Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pittsburgh fails in ‘rush to judgment’

Similar to rivalry week, the self proclaimed “Judgment Week’ started off with a thunderous roar as the defending national champions rolled into Norman and took down the “Griffinless” Sooners despite a fervent comeback. Tuesday he top ranked team in the nation got rolled in Rhode Island faster than took to drive through it. On the strength of a 44-26 first half lead the Friars preached defense and held on to an eight point win. The stat of the game may have been the foul trouble of DeJuan Blair and some questionable calls in the second half. Pittsburgh is the fifth team to reach the pinnacle this season only to fall off the top. Only NC and Uconn have managed a winning record during their stay as number one this year. With seven games on Wednesday and nine on Thursday there promises to be more shakeups to come this week. It’s not going to far out on a limb to call that last year’s first of all of the top seeds making it to the dance surely will not happen this year. In fact, look for probably two, if that, to advance to the final four based on what we’ve seen at the top of the table thus far. Who will be the last man standing? Let us know here and in the NCAA chat rooms.


17 comments:

jayfith said...

All of you Pitt haters out there get off their backs it's one loss who the f#ck cares, we will see what happens this year in the tournament this team is different from those in the past. Providence needed a win to be in tournament talks and it just happened to be senior night tonight so this game was definitely a trap, but I'm a Pitt and I'm honestly not that mad because I didn't want to go the rest of the way undefeated before the tournament, I just thought this wouldn't be the game we would lose but this team has been strong all year and they will bounce back strong and hopefully have enough to make a deep tournament run.

Let's Go Pitt

klizz1984 said...

I just think small quick guard oriented teams give Pitt problems... Nova and Providence both did that.... I would take a rematch with Louiville any day because we were beating them most of the game (we just lost that).... but I still say that the end of this game showed me that Pitt figured out how to play this style team.... that's what is great about playing in the Big East... we can play against every style

markwalsh said...

This is VINTAGE PITT. If a game is called tight, THEY ARE AVERAGE AT BEST. Against UConn, the refs let Pitt (especially Blair) play the kind of overly-physical slugfest that they are SO good at. But when games are called tight, like is normally the case in March, they just don't have the skill. That isn't trash-talking, it is just the way things are, and the way things have been with Pitt for a looooong time. If you could tell me how the refs were going to call Pitt-UConn 2 next wknd, you would absolutely know who was going to win. If Pitt is allowed to bang, and Blair can throw his weight around, they will dominate. If not, they won't. No team's performance in basketball history has fluctuated as much with the way the game is called as the Pitt Panthers. It is unbelievable. Like clockwork.

nickg said...

That was the worst officiating I have ever seen in a game of basketball, in my entire life!!!! They are the only reason Providence won this game. The refs called Too many BS fouls on Pittsburgh, and deffiantly not enough on Providence. You can add this to the list of many bad games the Big East refs have screwed up!!!!

illinidave said...

"eh as usual. I dunno man, i have thot all year that Pitt was best team in the league, this one just kindof surprises me. Although providence plays tough, I knew that. It just looks like Providence was in control the entire game....."

UConn is still the best team in the Big East, IMHO. Loss to Pitt notwithstanding.

grnmtntiger said...

UConn was abut 12 seconds from losing to Gonzaga by the way until Pargo threw the ball away and it went to OT and UConn won.

Zags are not a top 10 team but when teams like SU are using Memphis as one of their 3 key wins this year, either SU has not beaten anyone or they have only beaten two real teams.

panthers442 said...

maybe the worst officiated game ive seen... all 3 of blairs fouls in the 2nd half were bull. and for 5 straight possetions there were reach in fouls called. providence clearly was the better team in the 1st half but had a ton of help down the stretch to keep the lead. it was absolulty ridiculous and it needs to be addresseed by the league

bigtimejon said...

The big east has 11 good and great teams. But, the big east also has five donkeys. I think the ACC has 8 good and great teams and 3 donkeys. The big ten has 9 good and great teams and 2 donkeys. The big ten has the lowest ratio of really bad teams, but is not as strong at the top as the ACC and Big East.

upitt2012 said...

Stop blaming the refs for the loss. Yeah, there were some questionable calls but they are not to blame for our loss. If you're looking for an excuse, blame the atrocious ball handling of the Panthers tonight, the fact that this may have been their worst played game of the year or the fact that they came out flat thinking the game would be handed to them. I'll give credit where credit is due, congratulations to Providence on a great win. I'm just as disappointed as the next Pitt fan but take it for what it is. We played poorly, Providence just wanted it more.

unc851 said...

Pitt: it happens; but there seems somewhat of a general consensus as to who the best teams are: Pitt, Uconn, and UNC; Maybe Oklahoma with Griffin and L'ville but I feel they're a bit below. Memphis; no--you've beaten what? 1 tournament team. two if Tennessee actually makes it. Memphis may not even be a top 15; I think they are but I can't be sure when all they're doing is beating up on a terrible conference.

henrymuto said...

Just great now everyone will think Providence deserves to be in the dance because of 1 win.

sta7ic said...

refs you just beat the #1 team in the nation
thanks ####

cubs-081 said...

OVERATED, OVERATED,OVERATED.!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tigrtime said...

Bracket Buster next month: Missouri We will go to the elite 8 this year

marchphog said...

I think some of my fellow Kansas fans' opinion of Collins ability is a bit inflated. He is a stone-cold killer, especially tonight, but his TOs are not just the result of having a young team around him.

Most of his turnovers are HIS fault--like the play in tonight's game where the clock was around 5 mins, and he goes breakneck down the middle of the court, tries to split two defenders and loses the ball instead of pulling out to kill clock. He has some great handles, but his court vision is not great, and his passing is just average.

He is currently the 13th rated PG prospect, which is not good, even if the draft is weak this year.

Of course, I can't possibly predict the decision he'll make with a family to think about. I think the prudent thing to do is to come back for one more year of ball while he finishes out a sure thing in a degree. He'd be risking injury, but he would also be able to improve his stock. NBA scouts pay attention when a player goes through college and is a winner over a long period of time. It's things like that that get them to ignore the fact that Collins isn't an ideal prototypical point guard.

davideberry said...

you smacchat guys all crack me up. No love for Kansas! We're still National Champions until someone knocks us off!!..bill self is an amazing coach...getting so many talented players to play at the level they do in teamwork and discipline is astounding...

people can talk all they want about the beginning of this season, but the hawks have now won 12 of their last 13...including a couple of BIG road victories...plus, their only loss was on the road and it was tied with 2 seconds left...

they get everyone's best shot and they still find a way to overcome those rallies that good teams muster in every game...OU played great tonight without griffin...KU is so well-coached that even down by 12 on the road, they still manage to win by 9...every big rally set against the hawks was met and overcome...this is a really good team...

is there a senior in the 10 regular players??? the answer is NO...no matter how the big 12 ends up, i think self is the coach of the year...HANDS DOWN

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