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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: 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.




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 2:30 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

I actually agree with virtually everything you said. 

The only reason that I am ragging on Parish for his silly rankings is because HE is the one who makes fun of writers who are "not paying attention" during his weekly attack of the polls.  Since Parish has decided to make a big deal each week of writers who submit questionable ballots, it seems only fair that he should be open to the same (if not greater) scrutiny. 

Yep, MSU did have some injuries early on and both of the games they lost were without starters Roe and Sutton.  However, both were back and healthy when Parish decided that Michigan and Gonzaga should be ranked higher than the Spartans.  Gonzaga had more losses and more bad losses and he still ranked them higher.  (He didn't even have MSU in the top 20.)  If he can rag on the writer from out west for overranking Gonzaga, his overranking of the Zags should be fair game.

Any writer who calls out other writers for "not paying attention" should at least try to pay attention himself!!




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 10:21 am
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Well you have to understand, the AP and Coaches polls are made by multiple people. Gary's is just his own opinion. Ultimately Gary's poll is nice to look at but does it really mean anything other than a sports writters opinion? I mean we can all make our own polls but its our own opinion. Could Michigan St. beat Gonzaga right now? I believe so in my opinion, the Zags are playing horrible ball right now. Could Michigan St. beat Gonzaga a month ago? I don't think so Zags were playing great ball then and the Spartans had some injuries to key players. I don't see why people get so upset at his rankings because in the end his rankings are meaningless.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 10:10 am
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

It will be interesting to see if Parish still ranks Gonzaga and Michigan ahead of Michigan State. 

Last week the AP had MSU at #10, Coaches had them at #15, RPI had them at #7  (RPI doesn't mean much right now...I know that.)  But somehow Parish had MSU #21 (Behind the zags and wolverines.)  I can understand having a different take on a team but Parish is the only poll that has MSU ranked behind the two inferior teams. 

The question is....does Parish hate MSU because some co-ed dumped him at some point or does he have some unnatural love of the zags and wolverines. 

When someone is paid to understand college hoops, questions must be asked when his rankings are so different from everyone else...particularly when the team he downgrades has more wins, fewer losses, and fewer bad losses than the teams he appears to put on a pedestal.




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 10:06 am
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Duke does have a win over Michigan, Duke beat them in the championship game of the pre-season NIT.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 9:08 am
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

not that it's really that relevant in the contest, but he is inaccurate: Duke did not have a win over Michigan (they lost to Michigan on December 6)



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 12:32 am
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Just to let you know, the RPI is a formula that was created to judge teams after 25 games into the season. Therefore, saying the RPI is meaningless until Feb. 1st is a legitimate statement. Around this time, the RPI becomes a sign for a team on their performance and not before then.




Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2009 11:38 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

"doesn't matter  UNC beats anyone anywhere"

oh i forgot the unc was the pefect team and no one has a chance.... i guess they are that good....

dream on kinglenny

pitt could give unc a run for their money...




Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2009 10:39 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Going by your thinking then Butler who is 2 in the rpi should be ranked behind Pitt but you will probably say that does't pertain to them.



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 8:30 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Pretty impressive  considering they could not shoot 3s and only had 6 free throws


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