Pitt Excited To Start ACC Play And See 'The Pete' Packed

Jeff Capel talked Pitt-UNC on The Fan Morning Show

Matt Koll
January 03, 2019 - 11:23 am
Jeff Capel & Pitt players

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- After finishing the non-conference schedule 10-3, first year Pitt head coach Jeff Capel and his Panthers are champing at the bit to get into the ACC portion and really test themselves.

Capel joined The Fan Morning Show in his weekly hit on Thursday at 9 am and expounded upon the opportunity to play North Carolina on Saturday at noon. 

"Obviously, the anticipation of how the crowd is going to be and how 'The Pete' will be is exciting. I thought we had a great crowd for Colgate, I thought it was maybe the best crowd we've had all year so that was exciting. And how we played, in particular in the first half, was really exciting as well," said Capel. "We know the task at hand is very challenging as all of them will be in this league but we have a confident group and we're ready to get going."    

The Tar Heels are a very familair foe for Capel, considering he both played and coached at Duke, but said he is approaching them as any other ACC opponent. 

"When I played at Duke and when I coached there, it was a little bit extra I'm not going to lie about that. But I feel like I'm a Pitt guy now. I'm excited to play all of these conference games and we're going to take them one by one," said Capel. 

"Certainly when you have an opportunity to play against a program like the North Carolina men's basketball program, it's been one of the best programs in the history of our game, you get excited about that. Just like you would when you play against a Duke or Louisville or Syracuse, these programs that have won national championships, that have been to multiple Final Fours and have been some of the best programs in the history of our game, you do get a little bit of juice with that." 

Capel says that North Carolina looks a little different this year in that they are relying on younger players as compared to leaning on older ones over the past couple seasons. But, the Roy Williams style is still there. 

"They play very, very fast. The fastest pace of anyone in the country. I think they're still leading the country in scoring. They're always consistently one of the best rebounding teams, specifically offensive rebounding teams. What they try to do is they try to wear you down with their depth over time. I don't think it's just 6, 7, 8...it's 9, 10, sometimes 11. They can continue to come at you in waves and continue that pace at a very high level because they have so much depth and quality depth as well." 

Tip-off at noon from the Petersen Events Center and the game can be heard on Pitt's flagship station,  93.7 The Fan.

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


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