PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Pittsburgh is nothing if not consistent in who they are. The Panthers’ identity has not changed since Ben Howland was roaming the sideline, continuing into current head coach Jamie Dixon’s tenure. With Tuesday night’s 68-64 win at Providence being their third straight, the bottom line is keeping up with that consistency.
Pittsburgh is playing the same style that has made them a big winner in recent years, but now they are more mature after being less experienced last year. The big staple of this team from its physical play is defense, and this year’s team might be the best one they’ve had during their big run the last 12 years. There is still a lot of basketball left to be played this season, but the Panthers are surrendering 54.5 points per game, the best scoring defense number in the program’s history.