Unbelievable. If you are a Pittsburgh sports fan these past few days/weeks brings you pain and disbelief. Pittsburgh Panthers’ football team finished 6-7, the Steelers got Tebowed, the Penguins can barely fill a roster with all of their injuries to key players and now the Panthers’ basketball team is going through stretches that we have never seen in Jamie Dixon’s career at the program.
If you had to guess who came to the Petersen Events Center and defeated Pitt by 23 points on Wednesday night who would you think that team would be?
Syracuse? Connecticut? Marquette?
No, no, no.
Can you believe it?
Previously 9-7, Rutgers defeated Pittsburgh 62-39 on Wednesday. They held the Panthers to 39 points on 21.1 percent shooting from the floor.
Is this a nightmare?
I know that Khem Birch’s departure was big given how well his team responded to his play on the court but this has to be much deeper than that.
No killer instinct from key contributors, no secondary-scoring threat, lack of depth, currently no true point guard, McDonald’s All-American continues to disappoint, etc. The list truly goes on-and-on.
Ashton Gibbs went 2-11 from the floor and 0-7 from beyond the arc. J.J. Moore led the team in scoring with 10 and he only went 2-10 from the floor.
Wow is all you can say.
On December 23 this team was 11-1 with five games against unranked opponents on the schedule before their terrifying six-game swing against the likes of Syracuse, Louisville, Marquette, Providence, Georgetown and West Virginia.
What do they do?
Lose to Wagner at home, get blown out at Notre Dame, lose to Cincinnati, lose at Depaul and get blown out by Rutgers?
This better get turned around unless we may not even see the NIT Tournament unless they find a way to win the Big East Tournament.
What kind of year is this? Pittsburgh may have to rely on the Pittsburgh Pirates to be the lone successful team in the city? The world may be coming to an end after all.