This is just too good to pass up, the Beaver County (Penn.) Times assessment of the University of Pittsburgh basketball team, which will be ranked No. 1 when it arrives Saturday to face the Cards at Freedom Hall:
â€œThis team makes it hard to believe it not only deserves to be No. 1 in the country, but should have been from the start. Pitt is so quick, athletic and good underneath and, after Wednesdayâ€™s 10-of-18 showing from outside [against South Florida], so determined to win any way possible.
â€The feeling … has morphed from showing the Big East they can play with the top teams to the top teams measuring themselves to Pitt. Pitt has become the Big East measuring stick.â€
Writer Eric Hall is doing okay up to this point. Pittsburgh does have a decent team, and eventually he admits that Pitt could possibly lose to Louisville, â€œa quick, athletic team with a load of talent.â€
But then he predicts that if UofL does win â€œthat the student body will flood the Freedom Hall floor. Thatâ€™s where Pitt is now. It is what every other team wants to be â€¦ and the ranking has little to do with it.â€
Donâ€™t think so, Eric. Louisville has been there before. In fact, Louisville has knocked off a few top-ranked teams over the years. The closest UofL fans have ever come to charging the floor was during a bench-clearing fight against Memphis in the early seventies. Not that security would allow it, but Card fans wouldn’t be tempted to charge the floor for Pittsburgh.
Not that we wouldn’t be ecstatic, we would be. But a win Saturday would be simply another step in the direction of a much larger prize.