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Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Posted on: January 3, 2009 2:58 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2009 2:59 pm
 

OK, I'm ready to accept Pittsburgh as the obvious No. 2 team in the country.

That's what Saturday's dismantling of Georgetown did.

Final score: Panthers 70, Hoyas 54.

So it's time to cement Pitt as the Big East favorite and biggest threat to North Carolina this side of Tyler Hansbrough jumping off a house, breaking his leg and ending his career prematurely, because the Panthers were fantastic at Georgetown, grabbing nearly as many offensive rebounds (18) as the Hoyas did total rebounds (20) thanks to a 20-point, 17-board effort from sophomore DaJuan Blair.

That's strong.

That's convincing.

That's why the Panthers should be the unanimous No. 2 team in the country.

And just so we're clear, it's not that I ever doubted Pitt, because it's always been clear that the Panthers have a great coach (Jamie Dixon), some great experienced talent (Sam Young and Levance Fields) and a developed habit of winning. It's just that I have trouble pushing teams to the top of the rankings when they haven't beaten anybody of note (that, by the way, is the reason I have UCLA ranked lower than  the Bruins are in both the AP and Coaches poll), and entering this weekend the Panthers were 13-0 with their best win coming by single digits over a Florida State team that had previously lost by double digits to Northwestern.

Meantime: No. 1 North Carolina had wins over Michigan State, Notre Dame and Kentucky; No. 2 Connecticut had wins over Wisconsin, Miami and Gonzaga; No. 4 Oklahoma had wins over Davidson, Purdue and Southern California; and No. 5 Duke had wins over Michigan, Purdue and Xavier.

In other words, Pitt's resume was less impressive than the other four teams in the top five of the latest AP poll.

But not anymore.

The Panthers went to Georgetown and pounded a team with wins over Maryland, Memphis and Connecticut.

And that's strong.

And that's convincing.

And that's why the Panthers should be the unanimous No. 2 team in the country.

Comments

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2009 10:38 am
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Gary, how does the CBS RPI look? Isn't that supposed to be STRENGTH of schedule? Where does Pitt rank with NC? Conn? Ok?



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2009 9:55 am
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Wow!!!

That was an amazing display... a true team effort... from Fields leading the show, to Young playing his now 'routine' amazing game on both ends of the floor, to Blair (thanks for the incentive Roy Hibbert) dominating the paint and the glass, to a now formidable bench for Jamie Dixon and the Pitt Panthers...

The Big East is a monster this year and each and every team will be tested numerous times throughout the season... the Panthers will be #1 for the 1st time in school history this week and it is a deserved honor... all teams will play a 'soft' schedule in the pre-season in an attempt to fine tune their teams for conference play... the Big East really needs to do this as there are no cupcakes as Dickie V would say in the Big East (ask Notre Dame after their trip to the Garden)... they made it throught their pre-season unscaved... and now they are ready for the Big East... Rutgers was a tough test on the road... followed by a trip to Georgetown... tough start to the regular season for the Panthers, but Dixon was ready...

I will let you all in on a secret, the Panthers will not go undefeated... I do not think it is possible in a conference that could challenge the record for teams in the tourney... it could be 10 teasm from the Big East... that is an unbeleivable number for any conference... many scoffed when the Big East became a Super Conference... who is laughing now... yes the teams will beat each other up in the season... they will all have some losses on their resume when tourney time rolls around... let us hope that this does not make the committee overlook the power the confernce has...

I really hope that the powers that be do not do their seeding based upon overall records... it would be wrong to have the Big East powers seeded as 3-4 seeds because they have lost 4-5-6 games in the season... and finally lets hope the officials in the tournament realize that it is ok for the players to touch each other... the officiating in the tourney has been shaky at best the past few seasons...

Congrats to the Pitt Panthers for being #1 in the country!!!




Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2009 8:26 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Not Boston College at Chapel Hill.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2009 8:22 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

this seems dumb now



Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2009 8:08 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

And now with the Tarheel loss you can say we have convinced the world we are #1.  Let's Go PITT!!!!!!!!



Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2009 8:06 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Pitt #1 with UNC loss



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2009 8:03 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

bye bye UNC. Make that Pitt legitimized itself as the number 1 team in the nation.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2009 7:55 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

#1?!??!!!



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 3:46 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Parrish...you're freaking nuts.  The RPI is meaningless until Feb 1st?  Really.  Ask the coaches when they're making out their schedules if the RPI is meaningless until around Feb 1st.  No, the RPI doesn't impact the potential tournament brackets until around Feb 1st...but is sure as hell isn't meaningless.  It has taken on a life of it's own and entire conferences look at it. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 3:00 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Assuming that UNC is all that as some would think, wouldnt it be something to have the tarheels go through a Big East schedule this year. If they could win the Big East championship, Then they would impress me. Until they play in the top conference and win it, how can they be considered So much better then everyone else.



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