Who’s On First Who’s On Second And Who’s The Idiot Who Felt Pitt Deserved To Be Ranked #1 ?

 
 

 

Who’s On First  Who’s   On  Second  And Who’s   The Idiot   Who  Felt  Pitt  Deserved  To  Be  Ranked  #1….?

 

 

 

Well it  can’t  have  gone  unnoticed  that  another   number  one  ranked  team   had fallen as  the curse  seemingly   goes on   concerning  the aspirations   of a  number of  programs  within   men’s  college  basketball. 

 

 

Sam  Young (23) and  Brad Wanamaker   of  Pitt  try   to pressurize   Providence's  Geoff  McDermott (center)  during  the  game  between  the  two  teams.
Sam Young (23) and Brad Wanamaker of Pitt try to pressurize Providence's Geoff McDermott during the game between the two teams. Providence would go on to defeat Pitt 81-73 in the game played in Providence , RI,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne ................

 

 

 

Last night   that   ignominious   distinction    went   to  the Pitt   Panthers. And  let’s  just   say they   were  ripe   for  the  plucking  as  a  virgin   on  her first   night  of  illicit   pleasure.   Suffice  to  say   that  for  all  of  the  predetermined   belief  that  this  might’ve   been  the  best    team  in the  nation  when  it  came  to    men’s  basketball.   The effort  put   forth   was about  as  welcoming  as  seeing     Rosie   O’Donnell    dressed   in  nothing    but   a  thong. 

 

 

 

Jamie Dixon  coach  of  the  Pitt  Panthers   disputes  a  call  during  the  game  against  Providence.
Jamie Dixon coach of the Pitt Panthers disputes a call with the officials during the game against Providence . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne .....................

 

 

 

The  team   did   nothing   to  underscore   the   ineptitude  shown   and  in  allowing  themselves to  be  completely    manhandled   by Providence   went  a long  way   in suggesting  why  it  is  that   the  rankings  just  aren’t   worth  the  paper  they’re  written  on.  The  Friars   basically    bitch  slapped    the Panthers  up   and   down  the   court  like  an    unwanted  step-child.  Though  I’m  not  about  to  suggest  that they  were   deserving   of  this  fate.  But  unless   you’re   going  to  come  out  and   play  with   heart.  Then   why  the  hell   bother  to  turn   up  at  all  ?

 

 

 

Pitts'  Tyrell Biggs  in the background   tries  to  defend   the  play  of  Providence's   Randall  Hanke    during  the  second   half  of  the  game   between  the  two  teams .
Pitts' Tyrell Biggs in the background tries to defend the play of Providence's Randall Hanke during the game between the two teams . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne ..............

 

 

 

The Big East    for  all   of  its   inadequacies   is  still  a   conference   that  warrants   the  attention  of  all  who   know   something  about  the  game  of  basketball.  Especially  at the  college  level.  And  therein  lies   the  misnomer    as  the   pundits  and   analysts  alike   tend   to just   see  what  they  want  to  see. Rather than   looking   intuitively   at   the  teams    overall.    With   five   teams  ranked  in the  top   25  and    all  of  them  equally   mindful  of the  fact  that   they’re  capable  of  beating    up  on   one  another.  It   oughtn’t  to  have   come  as   a  surprise    that   this   was upset   was   in  the  offing.  It’s  not as  if   the  Panthers  have   stood   head  and  shoulders   above   everyone  else ?   If anything  coach  Jamie  Dixon’s   team    merely   proved  to   us  all  along    what   many  of   us   have   known.    You’re   only   as  good   as   your   last  victory   would   suggest   and  not  much   more  beyond  that.

 

 

Pitt players  on the   bench face  the  inevitable  in  the  waning  moments  of the  team's  loss  to Providence  81-73 .
Pitt players on the bench face the inevitable in the waning moments of the team's loss to Providence 81-73. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne .....................

 

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Johnathan Kale  of  Providence  lets  his  emotions  get the  better of  him  after  his  team's  win  over  Pitt .
Johnathan Kale (34) of Providence lets his emotions get the better of him after his team's triumph over Pitt . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne ..................

 

 

 

As  to   how this’ll   now   play   out as  far as  the   remainder  of  the  regular   season   goes.  This  much  is  abundantly   clear  the  only  ranking  that   really  counts   is  the  one  at  the  culmination of the  season   once the   NCAA Tournament  is   over.    That’s  when  one   ought   to be  afforded  the   bragging   rights  and  most  certainly   not    before.    The   yoke   that   a   number   ranking    now   seems   to  attach     to  a  program   tends  to  lead  it   down  to  the  garden   path   to  either    sheer    ineptitude   or  now  rarely   the  case    glory.   And   insomuch  as   we  tend  to   treat  such   accolades  with  a   certain   amount    of    fervor.  It   does   absolutely    nothing   for  that    program  when    they’re   unable  to   live  up  to   the    expectations.  And that   most  definitely   has  been  the  case     for   each   of  the   teams   that’ve  held    the  mantle  and  distinction   of   being    ranked    number  one   this  season    amongst    men’s   college basketball.

 

 

 

 

Jeff Xavier (left) watches  as  teammate  Johnathan  Kale  kisses  the   court after their  team's   improbable   win  over  Pitt  last night  81-73  in Providence, RI.,
Jeff Xavier (left) watches as his teammate Johnathan Kale kisses the court after their team's improbable win over Pitt 81-73 in Providence ,RI . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Stew Milne .................

 

 

 

So  one  can  ask    what   actually  went   wrong   for   the  Panthers  last  night ?  And   my   answer   would   be   nothing  at all.  They  merely  didn’t  come  to  play  and   neither   did  they    look   like    the best  team    in  the  nation.    There’s  a   feeling    we  tend  to  affix   a   label   to  something   in  order   to   either    justify  a   rationale  without    ever   really   looking at  the  facts.   And  the fact  of the  matter is   that   Pitt   aren’t as   good  as   advertized     despite   them   beating    U  Conn.   That   was  merely    one   game   that    in  the  end    didn’t   prove   much  at  all.   The   much   heralded   play  of  DeJuan  Blair   all  but   disappeared  and      the  same   can  be   said    of   Sam  Young  as  well.    But   it’d be   remiss  to  think  that    just   these  two  players  are  to  blame    for  the   team’s   loss   last  night to    Providence.    It was a    team  and   coaching  effort   that  led  to  the   overall   loss.   And   if  anything   the   Friars   ought  to  be   commended    for  their   81-73 victory . 

 

 

DeJuan Blair  of  Pitt  walks off  the  court  as the  the  game  reaches  its culmination.
DeJuan Blair of Pitt walks of the court as the game reaches its cumination. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Stew Milne ..............................

 

 

 

 

Providence   for  its  part    just  wasn’t  going  to  be   pushed   around    and    played  their   part   in   usurping  a  team    that   many   felt    ought   to  have    and    could’ve   played  better.  But   it’d appear  that   the  Panthers   either  just   didn’t   have   their    heart in  the  game    or   their    minds   were  elsewhere.   Suffice   to   say    that    it  helps  to  show   up   for    a  game   and   at  least  have   the   temerity    to    get things    done   on    the   court  of    play  before     bragging  about    how   capable    you   actually  are.

 

 

 

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