A month or so ago, 8thLight wrote a Fanpost on Pitt basketball's impending irrelevance. This time, VoteforPedro goes the other way and discusses the newfound relevance of the program. To write your own Fanpost, use the link over the right and we may publish it on the front page featured section.
What a difference a few weeks makes eh? To quote Jon Hey, the announcer for NBA JAM, Pitt was heating up and is now on officially on fire. The Panthers, at 15-9 (4-7) should be entering a top 60 RPI for the first time in weeks and with a very very favorable remaining schedule, South Oakland's finest may not be done with 20 win seasons featuring 10 Big East wins after all. With 7 games remaining in conference and the big east tournament looming in the distance, it seems almost a given that the panthers can pull it off.
Looking at the remaining schedule, Pitt gets 2 against South Florida, St. Johns at home, seton hall on the road. Let's be optimistic and put those in the W column. That gets the boys to 19-9 and (8-7) in the conference. Remaining games are WVU at home, and Uconn and the ville on the road, Let's give em the WVU game at home and split the UCONN louisville road games. Sure enough you get a 21-10 (10-8) Panthers team that surely should be tournament bound.
Couple that with the fact that Woodall looks like a stud for next season, Dante Taylor and Talib Zanna both have come to life and All-world recruit Steve Adams is coming in, one can't help but remain optimistic for what is to come. The best part of all of this though is that even with an 0-7 start, the Oakland zoo did not become a petting zoo. The fanbase showed that regardless of how far the team fall's that the students believe in the direction this program is heading. While there may have been a few no shows in the other seating sections, any former member of the zoo knows that the 2000 students in the zoo make more noise than any of the other 10K in attendance.
Either way, can't wait to watch the rest of the season, Hail to Pitt