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College Basketball Rankings: Pitt Remains Fourth In Latest Polls

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...SuperGil (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...SuperGil (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Pitt fans might not be too happy with the most recent polls, which pegged the team fourth. Pitt did not move up despite big wins on the road at West Virginia and Villanova last week.

To be honest, I don't have a huge problem with it. I still remain confused as to why Pitt is behind Texas, but they've been on a roll lately, so that's obviously part of it.

I've got no problem with Pitt being behind Ohio State who has been perfect this season. Even in their loss against Wisconsin on the road this weekend, they were still really competitive, even holding a 15-point lead in the second half at some point.

Pitt's advantage is that they've got the best resume. The problem for the Buckeyes is that they don't have any truly great wins. They've beaten a few top 25 teams, but have had a pretty soft schedule. Kansas' and Duke's resumes are equally horrific. No big time wins at all. Texas has some nice victories including beating Kansas at on the road, but they also lost to Pitt, UConn, and a USC team hovering right arond .500.

As I mentioned in the comments section of this post, I think Pitt will get the benefit of the doubt by the selection committee at the end of the season. Out of the five teams most talked about for No. 1 seeds (Pitt, Kansas, Texas, Duke, and Ohio State), they have the best resume. They beat Texas and other top 25 teams in UConn, Syracuse, Villanova, and Georgetown. They're also undefeated on the road and in the toughest conference, so that should count as well.

Bottom line is that if Pitt keeps rolling along and finishes the season with even 4-5 losses, I think it'd be hard to not give them a top seed. The selection committee pays much more attention to detail than do many poll voters.