A few days back, Greg posted this year's attendance figures on NCAA Division I basketball programs. Pitt finished a somewhat disappointing 46th, but that's to be expected somewhat due to a weak non-conference schedule and, more importantly, largely bad basketball.
While 46th doesn't sound that great for a program that's been one of the nation's best over the past decade, it is a bit misleading.
Then there's the capacity issue.
The Pete seats 12,500. The top 26 teams averaged more than that alone. Since Pitt doesn't even seat that many people, there's no way they could surpass those teams in terms of attendance, even if they had a great season. There are also several other schools with larger seating capacities and Pitt can't do much about that.
It wasn't a good season by any stretch. But the fact that Pitt still played to more than 80% capacity (excluding the CBI games) with the weak non-conference schedule and all of the losses really wasn't all that bad.