Big Lead Sports Bar

3/16/2008

So, About That Pitt Game...

EXCLUSIVE Photos courtesy "Cecil from Cecil"





Amazing. That's about the only adjective left to describe the 2007-08 Pitt Panthers. The team that was pretty much written off by some as early as December (and by others as recently as a week or two ago) is now being picked by Bobby Knight to win the whole thing.
The Panthers' four-day rampage through the Big East's finest, including the slaying of three consecutive Top-25 teams, was nothing less than inspirational. The extra effort shown by New York natives Ronald Ramon, Levance Fields, Tyrell Biggs, and Keith Benjamin was obvious. But when that effort is combined with tournament MVP Sam Young and fab freshmen DeJuan Blair and Gilbert Brown, the results are no surprise. This was Pitt's tournament to lose. They were not going to be denied, despite some of the worst foul shooting seen in the history of organized basketball (except for down the stretch, oddly). There's nothing like winning by nine and still leaving 22 points at the free throw stripe.
Going forward, the path to San Antonio will be difficult. Potential opponents in the Panthers' region include, in order, Oral Roberts, Michigan State/Temple, and likely Memphis. The other side of their (South) bracket includes Texas, Stanford, Marquette, and Miami. A tall order, yes. But so was winning the Big East Tournament, and look how that turned out.
I only hope that Pitt did not burn too much emotional energy during the past four days. Let's face it: Saturday was the high point of those players' careers. It's up to Jamie Dixon to remind them that an even bigger prize could await them in just a few short weeks.
So how far do you have Pitt going? Does emotion take over as you pencil them into the Final Four? Do you take them all the way, a la "Knight"? Or do you see the Panthers' run coming to an end earlier, against a Memphis, a Michigan State (or Temple), even Oral Roberts? Welcome to March Madness, friends.

5 comments:

Jim Colony said...

Bob Kight picks Pitt to win the NCAA?!?!?!?!

Louis Lipps is my homeboy said...

Yup, Bob Knight took us to go all the way.


I'm almost a little scared about that now.

Cecil from Cecil Twp. said...

I love it....

ALL ABOARD THE PITT BANDWAGON!

Bobby Knight & Jay Bilas lead the way.

P.S. I can't believe Penn State didn't get an at large bid.

Jan said...

GO PITT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't wait to watch the games!!

The Duke from Dukes Court said...

The fact that Knight picked the Panthers is a bad sign.

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I think Pitt got a great draw in the NCAAs. They should handle Oral Roberts, (and if they can't shame on Pitt} and then they face an MSU team that always seems to fall apart in the big dance. After that you get a Memphis team that can't shoot free throws. Not a bad road for Pitt. Let's just hope we don't see a repeat of the Bradley debacle from a few years back.