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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: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2009 4:31 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

so,Gary,what you are saying is Pitt's RPI meant nothing going into this game?



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2009 4:25 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

Pitt looked great today, great game to watch, Blair just owned Georgetown on the boards. How much fun would it be to see a Blair-Hansbourgh match up? Hope they meet up in the NCAA tournament. Oh, and by the way Parrish, should of picked that St. John's Notre Dame game as your crazy upset of the weekend, would of made ya look better than a BYU over Wake I think, but really did anyone think that St. John's could win that game? I sure didn't.



Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 4:11 pm
 

Pitt legitimized its record at Georgetown

thank you


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