John Johnson got 20 minutes against Wofford, but what about the other freshmen? (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Seriously, somehow 'survive and advance' doesn't have nearly the same meaning as it does in the NCAAs, but whatever.
Pitt had a big game against Wofford, looking pretty sharp (and by looking, I mean according to the box score because there was no way I was making a mid-week trek to the Pete). The thing that stuck out to me was the way the team took care of the ball with only six turnovers. Not sure if that's a season low, but I'd guess it was since most of the time, Pitt was into double digits.
There was also the kind of balance we expected, but didn't see much of the year. Five players scored double figures.
All of that pales in comparison to the main storyline we should be watching, though.The big argument for Pitt playing in this tournament was to get younger players some more experience. While it was good to see John Johnson get 20 minutes, Cameron Wright only had two and Malcolm Gilbert had one. J.J. Moore played 25, which was great, but it would have been nice to see Wright and Gilbert get more playing time - especially with Pitt up by 19 at halftime.
If the team is going to justify accepting this bid, the one thing they can hang their hat on is getting young players more time. Three combined minutes for two freshmen who played fairly significant roles this season doesn't cut it for me.
Next up is a Princeton team that beat Florida State, Harvard, and Rutgers all on the road this year.