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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
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Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:55 pm
 

Uconn's loss to G-town=bad?

You name UConn's loss to G-town as a bad loss even though they were ranked 8th at the time?! That loss isn't the same as UNC's losses to unranked foe's, even OU's loss to Texas.



psuafraid2hoop
Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:46 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:35 pm
 

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

Blah, blah, same garbage was said last year and MSU would take Memphis out too, same old BCS conference garbage against C-USA. It just hasn't panned out like that the last 3 years has it? Can you say 17 point never in it drubbing in Houston last year? It's always easier to stand by the old conference argument but we don't see any of the powerhouse conferences wanting to make trips to UAB, Tulsa, UTEP or Houston to play in their house. When some of the BCS chest thumpers will bow down to that then you can boast but it always has to be at your house or neutral. BCS schools don't want to chance losing to one of those schools so they won't do it.




Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:21 pm
 

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

Here is another fan that gives you 100% agreement, especially with the aspect of playing hard-nosed ball the rest of the way! They should be able to stay at number one longer is time! This team is something special and can finish the year at the top! The game yesterday just keeps reminding me of one little "blip" on the Panthers' resume. They have to avoid missing the simple lay-ups and the "over-dunks" that rattle off the rim! Almost every game!!! It drives me nuts! 




Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:20 pm
 

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

No doubt Pitt is very formidable however, this Memphis team is not the same team that lost to Xavier, G'town and 'Cuse. Now they have a point guard and they are quickly gaining the fluid play making they had last year. They will be someone to be reckoned with come tourney time.



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Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:19 pm
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Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2009 1:31 pm
 

Mr Casey. Youre arrogant and dont know the facts

MR. casey PLEASEEEEEEEEE.  you can't be seriousY

1. Uconn lost at HOME to PITT

2. Thabeet, as EVERY basketball analyzer in the country pointed out, was OUTPLAYED by Blair

3. PITT has 25 wins, check YOUR Facts (one against UCONN at UCONN)

4.  They have 6 wins against the top 25 in the latest RPI, UCONN has 4 (with one loss to PITT)

5. PITT has no bad losses, and actually beat geaorgetown, unlike UCONN who lost to them

6. PITT has the #1 RPI in the country UCONN has the 5th best (however UCONNS strength of schedule is a lowly 39)

7. OH, and you lost at HOME to PITT

 

 




Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 1:24 pm
 

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

7-2(Pitt)  versus  8-2(UConn)   big difference   3 of UConn's win were against 42, 46, and 50   and Gary never said 25 Division 1 wins, he simply said wins(Yes, Pitt played and beat IUP of D2)  Gary never mentioned wins against top 50, he spoke of more relevant top 25(Pitt =6 wins, UConn= 4 wins)    Furthermore, remember ONE key stat when who deserves higher ranking between Pitt/UConn   76-68 at UConn   ENOUGH said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Mr. Casey, don't slam Gary on stuff he never said.  He said it right this time.  Pitt is it!!!!




Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 1:17 pm
 

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

and then you woke up  Mr. Casey




Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 1:14 pm
 

Gary you arrogant and misrepresenting the facts

Pittsburgh has 24 Division I wins UCONN has 25.....UCONN has the same amount of losses.....UCONN has 8 wins against RPI top 50...Pittsburgh has 7.....UCONN was ranked 1st and Pittsburgh 4th.....Thabeet played less than half the game on questionable officiating and UCONN still almost won.....where the losses occured have no bearing.....Since we are predicting....UCONN will be second in the Polls and they will receive first place votes as they deserve to....and they will be back in 1st on March 9th....



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