Pitt's basketball team has raced out to a 10-1 start and with wins last week against Davidson and Western Carolina, the Panthers found themselves in this week's Top 25 rankings.
Pitt didn't get into the AP Poll, finishing with the fourth most points of the team's in the Others Receiving Votes category, essentially good for 29th. However, the coaches slotted the Panthers 25th in their USA Today Poll and their 49 points barely topped UConn's 47.
The team's win against Davidson was impressive while their six-point win on Wednesday against Western Carolina was less so. But a win is a win and with ten on the year, that was enough to get the Panthers into the Coaches' Top 25 for the first time in almost two years. The last time the team was ranked in that poll was on February 10th, 2014.
We are still trying to figure out exactly how good this team is. The Panthers have beaten up on plenty of teams but don't have a statement win yet. In their only real test of the season so far, Pitt fell short against Top 15 Purdue. As of now, they haven't faced any other teams that are currently ranked or even receiving a single vote in the polls. While that doesn't change this week, though, the Panthers will take on a quality Syracuse team on Wednesday. That will be an important benchmark for Pitt in the team's first ACC game.