So this being one of my few posts this year, I felt now is a perfect time to let my voice be heard.
If you read some of the garbage on the scout and rivals message boards, you will find fans who believe that the sky is falling and that this Panthers team is not going to make the NCAA tournament.
If you watch our local sports shows, or listen to sports radio in Pittsburgh, you will hear several idiots (both callers and hosts) say that Pitt is at best, a bubble team.
Well, everyone I mentioned above is wrong.
As a diehard Panther fan, the one thing I can tell you from watching all of our sports teams very closely for the last 8 years is that our fans are constantly on suicide watch. We’re like the bipolar kid in school who you never know what type of personality will show up on any given day. Catch us after a win and we are extremely confident, after a loss……….Oh Buddy! Watch out then. That is when the Jamie Dixon can’t recruit argument comes out, that is when we start to say this team is overrated, that is when we attack the Zoo for being overrated, and it is when we turn on our own players.
I hate losing to the hoopies as much as anyone. I probably have more hatred than most against them because of some personal involvement with one last year. However, one loss does not mean that we are out of the tournament. We all knew that with our last 4 games we needed to go 2-2 to at least to feel very comfortable with our situation. We won at home, stole a game in Syracuse, and now lost to the hoopies. That leaves Depaul on sunday (which i’m ready to mark down as a win already). We will be 3-1 in our last 4 games, which should secure us a 7 seed AT WORST! Now, I’m highly pessimistic in nature, so even though I believe a 7 is the lowest we should get, I can see us getting an 8 or 9 seed. Realistically though, we are a 7 seed. Now, if we can win one or two games in the BET there is no reason to believe that we are stuck at that 7 spot. A win on wednesday of the tourney will ensure us of that 7 seed, and a win on thursday should bump us up to a 6 seed.
The key point here is that, even with a 1st round loss in the BET, we will make the tournament for the 7th straight year.
So put away your noose, don’t take any sleeping pills, and put the razors away because this team will be in the tournament.