Jan 18, 2014; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyler Ennis (11) and Pittsburgh Panthers forward Michael Young (2) battle for a loose ball during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Patterson dishes to Michael Young for Pitt basket (GIF)


The Pittsburgh Panthers are taking on the No. 2 ranked Syracuse Orange on Saturday, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the score or from the Panthers’ performance that they were taking on a team ranked 20 places above them. It was a brutal battle in New York on Saturday and regardless of what the outcome was, the Panthers deserved to be proud of their effort.

Pitt’s performance felt like something we’d see out of a March Madness game, as they stayed with Syracuse the whole way and made some great plays to shift momentum at various points in the contest. One such moment came when the Panthers stopped an offensive possession and went down the court to cut into the Orange lead.

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Lamar Patterson’s dish to Michael Young was so smooth and the Panthers hustle on this play shows why they were in this thing to the very end.

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