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From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East

Posted on: February 24, 2009 10:28 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2009 12:45 am
 

Well that didn't last long.

Roughly 30 hours after Pittsburgh ascended to No. 1 in the national polls, the Panthers fell on their face Tuesday night, losing 81-73 at Providence. Put another way, the team that started Tuesday with what was clearly the country's best body of work ended Tuesday with a loss to a team (Providence) that opened the season with a loss to Northeastern and entered this week with a 4-11 record against schools in the Top 100 of the CBSSports.com RPI (and only one victory against the Top 50).

(Sigh)

Some of this is just basketball, of course, more specifically what tends to happen to teams from power leagues regardless of their previous or future achievements. Remember, it was two years ago this week when Florida (i.e., the eventual 2007 national champion) lost three of four outings to Vanderbilt, LSU and Tennessee, and a year ago this week when Kansas (i.e., the eventual 2008 national champion) lost to Oklahoma State. Those inexplicable developments obviously didn't impact the big picture for Billy Donovan or Bill Self, and that's something in which Jamie Dixon can take solace. But this is still a rough defeat for the Panthers because it gives them a third Big East loss and pushes them from first to fourth in the league standings, and when you're enjoying an unprecedented amount of attention like Pittsburgh spent last week enjoying it's a downer to watch it all go away so quickly and without warning.

That said, it's just one game.

Just one loss.

And the reality is that the Panthers -- with a national-best six victories against the Top 25 of the CBSSports.com RPI -- are still in solid shape to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. That's the good news. But their margin for error has become smaller because of this awful performance Tuesday night, and now Connecticut, North Carolina, Memphis and perhaps even Louisville or Marquette  -- honestly, who knows? -- are in position to possibly become the seventh new No. 1 when the polls are updated next week, although it's getting to the point where it's difficult to find anybody who seems worthy of the honor.

 

 

 

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Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2009 9:42 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East


Memphis plays in a bad conference but I do believe they have made it at least to the elite eight the last three years with a championship game appearance.  Also, they get top five recruiting classes on a yearly basis and continue to turn out first round draft prospects.  Give them some credit, they do schedule some tough non-conference games also.  If they played in a better conference, they would have a couple more L's a year, but they still have the talent to finish in the top two in EVERY conference.




Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2009 9:39 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish we had a schedule like that.  That way they could lose a few games early in the season (say, Western Kentucky or UNLV) and not have it mean anything.  Heck, they could lose 3 or 4 late in the season and not have it hurt, either.  As it stands now, if the Tigers don't win every game, they're looked at as frauds.  Any conference loss will knock them down at least 2 seeds.  That's a lot of pressure to be under all season .  Maybe that's why they perform so well in the tourney. Smile  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMPHIS ???     Are you kidding???  They've beaten No-One..Lost to G-Town & Syracuse ..Imagine Memphis schedule with UConn, Pitt ,Louisville ,Marquette & Villanova  OR  UNC, Duke,Wake , Clemson.& BC..  See a 0-10 record ??  

 




Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2009 9:15 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East

 

I'll admit Cal isn't the best tactician, but that's only part of being a coach.  He's one of the best motivators I've ever seen.  Not only does he get his players to buy into his system, he also gets them to play hard every night.  That's a hard thing to do with the high-level recruits he gets.  As for being arrogant...  C'mon.  In this day and age a coach better have some swagger or he'll get trampled on.

For all you people that claims he is a cheat, please provide some proof.  I've heard the rumors for years, but for some reason the NCAA must have blinders on.

Calipari is a good recruiter, but a lousy coach. An arrogant one, too...not to mention a cheater...

 




Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2009 9:07 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East


Hold on there hattie i think you are putting the cart before the horse there. Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago that uconn handed you guys your a$$es and if memory is correct didn't Notre Dame beat you guys senseless by like 30 points. I am trying to understand how you think you are the best team in the country and you have not won sh!t let alone your own conference in a long long time. Didn't UNC beat you guys by like double digits last year in the big dance since defense beats us. I think you need to really look at Louisville for what they are just a up and down team and like your own Coach said on espn on Monday that he blieves the best team in the country is still UNC. Check that out it was on PTI on Monday.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 8:14 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East

MEMPHIS ???     Are you kidding???  They've beaten No-One..Lost to G-Town & Syracuse ..Imagine Memphis schedule with UConn, Pitt ,Louisville ,Marquette & Villanova  OR  UNC, Duke,Wake , Clemson.& BC..  See a 0-10 record ??   Now multiply this by 2 as the Beast & Acc guys do in their sched.   WOW !!   No- keep Memphis near top dozen If you must BUT Make them EARN the top 4-6 spot as others do & not simply get there because top teams lose to one another in REAL Leagues...

 Personally --looking for Marq. to edge Uconn at home ,  Pitt to beat Uconn at home & UL to beat Marq. at home & then --Guess what--  Beast Champ-- LOUISVILLE..  The BEST team in the Country ... (All these top tier teams have a "bad day" or two--But when each plays it's Best games --Well- Unc--"D' beats them, Uconn..perimiter shooting beats them. ..Pitt.. Great "d' & depth beats them ,etc, etc... But when Louisville plays its best games --  Nothing Beats 'em.........Just watch the Games --this ain't hard guys.......See ya'all in the Big dance..  Have a Great day--  Rick     Cool




Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2009 7:00 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East

 

Yea sounds awesome. Maybe we should have just one game for the title too? The two best records go for it?

These rankings really don't matter though because of the tourney. I don't think having the computer in on it will make a big difference.




Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2009 4:33 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East

Judging by the look of garry parrish's picture on his blog, i don't think it would be possible for him to get anymore of a fake tan going on.  He looks like he has been spray painted bright orange.  Doesn't look good at all.  garry you look like a dolt!  Dial the fake bake down a notch or two hundred because you look stank bro.




Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:49 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East

Calipari is overrated as a recruiter and underrated as a coach.  Memphis been parked in the Top 10 for four years now, but have produced just one real NBA star (D. Rose).  And try watching them play defense, dude.  There's a big difference between recruiting talented players and actually getting them to put out effort.

CUSA didn't do too bad of a job for prepping them last year?  Ask Michigan State, Texas or UCLA how prepared they were.

 

 




Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:43 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East

Haven't you been paying attention the past 3 years?  They've been in the same s**tty conference since 2006 and got past the 2nd round each year.

 

 




Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2009 1:47 am
 

From No. 1 in the nation to No. 4 in the Big East

"John!...JOHN!...Call time out, John, dammit!"...And boom goes the Championship...

Calipari is a good recruiter, but a lousy coach. An arrogant one, too...not to mention a cheater...

And the crappy C-USA preps them less for the Tourney than playing in the Ivy would.

 



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