If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I'm not much on homerism. In fact, I'm probably an anti-homer when it comes to picking how Pitt will do in the NCAA tournament.
So it came to a surprise to even me when I picked Pitt to finally reach the Final Four. As best I can tell, this is the first season when I think I've ever officially picked them. But the path is favorable enough and while I don't think this is Pitt's best Jamie Dixon team, I do think it's enough to get to a Final Four in a year when college basketball is having a bit of a down season.
Sure, there are challenges. Potential games against Old Dominion in D.C., Jacob Pullen-led Kansas State, and Florida in New Orleans are the ones that stand out right now, but that doesn't rule out the rest of the region as well. There's 30-win Belmont and Utah State teams. There's bracket guru Tom Izzo and Michigan State. There's St. John's, BYU, Butler, Wisconsin, and Gonzaga. Oh yeah, and old friend Ben Howland and UCLA are also around.
But the bottom line is that this may be Pitt's most favorable draw yet.