Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE
Big news here - Lamar Patterson and Pitt don't exactly want another trip to the CBI tournament. That's pretty common knowledge, of course, but a Lancaster paper actually had a good interview with him recently and the subject came up. Patterson, for his part, it seems like the team wasn't all that interested in playing in it until they talked to Jamie Dixon:
"No one on the team had ever heard of it," Patterson admitted. "But then we met with coach, and he wanted it, mostly for the guys who were coming back to keep playing."
"It's not your dream to play in the CBI," Patterson said. "I didn't think too much about it. I wanted to get right back to work, get that Panther tradition back."
That echoes what Tray Woodall said a while ago. Dixon was seemingly the catalyst that ensured Pitt would play in it. I get it - I should let this CBI stuff go. But that was part of my reasoning for not being thrilled about it in the first place - it's something that won't go away anytime soon.
One thing that can't be denied is that, as the article points out, the tournament was good for Patterson. While Ashton Gibbs was out, Patterson took the bull by the horns a bit and really played well. Regardless, let's hope we're not talking about the CBI in another four months.