Everybody knows this blog is populated with guys who attended The Indiana University. So, naturally, we’re all IU basketball fans.
But Pitt, now ranked No. 1 and probably the best team in the uber-difficult Big East, has always been kind of like that girl you admire from far away while you’re on a date with your girlfriend, for me. You wonder what it would be like to be with her while your girlfriend rambles on about how her day was. You root for her to sit at a table near you. She looks good. You kind of wonder what it would be like if you and your girlfriend broke up and you got with her.
In short, you dig what she’s got to offer.
That’s how I feel about Pitt. I’m an IU guy. Always will be. Thing is, I watch a lot of Big East basketball for both fun and work, and I’ve enjoyed watching Pitt play for years now.
There’s something about that rugged, gritty, we’re-going-to-beat-you-any-way-we-can attitude that I dig. They talk shit and back it up. The demoralize you with defense then bust a three in your eye.
The program’s success certainly speaks for itself. Well, sort of.
Pitt has been a little short on NCAA Tournament success, which is certainly a negative.
But let’s consider this: Pitt has been in the championship game of the Big East Tournament seven of the last eight years. The only year it wasn’t was 2005 (Syracuse-West Virginia). That in itself is amazing, even though our beloved Panthers have only won the title twice in that span.
Oh and how about this nugget: Head coach Jamie Dixon was fifth among active coaches in winning percentage at .767 coming into this year.
Now Dixon’s Crew is undefeated (14-0) and ranked No. 1. They’re the kings of the Big East, for now.
The truth is, in that league, nobody is going to come out without taking their share of body blows. Who better than Pitt to take the punches and roll to the top?
Well, you know, my answer for that is nobody. Long live IU — and Pitt.