And with that, it's over. Update: And the season lives on!
A forgettable Pitt basketball season
ends with no postseason tournament continues for the Panthers after Pitt failed to be selected for the NIT, but they instead accepted a bid to play in the CBI. And while it's unfortunate that the careers of Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson ended this way, it is what it is. It's up to the remaining guys to bounce back next season.
Why? I get the idea of getting the younger guys some more playing time and practice. I don't want to come off as high and mighty, but why continue a completely disappointing and miserable season by playing teams like North Dakota State or Evansville? Personally, I would just end the season, accept the fact that Pitt was bad and really doesn't deserve a postseason bid, and look towards next season. Especially since Pitt is paying $60,000 to host a game.
Regardless, Pitt plays on Wednesday against Wofford at home. Wofford went 19-13 overall and 12-6 in the Southern Conference. You may remember them as the opener to Pitt's season in 2009-10, when Pitt managed to sneak by the Terriers by 3. The only other power conference* teams in the tournament are Oregon State and Washington State. Here is the bracket.
*Does anyone actually consider the Pac-12 a power conference this season?
Meanwhile, West Virginia, a 10 seed, got placed in Pittsburgh for the first round. The selection committee is getting back at Pitt for not living up to their #1 seed last season by placing their arch-rivals in Pittsburgh - at least it seems that way to this frustrated Pitt fan. I am now the biggest Gonzaga fan ever.