Jeff Capel Says Pitt Got A Little 'Giddy' Against Iowa

Panthers missed their opportunity to put more 'game pressure' on ranked Hawkeyes

Matt Koll
November 29, 2018 - 11:05 am
Jeff Capel @ Iowa

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Coming off what really was a distrastrous season in 2017-18, the Pitt Panthers basketball team is under new leadership in head coach Jeff Capel. The then-undefeated Panthers gave  #14th ranked Iowa a real fight on Tuesday night, falling to the Hawkeyes 69-68 after two missed shots to win it at the buzzer. 

Capel joined The Fan Morning Show in his weekly spot on The Fan Morning Show Thursday at 9 am and talked about how the Panthers came out on the wrong side of things despite holding a six point lead at the half. 

"I was proud of our guys for how we fought, we have to learn how to win those types of games though, that's the biggest thing," said Capel. "I feel like we let one slip away and that's no disrespect to Iowa. But I felt like we let that game slip away because of our turnovers in the second half."

Capel said his team learned that it can compete and fight with a tough team like Iowa on the road, but described how their mindset may have changed going into that second half. 

"I thought a couple things. I thought we got a little bit tired. I thought at halftime we were giddy. That's where you have to understand that you have a chance to really put a little more game pressure on a team and I thought we were a little bit giddy with being up, with playing well." 

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"I thought we went into the game confident. I thought our guys were confident in our ability to go in and felt like we matched up well with Iowa and felt like we could beat them. I think they knew it, not only did they feel it, but after going through 20 minutes and especially with how we were scoring the ball really easily, to be honest with you, in the first half, I think we thought maybe it's just a little bit easier than we thought. Not easy, but a little bit easier."

Capel has great respect for Keith Dambrot and the Duquesne basketball program heading into Friday night's City Game, calling the Dukes roster "very talented" and says the Panthers will have to be really well-prepared to beat them. 

You can hear the entire interview with Pitt basketball coach Jeff Capel on The Fan Morning Show below.  


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