
You talked about Fede’s play in issues that don’t present up within the stat sheet, do you assume he wants extra touches on the offensive finish?
Capel: We can do a greater job and we talked about that on the halftime that in the event that they’re switching to get him down within the submit, particularly towards a smaller man. The different factor we will do is that if he has a smaller man then we should always have the ability to rebound. That’s an space the place we’ve got to proceed to work and to superb tune and to get higher there.
It appeared you have been in a position to give them issues discovering open appears inside on the arc, are you able to touch upon simply what you guys did?
Capel: I assumed a giant a part of that was Federiko. I simply thought his skill to defend the ball display, the DHOs, to veer off and to get there and use his size. We didn’t get got rid of as a lot. On guys drive we performed towards useless pivot the place they’re shifting round and issues like that. We did a greater job of bodying up and never getting beat clear additionally on drives. We did a significantly better job on that.
You stated Nike did a extremely nice job of being a teammate, are you able to elaborate on that additional?
Capel: Our guys have been actually good teammates all 12 months and he was selfless. He was simply making performs and it’s one of many coolest issues I’ve seen, in all probability since I’ve been a coach. In the second half I used to be going to begin him. I stated it at halftime and he got here as much as me and he stated, ‘No, begin Greg’. Like that’s what I imply about being selfless. He was so into us successful and to be teammate and I assumed that’s why he performed very well.
What are a few of the factor Elliott has been doing to work on that shot?
Capel: He’s bought to maintain taking pictures. We consider in him. He’s participant. He can’t put his head down and he can’t have dangerous physique language. You’ve simply bought to maintain going and preserve being a terrific teammate.
When Georgia Tech was in man-to-man, did you’re feeling like your quickness benefit from that?
Capel: Well once more, I feel they’re fast, lengthy, and athletic. The factor we tried to do was as soon as we knew they have been switching ball screens we actually tried to assault that, unfold the ground, and now we felt like we had a bit of little bit of a bonus with certainly one of our guys on Howard and we actually tried to benefit from that with driving and kicking and never essentially for that man to attain however to create one thing and to drive and penetrate and draw assist after which make selections there.
I do know you issued an announcement on it, however wished to see in case you had any additional touch upon Hugley being out?
In phrases of attending to the outlet, you appeared to attract much more fouls. Was there an emphasis on that because the second half progressed there?
Capel: Yea and actually all recreation. We knew once they went man, typically they play drop protection in ball screens, typically they switched. Against Notre Dame they performed man the entire recreation and switched each ball display. Sometimes they’d blitz it, which they did a bit of bit within the second half. We actually wished simply to benefit from that.
You clearly have an extended solution to go, however you might be one win away from matching you ACC win whole from a 12 months in the past. Can you massive image of what you guys have completed thus far?
Capel: Well we’ve completed job. Like I discussed earlier, to have three street wins on this league, that’s one thing we don’t take without any consideration and we don’t take calmly. We overwhelmed some good groups. We must preserve getting higher. I feel we’ve got a ceiling to maintain getting higher and we’ve got to maintain working, having the suitable perspective, and like we’ve talked about all 12 months, simply be a extremely good teammate. Just be all in regards to the crew, all about successful, and play the suitable method. We’ve completed that for probably the most half, actually all 12 months, and that one thing that we’ve got to proceed to do.