Pitt Panthers' Offense Falls Short In Loss To Florida State Seminoles

By Gregory Philson
Lamar Patterson

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The Pittsburgh Panthers have had their problems recently on offense and after having a week off to hopefully figure things out, fans probably thought they would get a better showing at the Petersen Events Center against the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday.

Well, Pitt’s offensive woes continued for the seventh straight game as the team shot only 37 percent in a disappointing 71-66 home loss to Florida State. Florida State was probably the last team coach Jamie Dixon‘s players wanted to see because of how slow coach Leonard Hamilton‘s team likes to play. This methodical offense combined with a stiff defense could not offer anything in the way of hope for Pittsburgh’s offense.

Only two players — Lamar Patterson and Cameron Wright — scored at least 10 points and those two shot a combined 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) from the field. No other player scored more than seven points. The Panthers also struggled at the free throw as they hit 18-of-28 (64.3 percent).

Patterson did score a team-high 22 points, but his shooting touch was still not there. Patterson does not seem nearly as comfortable on offense. Wright has had glimpses of a decent offensive game.

The ball is passed around too much and this forces Patterson to take shots he may not want to. It is possible Patterson has just taken on too much and now it is hurting his game.

Pittsburgh has a favorable schedule going into the last couple of weeks of regular season play with Boston College, Notre Dame, North Carolina State and Clemson remaining. The problem is the Panthers do not have any room for error. Pittsburgh must feel it has to win out.

It is unlikely the Panthers will fall out of an NCAA tournament bid, but if the offense does not greatly improve between now and the ACC tournament, an early exit in March seems imminent.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC college basketball writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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