Pitt takes on its first city foe in Robert Morris on Tuesday. The Colonials are fresh off an upset of A-10 team Duquesne.
Let's face it, this shouldn't be much of a game for Pitt. Pitt's beating the likes of Texas and Maryland while Robert Morris is beating teams named St. Peter's. Still, last week, Robert Morris defeated a Duquesne team that looks a lot like the same Duquesne team that took Pitt to double overtime last season.
So can this Robert Morris team give Pitt trouble? Maybe a little, but let's not forget Pitt had no trouble in routing the Colonials last season by 24. Robert Morris has also never defeated Pitt. The Panthers also showed that they can win without playing their best basketball as it did against Texas and Maryland.
Robert Morris' biggest problem may be their tremendous lack of size. Their tallest starter? 6'6" Russell Johnson. I don't care how few plays Pitt runs for Gary McGhee. There should be no reason for him not to have a huge night.
Anyway, so of course, Robert Morris is looking forward to playing Pitt:
The Colonials, helped by Wallace's six points and six rebounds, beat the Dukes, 69-63, at the Charles L. Sewall Center, their first win against Duquesne during Wallace's tenure at RMU.
"I think this is one of the greatest gifts for our program,'' Wallace said, obviously willing to share his birthday largesse. "This would be a perfect birthday present if I didn't have anything else.''
There could be more?
"To get a win at Pitt,'' Wallace said. "That would be just a dream come true.''
So how do they beat Pitt? Head coach Andrew O'Toole might not be too sure, but he knows where to start:
"...We've outhustled some people already."
"You know that's not going to be good enough to carry us to a victory at Pitt, but it's a good starting point.
I really like seeing Duquesne and Robert Morris have some success and part of me even hopes that the Colonials have a good showing tomorrow night.
Just not too good of a showing.