Big Lead Sports Bar

2/27/2007

Thanks, ESPN2

I'd like to have a wrap-up of the big Pitt-West Virginia game for you. I was looking forward to simultaneously watching this game as well as the Penguins game. But then ESPN2 intervened.

The game was scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN's little brother. But the Worldwide Leader decided that viewers would rather watch Mike and Mike's Arena League Preview and another show where guys play NBA Live on their Xbox.

An hour-long infomercial for their new purchase and Xbox basketball instead of a real live Big East rivalry game. Well done. But hey, they did give us basketball, even if it was on a video game. And the game went into OT to boot.

Since I don't get ESPNU, I had to rely on the internet, and it looks like Pitt pulled this one out, 80-66. Scoring was balanced: Fields had 14, Kendall, Cook and Gray added 12, and Razor Ramon chipped in 10. The Panthers shot 60% from the floor (to WVU's 40%), they outrebounded the Mountaineers, 37-21, and they outscored WVU by 17 in the second half. The only televised highlights I caught were ESPN showing Keith Benjamin and Ramon not contesting shots. But from the stat sheet, this looks like a nice, Senior Night win after a few disappointing efforts. Next up is a Saturday night showdown with Marquette, with an ESPN GameDay audience as the backdrop. Hopefully they won't pull the rug out from under us and show us Classic Arena Bowl highlights.

1 comment:

boredinpittsburgh said...

maybe the ratings of the guys playing Xbox were predicted to be higher than the Pitt WVU game?