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Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

Posted on: February 21, 2009 11:58 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2009 11:10 am
 

Pittsburgh, you may now proceed to the top of the national rankings.

That's the end result of a wild Saturday on which No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 North Carolina both lost (to unranked Texas and unranked Maryland), clearing the way for the Panthers -- who beat top-ranked Connecticut last Monday -- to rise to the top of the Top 25 (and one) late Sunday night, then the AP and Coaches polls on Monday. It's the only logical move, so much so that I imagine Pitt will get all 72 first-place votes in the AP poll and all 31 in the Coaches poll. Anything short of that will be proof that somebody with a vote isn't paying attention, and if such a person presents himself (or herself), that person will be Poll Attacked on Monday afternoon.

Here's all you need to know:

  • Pitt is 25-2 overall.
  • Nobody has more wins or fewer losses.
  • Pitt has compiled this record against a schedule rated 12th nationally.
  • Pitt has six wins against the top 25 of CBSSports.com's RPI rankings.
  • Nobody else has more than four.
  • Both of Pitt's losses came on the road.
  • The losses were to the schools ranked seventh (Louisville) and 12th (Villanova) in the latest AP poll.

So to summarize, the Panthers have more good wins (i.e., wins against the top 25 of CBSSports.com's RPI rankings) than anybody, just as few losses as the other elite teams, and no bad losses (like Oklahoma's loss to Arkansas, North Carolina's loss to Boston College, Connecticut's loss to Georgetown, etc.).

Best I can tell, that makes Jamie Dixon's team the easy No. 1.

Any other opinion is a faulty opinion.

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 8:18 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

Gottleib is a total bag. The guy hates the Big East. His argument that OK's loss was better than Pitt beating the #1 team in the country was pathetic and downright Vitale-ish. 
I don't think that the top 4 will change other than the order.  Perhaps Memphis will slide up, but the only team they have a chance of jumping over is UNC, and I don't think that will happen.

As for Gottleib...the host of Midnight Madness suggested that there is no one better on the offensive glass than Blair and Gottleib sounded very offended by that thought and said, "What? How about Blake Griffin?"  Had Gottleib shut his mouth and opened his ears and actually listened to the question, he wouldn't have sounded like such a Big East hater.  There is no one better than Blair in offensive rebounding and it's not even close.  I don't like to look at individual stats of players that are in small conferences, because to be honest...those players don't have to go up against top talent every night.  Blair has 156 offensive rebounds.  The closest player to Blair from a major conference is Jon Brockman of Washington with 112.  And while Blake Griffin is a monster rebounder, he is 63 offensive rebounds behind Blair in that category.  Griffin may be a better overall rebounder than Blair, but offensive?  No one can carry Blair's jock on the offensive glass.




Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 8:17 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

Agreed,but Louisville has too move up atleast 2 spots. Perhap  t2 or 3.




Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 8:01 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

Let the truth be known: anything and everything is debatable.  I do agree that Pittsburgh with a emphais on solid D and with selfless players like Young and Fields bring them to the #1 ranking again.  Let's see if they can keep it for more than a week or two. 

Pittsburgh is and has now been a Basketball team over the last few years.  They will make a deep run in both the conference and NCAA tournaments.  They should be considered one of the favorties.   




Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 6:58 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

Pitt no doubt deserves the number one ranking. Where do the others follow? Memphis does not have the sexiest resume in conference but they do have the longest national winning streak and seem to always find themselves there at the top every year now. The nay sayers will say they play a week conference but their last three years in the big dance have been championship game(2008), final eight(2007,2006) with no seed below a 2 in that run. March madness is where it matters. Enough said.




Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 6:54 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

Gottleib is a total bag. The guy hates the Big East. His argument that OK's loss was better than Pitt beating the #1 team in the country was pathetic and downright Vitale-ish. 




Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 6:50 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

Yes, Pitt will - and should be - #1 this week, but it's ludicrous to say that the AP voters will go 72-0 for Pitt and the Coaches will vote 31-0 for Pitt as #1.  There are three great teams with only two losses at this late stage.  How can you say that one of those three teams will get every vote?  I know you get paid to to make outrageous statements, but come on...




Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 6:38 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

WOW! Pitt #1? Psh everyone knew that considering all three teams ahead of them got beat.  And whoever says memphis is weak...is absolutely right.  Yes, they did well in the tourny the past few years but that team was COMPLETELY different than the team now, that have beaten nobody good at all, i mean seriously.  I think regardless of the losses the top five should look like this: 1. Pitt 2. Uconn 3. OU. 4. Memphis (even though they are weak sauce) 5. Louisville (even though they have 5 losses and there probably shouldnt be a team with more than 3 losses in the top 5)  Anyone else post predictions its fun to see what others think.




Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 5:23 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

Coming from the guy who didn't have Villanova in his Top 25 (and one) until 2 weeks ago (and guess who Nova has beat this season...that's right, Pitt). I'm not convinced.




Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 4:04 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

This is finally the year that Pitt is going to get over the hump of not just making it past the Sweet 16 like they have not been able to do for so many years, but also making it to the Final Four and finally getting recognized once and for all on the college basketball map as one of the best teams in the country. This Pitt team is so deep and does so many things well and has such a deep bench. Plus, while they might not be as good as they have been defensively over the course of the last few years they are much much better and deeper offensively this season and I think that right there is going to be the key to them finally being able to get over the hump this season and make it to the elite 8 and eventually the final 4. The only way somebody beats this Pitt team is if Blair gets in his serious serious foul trouble early on in the game come tournament time. Even in the 2 games they have lost to Louisville and Villanova Blair wasnt that much of a factor in both of those games and Pitt still was able to hang in both games the whole way and probably should have won at least one of those games. They were up on Louisville by 10 points with about 11 minutes to go and then just kind of lost the lead and Louisville got real hot and made key shots down the stretch. Neither Nova or Louisville dominated Pitt when they did beat them. It's why I will say the only way Pitt gets upset in the tourney is if Blair is in foul trouble and not a major factor. If that doesnt happen this Pitt team I believe is a mortal lock to be playing in the Final 4 in Detroit and most likely playing for the National Championship on Monday night April 6th. There is simply nobody as deep as them or good as them overall in the country in my opinion.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2009 3:25 pm
 

Your new No. 1: Pitt (and it's not debatable)

Good call. I think with Oklahoma and UNC losing, you HAVE TO put Pitt up there. I say this with no bias though (I am a Villanova fan), UConn probably shouldn't drop very far. The Big East is tough, and quite frankly, UConn and Pitt may be the two best teams in the country. They both deserve to be in the top 4/5 anyway. 

Oh, and don't forget that 'Nova just won a tough one in the Carrier Dome. My Wildcats had a good week, Parrish. Don't forget that.



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