I have learned to respect Marquette a great deal in the past few years. No team has given us as many problems as Marquette. Even Georgetown, the likely repeat conference champion, is 1-2 against us in the regular season in that period.
I can’t say too many Pitt fans expected to win that game, but the ease with which Marquette won was almost staggering.
After watching the women get absolutely pummeled at WVU on Wednesday, this was a pretty lousy week of basketball.
The only positives I can see in this loss are that Sam Young had another good outing in spite of the lack of any support from the rest of the team, and that Levance is back and has nearly a week to further his recovery and get back to peak condition.
I would not claim that he came back too early. I think had the rest of the team been able to handle things adequately, Levance would have been more comfortable. It is going to be a challenge for him to try to take control of the offense while still injured when nobody seems to be able to shoot or even pass.
I think this week will be good time for the Panthers to rest and prepare for Notre Dame. They never faced the Irish last year, so Jamie should have more than his usual scouting to do. Notre Dame has been performing impressively all year, but I think they are a team that Pitt can beat. I think that Harangody and Blair will be an extremely entertaining matchup in the paint. I think the duo of Levance and Ronald on McAlarney will be pretty good too. I know that Fields still hasn’t had too many full practices under his belt, so hopefully everyone will get more adjusted in the coming few days.