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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'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'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.

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Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 11:15 am

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

If the "how wrong you are" about meaning of number 1 was directed at me, you are right...other than feeling good and pride, it does mean a whole lot for recruiting and national recognition for the program run by Jamie Dixon.  I knew didn't type it.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 11:09 am
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Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2009 11:04 am

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

I don't like the way pitt plays and I don't think they will be a final four team if they run into a good running/fast paced team in the tourney but you can't argue with them being number one right now.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 11:02 am

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

I agree with u 100%. the lsu tigers need more credit then they are getting won 11 in a row play the florida gators this tues on espn .     &nbs
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Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 11:00 am

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

Dolphin Water,

First you give Pitt there due then say they are only an elite eight team at best.  Where is your evidence or argument?  At least you could back up your thought with insight instead your post lacked any depth; I don't know why you even bother posting.  You could've said that Pitt is a poor free throw shooting team, or they don't have a great outside shooting team like most other post ripping Pitt.  The only thing that is only worse than your post is I have taken time to respond to your lackluster effort and wasted 10 minutes of my time. 


Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 10:50 am

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

I disagree totally about Memphis, they may be one of the most overrated teams in the country.  They are 3-3 against the top 50 in RPI and the highest ranked team(RPI) they beat this year was 25.  There conference is a joke and they would lose to most of the Top 10 teams.  As far as Pitt goes(I am a Pitt fan), of course #1 means nothing now and we can not talk until we get the Sweet 16 monkey off our back, but it is a great feeling and it is a pride thing to be top-ranked.  We waited 101 years, time to enjoy that.  Even better, I am going LIVE to see them play Seton Hall as #1, what a thrill.  So many firsts this year:  being #1, beating a #1, and having multiple NBA-caliber players on the court as same time, which is key to making a deep run in March.  This will be first year that I do not care about Big East early exit, I think we will have a No. 1 seed in tourney even with early exit, especially if we finish regular season 29-2 or 28-3.

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2009 10:44 am

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

If only the Spartans had knocked off Purdue.......if only.


If MSU had beaten Purdue, they'd still be behind Pitt in the polls.

Finally, Parrish hits one out of the park. The rationale for Pitt being number 1 this week is so easy to explain, even a caveman could figure it out!


Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 10:28 am

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

mattymcc7, I agree with you 100%.  Michigan St. has lost HOME games to Penn St., Northwestern and Purdue.  Memphis may not play in a very tough conference but they should be a 1 seed.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 10:14 am

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

The fact that Pitt has only 2 losses, both on the road, against highly ranked teams, and 5 top 25 wins....speaks volumes. Undoubtedly, they should be the unanimous #1 in all the polls now. For Pitt, it is this year or never. This has to be the year they at least get to the Elite Eight, though everyone in Pittsburgh expects a Final Four. They have to prove themselves in March and April and go deep in the Tournament. But they have the guys this year to do that, with both an outside and inside game. Blair has been a beast lately, and he is now proving why he'll be a mid first round pick in the draft this year. Young has been consistent, Fields rarely turns the ball over, Dixon can shoot.......and they also have guys off the bench that can give you quality minutes. Go Pitt!!  

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 9:57 am

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

"dolphinwater" you should probably build a case before making a statement like the one you made here.  Referencing Pitt's most recent game against a weak Depaul team doesn't constitute a case.  Just 6 days ago they roughed up UConn in Hartford.  

I suggest reading Parrish's bullet points to understand why EVERYONE has them as one of the top 4 teams in the country without a challenger.  This includes one of the toughest schedules in the country...  i.e. not too many cupcakes.  I am not saying they can't lose in the tournament in the elite 8 because upsets in basketball happen all the time.  But to call Pitt an "elite eight team at best" is simply showing that you are uninformed.

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