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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
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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.

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Comments

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 9:46 am
 

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

I agree that Pitt being the best team in the country is not up for debate. 

However, three of the other top four teams lost as well.

Who is #2, #3, and #4?  Or, really, who is #5, #6, and #7?  And then... what about Duke and Wake? Will they move forward?  And after that, what about Marquette, who is maybe the most consistently underrated team around?

Does Louisville (a team with five losses, four of the five that are almost mind blowing) deserve in the top four?  Or Memphis, the emperor of the land of C-USA?

And do Oklahoma and Carolina deserve to be out of the top four?




Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 9:07 am
 

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

This is finally Pitt's year. They do deserve all the votes to be number 1.  Parrish is right on the money.  As for the Spartans, They lost to Penn State, who aren't terrible but still. #2 for them. I hope we see a rematch with them after they embarrassed us in the tourney last year.




Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 8:27 am
 

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

gary your finally getting sometihing right now. forget uconn, nc, duke and the rest.... pittsburgh will take it all for jamie this year.

all you got to do gary is wait a bit to seed the teams that you like. so many upsets this year its hard to seed them and just maybe you should'nt take as many teams from the big conferences. lets accept sommore from the other small ones




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2009 8:20 am
 

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

Memphis will probably be in the top 5 but with their 1 semi quality win ( Zags) will not get a #1 seed.




Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 7:00 am
 

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

Pitt looked great in the win at U Conn. Playing like that, they are the #1 team in the nation.



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Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2009 6:32 am
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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 5:57 am
 

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

Right on the money. Pitt's football program has slipped into Wannstedt mediocrity. The hoops in the last decade is easily the best program that hasn't won the NCAA's, and if it finally does, can clearly boast of truly being top 5 nationally.




Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 3:19 am
 

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

First of all, MICHIGAN STATE is way overrated...Memphis will be a number 1 seed and in the top 4 the rest of the year. Anyone and everyone can rag on the conf. but Memphis has made it to the final 8 the last three years and should and will make it this year unless they have a really bad game during the tourny. Whoever your favorite team is, do you really want to face this team in the tourny!!!




Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:57 am
 

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

Pitt is going to be the new number 1, but out of UConn, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Michigan State how far are they going to fall???  And are any of them going to drop out of the top ten?  Will the Duke/WF winner move to the top 5??




Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:52 am
 

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

Good thing we have this tournament thing to settle who is really number 1 instead of columnists, biased coaches and stupid AP writers. I am just so grateful everything gets decided on the court instead of some stupid mathematical formula.



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