Reader 8thlight chimes in with his thoughts on the Pitt basketball program. Write your own Fanpost using the link over to the right and we might publish it here.
Jamie Dixon has been able to rack up regular season wins year in and year out, but have not seen those wins turn into lottery pick caliber recruits or Final Four visits. If Dixon can't eventually land one or the other Pitt basketball will quickly become irrelevant.
With the college basketball regular season being meaningless for your average top 25 program due to the sheer amount of teams invited to the tournament, the Pete can easily start to become a much more tame environment without an exciting player with NBA star potential. Also players of that quality are usually need for legit shots at the Final Four or national titles.
In a city with the one of the best franchises in hockey and maybe the best franchise in pro sports, winning is necessary when you have no history of any note to fall back on. If Dixon doesn't make the tournament this year the honeymoon will soon be over and the Oakland Zoo may begin to look like a petting zoo. If Pitt wants to truly become a top program in the eyes of recruits producing a top pro or a run to the Final Four is mandatory.