PITTSBURGH — The Pitt men’s basketball team played in a ‘secret scrimmage’ on Oct. 19 against the Maryland Terrapins from the Big Ten conference.
The scrimmage resulted in a 84-75 Panther loss, but that’s not anything to hang your head about. Mark Turgeon’s Terps are a top-10 team in most preseason polls and are coming off of an NCAA tournament run last year.
The youthful Panthers did some things against Maryland that has second-year head coach Jeff Capel excited for this season.
“First and foremost — (Maryland) is really, really good,” Capel said of the Terps. “But we wanted to scrimmage that way, because our first opponent (Florida State) — is really good. We wanted to play someone who could match their length and athleticism.”
Pitt is projected to finish No. 10 in the ACC conference.
“I thought we were a little nervous, early in the game,” Capel said. “But once we settled in, I thought we did some really good stuff. … We scored the ball, a little better than maybe I thought that we would be able to.”
Sophomore guard Trey McGowens led all scorers with 29 points. McGowens also added six assists. Freshman stretch-four Gerald Drumgoole Jr. was the Panthers second leader in the scoring column with 17.
“But one of the major area’s (of concern) is rebounding,” Capel said. “That’s what we have to do. We have to defend better and defensive rebound better”
Being able to see a team like Maryland before the season begins can only be a positive, for this still-young Panther squad. With the ACC loaded, yet again, their can’t be any harm in taking as many pre-tests as possible for this Pitt team.
Their exhibition on Wednesday against Slippery will be another pre-test before the start of the season against ACC foe, Florida State, on Nov. 6, at the Pete.