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Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:06 am
You can beat Michigan State and Kentucky in Hawaii, start 10-0 and move to No. 4 in the nation. But sooner or later, if you're a top tier Big East school, you're gonna have to play Pittsburgh at the Peterson Events Center. And when that happens, more likely than not, you're done.

For proof, consider the following: Pitt 78, UConn 63.

That was the final for the first big game on the first real Big Monday of the season, and, no, it doesn't mean Connecticut's ranking was unwarranted. What it means is that even good teams lose at Pittsburgh, which should come as no surprise to anybody with a Pitt media guide. Not only did the Panthers enter with an all-time record of 141-11 at the Peterson Events Center, they were 7-0 against top five teams.

Seriously, 7-0 against top five teams.

Now they're 142-11 and 8-0 against top five teams.

So if you took UConn and the 7.5 points, well, I can't help you now.

Just know better going forward.

And pick against Pitt at home at your own risk.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:18 am

Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

Listen, if you beat Kentucky and MSU back to back, you are pretty good.  UConn has some issues in terms of experience and scoring depth, but you don't beat a team with the most talent in the country (Kentucky) and an experienced team that went to the Final Four and has a coach like Tom Izzo (MSU) unless you have some things going for you.  
Kemba Walker is an incredible talent, and his ability to penetrate is second to none.  When is outside shot is going, he is pretty much impossible to defend.  His teammates are a who's who of high end talent.  Top to bottom, UConn is loaded with 4 and 5 star recruits, and McDonald's All-Americans. However, they are young, and it takes time to play with consistency, I think it will come, as it has already, they did not get to 4th in the nation without doing some things on the court.
I think part of the problem is the same old story when it comes to Pitt.  Nobody wants to give them the respect they deserve as a program.  Due to the fact they are not a "blue-blood" program with history and pedigree, or that they have yet to make a Final Four, or that they do not blow you away with flash, its easy to put down their success.  
UConn loses and its, they are overrated.  Hold on a sec, Pitt was pre-season #3 in the country, lost to Tennessee, a supremely talented, but poorly coached/undisciplined team who could do no wrong for one game, and somehow Pitt is once again getting zero respect.  Lets get something straight.  Pitt was the better team, not because UConn was overrated, but because Pitt is a terrific team, playing at home, where they are next to unbeatable.  Pitt has a ton of experience, including a number of key players who were part of the team two years ago, that should have been a Final Four team.  They have a coach in Jamie Dixon that is simply put, is a better coach today than Calhoun.  Thats no disrespect to Calhoun, Dixon is that good.  
At some point, I hope Pitt can take the next step so people will finally give them the credit they deserve.  Few programs have been as consistently great as the Panthers for the last decade.  Unlike a program like lets say Gonzaga, who plays in generally, a crap conference, Pitt has put up its numbers in the best conference in the land.  UConn is not overrated, they got beat by a terrific, more experienced, better coached team.

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 5:29 pm

Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

Not once in my original post did I knock Pittsburgh. Their loss to Tennessee at the time was not a bad one but now Tennessee has seemingly fell apart and it appears not to be a good loss. This was a good win but by seasons end this will be a quality win but not a Resumee changing one, not that Pitt will be in any trouble come tourny time. If Syracuse were to beat them I would be saying the same thing. Uconn lacks talent and I would not be happy if Syracuse loses to them.

I personally dont think Syracuse has the talent of a Top 5 team but I think the overall talent pool is donw from last years with the exception od Duke.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:51 pm

Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

OK...I concede the point...UConn is definitely overrated...but I still think they are a top 25 team...I think walker can carry them for enough Big East victories to be ranked (I don't think they will beat Syracuse or G-Town, but I think they can give the others a run)...

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:10 pm

Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

You asked who Pitt beat, and I told you...the Pitt victories are better than the Syracuse victories.  The loss to Tenn wasn't good, but Tenn shot lights out and played over their heads.  It's not like Syracuse is going to go undefeated...

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:17 pm

Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

Pitt has a better Resume than Syracuse?? Thats wierd, last I checked Syracuse doesnt have a loss to a team who is unranked with losses to Oakland, Charlotte, and a bad USC team.

This was a good win for Pitt I never said it wasn't. Any conference win against a ranked opponent is a good win. My point is Uconn is not a great team, I dont even think they are a good team.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:05 am

Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

Well, PItt beat Maryland, Texas, and far this is a better resume than Syracuse who only beat a couple of ACC bottom-feeders and a Michigan State team that lost to: the UConn Kembas.
UConn may have been overrated at 4, but that doesn't mean that they are not a good team.  Good win for Pitt.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:40 am

Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

This was a good win and after coming off the loss against Tennessee it becomes a GREAT win. But this tells me more about UCONN then Pitt at this point. Mainly I think it shows that if UCONN wants to be successful it needs Kemba Walker to CREATE scoring chances, that being for himself and other people. It's okay if the offense runs entirely through him, but he has to create for other people not just take on all the scoring himself like tonight. I was listening to the radio on the way home and they were talking about what this means for Pitt's team for the tournament. Honestly, its December this win doesn't say anything for me about March. If Pitt wants to win in March they need to stop the other teams "GUY" from taking over, if you will, from creating. Couldn't do it against Xavier last year with Jordan Crawford, couldn't do it with Scottie Reynolds in 08. Did they do that tonight? To an extent forcing Kemba Walker to shoot 10-27 with a 2:3 Assist to turnover ratio. The key though for Pitt come Tourney time is to not let the Kemba Walker's, the Jordan Crawfords of the world take over in those crucial minutes of the game. We need big stops against Big Time Players.

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:32 am

Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

Uconn started out hot and has some nice wins early on but they are by no means a great team. They lack talent at every position except PG. Oriakhi is an average big man and Roscoe Smith has had a mediocre freshman campaign. The outcome of this game was not surprising but to call Uconn a great team is a little much. Right now Michigan State has played 5 good teams and has beaten only Washington who is currently unranked in both polls so I don't consider beating them a great win. Kentucky is their best win at the moment and its a pretty good win but just look at Uconns roster. The talent isn't there, Walker won't average 30 a game in the Big East. Uconn will struggle in Conference play.

Ill predict them to finish under .500 in conference play

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:28 am

Breaking news: Pitt beat a great team at home

Who did Pitt beat? I knew they played the UCONN Kembas last night... OHHH, I see what you did there. You called UCONN that great team, the team that was the knee-jerk top 10 team after beating Michigan St. and Kentucky in consecutive nights. Gotcha.

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